Visual Migraines (Ocular Migraines)


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Comment from: Chris, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: July 29

I started getting what the article calls positive visual problems when I was 18. I would have the 'absent arc or band of vision with a shimmering or glittering zigzag border.' It would start out very small like a dot or small football and then keep enlarging until it went beyond my field of vision. Then a very low grade migraine headache would develop and last 6 to 12 hours. If I notice the aura early enough I take 3 ibuprofens and that stops it. After all these years, I still can't find a trigger for it. It just happens.

Comment from: Jackie, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: July 12

I began having auras at age 24 and they continue today and I am 78. The first episodes included speech problems and some tingling of upper body. For many years doctors were puzzled. I had many tests including a basil metabolism test, CT scan of head since my mother had a cerebral aneurysm. Now my ophthalmologist checks me every 6 months. Sometimes the episodes are frequent, and other times may not occur for long periods of time. I never know what triggers them.


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