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Miagraine w/aura

  • By ywdh8s

    HI am knew here and wanted to ask some seasoned migrainer’s if this is normal… about 15 years ago I started with my first migraine with aura I was terrified didn’t have any clue what was going on… I never knew any triggers at that point … would have them maybe 12 a year for a couple of years… then one day I aura and no head pain..i knew what was coming so I laid down and took tylenol..I was happy till an hour later had another aura/migraine and thi stime a headache insued…and that was that no more for a few years ( i would of been in my 30’s ) at the time of these.. Skip ahead to last summer I went on a trip and got one aura but no headache just pressure in head until nest 2 days I had my headache.. 1 month later another..2 months later another now it seems like every 3 months now. I have tried to spot triggers msg may be one and weather but not all the time..I am now 44 almost 45.. I have more stress in my life financially wise… I had a migraine yesterday at 1.48 with aura and then i laid down right away and seemed not too bad but still noticed my sinuses fill up and head pressure and sore neck it was shortly after eating egg/sausage breakfast sandwich and apple juice been eating these off and on for a bit no problems…today i went to eat again after only a few mouthfuls aura started again in the opposite eye which gives a headache on the other side and all i had was a salad..lettuce tomoatoes..cucumber..onions..celery yogert dressing and parm and mozza cheese which are all things I have eaten before…I got a slight headache not bad this time..has anyone ever experienced bizarre migraines like these ? I get really scared I will have another one now..

    Carrie

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  • By Eagle6205

    Well Ive had issues with my condition for a little over a year now though mine is extremely severe causing stroke symptoms but I can tell this. Im highly suspicious of MSG. MSG is in everything it would seem but, specifically Ive found things tend to go haywire for me after eating certain types of Ranch Dressing. IE MCdonalds had that new Habanero Ranch I tried that the night before all hell broke loose on me, 12 hours later I could no longer walk.

    Ended up having symptoms of stroke,they thought it was one for a while but weren’t able to prove it.So fast forward regular ranch doesn’t seem to cause as much an issue but other types do later on I ate some Marzetti Buttermilk ranch that came with a salad from Arbys. Though it didn’t cause full on stroke symptoms it did cause a lot of migrainous Symptoms.

    It is hard tell though if a food is truly a trigger unless you eat it at the same time everyday and get a migraine at the time. Also the days you dont eat it and skip it,you end up not having one then I would be suspect of it. You may just be having migraine come on from early morning after waking and never realize it till the Aura kicks in, you can have migraine without Aura even if you have Migraine with Aura.

    Best of luck to you in figuring it out. Try cutting out anything with MSG and see if that helps any. Heres a list of common triggers for most people from this site.
    https://migraine.com/infographic/top-migraine-food-triggers/

    Hope that helps some.

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  • By 284q0c1

    I’m currently 19, and I had my first mígraine when I was 14 and it’s always been preceed by an aura. However, since my mid 17s I haven’t had any more migraines other than the tension headaches here and there because I’ve discovered a trick. Before that I used to get migraines anywhere from within the space of 6 months to 4 days. I don’t know if it will work for everyone or if I’m disrupting some essential neuro-biological process (lets hope not) by doing it.

    I noticed that before I got a migraine, I was in a state of mind where I felt dissociated and I didn’t feel pain (<-this is the key part)and sometimes I would have olfactory hallucinations, this was during the early onset of the aura phase. I believe the whole aura phase is called “cortical spreading depression” (search it on wikipedia). I didn’t lose my ability to feel, just my ability to feel pain. I found this out because I randomly bit myself one day out of pure desperation and anxiety after noticing the aura, and I realised I wasn’t feeling the pain I should be feeling. It was during this point that the zigzags would usually appear and spread (before I discovered the trick that is).

    After noticing this, whenever I got an aura or felt even the slightest feeling of dissociation or olfactory hallucinations, I would pinch myself (yes, pinch myself). Sometimes I would feel the pain of it, then I knew everything was fine. Sometimes I wouldn’t, in which case I would simply pinch myself more and try to make it hurt, eventually I started to feel the pain andalso noticed that the aura dissapeared. Noticing the aura in its very early onset will require some level of self-awareness and alertness.

    THINGS TO CONSIDER
    I’ve never allowed the aura phase to progress because I’ve always pinched myself whenever I noticed the slightest sign of possible aura so I don’t know whether it would work mid-aura.

    I’ve also been scared whenever I noticed the aura phase starting, which would in turn elevate my heart rate so maybe that’s what stopped the migraines from happening (but i doubt it).

    It could also be that I’ve been completely cured of my migraines and these ‘tricks’ have nothing to do with it (I sincerely doubt it).

