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Aura confusion

  • By Chip&Dale

    Maybe it’s just me, but for many MANY years now I’ve been telling doctors that i haven’t been experiencing aura with migraine and not a single one has corrected me when I gave them the list of the symptoms that i have been experiencing right before a migraine.
    I have always thought “aura” was simply visual disturbances like seeing weird things.

    But. I also includes hearing things, photophobia,smelling things (for me it’s an overwhelming smell o=7 cigarrette 0) so/tr&ï

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  • By Nancy Harris Bonk Moderator

    Hi Chip&Dale,

    Thank you for your comments. There is a lot of misunderstanding about migraine, with and without aura. For eample, migraine can be mild, moderate or severe and it is possible to have migraine more days than not.

    Some researchers have called migraine a genetic neurobiological disorder which a wide range of symptoms. Migraine with aura impacts about 25% of people with migraine. There are a few different types of aura including visual and sensory. You can read more about these here; https://migraine.com/faqs/what-are-the-different-types-of-migraine-aura/. For more reading on migraine with us check these links; https://migraine.com/migraine-types/migraine-typical-aura/ and
    https://migraine.com/blog/no-two-people-are-same/.

    I did want to mention it sounds like its time to see a doctor who is more knowledgeable about migraine. Neurologists may be fine doctors but have a hard time being experts in one area because they treat so may different conditions such as multiple sclerosis, stroke, epilepsy, Parkinson’s and others. Migraine/headache disorder specialists are just that, experts in one area – migraine and headache – and are board certification in headache medicine, which is different than being certified in neurology. It’s also important to note that all neurologists are NOT migraine/headache disorder specialists even though they may claim to be and all migraine/headache disorder specialists are not neurologists. We have information on why these doctors are special and how to find one here; http://migraine.com/blog/how-are-migraine-specialists-different/ and https://migraine.com/blog/really-find-headache-specialist/.

    Keep us posted on how you are doing,
    Nancy

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