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my head is throbbing like a mouthful of infected teeth?

 
 
Reply Fri 13 May, 2011 09:12 pm

Looks like a weird metaphor. What does "throbbing" mean here?

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In the morning my stomach has settled a little but my diaphragm is sore from vomiting and my head is throbbing like a mouthful of infected teeth. My eyes have turned into magnifying glasses; the hideously bright morning lightcoming in through the hotel windows is being concentrated by them and will soon set my brains on fire.
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Ceili
 
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Reply Fri 13 May, 2011 11:24 pm
@oristarA,
It refers to a bad headache where not only can you hear or feel your pulse, but it feels as if it has become a bass drum, pounding on your skull.

I'm going to take a wild guess and say you've never been drunk Ori. A hangover is a terrible thing. Just in case you ever decide to imbibe.... Wink
oristarA
 
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Reply Sat 14 May, 2011 12:16 am
@Ceili,
Ceili wrote:

It refers to a bad headache where not only can you hear or feel your pulse, but it feels as if it has become a bass drum, pounding on your skull.

I'm going to take a wild guess and say you've never been drunk Ori. A hangover is a terrible thing. Just in case you ever decide to imbibe.... Wink


Yes I've never been tipsy. I'll never try it.

Thank you.
Dutchy
 
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Reply Sat 14 May, 2011 12:27 am
@oristarA,
oristarA wrote:

Ceili wrote:

It refers to a bad headache where not only can you hear or feel your pulse, but it feels as if it has become a bass drum, pounding on your skull.

I'm going to take a wild guess and say you've never been drunk Ori. A hangover is a terrible thing. Just in case you ever decide to imbibe.... Wink


Yes I've never been tipsy. I'll never try it.

Thank you.

You don't know what you've missed. Razz
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Finn dAbuzz
 
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Reply Sat 14 May, 2011 01:13 am
@oristarA,
I don't know what the scientific explanation is (although I'm sure you can find out pretty quickly through a Google search) but serious infections result in a "throbbing" sensation in the infected area, which is to say a continuous series of pain waves.

Although headaches are infrequently the result of infections, they can produce a similar throbbing effect, particularly if they are part of a hangover.

The scientific explanation may be different as the sensation is not identical, but it's close enough to justify the metaphor used.
oristarA
 
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Reply Sat 14 May, 2011 06:14 am
@Finn dAbuzz,
Finn dAbuzz wrote:

I don't know what the scientific explanation is (although I'm sure you can find out pretty quickly through a Google search) but serious infections result in a "throbbing" sensation in the infected area, which is to say a continuous series of pain waves.


How vivid!

Thanks
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