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Aura for 1 week or longer?

  • By Linzetta7

    Hello all, I’m new to the forum. I’m Lindsey and I’m 29 years old. My overall question is whether any of you have had a visual aura for longer than a few days??

    Brief history: I had migraines with auras when I was in high school, they pretty much went away in college and a few years after. Then I got pregnant at 27 and at 20 weeks along I started to get multiple silent migraines a week (visual auras, difficulty speaking, numbness in my hands and arms) and the day my daughter came they disappeared. THat was 2 years ago.

    Fast forward to last month, we have been trying for a second for some time and we actually got pregnant last month and had a miscarriage. A few days into the miscarriage I had 5 rounds of auras for a few hours then the worst headache of my life. I figured it was hormone related. Then this last Sunday I noticed i was seeing funny. Since Sunday (so a week now) I have had what seems like a visual aura (blind spot/disturbance in my right peripheral vision) that has me freaked out. My last month of pregnancy I had something similar and had my eyes checked as well as an MRI and both were fine. I’m just so scared that it won’t go away, I know it’s silly maybe to think that because it’s only been a week but i’d love to hear from anyone that has had something similar and when/if it went away!

    Thank you!

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  • By Nancy Harris Bonk Moderator

    Hi Linzetta7,

    Please accept my condolences on your miscarriage, I’m sorry.

    I’ve not experienced visual aura but have seen it through a visual aura simulator, not a pleasant thing. Visual aura usually ends when the migraine attack ends, but on occasion, can continue longer. Having said that, please see your doctor. It’s important to get prolonged aura checked out to rule out anything serious. Here is information on this; https://migraine.com/blog/what-is-emergency/.

    Keep us posted on how you are feeling,
    Nancy

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  • By painfree

    Hi Lindsey,
    I’ve had a lot of different kinds of auras, 6 MRIs, and 3 retinal exams, but only one aura lasted over a week, and that was due to bad medication. Nancy is right, you should get more, maybe better, exams, to rule out a micro-embolism. If you start with a wide-angle (not just 30 but 60 degrees) visual field perimetry test to measure your new blind spot, that could help the MRI reader know where to look for any clots that could be smaller than 2 mm and easy to miss. You might not recover perfect vision (I didn’t, and I cope), but if you do have blood circulation problems, doctors can help prevent much worse occurrences, with medications and lifestyle change suggestions. Good luck with your pain, and grief, but your anxiety is good motivation to action.

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  • By skyem23

    I have been experiencing this aura for about 2 weeks. Super scary because i had no clue what was happening to me. I saw an eye specialist and she told me what it could be. Because my eye is perfect health wise. Im 29 as well with two children. Never had an aura before. I do remember bad headaches in middle school.. What ever happened to you? Did it go away???

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    • By 85AmyBeth85

      Now that it has been almost a year since some of these posts do any of you have an update? I am a 32 year-old female, no children, and I’ve had a visual Aura in my right eye for 3 weeks. I have had two eye exams and they have determined that my eyes are fine. I have not had a headache along with the aura. I’m curious when it will go away. Thanks for any advice.

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  • By Ian Ginsburg

    Hi there – I am new. Hey Nancy – this is the cellist – I feel funny saying “new” because my migraines def are not. So about that pesky Aura. Well I live with mine ALL the time. And when a migraine is coming they pick up in vividness- this can happen from 2 – 4 hours before to four days – not specific but usually that two to four time is my early warning system – my aura the last six months has been vivid blue – like electric blue – I find it amazing actually at least from a colour stand point – but this aura is sticking around it has taken up residence in fact when I see a lot I just sorta sigh and go with it – same with the black spots – I just turn my head to either side and I see black spots all the time.linzetta 7′- don’t worry – I am living proof that you can have aura nonstop for years and it’s not going kill you and they do not permanently do odd things to your sanity. I think if you live with them you have to learn to understand yours in relation to the actual headache- does it become more intense – do the colours become more intense or more frequent – how do they change – keep a little diary just for aura(s) and you will begin to see patterns – that you might find very useful -yes being in status or at the emergency room with half your vision taken up with aura is no fun indeed but those auras that change before the attack give you time to go,to your migraine room or area get that seven up or sprite ready and the abortive handy or give you enough time to call a friend or husband to help — in this way I don’t think of my constant aura as something necessarily bad but you have to begin to understand it – your brain is trying to tell you something – and I would say listen. Hang in there!

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    • By blondebunny

      There is a correlation to migraine and too much progesterone …. I think you might feel better ones your hormones settle down. Hope you feel better.

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  • By BigSteven

    I only get aura, never a headache, room spins, dizziness, nausea, diarrhoea, extreme fatigue, sometimes an arythmia, it usually lasts 12-72 hours but has lasted a week once.
    I haven’t been diagnosed for migraine but was diagnosed with Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation last year but that is only the arythmia which I can get without any aura.

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  • By blondebunny

    I had a migraine with aura today and I think it might be related to HRT patches, specifically the progesterone. I am using evorel. I hadn’t drunk much water, I had had a strong coffee and also chocolate and I’m menstruating… it could’ve been a mixture of all those things.

    The research I have done states aura should only last up to an hour. However, I had visual disturbance, dizziness, nausea, diarrhoea, slurred speech and confusion for about 5/6 hours. I took the hrt patch off and I also 40mg propranolol which seemed to help. I had cold extremities, headache and neck pain amongst a lot of other symptoms. I’ve read that a vegan diet can really help.

    I am going to come off my hrt patches and go on femseven which contains a better quality of progesterone.

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  • By Georgiana

    I once had aura for months. Every time I’d get in my car, I’d see it. I think being outside in sunshine just made it visible.

    I told my neuro, and she suggested I try using a sumatriptan injection or 2 to see if that would stop it. It didn’t, unfortunately.

    It did eventually stop, but since then a regular aura is no longer the early warning system it used to be.

    Now, I still occasionally get auras where I lose parts of my vision. THOSE suckers are still harbingers of doom. About 30 minutes later I get slammed. I don’t want to think about what this does for my stroke risk. :-/

    I digress… You might want to talk to a neuro yourself if you’re concerned. But, in my case, yeah that happened.

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