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What does a migraine visual aura look like?

What does a migraine visual aura look like?

Varies: Typically affects vision out of both eyes. Descriptions range from jig-jaggy lines or squiggly lines, to gray holes in vision, to distorted vision. Sometimes sparking lights are noticed. Sometimes the aura spreads outward over several minutes, followed by the development of headache. Some people only experience the visual aura without headache. ...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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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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I have non stop visual aura w/out migraine for 1 year. MRI showed I'm having lots of migraines. Not always a headache. How do I stop aura?

I have non stop visual aura w/out migraine for 1 year.  MRI showed I'm having lots of migraines. Not always a headache. How do I stop aura?

Migraine prevention: Your MRI showed that you are having migraines? I think in this case it is not certain you have a migraine, but let's say for the moment you do. Perhaps some prevention of vascular migraine phenomena may help you. This could be a blood pressure medicine like propranolol. It has been used to prevent migraines. ...Read more

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Are there any at home treatments for the visual aura preceding a migraine? any way to get vision back before the headache, or do i just wait it out?

Are there any at home treatments for the visual aura preceding a migraine? any way to get vision back before the headache, or do i just wait it out?

Migraine: Migraine meds work very well, but oral meds take about 15 minutes to kick in. Most auras are too short to be treated this way. Sumatriptan injectable and the orally disintegrating Maxalt (rizatriptan) have a chance at turning things around more quickly. ...Read more

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What do I do if I have constant migraines with visual aura or neuralgia?

What do I do if I have constant migraines with visual aura or neuralgia?

Consult Neurology: Constant migraines or neuralgia can have significant impact on quality of life. Consult a neurologist for the right diagnosis and optimum management. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a visual migraine aura?

The migraine aura: The visual, sensory, and motor phenomena vary in complexity. Common symptoms include visual disturbances during which the patient may describe homonymous visual changes. These changes may include geometric patterns obscuring the visual field, bright spots or flashing lights floating in the visual field. Rec.: orofacial pain or headache specialist for evaluation. ...Read more

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Weird visual problems with migraine. Is that an aura?

Weird visual problems with migraine. Is that an aura?

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

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Help docs! i'm trying to find out what causes visual migraine auras?

Cerebral suppression: Latest theory is a posterior to anterior spreading depression of nerve activity affecting the occipital cortex of brain with resultant scintillating and fortification scotomata, and loss of visual fields transiently until the activity subsides. This seems mediated by sensitivity of brain glutamate to either external or internal stimuli. ...Read more

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What are ways to get rid of visual auras migraine auras?

What are ways to get rid of visual auras migraine auras?

Try the following: Prevention seems most successful in addressing migraines, and approved drugs include topirimate, depakote, timolol, and propanalol; but otc items may work just as well, such as riboflavin, coq-10, butterbur, feverfew. However, if aura does occur, triptans really do not delete, but hyperventilation into paper or plastic bag for 3-5 min will eliminate the aura, but likely will then get bad headache. ...Read more

Dr. Sewa Legha
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Visual Aura (Definition)

Visual aura is the appearance in the visual field of light or bright spots that may shimmer or have wavy lines. Aura often appear at the outset of a migraine attack, and precede the ...Read more


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