Is Visualizing Migraine When Your Eyes Are Closed Common?
Hello, I’m pretty worried about this and it is making sleep even more difficult (which isn’t ideal) so any advice or help would be great.
My Brief Migraine Background
A bit of background… I had my first migraine with aura two weeks ago. This is fine, well, it wasn’t at the time I thought I was having a seizure or something as I’d never heard of it before, but now I know it’s fairly common I’m mildly less worried about it. I had another a week ago and it happened after I woke from about 7 hours of sleep. Both seemed to be focussed on my right side/vision. Two nights ago, again upon waking from sleep (but this time after probably about 4-5 hours?) I had my first migraine with nausea that involved intense pain, behind and including, my left eye. I understand this is pretty common too. I haven’t seen it mentioned and I just wanted assurance that people also have some of the many many ‘aura’ type patterns I’ve been experiencing that are located exactly (or in the vicinity of) where the migraine is happening. So in about the top left of my vision every time I woke from sleep I would see a different pattern, the first three were the radiating curves, red/green/blue lines and then the white disappearing ‘cloud’ shapes. If I opened my eyes for a while and closed them again the pattern had gone. This kind of made me scared to sleep and I didn’t again for the rest of that night, with the migraine probably disappearing after about 12 hours! The night before last I slept about 8 hours, again I got the 3 patterns in the bottom right of the link whenever I temporarily woke up, plus one that looked like a ball of webs, 2 or 3 more I forget, and lastly a static type one that freaked me out as I’d heard about visual snow (wish I hadn’t) and have kind of been panicking about something affecting my vision permanently. Should say I didn’t get a headache migraine this time, and just feel like this is the previous migraine ‘auras’ continuing…
Panic, Stress, and Anxiety
Obviously the panicking/stressing/anxiety isn’t helping, nor the lack of sleep, a lot of which has been brought on by previous (and now unforced current) poor sleeping habits, plus the tinnitus that I’ve also had for 2 months now. I went to the doctors and he said auras were common and gave me some drugs (diclofenac and buccastem) which he told me weren’t ototoxic (bad for hearing/tinnitus), but a few links I saw on the internet say otherwise, so I’m a bit reluctant to take them until I’ve found out for certain. Oh, I also had pretty blurry vision the night before the headache migraine (went to the opticians and they said my eyes were fine), which I’m now thinking might be to do with a migraine as well? They haven’t been blurry since then… Anyway, I know that auras are common, but is it common to have repeated, differing auras in the location of the migraine every time upon awakening, and that they continue for I guess about 50 hours (it happened two nights ago, last night I was still getting patterns, and the night just gone I’ve been having dark, ghostly patches where the migraine is located). Thank you for any help!