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What distinguishes a migraine from a regular headache? I have occasional headaches where I see "light specs" like from a camera flash. Is it an aura?
Well...: This is a challenging question, and there are many opinions. I gnereal a migraine headache that is left untreated will last at least 4 hours usually more. There might be symptoms like visual disturbances, and often (but not always) there is an AURA or a symptoms that occurs minutes before like a visual disturbance, or a smell etc... over 50% of migraines affect only half of the head... ...Read more
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, ...Read more
After exercise I see little black spots like camera flashs in vision against white background, its not floaters. I do get migraines with aura some.
Entoptics: What you are seeing are the white blood cells coursing through the vessels of your retina. After exercise because of increased heart contraction those white cells move dramatically more and against a white background they are easily seen. This is a completely normal phenomenon. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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