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My name is Tracey. I am 56yrs. I have suffered from migraines but didn’t know what they were since I was so young. I was perhaps 7 when I started having what I called eye aches. It usually woke me up out of a dead sleep. It felt like someone was stabbing me in my eye with a ice pick.

The pain was unbearable and I would get very sick when I would get an eye ache and vomit. My mom recently mentioned how when I would get an eye ache, she felt so bad for me because all I could do was cry out in pain and be very sick. That was 50yrs ago.

I would be at school and again I was young, 7-8ish, and would get these floaty things I called them. Sqiggly lines also. I then would get tunnel vision and I knew that I was going to get a eye ache and would go to the nurse. The pain would set in as would the nausua and vomiting.

I was away at summer camp one year and don’t I go and take a eye ache in the middle of the night and had to go to the infermery and missed out going overnight camping that day.

By the time I hit my teens I grew out of having these eye aches as I always called them. Today I know the proper name and my mom who is 80yrs and I just had a discussion about this subject. I told her I found a great site and that I was not the only one with eye aches.

To sum up my story today, I suffer from optical eye migraines. I get the blind spots, the lightning bolts and know that I will be getting a migraine here shortly. I now have meds that I am just starting on and hopefully it will help with these optical migraines with aura.

I have been getting them now for the last year. So am trying different meds to help with the migraines and the pain that is associated with them.

Thank you for reading my story, I am glad I found this site.


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  • Katie M. Golden moderator
    3 years ago

    Welcome to! I’m so glad you found us. I hope you’ll see that we are a welcoming, non-judgmental group that strive to support and educate each other.

    I’m so sorry it took this long in your life to figure out what your eye pains have been. If you have any questions, please reach out. Under the Community heading, you can find our Forums section. There are so many topics where you can ask question or just commiserate with others going through the same thing.

    Best Wishes!
    -Katie Moderator

  • Tracey author
    3 years ago

    Thank you for the warm welcome! I have been slowly going through the site as time permits. Glad it is here.

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