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I had auras of colorful zig zags before a migraine . What causes auras to happen? My aura really affected my whole vision. Is that normal for an aura?

I had auras of colorful zig zags before a migraine . What causes auras to happen? My aura really affected my whole vision. Is that normal for an aura?

Auras: Auras are caused by the migraine (vasospasm of a blood vessel) occurring in the occipital lobe of the brain. The are where vision is perceived causing the zig zag symptoms preceding the headache. ...Read more

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Aura (Definition)

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


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46 year-old with Graves disease and gluten hypersensitivity, had 30 min of L hemicranial aura-type symptoms and L visual disturbance. Migraine....?

46 year-old with Graves disease and gluten hypersensitivity, had 30 min of L hemicranial aura-type symptoms and L visual disturbance. Migraine....?

Likely migraine aura, but...: Great textbook description of a classical migraine aura, and indeed in the end, this is most likely the answer. However, in view of first episode, in context of a complicated medical history, I would recommend excluding vascular insufficiency from a different ischemic mechanism. To clarify issues, might have a good ophthalmological exam, do a carotid duplex study, and even consider MRI films of brain. Some blood studies to reassure include sed rate, CRP, fibrinogen, homocysteine, and maybe HgbA1-C and lipids. Statistically, would expect much of above to be negative. If this ever occurs again, can abort process by hyperventilating into a small paper or plastic bag for about 3-4 minutes, but could bring on a nasty headache. Hopefully, my comments will be of relevance. ...Read more

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Is Topamax (topiramate) capable of treating visual "static" or lots of stars and floaters, related to migraines?

Is Topamax (topiramate) capable of treating visual "static" or lots of stars and floaters, related to migraines?

Topamax (topiramate): Topamax (topiramate) has been used as a prevention for migraine episodes, but once symptoms are present other medications are used to treat the attack. ...Read more

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Pains in back and top of head distorted vision and disorientation with some hearing and cognitive issues but no headaches blood test and head MRI fine?

Pains in back and top of head distorted vision and disorientation with some hearing and cognitive issues but no headaches blood test and head MRI fine?

Why beta blocker?: Beta blocker itself very unlikely to cause this. Why did you take it (that is the underlying illness)? You may be having more symptoms from your underlying illness. If all tests negative then consider stress, but only after tests done. Classify "distorted" vision better. If solid evidence of structural illness then consider spinal tap - but only if you sure it isn't stress (may hate test). ...Read more

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Can vision therapy help with migraines and visual disturbances? Bad eye strain and head pain upon focusing at close distances, and when in motion.

Can vision therapy help with migraines and visual disturbances? Bad eye strain and head pain upon focusing at close distances, and when in motion.

No: Most ophthalmologists and those schooled in the west do not put a lot of credence in vision therapy. They don't put a lot of credence on acupuncture but many find relief. With migraines, certainly consider the care of a neurologist. If appropriate your md may consider botox. At 28 you should not have trouble focusing at near unless you have latent hyperopia and need glasses. ...Read more

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I have jumbled words and poor short erm memory also horrible fatigue. I sleep plenty exercise and take naps. Brain cancer in family? Brain scan ??

I have jumbled words and poor short erm memory also horrible fatigue. I sleep plenty exercise and take naps. Brain cancer in family? Brain scan ??

Cognitive issues: need to be assessed by your doc who may refer you to a neurologist. After diagnosis a neuropsychollgist can test you and let you know what to do to help the situation. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Took BP after Migraine Aura(with no headache)after lunch165/81.Can migraine with an Aura only cause spike in BP?Have normal BP even with Migraine Aura

Took BP after Migraine Aura(with no headache)after lunch165/81.Can migraine with an Aura only cause spike in BP?Have normal BP even with Migraine Aura

It could: ...just the anxiety about possibly getting a migraine if you have bad ones. However, you have a rather complicated history and are on some things which should help control your blood pressure. Keep checking it, and if it is staying up (or going up) probably should be seen given your history. By the way, you can always take more Magnesium, bisglycinate better than citrate. Helps both concerns. ...Read more

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Sudden blind fields in vision and blinking spots , also headaches and i lose my ability to talk and think.

Sudden blind fields in vision and blinking spots , also headaches and i lose my ability to talk and think.

