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Auras with very little to no headache!

So I began having auras at the age of 22. I was pregnant with my 3rd child. Every since I have had them on and off. Sometimes, I wouldn’t get one for months. And then other times in one month I would get a few. But lately, I’ve been getting more frequent auras with no headache. It’s really annoying and I’ve found that my hormones do play a major role. When I was pregnant with my last child, at the beginning of my pregnancy I would have them every other day.

My auras are flashing zig zags with nausea. I guess my question it normal for your auras to become so frequent?

  1. Hi KaySunny,

    Thank you for reaching out to us with this concern. I'm sorry to hear you're seeing an uptick in aura symptoms. Although it's not uncommon for our migraine attack symptoms and/or patterns to change over time, it's always a good idea to let the doctor know so he can make sure everything checks out OK.

    If you haven't been in touch with him, I would encourage you to speak with him.

    Please keep me posted,

    1. I am 39 and got my first migraine at age 11. They were sporadic over several years. I hadn’t had one for ten years when, a year ago I began getting aura with no headache. I got about 15 the first month and for several months I had a few a month. Sometimes I go 6 weeks with no aura; other times I get one a week. Have seen a neurolgist and had and MRA. I am still trying to figure out what my “triggers” are with no real luck. Possible triggers are light and changes in weather. Would love to hear if you find anything out about yours.

      1. Thanks for sharing with us racheldz, I am sorry to hear how long you have been suffering with migraine, and that they are back again. Figuring out your triggers is very difficult- often a migraine diary can help narrow down patterns (there is an app called “N1-Headache” that also performs this function). Have you considered consulting a certified headache specialist? While neurologists are fine doctors, sometimes they have a hard time since they deal with such a wide amount of concerns. I wanted to share this with you: Keep us posted on your progress, we would be interested to know how you are progressing- I hope you are able to find some answers. ~Melanie ( team member)

    2. Two and a half years ago before mine started I had been walking in countryside in the deep snow, and got the zig zag lights. I got no symptoms with it at all. I thought it was a warning of snow blindness. A friend told me it might be a "silent migraine"
      It was ten days later when I got nausea, shakiness, tearfulness, pains above my right eye, weakness, exhaustion. My doctor said it couldn't be migraine because of such a delay. He sent me to a neurologist who thought it was migraine. They did a CT scan but found nothing wrong.
      I only had one or two in the two and a half years since, but I had symptoms running chronically, with a few days off sometimes in between.
      Then in August this year I had one visual aura every few days, so five in total in one month, and the migraines have suddenly changed, so now the symptoms are different, but never much of a headache.

      1. Hi ,

        It's not uncommon for our migraine attack patterns and symptoms to change over time. It is however, important we let the doctor know what's going on so he/she can make sure everything checks out OK.

        Will you keep me posted?
        Nancy Harris Bonk, Patient Advocate/Moderator

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