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Change In Vision (Definition)

There are many types of eye problems and visual disturbances. These include blurred vision, halos, blind spots, floaters, and other symptoms. Blurred vision is the loss of sharpness of vision and the inability to see small details. Blind spots (scotomas) are dark "holes" in the visual field in which ...Read more


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How long does visual changes associated with migraine headaches last?

How long does visual changes associated with migraine headaches last?

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

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How long does visual aura associated with migraine headaches last?

How long does visual aura associated with migraine headaches last?

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

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Can you tell me about suffer visual distortions pre-migraine headaches?

Can you tell me about suffer visual distortions pre-migraine headaches?

Aura: Many people suffer a variety of different visual disturbances prior to developing a migraine. This is known as an aura. The disturbances may vary from seeing black wiping out part of your visual field, to seeing wavy lines or spots before your eyes, that may even persist once your eyes are closed. For more information on migraines see: http://understandingmigraine.blogspot.com/ ...Read more

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Does anyone treat visual distortions during aura or migraine headaches?

Aura management: I would imagine that treating the migraine headaches would result in diminishing visual distortions. ...Read more

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I get migraine headaches 5x/week and take Imitrex (sumatriptan) for it. Are there short / long term risks?

I get migraine headaches 5x/week and take Imitrex (sumatriptan) for it.  Are there short / long term risks?

OVER USING IMITREX (sumatriptan): Serious side effects include heart arrhythmia (irregular heart beat)/palpitation, and rare heart attack especially older folks with risks. Being male at 61, it is a bit risky. Using 5x/wk is excessive. There are daily meds to help prevent migraine attacks and so i suggest consulting doc for eval and treatment. Since you are taking med 5x/wk for severe headaches, why not daily to stop it? Good luck. ...Read more

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Does anyone else suffer visual distortions before migraine headaches?

Does anyone else suffer visual distortions before migraine headaches?

Yes, very often: Visual distortions are often part of the aura that precedes the onset of headache in patient with classical migraines. Use this! often, if you take your abortive medication as soon as the aura starts, you will be able to stop the headache before it becomes debilitating. Remember- earlier is better! ...Read more

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Can migraine headaches be triggered by a change in diet?

Can migraine headaches be triggered by a change in diet?

Yes: Before you label your headache a migraine see a physician. Migraines can be triggered by foods, stress, sleep cycles, hormones, moods, and much more. Webmd has good sources. ...Read more

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I have had migraine headaches for years. My last 3 headaches have come with facial numbness and dizziness, a new symptom for me. Is this normal or should I be alarmed?

I have had migraine headaches for years. My last 3 headaches have come with facial numbness and dizziness, a new symptom for me. Is this normal or should I be alarmed?

Alarmed no: If these new symtoms resolved, there is no need for panic, but you should let your physican know of the change. It may mean you need an exam and testing to make sure there is nothing else going on. ...Read more

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Can botox injections help people suffering from chronic migraines? Hello. I'm a female in my mid-twenties and have suffered from migraine headaches for as long as i can remember. I've been to several neurologist and undergone several test to determine the

Can botox injections help people suffering from chronic migraines? Hello. I'm a female in my mid-twenties and have suffered from migraine headaches for as long as i can remember. I've been to several neurologist and undergone several test to determine the

Yes, if you qualify: Botox has been fda approved for chronic migraine, and I have seen it work very well for a number of patients. That being said, the criteria for getting the treatment are quite stringent- i would follow up with a neurologist who offers the treatment to see if you meet those criteria and, if not, what other options are available to you. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Migraine Headaches (Definition)

Migraine headaches are a common condition that often include a headache with throbbing, pulsing pain, blurriness of vision, nausea, and sensitivity to light. They ...Read more


Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Migraine (Definition)

A type of headache that is associated with throbbing localized pain and usually causes light ...Read more