Dear Dr Klaus Podoll:
Thank you for your letter, which I received today. You are welcome to use the quote from my website. Thanks for your interest in this topic!
As a matter of fact, I have had personal experience with migraine and creativity. As I’m sure you realize, this is a very subjective thing, and I’m a long way from understanding exactly how this works in my case. I do know that my mind tends to work quite differently, depending on whether I’m migraine free or depending on the type of headache I have. This effect seems to be something apart from the effect of medications.
It does seem that, with certain types of headaches, my mind is more liable to take those “creative leaps”. I remember when I was younger actually writing music when I had migraine symptoms. At times it’s almost as if some barrier falls and things in my brain are connected in a different way.
The symptoms are not all positive. There are times when migraine symptoms are flaring up when I have difficulty bringing the right word to my mind, or trouble with my speech. I’ve heard of others with a similar experience. With some types of headache my brain is so foggy that I have trouble even making simple decisions, and if I’m able to work, I prefer it to be something predictable.
I hope these few thoughts are a help. I hope your collection of information is helpful as we look for solutions for other migraineurs. Thanks again for taking the time to write!
All the best,
To see the site Dr Podoll was referring to, see the Migraine Art page.