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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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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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Doc said its migraine with aura had about 4 in my life im 29 i thought it was signs of a stroke had a CT scan would he be able to tell the difference?

Doc said its migraine with aura had about 4 in my life im 29 i thought it was signs of a stroke had a CT scan would he be able to tell the difference?

Migraine: is chronic neurological disorder associated with focal neurologic deficit, alterations in cerebral blood flow and headache. Any headache must be viewed as a valid medical disorder and the headache assessment must be comprehensive. Imaging like CT or MRI are very important to rule out secondary pathology. ...Read more

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Fem 70+ 6mth ago Stroke from carotid on Plavix and fibrazate . Had temp about 4min vision loss recently in one eye .I have migraine with Aura.Ideas?

Fem 70+ 6mth ago Stroke from carotid
on  Plavix and fibrazate .
Had temp about 4min vision loss recently in one eye .I have migraine with Aura.Ideas?

Ineffective treatmen: This could herald new onset of stroke hence you should call your physician. The treatments are not always effective you may need change in the treatment. ...Read more

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MRI report....multiple nonspecific small subcortical foci of T2 prolongation in the left cerebrum. I'm 43 and started having migraine with aura at 41.

MRI report....multiple nonspecific small subcortical foci of T2 prolongation in the left cerebrum. I'm 43 and started having migraine with aura at 41.

Its unusual: to start having migraine at 41. Vasculitis is a consideration. I would want to know if you had an elevated CRP, sed rate or a positive ANA test. Consultation with a neurologist is advised if not already done. ...Read more

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Treatment for migraine with aura?

Treatment for migraine with aura?

Migraine w/ aura: Migraine w/ aura. Treatment depends on frequency. Will need acute treatment. If 2 or more per month, preventative medicine or measures recommended. this is idea consult case for health tap -happy to help you w/15 minute consult. ...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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Should i be overly concerned about daily occurrence of migraine with aura for the last month?

Should i be overly concerned about daily occurrence of migraine with aura for the last month?

You should: see an orofacial pain or headache specialist for diagnosis evaluation and preventative treatment. Any headache must be viewed as a valid medical disorder and the headache assessment must be comprehensive. ...Read more

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Any reports of migraine with aura affecting a fetus' development?

Non-significant: The outcome in migraineurs when compared to controls is non-significant in cases of miscarriage, congenital anomalies, toxemia and stillbirth. Aprox. 60-70 of migraineurs will improve during pregnancy. Medication effects on the growing fetus is still not clear. Therefore, non-pharmacological treatment would be the "ideal" approach. ...Read more

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Migraine with aura. Take imitrex. Used to take midrin. It worked better. Is it no longer available? Any substitute?

Migraine with aura. Take imitrex. Used to take midrin. It worked better. Is it no longer available? Any substitute?

Not available: Regretfully, patients have noted that Midrin is no longer available. The alternatives include trying to get a compounding pharmacy to create it, other drugs like the Imitrex you are taking, as well as other medications used for migraineurs. Try asking your doctor to see if there is a compounding pharmacy in the area that can help formulate this medication. Let us know if you are successful. ...Read more

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I've had a migraine with aura a week ago. But I am still pretty sure that I am seeing wierd blind spots or dots. R they connected? What should I do?

See a headache: specialist for diagnosis, imaging and management. An aura that lasts more than 60 minutes may be indicative of more serious pathology. The onset of the actual migraine headache usually occurs within 60 minutes after the aura abates. ...Read more

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How do i get rid of a migraine with aura? Ive had a headache for the past 3 days and im pretty sure that's the medical term. I've tried multiple meds.

How do i get rid of a migraine with aura? Ive had a headache for the past 3 days and im pretty sure that's the medical term. I've tried multiple meds.

Suggestions: 1. Avoid pain meds, especially opioids, even tylenol, (acetaminophen) as these do exacerbate migraines. Cambia powder can help at any point in a migraine. 2. If pattern becomes consistent, will need preventative approach to stop chronicity, and many prescription and OTC items can be tried. 3. Would a Concierge virtual consult be useful? ...Read more

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I started getting more and more lightheaded over 6 weeks then eventually got migraine with aura (weakness). Is this a normal presentation?

 I started getting more and more lightheaded over 6 weeks then eventually got migraine with aura (weakness). Is this a normal presentation?

See your doctor: Weakness is not an aura. An aura can be flashes of light, strange sounds or smells before the headache. You might be lightheaded because of all the medication you're on which can cause low blood pressure. Please see your doctor. ...Read more

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Is there a way to differentiate migraine with aura and multiple sclerosis by looking at symptoms rather than just the results from various tests?

Yes, mainly duration: Migraine symptoms (aura, pulsating or throbbing headache, sensitivity to light, vomiting, blurred vision) last 24 to 72 hours, or few days, multiple sclerosis symptoms (limbs numbness/weakness, vision loss, unsteady gait, slurred speech, bladder and bowel problems, dizziness, tingling) follow a relapsing/remitting course and last for weeks. Migraine drugs don't improve MS symptoms. Take care. ...Read more

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Migraine with aura started after starting Zoloft. Off 25 mg now for two weeks, still get but not as bad. Had MRI but no answers. Normal? Was on 2 mths

Migraine with aura started after starting Zoloft. Off 25 mg now for two weeks, still get but not as bad. Had MRI but no answers. Normal? Was on 2 mths

High serotonin: Some people may be sensitive to the side effects of meds including SSRI antidepressants like Zoloft. The increase in serotonin stimulation in your brain may have triggered a migraine headache. Some neurotransmitters, hormonal changes & inflammatory agents can cause migraines. You may continue to experience headaches as your body gradually withdraws from the Zoloft. ...Read more

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Do migraine with aura, in particular ocular related cause lesions on the brain at all and if so would they present themselves on a brain mri?

Migraine with aura: If migraine with aura is suspected, it is appropriate to identify or exclude any secondary cause (e.g. tumor, MS) for the headache using blood chemistry tests and brain imaging procedures. However, almost all cases migraine with aura come back with normal MRI. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Migraine Headaches (Definition)

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Migraine (Definition)

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