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Old 06-18-2007, 05:11 AM   #1
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Migraine aura without headache

Two weeks ago I suddenly got a small semi circle of zigzag shimmering light in cente of both eyes and over 5 minutes one eye shimmer got larger and larger and moved slowly as it was enlarging over to the edge of my vision then went. All over and done with in 5 mins. AFterwards I noticed a ache down my face/ jaw into neck lasting a few hours but nothing to really bother me.

As I am very short sighted with complications I went to the eye clinic after having these attacks every few days for a week and they dilated my eyes and had a very good look at my retinas and said eyes fine its not an eye problem, sounds like migraine aura without the typical migraine headache.

My GP has tested my ESR to rule out temporal arterietus ? and i get result tomorrow and she says that the only serious things they consider is a) brain tumour b) TIA ( small stroke) but if I had a brain tumour with eye problems the eye Dr would have seem evidence of this at the examination and the eye problem would mostly be permanent and you do not have TIA's every day for a few minutes, she said Stroke/blood clot eye problems usually last days not minutes.

I have severe arthritis in my neck with prolapsed disc and have had it for years and she has advised me to see my neurosurgeon in next few weeks if the attacks continue. I am also menopausal and she said wonky hormones can trigger off migraines in women ( I'm 46 yrs old).

I see my neurosurgeon privately so could not afford any tests through him it would have to be through the good old NHS in UK which no doubt will take ages.

I am health anxiety worrier of the worst kind and am in a state of terror with racing heart etc and dread of another attack and I know I am constantly looking at my eyes and seeing all sorts of things.

Sorry for the long post, I feel a bit better after reading this forum to know so many people experience this but how worried should I be that I have a brain tumour ?????

 
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Old 06-19-2007, 05:12 AM   #2
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Re: Migraine aura without headache

It sounds exactly like an aura without the headache. I used to get them a lot before I was treated for migraines. It was really scary when I didn't know what they were. I also was convinced I had a tumor or stroke or something. But it all checked out fine. The upside is at least you are not suffering from the nasty pain and nausea of a migraine! Good luck and try to relax a bit.

 
Old 06-19-2007, 05:41 AM   #3
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Re: Migraine aura without headache

I've just been dx with migraine auro without headache (or Silent Migraine). I have complicated migraines and now with these added migraines I feel like screaming! I had NEVER heard of them. I'm on Pamelor and Epidrin and my docs hoping the Pamelor will knock their frequencies down soon.

 
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Re: Migraine aura without headache

Hi, same here!

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I had NEVER heard of them.
I had never heard of them either so when the eye doc told me I had a migraine I thought he was putting me on!
I kept telling him that I definitely DID NOT have a headache, just visual problems. That's when he explained that one could have a migraine without the headache.

P.S. The vision irregularities were so strange they made me afraid I was suddenly going blind!

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Old 06-22-2007, 10:43 AM   #5
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thanks all, flowergirl please could I ask you some questions. How often do you get the vision disturbances?? Did you get any other investigations other than being told by optician what was wrong with you??

 
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I just had to post! I have ALWAYS had those things. Had no idea what they were.....had one this morning....already moved out of my line of vision. I get kind of interested in seeing what kind of color or shape it might come in next. I noticed my vision in my right eye was a bit distorted yesterday morning...and this morning.....all the zig zag and flashing lights! My eye doc told me it was migraine, he said I was lucky I dont have the headache! I have done this as long as I can remember and I am 43 yrs old! I have to my knowledge never had a headache with them....migraine or otherwise.

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thanks all, flowergirl please could I ask you some questions. How often do you get the vision disturbances?? Did you get any other investigations other than being told by optician what was wrong with you??
Sorry, I was away for a few days.
Mileena is right. That's exactly what they are like. My first one, not long ago at age 48 scared the heck out of me. It started out with my vision becoming fuzzy, then a few floaters (nothing new) What followed were flashes of light. These started with small sparks and expanded, then shrunk and moved across my field of vision in a fragmented, kaleidoscope-like zigzag fashion before expanding again. Over and over. I had no eyesight while this was happening. My thoughts at the time were that all of the blood vessels in my eyes burst at the same time. (I have high blood pressure).
I have only experienced this twice. According to the optometrist, it's nothing to worry about. Yes, I had a follow-up exam with an opthalmologist, due to the damage from high blood pressure. No further insights were given.

