“I felt extremely weird at Aldi,” says a woman struggling to come to terms with life with migraines

A journalist has discussed the various difficulties of suffering from migraines, ranging from constantly having medication on her person in case an attack strikes to having to abandon her weekly shopping to sit in complete darkness.

“When I was 20 years old, while studying at Sheffield University, I experienced my first migraine,” Lydia Bacon wrote for the Liverpool Echo. “Since then it has been extremely difficult to accept them as part of my day to day.”

“In fact, I was doing my weekly student shopping at Aldi when I started feeling what I can describe as ‘extremely strange’. Initially I thought it was just a really, really bad headache, but I was wrong.”

A migraine is described as “a moderate to severe headache that feels like a throbbing pain on one side of the head.” In addition to headaches, they can cause nausea, vomiting, and increased sensitivity to light or sound.

While the precise cause of migraines is unknown, they are believed to be the result of abnormal brain activity that temporarily affects nerve signals, chemicals, and blood vessels in the brain. The cause of the brain activity is not clear, but it could perhaps be because your genes make you susceptible to experiencing migraines.

“Migraines actually affect one in five women, which surprised me, and one in 15 men,” says Lydia. “Some people have frequent migraines up to several times a week, while others only have occasional migraines. Years may also pass between migraine attacks.

Lydia’s first migraine attack:

Lydia’s first migraine attack didn’t come exactly at the right time, with a headache and nausea beginning while she was at her weekly student store at Aldi. “Then I started experiencing what’s known as an ‘aura’ when I started seeing flashing lights and I remember seeing strange purple patterns.


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