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Headache With Flashing
44yo new onset migraines with aura. Inbetween migraines, having palinopsia, photophobia and vertigo spells. Vestibular migraines or something else?
Possible: Migraines can cause virtually any neurological symptoms. The rule out thumb is, rule out more serious causes first, so if you have not sought an evaluation yet, please do so. ...Read more
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
Spreading depression: We believe that migraine proceeds from the back of brain forwards with a neuronal inhibition starting over the occipital lobe, and mediated by changes in the brain stem, especially locus ceruleus. The visual process is not retinal, but brain mediated, and the term is called "spreading depression of leao". ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Bilateral headache shifting front to back throbbing with pulse, lasted noon-11 pm. No aura or visual changes?
Tension Headache: See the image to your left. There are 3 main types of primary headaches. Tension headaches are bilateral non-pulsating. Migraines are unilateral and pulsating and associated with aura. Cluster headaches are associated with physical symptoms around the eye ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Are aura migraine headaches and seeing floaters life threatening and a problem with your brain or eyes?
No: While some migraineurs may get a death wish, a headache never actually killed anybody. A headache (uncommonly) may herald a dangerous or life-threatening event, but not a PRIMARY headache like migraine. You need to educate yourself about migraines so that you can control them; otherwise they will control you. There are good books and also see e.g. http://www.americanmigrainefoundation.org. ...Read more
Aura Varies: Aura are commonly visual but can involve other senses. Aura typically last 10-30 minutes and some patients never experience this stage of migraine. Migraines progress through four stages - prodrome, aura, attack & postdrome. Aura aren't the same for everyone and vary from bright flashing lights to partial vision loss. Aura typically occur before migraine but can occur concurrently with the pain. ...Read more
Migraine: I hear it all the time: "I got sinus, doc." They're wrong. That's a myth perpetrated back in the decades of "postnasal drip" i.e. the 50s & 60s by the advertisers of Dristan. 99% of all "sinus" headaches - aren't. They're mostly migraines. If you have radiological proof of sinusitis and your pain goes away if it's treated, then you're entitled to the diagnosis of sinus headaches. Otherwise, not. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Could chills, palpitations, migraine aura such as shimmering lines in vision, fatigue be caused by a glutamate sensitivity?
Definitely a trigger: A variety of external and internal factors can trigger a migraine attack in certain individuals who may have a genetic or neurochemical predisposition to migraine. Here are the common suspects: cheese, alcohol (particularly red wine), chocolate, foods containing monosodium glutamate (msg), nitrates, or tyramine, and a sugar substitute. ...Read more
Yes: What you described is called an aura and is associated with migraines. There are medications both to decrease the frequency of migraines and to take right when the migraine starts to make it go away. There may also be certain foods and beverages that can trigger migraines. Rather than try to get into that here, my best advise us to see a specialist who treats 'tons' of 'em. Good luck. ...Read more
My aura before migraine was different today, white flash with immediate large section of vision blurred with zig zags, not gradual like usual. Common?
"Common"?: Not sure what you mean by "common." It doesn't seem to be common for YOU. I recommend you look up "scintillating scotoma" & "fortification spectra" & see whether the descriptions fit your symptoms. Migraines can change over time, especially in women, as migraines are often exquisitely sensitive to either short-term or long-term changes in female hormones. ...Read more
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