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What Does A 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
I've had three visual auras right upon waking up within the month. Seeing a neurologist soon. Any insight into waking and having the visual aura?
They do this: they can occur on awakening. There is really nothing unusual about this. Auras are most commonly caused by migraines. Occasionally and aura can be due to an underlyilng seizure disorder. I would be curious as to what kind of visual aura you have. (wavy lines, flashing lights, etc.). ...Read more
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Getting visual aura right after waking up for 2 weeks. Lasts 20 mins. and goes away. No headache. Only after waking up. Been on low-carb diet as well.
Woke up having a visual aura. I had a cyst removed from my scalp yesterday with stitches. Scalp very tender and painful. Could that have caused aura?
Aura=a mental&brain: behavior/symptom, not a physical body alteration which any current technology or physician can measure or track in currently available ways. Thus all about educated guesses based on limited understanding of embodied Soul?Mind?Brain?Body creatures sending >million orders/sec brain to body with similar feedback. Thus most symptoms & events=educated guesses, individual history, diagnostic skills key. ...Read more
may have No Aura or Headache just sensory Aura numbness that can ,but rarely ,occur alone without Visual Aura?
had this 10 mths ago in hand
Colored spots in vision daily that come and go and have had constant visual aura for 15 years. Mri EEG blood work eye exam all normal. What is this?
Retinal exam: Floaters are usually not described as having colors. The description you provide does not suggest a single problem but may be due to pathology of the retina not observed in your exam. Did an ophthalmologist perform your exam? If so, may I suggest that you are having a variant of migraine. Ask your primary care doctor if this is a possibility. ...Read more
Are nausea, sweating, increased heart rate, head tingling, and an occasional visual aura typical of mental illness related dissociation?
Possible: They can be but also can be caused by many other conditions. Dissociation is a complicated illness and needs to be treated by a psychiatrist. If you have this then see a psychiatrist ad let them know of your symptoms. If you do not have this diagnosis, see your primary care physician as soon as possible to figure out the cause. ...Read more
What could cause light visual hallucinations like auras around lightsources, afterimages, trails, hearing music?
I'm suffering with visual auras everyday? What could this be a sign of and is this bad for my health? So worried
YES: Get a comprehensive ophthalmologic exam and a neurological exam. ...Read more
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
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
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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