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Silent migraine? Ocular migraine?

  • By voxamberlynn

    Hello everyone! First timer here! I started to experience ocular migraines as a young adult and I am still having them today. I start to notice my vision is blurry in a certain area, then comes the black spot and eventually the zig zag lines. I’ve just kinda let them pass and continue with my day. It seemed as though they increased during pregnancy (assuming it has to do with hormones).
    since last December I have experienced three instances of memory loss. I’ve had a CT scan done on my brain, because I was afraid I had some kind of tumor.. (I’ve also had my eyes checked) but I’ve been searching on the internet and came across migraines and memory loss being linked for some.
    The most recent incident was two days ago. I had a moment of extreme deja vu (but of a dream I’ve had before) and within 20 minutes I felt confused while looking at photos in my phone. I felt like they were all totally foreign and I had never seen them before (I was editing them for nearly 10 minutes and suddenly they all looked new).
    I became very afraid, then my anxiety kicked in and I was severely hot. I had tingling in my fingers on my right hand, so I laid down in hopes I could relax.. I never have extremely painful headaches that accompany my episodes but sometime I have a dull headache that lasts for a day or so..Since then I have had lingering dizziness (nothing too crazy – I’m not falling or anything) and I feel a little off..

    Does this sound like migraine symptoms? Apparently it’s hard to diagnose migraines because every Dr I have seen doesn’t really say much about it.

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  • By Nancy Harris Bonk Moderator

    Hi voxamberlynn,

    Thank you for your question and being part of the Migraine.com discussion forum – we’re glad you’re here!

    Although some of the symptoms you describe could be migraine disease, getting a diagnosis isn’t safe, but let’s see wat information I can give you that will help you on your journey. Getting an accurate diagnosis is key as this will allow us to get the proper treatment and learn all we can about migraine disease. Having said that, currently there is no test, blood work or image study to diagnose migraine disease. A diagnosis is reached after the doctor gives us a complete neurological exam, discusses our symptoms and goes over our medical history and our family’s medical history. Let me share this information with you on doctor and diagnosis;https://migraine.com/living-migraine/diagnosing-ichd-3-versus-icd-9/.

    You may want to seek out the expertise of a true migraine expert, a doctor who is board certified in headache medicine, which is different than being certified in neurology. Neurologists may be fine doctors but may have a hard time being experts in one area because they treat so many conditions such as epilepsy, stroke, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s and others. Migraine/headache experts typically treat one condition all day, every day migraine and headache disorders. Here is more information on this; http://migraine.com/blog/how-are-migraine-specialists-different/ and https://migraine.com/blog/really-find-headache-specialist/.

    Silent, or acephalgic migraine is a migraine attack without the headache phase, we have more on this type of migraine attack here; https://migraine.com/migraine-types/silent-migraine/.

    Let me know if you have more questions after you go over this information.
    I hope you have a low pain day!
    Nancy

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