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Ocular Migraine followed by prolonged virus/bug/weakness symptoms

  • By ash75

    Hello, I’m new to this site and ocular migraines. I’m a 50 year old male, and in the last year started getting ocular migraines, pretty scary until I saw an eye specialist who diagnosed it. I get them every 3 to 6 weeks and normally they last about 30 mins, with the usual visual symptoms, no pain, and then feel slightly weak afterwards for a few hours.

    Twice I’ve had them and the weakness continues the next day, and last time it turned into a bug (weak, draggy, sore throat), and this time I’ve just felt draggy for about a week and a half.

    I’m guessing that if my body was fighting something when the ocular migraine happened, whatever effects the migraine had on the body could not continue fighting off the bug.

    Does anyone else experience this? I’m thinking about returning to my doctor to get it checked out.

    Thanks.

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  • By Katie M. Golden Moderator

    Ash,
    Yes, you should discuss this with your doctor. I personally don’t get Ocular Migraines, but my Dado does. I’m lucky enough to get full fledged Migraines.

    So you’ll find when talking and researching Ocular Migraines, there are many terms used to classify them- Ocular, Ophthamic, Optical. However the proper classification is Retinal Migraine, Migraine with Aura or Silent Migraines. But in layman’s terms, we tend to use these terms interchangeably.

    Here are two articles that give some basic info on what you have:
    https://migraine.com/migraine-types/ocular-migraine/
    https://migraine.com/blog/those-ocular-optical-and-ophthalmic-migraines/

    It’s also possible that you are experiencing “Silent Migraines.” With these you get the visual aura and any number of symptoms that others experience after the Migraine pain is gone (fatigue, weakness)…but you never get the headache. Here’s some info about these types of headaches.
    https://migraine.com/migraine-types/silent-migraine/

    And it’s possbile for you to just have the visual aura once and then the next time also have the more unpleasant side effects. Migraines have a life of their own. Understanding and avoiding your triggers is the best way to deal with these types of Migraines.

    Definitely mention these symptoms to your doctor!
    Best Wishes!
    -Katie
    Migraine.com Moderator

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