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Old 06-26-2007, 10:21 AM   #8
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Re: Migraine aura without headache

thanks everyone you have helped enormously. Its good to know that you can have this and its not anything sinister.

I have an appt with my neurosurgeon who i see for my neck condition so will see what he says.

I have a degree in worry over health issues and always attach the worst case scenario to any symptom, you have no idea how good it is to know that so many of you have these eye issues and are still alive and kicking!!

 
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I get these too, I hadnt had one in years until last month after a heavy work out. Once I had my vision back I got the worst headache ever. The other night I got one but had no pain after. It is scary because I totally lose my site for about 20 minutes. I always know it is coming when I see the first lighted spots, then the kailiadscope vision/ strobe lights. I hope to never get one when I am driving!

 
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These are the strangest things! I have had them in all colors and all shapes! Always a zigzag, but sometimes more elaborate than others. The one I had the other morning was really quite pretty.....it was all black and white and only one color flashing. I could draw it! BUT I guess the reason it never scared me is because I must have been too young to remember the first one.....! At times....I have seen them start at the corner of my eye...just out of my sight...but ALWAYS works it way all the way across my sight and out the opposite side. When its in the middle, its hard to see...but just remember that it will work on out....usually within 15 min at the most. I have also never had them in both eyes at once....can have them in either eye...but only one at a time!
I just put it down to one of those things you have to deal with on occasion, and it isnt deadly....so I usually just lay back and enjoy the lights!!!
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silent migraine for four days!?

Hey everyone....I just wanted to run something by you to see if there are any other experiences like mine. I started getting migraines preceeded by auras when I was in 5th grade. They transitioned into silent migraines when I was about 22 (still got the aura). Now, I'm 32 but something different is happening. I've had an aura for four days. I went and got my eyes checked for common problems like damaged retina, etc...but they found nothing. Has anyone had a aura for a extended period of time?

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Old 09-30-2007, 08:26 PM   #12
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Hey everyone....I just wanted to run something by you to see if there are any other experiences like mine. I started getting migraines preceeded by auras when I was in 5th grade. They transitioned into silent migraines when I was about 22 (still got the aura). Now, I'm 32 but something different is happening. I've had an aura for four days. I went and got my eyes checked for common problems like damaged retina, etc...but they found nothing. Has anyone had a aura for a extended period of time?
I have heard that migraines & silent migraines can come anytime, infrequently or frequently or can come in clusters that could last for a week or more so I would think that the aura could come as often and last as long, but you might want to check with your doctor.
Now I have a question about my sister. Migraine runs in our family and I have the visual disturbances as well and usually without headache. MY sister has something just terrible that I think could be migraine but I'm not sure. She gets extremely dizzy to the point that she needs to hold on to anything she can find to keep moving. The dizziness lasts for a short time and then she starts vomiting. She said the entire time she is vomiting she is terribly dizzy that she doesn't know what to do. By the time the episode is over she is totally drenched from a cold sweat. She also said that sometimes it is so bad that she actually has to remind herself to "breathe".
Has anyone ever experienced anything like this? She gets this about 2-3 times a year for the last 6-7 years. She is about 55 and said she can't afford to go to the doctor. She also just lost her husband a few months ago to cancer and has no health insurance.

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Old 10-16-2007, 08:30 PM   #13
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I'm so glad to hear about other people experiencing this phenomenon! I experienced it for the first time about two months ago (I'm 51) and it scared me! I had no idea what it was -- I've never had a migraine headache and rarely get any kind of headache at all. It began as a small circle of shimmering lights in my field of vision -- slightly to the left of center. Over the course of about 15 minutes, the circle became bigger -- expanded -- and slowly moved off to the left and out of my field of vision. I was afraid I was having a stroke or something.

It happened the night before I was going on vacation, so I went to the ER -- even though it didn't hurt and was over in a few minutes -- because I wanted some sort of diagnosis: If this was a precursor of something, I didn't want it to happen when I was half way around the world! They said "optical migraine" and said I was fine to go on vacation, but just to get it checked out when I returned. Since then, it's happened once again. I plan to go to a neurologist soon to get it checked out.

 
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