Need some Community Support
My episodes start with me noticing that something goes missing in my central vision; a blind spot area. Then the blind spot grows to a point where I can't see half of a person's face.
Shortly after this happens, I start to get a flashing zig zagging line that shifts around my vision. As it shift,s the blind spot moves and areas that I couldn't see before I can see again and areas I could see before, I no longer can. These blind spots are not black or white- they are just as if nothing is there.
The zig zag line grows and moves around my vision- usually starting in the center and working out towards my peripheral vision. After awhile, the zig zag line fades, and the blind spot does as well until eventually my vision returns and the zig zag line is gone. This whole process lasts roughly 20-30 minutes.
Then, after, the headache starts; however, it isn't usually a full blown pounding migraine headache. It is more just a feeling like my head is very heavy and thick with a minor, tolerable headache. I also tend to feel a little nauseous alongside general exhaustion.
The first ocular migraine I had was when I was 18 years old and I am now 27. These episodes used to happen once or twice a year, but lately, the frequency has been increasing. Today marked my 5th this year alone; second in 3 days. The other three occurred earlier this year- one in February and two in March within two weeks of each other. Before today, the two in March were the closest together I've ever experienced.
I also have anxiety and developed around mid 2016- which definitely may be one of the main reasons of the increased frequency. And, of course, my anxiety tends to center around health anxiety so I consciously and unconsciously am always checking my health. My vision is the primary focus of my health anxiety as it is constant and also the culprit of my awful ocular migraines.
I went to an opthalmologist back in January who said my eyes were completely fine. Neither this doctor nor my PCP thought I should get an MRI at that point- which was fair since before Saturday, I went 6 months without an attack.
But now? 2 in 3 days? My anxiety is through the roof and it is getting worse when the attacks happen. I'm stressed about it all the time and not sure what to do next. I can't rightly tell if my trigger is stress and anxiety or not. All I know is these episodes have occurred in the morning, afternoon and night, with all different types of food in my system. I am not sure what triggers it and I'm trying my best to figure it out.
A little community support from those who know what it's like to experience the ocular migraines would be greatly appreciated. It's terrifying when you go blind for half an hour with a migraine to follow; even if it is a minor migraine. It would truly give me a sense of calm knowing there are others who suffer the same thing and who can talk about it openly.
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