March 18, 2011 at 7:18 am #42001
Can more information about the connection between Aura sufferers and stroke possibilities be made available on this site? Thanks!You must be logged in to reply to this topic.
March 21, 2011 at 2:58 am #42002
Hi Suzie, is there a particular question you’d like to see someone here address? We’d like to help where we can…You must be logged in to reply to this topic.
October 14, 2013 at 7:13 am #45686
I am a 71-year-old male and have been experiencing a series of migraine auras since May this year.
My previous experience of a migraine aura was in the early 1990s when I had one episode, but nothing again until a couple of years ago, when I was given a new medication for HBP, and this triggered a series of aura episodes. When I stopped taking the medication, however, the auras ceased.
But, as I say, since May I’ve been getting them again and this time I am not taking anything I consider might be a trigger.
My experience of frequency is between 2-3 days and 11 days between episodes. They begin with a small anomaly in vision, which over a few minutes expands to a ‘jagged band’ or ‘starburst’ effect in vision which usually lasts for 20 minutes. I usually also have a headache, but this isn’t usually too severe and doesn’t last long.
My main question for others on the forum is this: is anyone coping with these migraine auras WITHOUT taking medication? The reason I ask this is that I’ve been prescribed two different kind of preventative medications to date. The first of these was Sodium Valproate, which had the side-effect of making me very nauseous. I stopped and was then prescribed Amitriptyline which, quite frankly, I’m loathe to try as I read that a possible side-effect (apart from dry mouth and sleepiness) is palpitations. (I occasionally have skipped heart beats — arrythmia — and am worried the Amitriptyline may trigger it.)
I’ve also tried Feverfew without success. I’m thinking now I may try to cope with the auras and forget about drugs. Does anyone else find this to be the best approach?
Many thanks in advance for your responses.You must be logged in to reply to this topic.
June 22, 2011 at 5:38 pm #42003
I have been diagnosed with migraines – my main problem is the aura not the migraine itself. During the aura, which lasts maybe a minute or two, I get a strong sense of deja vous, can’t concentrate, and don’t make a lot of sense when speaking or writing (although I can say enough to get myself out of the room). My confusion lasts about five minutes before I am myself again and then a dull headache usually follows. It happens 1-3 times a month. I can’t, though, seem to identify any triggers. Doctor has said he has ruled out other things, but I’m still not so sure since I never really get a throbbing headache that won’t go away with just normal over the counter medicine. Could it be something else? Or does this sound common for a migraine?You must be logged in to reply to this topic.
July 7, 2011 at 1:36 pm #42004
Funkychicken, You might want to take a few minutes and look up acephalgic Migraine. Additionally, not all Migraine attacks are severe enough to need serious medical intervention. This is one reason why it can be so difficult to get a good diagnosis. Triggers are notoriously difficult to find because they can sometimes act together over several days, making finding them difficult at best. Using a Migraine journal can be very helpful. If you don’t find it helpful after a couple of months, then make the journal more detailed and see if that doesn’t yield better information.
Obviously only a doctor can properly diagnose what is going on in your circumstance, but taking some time and reading the great information here, creating your diary and eliminating potential triggers from your life may be helpful to you. It certainly is a great way to begin a thoughtful conversation with your doctors about your concerns. Good luck and let us know how it goesYou must be logged in to reply to this topic.
September 8, 2011 at 8:33 pm #42005
Funky chicken i have the saem thing. how ofter do you get these auras?You must be logged in to reply to this topic.
April 12, 2012 at 12:12 am #42006
Like Funky Chicken, my problem is less the migraine and more the aura.
I am a sufferer of infrequent, irregular migraines which are preceeded by an aura which lasts around 45-minutes.
Having to live with migraines is perfectly manageable to me. It’s the unpredictability and rapidity of the onset which are severely impacting my life.
As the aura comes in instantly and impairs my vision dramatically, I am unable to drive or move around safely. I am at the point now where I am too afraid to venture too far from my house with my two preschoolers.
Does anyone have any advice on handling this? I never seem to meet any migraine sufferers who experience the same problem.You must be logged in to reply to this topic.
April 16, 2012 at 8:26 pm #42007
rosemaryj – Because you experience aura you ARE experiencing Migraine attacks, just that you are missing the pain portion of the attack. It is perfectly realistic to want to talk to your doctor about starting preventive therapy since your auras are definitely impacting your life. Migraine isn’t all about pain, and the other symptoms can be just as debilitating and often, unfortunately, ignored.You must be logged in to reply to this topic.
September 4, 2012 at 1:09 am #42008
I would like to know if anyone is having auras that seem to keep changing from one form to another. I have had a couple of the all out white and black jagged edge visual disturbance kind that completely occludes my vision and causes me to hang onto something so I don’t fall down until my sight clears. But that was only the first phase.
