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Ocular Migraine

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Buckocaster51, Jul 20, 2020.

  1. Axegrinder77

    Axegrinder77 Tele-Afflicted Ad Free Member

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    I used to get them. First time was scary indeed. Got them occasionally (approx once per month) for a few years. Haven't had one in around 5 years.

    Lack of sleep combined with some drinking the night before seemed to be a culprit.
     
  2. Badspike

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    Yep same here,
    Mine started when I was nine years old after I had open heart surgery and spent a night in a oxygen chamber.(1969)
    Your Conditions and symptoms are pretty much the same as mine across the timeline.
    Wherever I am, I keep the Imitrex with me.
     
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  3. gridlock

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    I’ve had Ocular Migraines. The first time I had one, I was at work, setting in my office and looking at my computer. I literally though that saw broken glass on the my monitor screen (I’ve shared the OP’s same attachment with others to explain what I see during these attacks). Once I realized that it was not a problem my computer, I thought that I was stroking-out. My doctor diagnosed my symptoms as an Ocular Migraine right away. Before that, I never heard of a Ocular Migraine.

    I had first Ocular Migraine about 6-7 years ago while working a very stressful job and did not have another Ocular Migraine until last year. Then, I had quit a few (almost daily) for a few months. The first one (6-7 years ago) was the most severe and lasted about 20 minutes. Since that first one, my attacks have only lasted 5-10 minutes. Fortunately I haven’t had another attack for a few months.

    When I was in my late 20’s and 30’s, I had severe headache-type migraines almost once or twice a month. Luckily the Ocular Migraines are not painful and only last for a few minutes and not days. I believe that these Ocular Migraines are related to stress and sinus problems.

    I no longer panic when I get a Ocular Migraines attack. I usually just wait it out or continue doing what I am doing (only not as fast).

    Knowing the symptoms of Ocular Migraine is good knowledge to share.

    Thanks Bucocaster51 for getting the word out.
     
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  4. Mechanic

    Mechanic Friend of Leo's

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    Had them as long as I can remember. Once or twice a month is usual for me. Daughter had them and was freaking out over it until I told her I had them. The latest development is I’m getting a flashing light up and down my peripheral vision. I feal this is due to my face plant at the first of the year.
     
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  5. Buckocaster51

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    Have you discussed those flashes with a retinal specialist?
     
  6. drumtime

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    I have them fairly frequently. I've asked several doctors, optometrists, and ophthalmologists, and they all said the same thing. They're harmless, and nobody really knows why they happen.

    I still don't like them.
     
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  7. KT89

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    I get them a few times a year, as others have said usually only during the unfortunate combination of high stress and lack of sleep. Had one the day of my last final exam, one on my first day of work.
     
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    I get them occasionally but never knew what they were called. The weird scintillation still bothers me even though it is relatively innocuous
     
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  9. jimbo735

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    I always pop an Excedrine When It starts keeps it away,I figured out when I was very young that Processed food was one of the triggers as well as other stuff like florescent lighting has triggered them,empty stomach.I haven't had a severe one since I found the Excedrine.And they were Bad.
     
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  10. Ed Driscoll

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    I got them once or twice seven or eight years ago (and went to the doctor to have it checked out), when my job required me to sit for hours in front of an early LCD screen. Not fun!
     
  11. Frontier9

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    I've had them since I was 15 - I'm 60 now and still get them. I've recently started taking low dose aspirin daily (2x83ml) and have found that it seems to lessen the frequency of these events. I was having them an average of 1 to 4 times a month. I am down to one every 6 weeks to 2 months. Something to consider if you start to have them frequently...
     
  12. willie

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    Yeah, I get these from time to time....really not all that often. Usually when I am experiencing chronic stress or not sleeping well The kind I have are actually called Scintillating Scotoma. First time it happened to me I was driving and suddenly realized I couldn't read anything in the center of my field of vision...scared the crap out of me Like others have said, the episodes usually go away in 20 to 30 minutes...and I generally don't get any headache from them. I get the lightning bolt thing that begins on one side of my eye and slowing dances to the other side and then out of view...weird. Doctor says it's nothing serious...I would prefer for it not to happen
     
  13. Danjabellza

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    I’ve had one. The illustration is bizarrely accurate. Visual disturbance, or optical disruption is how I’ve seen them referred to before, but my understanding is that it is essentially a migraine without the headache. Funny thing is, I’ve had scores of migraines and only one visual disturbance. I can still picture the moment it came on, where I was, what I was doing etc. very strange.
     
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    I have to stay away from Red Bull Monster type drinks. I've only had those when I drank one of those.

    I can't drink caffeine after about 10:00 in the morning.
     
  15. Mike Eskimo

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    Had a torn retina 3 or 4 years ago , toNs of floaty goo right after, did the cryo-soldering gun deal by a retina surgeon .*

    Supposedly full recovery . I’ll go in as they tell me to if I notice new floaters or anything seems weird or different.

    so an ocular migraine happened and they said come on in . Checked my eye out - ok .


    I’ve had a couple more and got one checked out - still nothing.

    last time I called and they talked me down.

    I swear it’s only happening in one eye o_O but they don’t seem to be concerned .

    *the best part of the cryo treatment ? The ten times they stuck me in the eye with a hypodermic needle !

    And - you can’t close your eye when they do it !:lol:
     
  16. Elmore

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    I have had a couple. For me, stress related. Then followed by a conventional headache.
     
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    I started getting visual migraines about 2 years ago. Thought I had a brain tumour or was having a stroke!! I've had many since then. Initially I would get them several times a week...twice a day sometimes. I would sometimes get a lingering headache afterwards. A couple of times it affected my ability to speak....I could remember simple words. Once I couldn't think of my daughter's middle name!! Then they vanished for over a year and then boom they came back. I had three in the last month. They're very unpleasant but don't freak me out too much any more. I know it will resolve itself in about 20 - 30 minutes.

    They always start with the center of my vision disappearing. If I look in a mirror I typically won't be able to see my nose, which is weird. Then in my lower right field of vision the flashing, wavy lights begin...they will travel toward the center of my vision then back to where they started and it's over. On one occasion I woke up with one...but was able to get back to sleep and when I awoke it was gone.

    They're very unenjoyable to say the least but I know they are harmless. My feeling, as well as most of what I have read, attributes them to stress.
     
  18. P-Nutz

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    Ms. Nutz has just had three within two months. Says it starts off with jagged, neon-looking stuff in her left eye (her bad one) ... vision gone, takes about 30 minutes to recover ... no pain, but she's worthless ...

    Buckocaster, MN says it looks like what you see, but only affects the left half of her left eye, then everything fades to black.

    Funny that this thread just came up, as she learned what caused it and what it was called at our annual eye exam last week. Eyeball man it's actually not your eye, but your brain that's the cause.
     
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  19. Mike Eskimo

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    I told my eye doc that mine seem to get better/stop if I use drops .

    He asked if I was putting the drops on my brain ...
     
  20. Whatizitman

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    I sometimes describe it as looking at xmas lights through broken or wet glass.

    But you can’t look away from it. It follows your field of vision. At first it’s like a blind spot. Then distorted shapes. Then the jagged line of lights.

    I make sure not to be driving until the aura passes.

    I’ve found only recently that taking a walk outside and/or eating actually helps reduce the migraine intensity. In the past I couldn’t do either without vomiting. Not sure what has changed, but I’m certainly not complaining.

    The only consistent triggers I’ve been able to observe are significant emotional stress, or just a break from normal stress like on a vacation. If I take a few days off of work, it’s almost guaranteed I will have at least one migraine.
     
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