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Diagnosis of Migraine & Headache Types

Retinal Migraines?

  • By Yue

    I have always suffered migraine with aura. These episodes are incredibly familiar to me now. I will feel off, then my vision starts to feel funny, and slowly I will get scintillating patterns in my vision that grow and last 20-30 mins, then headache.

    However, yesterday I had an episode which shook me up a lot and my doctor did not know what it could have been after an eye exam. I was sat at my computer and felt okay when suddenly my vision went very disturbed in one eye only. I ran to the bathroom and the vision returned after 1-2 minutes. There were no other symptoms I could tell, aside from causing me panic attack and a very bad night sleep.

    I am wondering if this sounds like retina migraine or not at all? The doctor saw no evidence of damage in the eye or bleeding, and I don’t think I had a stroke as I probably would have had numbness etc too?

    Can anyone advise?

  • By Yue

    Oh bit more info: I am 27 year old female with 12 year history of migraine with aura

    • By Nancy Harris Bonk Moderator

      Hi vwnpg1,

      When we have new and/or different symptoms, it’s important to report them to the doctor – I’m glad your eye exam was normal. As much as I wish I could tell you exactly what is going on with your head, only your doctor can do that. Now, having said that I can tell you some of the visual symptoms you describe can occur when having migraine with aura. Let me share information with you on this type of migraine;

      I hope that helps,