Then I started, several years later, to get flashes of light that look like commas moving all over my visual field. Sometimes there are one or two, sometimes several hundred. They can go in all over directions like fireworks or from left to right or right to left. I have been having those for a couple of years now.
I have also had something that looks like a wide paintbrush of white paint (or light because it is very bright) that swipes over my vision and then disappears. This can be small, big, over one eye or both, and does not last more that 30 sec. normally.
The new kind that I am experiencing that has me more worried is happening every day and evening. At first I thought it was a reflection on my glasses from outside lights, or inside lights or the flicker from the fluorescent bulbs in the ceiling. And I thought it was happening only at night. But it happens whether I have my specs on or off, at night or during the day, basically anytime I seem to be walking around. I am getting half circle shaped flashes in my peripheral vision, on both sides, and they keep going until I stop moving. I think they are more sever at night, but I am noticing them during the day as well. Because they are so constant, I don’t know whether to see my migraine doc or my eye doctor. But they are disturbing.
I am newly taking Depakote as a prophylactic, and besides a few unwanted side effects, it is working well, and the severity of my migraine pain is much reduced – more than it has been in at least 10 years. However these auras have come along with the Depakote, and I don’t know what to think of them.
Does anyone have any experience with this, or know what this is? Should I be worried, or just take it as another evolution of the disease and be happy that I have less pain to deal with.You must be logged in to reply to this topic.
September 4, 2012 at 6:58 am #42009
hangingbyathread – any time something changes you should see your headache specialist to be sure it is Migraine related. Chances are, these are auras, but you really should be sure and not assume anything.You must be logged in to reply to this topic.
September 4, 2012 at 7:34 pm #42010
Thanks. I wrote an e-mail to my doc last night and will try to get an answer this week. I’ll let you know what she says. Auras can be so peculiar, as I am finding out. I wish there was more information on their causes and why some people get them, some don’t, and some, like me, get them much later into their time with migraine disease.You must be logged in to reply to this topic.
September 5, 2012 at 2:41 am #42011
hangingbyathread – Mine have definitely changed over time. I used to only have Migraine with aura. Now I miss the aura stage fairly frequently, and when I do get them they are different, and not as bad as they were at the beginning.You must be logged in to reply to this topic.
September 18, 2012 at 4:00 pm #42012
Hi, I just joined today. I’ve had migraine for years, but aura just started 2 months ago. They have become VERY weird. The first was typical-crescent of flashing stripes and my eye was missing. That headache lasted 12 days though. The second was really odd. An evaluation I was typing took on the characteristics of the 1940′s. Not exactly the coloring, although it ‘felt’ light blue. strange. The third one was a hallucination- I was putting some medical charts away and saw that a number of the ‘H’ section had been misfiled with D’s and S’s, etc. I went through and took all of the wrong ones out to refile later. When I went back to do that, they were all ‘H’s’. But I actualy had SEEN those charts. yikes. The headaches came an hour or so after each of these things. Also, I get hours of hiccups sometimes before a migraine. Does anyone else get this kind of stuff?You must be logged in to reply to this topic.
September 20, 2012 at 12:57 am #42013
I haven’t noticed anything like hiccups, but my auras are now including changes in my auditory system. The semicircular light flashes which are going pretty much all the time – day & night – and I do have daily migraines. I was watching some TV during a little pain lull and the sound from the TV started to come first into one ear and then into the other, like I was the center of a stereo system that someone was trying to balance. It was the most peculiar sensation I have ever had.
I need to get a new prescription for my specs. but I am sure all of this is connected with the auras. Fortunately they do not happen when I am driving, only when I am walking, at least so far. It is all so odd. Who know what will show up next!You must be logged in to reply to this topic.
November 21, 2012 at 4:23 pm #42014
Hi Im am a 37 year old and i have just suffered my first migraine. I was in work when suddenly i felt confused and unable to speak, my vision was blurred and the right side of my face and my right arm went numb. I thought i was having a stroke and my boss took me to the hospital. After an hour the symptoms started to clear and the headache began. What is worrying me is that almost a week later and the aura sysmptoms keep recurring. Even doing the slightest thing makes me exhausted and brings the blurred vision, confusion and numbness on. Is it normal for this to happen so long after the headache has gone ? It happens at least twice a day.You must be logged in to reply to this topic.
November 22, 2012 at 3:21 am #42015
Welcome to the migraine aura forum. I’m sorry your experience was so scary. Your boss did the absolute correct thing getting you to the ER.
Typically after an attack has ending, the symptoms resolve. If you haven’t yet, I would contact your doctor and let him know what is happening. Here is some information that may be helpful;https://migraine.com/blog/what-is-a-migraine-aura/You must be logged in to reply to this topic.
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