    I believe sleep has the biggest part role to play with migraines personally, so you should consider monitoring your sleep habits and how it correlates with your migraines if my trick doesn’t work for you.

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  • By 1436huk

    From the time that I was 16 to 18 years old I had Migraines with SEVERE Aura that would result in a debilitating headache. I kept seeing ceiling fans out of the corner of my eye, I would look and it would disappear. If I looked straight forward, they would come back. They were so real in fact, that once I said to a classmate… “When did they put ceiling fans in hear”. The symptoms would follow the same pattern every time… Aura, Tingling of limbs, lips and head, inability to speak properly and then finally a sledgehammer headache on one side of my boy that would last 12-24 hours. I had 4 migraines and after that things went dormant.

    Last night, July 5, 2015 I felt the all to familiar tingling in my hands and new immediately what was going on. I was having my first migraine in twenty years. The signs were somewhat different this time, the migraine began with a tingling sensation in my thumb, which engulfed my hand in about 2 minutes. Followed by the inability to speak or express my thoughts fluidly. I immediately ran to the kitchen and downed two glasses of water with a giant cup of espresso, a blood pressure pill (vaso-dilator) and 500 mg of magnesium. I’m not sure if it stopped the migraine or lessoned the severity but all the symptoms were extremely mild in comparison to the migraines I had twenty years ago. The aura was the last symptom and occurred for about 10 minutes. It was all followed by a moderate pounding headache which I still have 15 hours later.

    When I was younger, I never nailed down a trigger, though I suspect it was a chemical in the bug spray we used in the barn. With the exception of an increase in ham (nitrates) and diet soda (aspartame) all the things I have in the refrigerator are things I have eaten all my life. It could be dehydration, stress or lack of sleep too, I’ve been dehydrated lately, and not been getting much relaxation or sleep in the past 2 months either.

    I agree with Eagle6205, I try to stay away from Ranch dressing because of the MSG but I personally haven’t had any issues in 20 years eating it so I’m not sure it’s a trigger for me. However, my mother discovered her trigger was MSG and she gets debilitating migraines about once a year.

    The problem is locating your trigger, it can change and it can be multiple triggers. It’s like hitting a moving target. I personally think that the best bet is to have a more natural diet, stay away from junk food, lighten up on the meat and dairy, stay healthy, exercise, get sleep, and decrease stress.

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  • By Katie M. Golden Moderator

    Carrie,
    There are Migraines some people get referred to as “ocular” or “retinal” Migraines. You get the aura, but the head pain never comes. My dad actually gets these (lucky him). He knows if he drinks too much red wine, he’ll likely have one the next day.

    I can understand being scared of when it may happen again because it makes your vision impaired. You never want to have one while driving! Here’s some info on these types of Migraines: https://migraine.com/migraine-types/ocular-migraine/

    Since you have more frequently been getting these (some with pain, some without), it’s probably time to go see a neurologist. Keeping a headache and food diary will be helpful to bring along with you to your appointment. If these continue, it may be a good idea to be on a preventive medication.

    -Katie
    Migraine.com Moderator

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  • By Holly H.

    I have 3 types of migraines running concurrently: (1) intractable/constant migraine with 24/7 aura for the past 5 years with occasional severe spikes into stroke-like events like I see Eagle6205 has, (2) what the neurologist calls thunderclap but I also call sledgehammer migraine events, (3) and now this year developing ocular migraines with my aura increased in brightness of the lights and dark spaces and the speed of the flying objects, and my entire “field of vision” being filled up with all of that again 24/7. As far as aura is concerned, I have found that aura has to be dealt with distinctively from dealing with the migraine itself, even in the functionality challenges – it takes a whole different range of trying-to-cope skills. With everything, to me it is the most difficult challenge for me, as I have to see through all that and sleep through all that.

    Keeping the diaries of both food and headache is essential, as they are tools that the neurologist and you will use in several ways to know what you are dealing with. After 5 years, I still keep my headache diary in with my blood pressure log. It’s the old saying that knowledge is power = the empowerment for both you and your neurologist to make good decisions and perhaps a less rocky pathway to get you the needed help. It’s a good way to see those trends and patterns.

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  • By Katie M. Golden Moderator

    Holly,
    I cringe every time I get an aura because I know that the worst pain is on its way. It sounds like your auras are especially bad. Have you ever been to an opthalmic neurologist? This type of neuro is also an opthomalogist. There aren’t too many of them, but if you can find one I think it would make sense to try to get an appointment. Sometimes constant auras can have a permanent affect on your vision. Or there could be eye pressure that affects your vision. I’m not saying you have any of these issues, but seeing someone who is incredibly specialized could be helpful.

    -Katie
    Migraine.com Moderator

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