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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
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
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
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