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Aura (Overview)

The term aura is usually used to describe a visual change that occurs at the onset of a classic migraine. It is typically described as an odd light appearance, color change or other visual illusion associated with the headache. Not all migraines have auras..."common migraines" do not have auras, while "classic migraines" do.


Aura (Overview)

The term aura is usually used to describe a visual change that occurs at the onset of a classic migraine. It is typically described as an odd light appearance, color change or other visual illusion associated with the headache. Not all migraines have auras..."common migraines" do not have auras, while "classic migraines" do.


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Having auras. Does that mean I need new glasses?

Having auras. Does that mean I need new glasses?

Not likely...: It is very unlikely that seeing an aura is related to needing new glasses. It is more likely related to migraine headaches. Talk to your ophthalmologist. He or she will be able to help you find out what it is. ...Read more

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How can I treat migraine with aura or just aura without migraine?

How can I treat migraine with aura or just aura without migraine?

Migraine treatment: Once a diagnosis of migraine has been made, effective management of migraine involves three specific strategies: 1) patient education, 2) nonpharmacological management, and 3) pharmacological (medical) management. See an orofacial pain or headache specialist for evaluation and professional management. ...Read more

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Are flickering lights in vision an aura?

Are flickering lights in vision an aura?

Possible, but...: Possible if you suffer from migraines. Flashing or flickering in one eye can also signal pulling by the vitreous on the retina. Get it checked out! ...Read more

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I have non vestibular non vertigo chronic dizzy for 8 month 24/7. Neuro is treating for migraine aura. Differential diagnosis? Dizziness never stops.

I have non vestibular non vertigo chronic dizzy for 8 month 24/7. Neuro is treating for migraine aura. Differential diagnosis? Dizziness never stops.

Vertigo: Non vestibular vertigo means it is not from the ears, and therefore the neurologist is trying to control it by controlling your migraines as they can be correlated, follow their advice. ...Read more

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What are treatments for migraine aura or scintillating scotoma?

What are treatments for migraine aura or scintillating scotoma?

Start med early: Most likely this is a migraine with aura; because there is an aura, recommendation would be to take a tryptan as soon as you think it might be coming on. ...Read more

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About 6 yrs ago started aura then migraine 45 min after low to moderate exercise. Feel it in sinuses and nausea up to 48 hrs. What's trigger/cure?

About 6 yrs ago started aura then migraine 45 min after low to moderate exercise. Feel it in sinuses and nausea up to 48 hrs. What's trigger/cure?

See a doc: There are several types of specialists and probably your gp who can get you started on meds that rescue you from a migraine and other meds that prevent recurrance. I imagine your life mustt be difficult having to manage unrelenting pain and discomfort like that. ...Read more

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What are ways to get rid of visual auras migraine auras?

What are ways to get rid of visual auras migraine auras?

Try the following: Prevention seems most successful in addressing migraines, and approved drugs include topirimate, depakote, timolol, and propanalol; but otc items may work just as well, such as riboflavin, coq-10, butterbur, feverfew. However, if aura does occur, triptans really do not delete, but hyperventilation into paper or plastic bag for 3-5 min will eliminate the aura, but likely will then get bad headache. ...Read more

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I have epilepsy and have been experiencing auras in the past couple days. I take my medications as prescribed. I use drugs, etc. Want to chat?

I have epilepsy and have been experiencing auras in the past couple days. I take my medications as prescribed. I use drugs, etc. Want to chat?

Talk to Neuro MD: That's how epilepsy is managed--call your neurologist to develop a plan for what to do about seizures between visits. Most times we can adjust doses of meds. Identifying and eliminating triggers may help (sleep deprivation, strobe or flickering lights, stress). Some people are more prone to have seizures around time of their menses/ period. Good luck! ...Read more

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I get migraines with aura. During pregnancy they stopped completely. Is the pill likely to stop them again and is the mini-pill safe w/ this kind?

I get migraines with aura. During pregnancy they stopped completely. Is the pill likely to stop them again and is the mini-pill safe w/ this kind?

Maybe: Migraines often remit during pregnancy. If they coincide with your periods, then oc may help. If they occur randomly, then oc may not help. Be sure to live a "migraine healthy" life style -good sleep (with a newborn, right) see my health files for tips on migraines from the nih. ...Read more

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Is there anything I can take to prevent aura migraines?

Is there anything I can take to prevent aura migraines?

Maybe: There are preventative treatments to avoid migraines- usually for the whopper headache. These can include beta blockers or amitriptyline. If you just get the aura, you are lucky. There are other meds to stop an attack once it hits. ...Read more

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Bilateral mild to moderate pulsating headache, gets worse with activity or when suddenly stand up. No aura and nausea. Thanks!

Tension headache?: Could be a tension headache since there is no aura or nausea. You can take NSAIDs and see a chiropractor or massage therapist to help. If you have any kind of numbness, tingling in your extremities, any rash or fever then you need to be evaluated immediately. ...Read more

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I get migraines with auras. Lately, I'll get an aura and it will go away after about 20 mins. Then a hour later it will come back. Why is this?

I get migraines with auras. Lately, I'll get an aura and it will go away after about 20 mins. Then a hour later it will come back. Why is this?