Classical migraine: Sounds like a complex migraine to me. There are many meds available to prevent such episodes. Talk to your doctor, but OTC items such as riboflavin, Co-Q10, butterbur or feverfew might stop these episodes. ...Read more

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Been getting visual disturbances, headaches and migraines, weakness, dizziness, weird smells, tingling, tinnitus for 2 weeks. 1.3cm pineal cyst found in may. Worried, can cysts kill suddenly?

Been getting visual disturbances, headaches and migraines, weakness, dizziness, weird smells, tingling, tinnitus for 2 weeks. 1.3cm pineal cyst found in may. Worried, can cysts kill suddenly?

Unlikely: Pineal cysts of that size is typically benign. Growth is slow, if at all. Most of your symptoms are unlikely to be related to the small cyst. Sudden death from 1.3cm pineal cyst rupture would be extremely unusual. ...Read more

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I've had three visual auras right upon waking up within the month. Seeing a neurologist soon. Any insight into waking and having the visual aura?

I've had three visual auras right upon waking up within the month. Seeing a neurologist soon. Any insight into waking and having the visual aura?

They do this: they can occur on awakening. There is really nothing unusual about this. Auras are most commonly caused by migraines. Occasionally and aura can be due to an underlyilng seizure disorder. I would be curious as to what kind of visual aura you have. (wavy lines, flashing lights, etc.). ...Read more

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Flashing dots of light, cold tingling in random body parts, ringing in ears. Like migraine aura but has gone off and on for days w/o headache. Cause?

Flashing dots of light, cold tingling in random body parts, ringing in ears. Like migraine aura but has gone off and on for days w/o headache. Cause?

See your physician: These symptoms may represent sinus issues, anxiety, a specific kind of headache or other neurological condition, etc. You should keep a log of the location, timing, duration, characteristic, and intensity of these episodes and take the log with you to your physician. You might be referred to a neurologist. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000647.htm ...Read more

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Dim vision, loss of balance, blood rush through head and almost fainting. Was that from low blood sugar?

Dim vision, loss of balance, blood rush through head and almost fainting. Was that from low blood sugar?

Probably not: Low blood sugar usually causes sweating, tremors, headaches, and palpitations. It would need to be very prolonged or severe to cause confusion or loss of consciousness. The symptoms you mention are most often caused by reduced blood flow to the brain, from low blood pressure. You should be checked out by your physician. ...Read more

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I've been getting bad headaches with spouts of nausea, dizziness, and intermittent spotty peripheral vision loss. Is this typical of migraines?

I've been getting bad headaches with spouts of nausea, dizziness, and intermittent spotty peripheral vision loss. Is this typical of migraines?

Although these: symptoms can be consistent with migraine it would be important to be fully evaluated rather than potentially miss another important diagnosis. Make an appointment with your health care provider for a thorough evaluation. ...Read more

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22. I keep having different headaches. Shooting pains. Migraine like. Brain freeze like. Always different depending on the day. MRIs and CTs were fine?

See neurologist: Great that MR was negative. There are all kinds of migraines. See a neurologist if u are not getting better. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have aura migraines with speech difficulty(speaking gibberish) and tingling hands before the migraine so infrequently(once a decade)?

"Normal"?: Depends on your definition of "normal." Strictly speaking, migraines aren't "normal." Are there migraineurs who have very infrequent auras such as you describe? Yes. If you're one of them, count yourself lucky. Better seldom than frequent. ...Read more

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What are main causes of perceptual changes in all senses, mainly vision? ( mental and brain disorders)

What are main causes of perceptual changes in all senses, mainly vision? ( mental and brain disorders)

An essay: There is enough information about this to write a book. When there is brain disorder of any type, firing occurs of neurons not always in a logical sequence. The brain attempts to make sense of the disorder by producing perceptual changes, imagery, sensations,etc. to try and order the disorder. The causes for the disorder can fill a textbook of neurology. ...Read more

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Are binaural beats helpful in making new neural pathway connections in brain ?

Are binaural beats helpful in making new neural pathway connections in brain ?

No: Binaural beats have been studied for decades by neurophysiologists for clues to how the brain processes sensory input. Studies I've seen suggest that they MAY elicit transient alterations in some aspects of mood or cognition. I've seen NOTHING to substantiate the ludicrous claims made by the binaural-beat lunatic fringe on YouTube etc., whose enthusiasm far outstrips their understanding. ...Read more

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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?

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