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Scintillating Scotoma Without Headache
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
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
Auras, visual issues: Indicate the need to see an eye doctor or your family doc ASAP. The sooner this is treated the less likely it is to create permanent damage. Peace and good health. ...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
Migraine w/ aura: are the same as migraine without aura but has the additions: visual, sensory, and motor phenomena vary in complexity. Sometimes, there may be an extended gap of several hours before the headache starts. In fact, not every aura is followed by a migraine attack. See an Orofacial Pain or headache specialist for evaluation and management. ...Read more
Can scintillating scotoma a symptom of panic, anxiety or hyperventilation? I read panic causes flashing vision?
Panic not a cause: Scintillating scotomas are most commonly caused by cortical spreading depression, a pattern of changes in the behavior of nerves in the brain during a migraine. Panic is not on the list of causes on any source i found. The first sentence is from the wikipedia article on scintillating scotomata. Best wishes to you. ...Read more
Not usually: Cataracts cause halos/glare especially when driving at night, blurry vision, loss of contrast sensitivity (decreased contrast between objects & background ) & decreased vision: even on; these symptoms worse with time. Flashing lights usually due to vitreous changes, retinal traction, hole, detachment, or brain blood flow issues/migraines; More info: [email protected] ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
What could these symptoms be: excruciating migraine, head tremors, fatigue, fainting spells, blurry vision?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Migraine: A scintillating scotoma occurs with some migraines. It is a distortion of the side vision with a shimmering or wavy effect. The vision in the area of the shimmer is impaired. It is typically in both eyes at the same time, although it can be more prominent in one. It can be stationary or move. Scintillating scotoma are alarming but do not cause long-term vision loss. ...Read more
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Have had "flashing lights"for5 days. Seen by opthamologist, no retinal problem found. history migraines. No ha. Constant flashing. Any ideas?
Ocular migraine: Non-cephalgic migraine are migraine events without throbbing head pain. This is more common than thought because patients and doctors do not think about it. I suspect that your symptoms fit this entity. In absence of eye defect, this sounds occipital brain and migraine related. Use Aspirin and stress reduction. Look for causes suc as illness, hormones, new meds, allergies, blood pressure, etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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