Migraine headaches: You don't list prophylactic or abortive therapies for migraine headaches. See a neurologist for a full evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment recommendations. In the meantime, identify your headache triggers and keep a headache log (timing, frequency, duration, location, characteristics) and take it to the neurologist. Http://www. Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/migraine. Html ...Read more

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33yr old, male. Neuro/genetic probs since childhood. No diag. Hiv+. Recently, has aura like sympt w/ feet swelling. Dr's not sure what's wrong.

33yr old, male. Neuro/genetic probs since childhood. No diag. Hiv+. Recently, has aura like sympt w/ feet swelling. Dr's not sure what's wrong.

Re-visit geneticist: Newer molecular genetic tests like comparative genomic hybridization may help find the underlying cause. His primary care doctor can order this, coding "genetic disorder, unspecified" for insurance to pay. Geneticists (md's) see adults as well as children. Provide all medical records from birth- current, mom's pregnancy, labor & delivery records, if available a 3-generation family history. ...Read more

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Does having migraine with aura put me at higher risk for stroke? I am 39.

Does having migraine with aura put me at higher risk for stroke? I am 39.

Unfortunately yes: The risk of ischemic stroke in migraine with aura (ma) is 2x that of migraine alone. The risk of ma +tobacco+bcp is 10x that of a smoker + bcp. Recent population studies suggest that ma also increases the risk of hemorrhagic stroke. Not all strokes that occur in patients with ma are related to the headache, other etiologies may exist, such as patent foramen ovale and arterial dissection. ...Read more

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How is it that I can see auras?

How is it that I can see auras?

Unclear question: Migraines and some epilepsies (seizures) commonly have visual auras since they affect the areas if the brain that process vision, but it's hard to tell what you mean by aura. Epilepsies that start in other areas of the brain would have auras related to the function of those areas instead. ...Read more

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Are flickering lights in vision an aura?

Possible, but...: Possible if you suffer from migraines. Flashing or flickering in one eye can also signal pulling by the vitreous on the retina. Get it checked out! ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: aura?

What is the definition or description of: aura?

Related to migraine: The term aura is usually used to describe a visual change that occurs at the onset of a classic migraine. It is typically described as an odd light appearance, color change or other visual illusion associated with the headache. Not all migraines have auras..."common migraines" do not have auras, while "classic migraines" do. ...Read more

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I'm not sure if this requires immediate attention--aura?

I'm not sure if this requires immediate attention--aura?

A partial symptom: An aura may describe a warning that a seizure is imminent, or the beginning of a migraine attack. Since this is nonspecific from the description, it is best to seek medical advice and further investigation. ...Read more

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I have migraines with auras? What do I do?

Migraine with aura: Is a serious and complex neurologic disorder. Headache, vertigo, visual disturbances nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light or sound, dizziness, neck pain, stomach nose bleeding and parasthesias are common symptoms. This condition must be professionally managed. Rec.: see an orofacial pain or headache specialist for evaluation and management. ...Read more

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What is a sensory aura before a headache?

Classical migraine: An aura prior to headache can occur in a type of migraine called "classical", and can consist of bright spots before the eyes, loss of vision over right or left visual fields, unilateral numbness, difficulty with speech.
Thot to be associated with suppression of brain function prior to onset of headache. Another variety of migraine called hemiplegic, can result in focal weakness. ...Read more

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How can I stop migraines with aura taking place?

Migraines with aura: There are many good medications for migraine treatment. Migraine is a serious and complex neurologic disorder. Today effective management of migraine involves three specific strategies: 1) patient education 2) non-pharmacological management (diet, sleep hygiene, acupuncture) and 3) pharmacological (triptans, topamax, (topiramate) etc) management. Rec.:see orofacial pain or headache specialist. Hope it helps. ...Read more

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Are OCs safe for people with migraines with aura?

Are you asking abo: Over the counter medications, oral contraceptive pills, etc? Please consider resubmit with clarification. Thanks. ...Read more

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Can there be really such thing as a spiritual aura?

Possibly: Ions moving generate energy fields, human bodies included. Procedures like eeg's and ekg's can register those energy fields. "spiritual aura" is more subtle, and there is research attempting to document it. The work of elmer green phd is one place to review; ions is another. Green measured human biofield ("aura") in monks & healers. Beverly rubik phd's article: http://tinyurl. Com/lpj9tdc. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Visual aura?

Visual aura: Is a perceived visual sensation (such as blurred vision, flashing lights) that precedes a condition affecting the brain such as some migraine headaches. ...Read more

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I experienced my first visual aura I think, should I wait things out?

See your PCP: The migraine aura is a neurosensory disturbance that includes a series of idiopathic, recurring neurologic symptoms that develop gradually over a 5-20 minute period and last less than an hour. See your PCP for migraine management. ...Read more

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I am epileptic, very well controlled, so why am I suddenly having repeat auras?

I am epileptic, very well controlled, so why am I suddenly having repeat auras?

Meds or menopause?: Repeat auras may be a sign that your epilepsy is not as well controlled as before. It's could be due to a change in medications, a change in levels of medications due to introduction of other meds or supplements, or due to progression of whatever underlying thing is causing the epilepsy. Also, seizure patterns can change before or during menopause. ...Read more