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Visual Migraines (auras)

archard

Joined: Jan 11 2007

Does anyone else get visual migraines? If you don't know what that is, it's basically a visual disturbance that usually occurs before people get a migraine headache, and is caused by a rupturing of blood vessels in the back of the eye. It's a really freaky thing that sort of creates a "blindspot", or "aura" in your field of vision. It starts out really small then gradually expands and takes up a good portion of your vision, then it recedes. I'm starting to get one right now, and it's getting hard to see what I type. It's really hard to explain what this is like, but you know how each one of your eyes has a blind spot in your peripheral vision? ... it's like one of those suddenly grows into your main field of vision, but it's accompanied by shiny, flickery, sometimes colorful shapes. It's almost like a kaleidoscope.

I haven't met anyone in real life who gets these and I'm really hoping I can find someone on the intrawebz who has simliar experiences. My doctor said it's not a big deal as long as it doesn't happen too frequently. Most people get they get a migraine headache, but mine always occur randomly without the headache.

Hopefully someone knows what I'm talking about.

Here's a picture I found that sorta illustrates it.

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Stamen47

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Joined: Jun 16 2007

I know exactly what you're talking about! I can recall getting them twice before, and the last one was four years ago, I remember sitting in drivers ed, and I felt really weird, but it wasn't painful. I definitely remember losing my peripheral vision, though. It came back a little bit later, but was accompanied with a migraine. I don't really remember there being shapes, though...just a flickery white "aura" as the topic says. Weird stuff.

I always figured they were just a precursor for migraines, but you don't get migraines from them? I can't say what sets them off, since I haven't had one in so long. Maybe you just need to eat more carrots :D I also hear blueberries are good for the eyes.

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Rembrant

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Joined: Aug 12 2007

I remember seeing that type of thing you see when you close your eyes (they look like small little lights if you close your eyes fast), everywhere when I had a visual migraine. It didn't hurt but when I had it, but I was like "Oh damn I have to sleep"

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Re: Visual Migraines (auras)

archard

Joined: Jan 11 2007

"Stamen47" posted:

I know exactly what you're talking about! I can recall getting them twice before, and the last one was four years ago, I remember sitting in drivers ed, and I felt really weird, but it wasn't painful. I definitely remember losing my peripheral vision, though. It came back a little bit later, but was accompanied with a migraine. I don't really remember there being shapes, though...just a flickery white "aura" as the topic says. Weird stuff.

I always figured they were just a precursor for migraines, but you don't get migraines from them? I can't say what sets them off, since I haven't had one in so long. Maybe you just need to eat more carrots :D I also hear blueberries are good for the eyes.

I never get the actual migraine headache when it happens. I just get a very very mild headache and an overall kinda mentally tired feeling. I have a feeling that it's triggered by stress, as it seems to come on when I'm well, stressed. I know it's actually physically caused by some kind of disruption of the blood vessels in the back of the eye, which would make sense considering stress tends to do funky things with your blood pressure. I have heard diet has something to do with it as well, and I think that may be true. Usually I eat really healthy foods and I stay on pretty regular diet, but lately my diet has been all out of whack and I've been eating a lot of crappy foods.

I remember the first time I got it I was 15, sitting in latin class in high school. I didn't know what the hell was going on so I went to the nurse and had my mom pick me up. She told me about how this happens to a lot of people when they get migraines, but like I said I never get migraines. Since then it's happened randomly, but regularly. Usually it occurs maybe once every several months or so, but sometimes there are periods where it happens more frequently. Like I remember a couple years ago I went through about a week's stretch where it happened every day. That's when I talked to my eye doctor about, and she said I shouldn't be too concerned about it. It still freaks me out though, cause it feels like I'm having a stroke or I'm going blind or something. I mean it can't be good for your eyes to have blood vessels rupturing all the time. I've gotten a new doctor since then though, so I think I'm gonna talk to her about it next time I got to get my contacts prescription renewed. I have all kinds of eye problems :(

EDIT: check out this Wikipedia page I found describing exactly what I'm talking about. It's called a scintillating scotoma.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scintillating_scotoma

and the visual disturbances I get without the headache is called a acephalgic migraine. Wikipedia FTW!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acephalgic ... c_migraine

I also ran into this page while I was researching this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visual_snow

I also have this "visual snow". If I sorta close attention to my field of vision it actually looks like television static. Hard to explain. I wonder if anyone else has this...?

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rancidfetus

Classical Metalhead

Joined: Oct 09 2007

I get these a lot. I just assumed they were natural. I hope there isn't anything wrong with me. I think I'm going to take a trip to the doctor...

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Jammy XIII

Wielder of the Frop

Joined: Dec 05 2007

nope...i dont get these...
I DO however get migraines...EXCEEDINGLY frequently....
hell i've even got prescription meds for 'em!
and when i say frequently i mean once, twice a fortnight frequent

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MetalMario702

The Mario of Metal

Location: Rhode Island

Joined: Oct 27 2007

something like that happends to me when i sit down for a long time then stand up really fast. kinda like a head-rush only i cant see anything for like 10 seconds, and i eventually fall on anything within 5 feet X'D

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Joined: Jan 17 2022

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