When you Think you have Food Poisoning but it's Actually an Attack
My first day in Cartagena started like any normal day would. I booked a coffee tour in the morning and a food tour in the afternoon. I was ready to explore this city that has been on my bucket list for so long.
Coffee has long been a trigger for ataxic migraines, but since I didn’t get them often I was going to take the risk. I had to try the amazing Colombian coffee I have heard so much about.
On the tour, I tried 3 different coffees and felt great after the tour ended. As I was walking back to my hostel I felt a bit sick like I was going to throw up. I didn’t think much of it. I thought, “I am in a new country trying new food so it’s probably food poisoning.”
I was going to take a nap before my food tour; hoping it would pass by the time I woke up.
I did lay down but couldn’t sleep so when I had to leave for my food tour I did. I still felt horrible but I paid for this tour therefore, I did not want to miss it. Luckily, the meeting point was only a few steps from where I was staying.
When I arrived to meet my guide the pain escalated immensely. I thought, “I can’t do this tour. I can’t do it.”
When the guide started speaking I had my head down. I couldn’t look up. I had no idea what the guide was saying but when he finished I told him I was feeling ill and if I can reschedule for tomorrow. He was really nice about it. He said I could do the tour the next day.
Since my hostel was a 3 minute walk from where I was I rushed back. I couldn’t wait to plop myself on my bed and doze off.
Well, that was easier said than done. The room felt like a sauna and the only thing I had to keep me somewhat cool was my portable fan.
I laid down for hours unable to sleep. I was certain I had food poisoning. What else could it have been?
I called my mom in so much pain and she was the one who said what I had sounded like an attack. I thought, no way! I have been taking my medication and haven’t had too many since I started taking it.
The more I thought about it the more it made since. All the pain I was feeling, nausea, dizziness were all symptoms of a typical ataxic attack.
The only thing to do was try and sleep, hoping it would pass in a few hours.
My attack ended up lasting more than 12 hours. 12 miserable hours. The next morning I felt much better.
It was a horrible way to start my trip and hoped the rest of my time in Colombia was migraine free and it was!
This was a coffee tour I did on the day my attack hit.