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I keep seeing jagged flashes of lightning bolts that shimmer around an object followed by an intense headache. Are these hallucinations?

I keep seeing jagged flashes of lightning bolts that shimmer around an object followed by an intense headache. Are these hallucinations?

No: These are not hallucinations and you need to be seen by a doctor. Seeing lightning bolts can mean there is eye problem like a torn retina or neurologic problem like a migraine. If you are pregnant, visual changes associated with a headache can indicate a serious complication called pre eclampsia. If you have these symptoms it is very important you see a doctor for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Headache (Definition)

The medical term is cephalalgia. It is a feeling of pain that can occur on either both sides or just one side of the head or neck. Headaches can be sharp, dull, or throbbing, and can radiate to different areas of the head. They typically last less than an hour but can ...Read more


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What are causes of flashes of light in vision during headaches?

What are causes of flashes of light in vision during headaches?

Migraines: Migraine disorders often exhibit severe head pain accompanied by visual symptoms including sensitivity to light and flashes of lights. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are leads to of flashes of light in vision with headaches?

Could you tell me what are leads to of flashes of light in vision with headaches?

? Migraine headache: This could be a headache migraine or an ocular migraine. The latter is usually not associated with pain, however. Migraine headaches can be associated with visual symptoms such as flashes, spots, formed hallucinations, etc. I'd recommend a systemic physical exam to rule out medical problems. If physically normal then have ophthalmologic evaluation to rule out ocular problems. ...Read more

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Up from lying down, had aura(flashes, geometric patterns spread from middle) covering vision, mild headache and balance issue. Last few secs. Concern?

Up from lying down,  had aura(flashes, geometric patterns spread from middle) covering vision, mild headache and balance issue. Last few secs. Concern?

If this happens: repeatedly then, YES, it's a concern. If, on the other hand, it happens only once or twice, it's not much of a concern. A "head rush" can happen when standing upright from a sitting or crouching position if the heart & blood vessels haven't had a chance to accommodate to the change in posture. Dehydration, overheating & certain other conditions can contribute to head rushes. ...Read more

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Why were there flashes at the sides of my eyes? No headache or dizzines.

Why were there flashes at the sides of my eyes? No headache or dizzines.

Flashes: Flashes in the eye could be related to ocular migraine, retinal issues, vitreous detachment, or other problems. See an eye doctor for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Been getting aura headaches often right after i get home from work around the same time i see light flashes in vision then headache what's the cause?

Been getting aura headaches often right after i get home from work around the same time i see light flashes in vision then headache what's the cause?

Migraine : You are describing a typical migraine headache. If you suffer from frequent migraines you should consult a neurologist to be evaluated for triggers and for possible medical prophylaxis ...Read more

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I keep getting lots of flashing particals in my vision sometimes theres not many sometimes theres loads and other times its like shooting stars 50% of the after these random burts I get a really bad headache others a hot flushes and bad dizzyness with ri

I keep getting lots of flashing particals in my vision sometimes theres not many sometimes theres loads and other times its like shooting stars 50% of the after these random burts I get a really bad  headache others a hot flushes and bad dizzyness with ri

Migraine headache: Your description sounds like migraine headaches but you need to have a complete eye exam to make sure everything with eye is ok. Flashing lights can be a sign of retinal disease so a dilated exam is needed as soon as possible. ...Read more

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22, ended cycle a week ago now having nausea hot flashes headaches?

22, ended cycle a week ago now having nausea hot flashes headaches?

Call your doctor: Time for a check up to see what is causing you to have hot flashes at 22YO and headaches that may be related to hormones. You may need to have your hormones adjusted or see what is going on. Pick up the phone and call soon! ...Read more