Do any of these sensations sound familiar to you…
Suddenly you’re sweating, flushed, become pale or have goosebumps. Your stomach feels queasy, like you’re going to puke.
There’s a foreboding or fear that something awful is about to happen. You feel like a mess emotionally.
Maybe you feel an odd sensation, like a gentle breeze, buzzing or ringing sounds. Voices that aren’t really there, a nasty taste in your mouth, weird smells, visual distortions.
You feel like you have zoom eyeballs. Visual and spatial perceptions are off. (Sort of like “Alice in Wonderland” except this is NOT wonderful!)
There’s a distortion of time. Maybe like an out-of-body experience.
Déjà vu. You’ve been here before. You’re seeing people and places or experiencing events from the past. Yet, new places and things seem familiar – as if they’ve happened before
Or maybe it’s the other way around. You’re uncomfortable with your surroundings and things that are familiar to you. Well-known places may suddenly seem strange.
It’s an aura, right?
BUT WHERE’S THE SEIZURE?
Are you going crazy? Are you imagining things?
Nope. You’re probably having a Simple Partial Seizure. (I know, I was blown away, too!) The aura IS the seizure.
An aura is actually a small seizure itself — one that has not spread into an observable seizure that impairs consciousness and your ability to respond. You don’t lose consciousness.
In other words, something is going on in your brain. But it isn’t spreading.
Sometimes this abnormal electrical activity tapers off. At other times, it spreads and leads to severe seizures.
Auras can occur as a warning that a bigger seizure is about to happen. And sometimes they can occur just by themselves.
A way to distinguish between the two is if you have no movement at all, then it’s considered an aura. If you have actual movement, then it’s considered a Simple Partial Seizure.
One person describing her auras said “The sensation is kind of like lighting a firework that turns out to be a dud. The fuse starts hissing, but then instead of the firework going off (i.e. having a full blow seizure) it just fades and stops after about 10-15 seconds.”
What are YOUR experiences?
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