Migraine FAQs: What are symptoms of silent migraines?
Common symptoms of silent migraines may include:
Seeing flashes or flickering lights
Seeing zigzag lines or waves, also called fortification illusions
Seeing spots, stars, halos, circles, lines, shimmering, other shapes or colors
Loss of vision
Other visual disturbances
Seeing three-dimensional effects
Seeing dark areas
Migraine sensory aura symptoms such as
Tingling or numbness
Feeling pins and needles
Odd sensations in a body part
Clumsiness or weakness in the limbs
Other symptoms of silent migraines include:
Change in mood
Because many of the symptoms of silent migraines are the same as the symptoms for stroke or a transient ischemic attack (TIA), sometimes called a mini-stroke, it is very important to see a medical professional immediately to diagnose the cause of the symptoms. Ruling out stroke and other more serious disorders is crucial since the typical migraine head pain is not present. Sometimes with TIA, the vision changes create dark images and don’t change whereas the silent migraine symptoms are bright and keep changing.
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