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MIgraine without Headache

  • By Anonymous

    Can anyone speak to the topic of migraine without headache? I cannot find much information about it.

    In my mid-twenties, I began experiencing migraine headaches. These headaches were preceded by aura; specifically, I would lose my sight in my right eye (a blind spot).

    Eventually, the migraines receded and were replaced by relatively rare but apparently ‘normal’ tension headaches. These are handled easily with Tylenol.

    Now, in my fifties, I am experiencing auras. Just auras. Once in a while I will have a tension headache, but they are generally not attached to auras.

    I haven’t spoken to my physician about these auras. It’s just my impression that there really nothing to be done about them. Am I wrong? Please correct my fallacious thinking.

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  • By Nancy Harris Bonk Moderator

    Hi BuckarooBanzi,

    It’s always a good idea to discuss new and/or different symptoms with the doctor. This way he/she can rule out anything more serious, better safe than sorry. So if it were me, I would be contacting my doctor as soon as possible,

    Silent migraine, sometimes called acephalgic migraine can have the same symptoms, aura, nausea, vomiting, light sensitivity, etc without the headache phase. We have more information on this here; https://migraine.com/migraine-types/silent-migraine/.

    I hope this helps!
    Nancy

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    • By Anonymous

      Hi Nancy,

      Yes, I did read the information at the link prior to opening this thread. Was hoping for more.

      Information at the link (or somewhere else on this site) says that people who suffer typical aura with headache often, as they get older, progress to aura sans headache. I am going on 58 y/o, so I assume that’s what’s happening to me.

      Perhaps because aura without headache is a relatively pain-free experience, there isn’t much interest in the phenomena. Hence, less information available.

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  • By Ronan

    I deal with acephalgic migraines quite a bit but without the aura. I personally call this type of migraine pain, invisible pain. Most everything else seems to screw up. But if your doctor/specialist has ruled other things out, I’d go with it. You know your body best.

    I treat these migraines the same way I would treat migraine with pain. My body is in pain, it just isn’t registering it in the typical way. Maybe there is interest but people don’t know how to put it into words. it is a different experience. Unless you have had one, you don’t know. It could be mistaken for something else.

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  • By Anonymous

    I like the description “invisible pain”! Fascinating.

    So, Ronan, If you experience neither the aura nor the headache, what symptoms do you experience? And, how do you know that these symptoms are due to migraine?

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  • By shady33

    I’m 25 and have been getting “silent migraines” for years look it up it’s pretty interesting but sounds like what you’ve got. No pain only aura and odd visual effects. I was misdiagnosed with schizophrenia because all that was wrong with me was visual. having to be locked In doors in darkness basically staring at a wall for weeks at time because the darkness would make the visual effects go away. Finally discovering that silent migraines was the culprit all along i have been successful so far getting rid of the effects by treating it how I treat my “normal migraines” either Tylenol or sumitriptan.

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  • By Nancy Harris Bonk Moderator

    Good to hear you have an accurate diagnosis and are able to treat “normal migraines” as you said, shady33! That must be a relief.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Nancy

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