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What Is Aura
I had auras of colorful zig zags before a migraine . What causes auras to happen? My aura really affected my whole vision. Is that normal for an aura?
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
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
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
See below: The mayo clinic has a good video on migraine auras: http://www.Mayoclinic.Org/diseases-conditions/migraine-with-aura/multimedia/migraine-aura/vid-20084707. If you are having migraines, it is recommended you seek evaluation and treatment from a neurologist. Hope that helps! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Classical migraine: An aura prior to headache can occur in a type of migraine called "classical", and can consist of bright spots before the eyes, loss of vision over right or left visual fields, unilateral numbness, difficulty with speech. Thot to be associated with suppression of brain function prior to onset of headache. Another variety of migraine called hemiplegic, can result in focal weakness. ...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
Migraine with aura: is a serious and complex neurologic disorder. Headache, vertigo, visual disturbances nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light or sound, dizziness, neck pain, stomach nose bleeding and parasthesias are common symptoms. This condition must be professionally managed. Rec.: see an orofacial pain or headache specialist for evaluation and management. ...Read more
Epilepsy in children: how do children generally describe their auras? What descriptions do they use?
Auras vary: if seizures from part of brain for smelling, will have weird smell; for taste, weird taste; for movement right arm, right arm movement w/o their control; and so on. If seizures spread to whole brain quickly they may stare, fall, convulse but they will not recall the seizure its self. We now call "aura"s partial seizures since they can occur without convulsion. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
How do I know if what i experienced was an aura or a mini stroke an if I should be concerned about the migraine i still have a week later.?
Control yourself: Anxiety is your worst enemy. Migraine causes constriction of the blood vessels to the brain, but should then relax and recovery with time. In rare cases this can result in a permanent deficit or "stroke". Most cases recover fully without residua. Anxiety and tension will extend the migraine and the risk. Use Aspirin and relaxation and control yourself. Get a thorough evaluation by your md. ...Read more
What causes daily headaches? Pressure aura stabbing and banging behind eye on sides and down neck. Getting worse changes daily Meds don't work!
Chronic Migraines: is diagnostic label given daily to headaches. I have found most due to slight unilateral head tilt causal of asymmetric superior trapezium; imparted by functional scoliosis overlying unilateral sacroiliac joint subluxation disorder: including chronic low back pain & intermittent sciatica. Headache is generated by chronic superior trapezius muscle spasm w. myriad of painful ischemic trigger points. ...Read more
Developed adult acne, took yasmin (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) combined pill, it helped, but developed a migraine with aura. What options do I have? Any low dose oestrogen pills?
Unclear question: Migraines and some epilepsies (seizures) commonly have visual auras since they affect the areas if the brain that process vision, but it's hard to tell what you mean by aura. Epilepsies that start in other areas of the brain would have auras related to the function of those areas instead. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Related to migraine: 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, while "classic migraines" do. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Migraines with aura: There are many good medications for migraine treatment. Migraine is a serious and complex neurologic disorder. Today effective management of migraine involves three specific strategies: 1) patient education 2) non-pharmacological management (diet, sleep hygiene, acupuncture) and 3) pharmacological (triptans, topamax, (topiramate) etc) management. Rec.:see orofacial pain or headache specialist. Hope it helps. ...Read more
Possibly: Ions moving generate energy fields, human bodies included. Procedures like eeg's and ekg's can register those energy fields. "spiritual aura" is more subtle, and there is research attempting to document it. The work of elmer green phd is one place to review; ions is another. Green measured human biofield ("aura") in monks & healers. Beverly rubik phd's article: http://tinyurl.Com/lpj9tdc. ...Read more
Meds or menopause?: Repeat auras may be a sign that your epilepsy is not as well controlled as before. It's could be due to a change in medications, a change in levels of medications due to introduction of other meds or supplements, or due to progression of whatever underlying thing is causing the epilepsy. Also, seizure patterns can change before or during menopause. ...Read more
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
What could be causing increase in aura migraines? From 1 or 2 a year to 1 or 2 a week over the last few months? Hits in morn, awake 4+ hrs, no food.
Try this: Avoid all gluten and dairy. Eat anti-inflammatory food. Take vitamin D3 10,000 IU/day (NOW is a good brand). You should start noticing a difference in 1 month. Read this short article for getting started: https://www.kaushikmd.com/get-started/ Easy recipes: https://www.kaushikmd.com/category/recipe/ ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Migraines can be different; w/w-o aura, mix sensitivities, pain locale, duration, intensity.My meds don't always work.Should I have others or up mg.?
Migraines: You should consult with a neurologist about a prevention medication to prevent them from happening. ...Read more
I get migraines once a month. But I just had one on Christmas. & now have one again today. I got an aura and another an hour later. Not sure what 2 do?
Migraine : You need to see a physician as there is good medication in the form of Tryptans that are extremely effective in treating migraines. Good Luck ...Read more
Up from lying down, had aura(flashes, geometric patterns spread from middle) covering vision, mild headache and balance issue. Last few secs. Concern?
If this happens: repeatedly then, YES, it's a concern. If, on the other hand, it happens only once or twice, it's not much of a concern. A "head rush" can happen when standing upright from a sitting or crouching position if the heart & blood vessels haven't had a chance to accommodate to the change in posture. Dehydration, overheating & certain other conditions can contribute to head rushes. ...Read more
We try: The concept of aura is that it is actually the beginning of a seizure. The seizure may start in a region of the brain that causes a sensation or illusion that is felt as an aura. As the seizure spreads it causes a full body convulsion. Medications can stop the spread, but the early beginning symptoms may not be fully suppressed. ...Read more
Part of the process: Migraine has three components. The more usual is the throbbing head pain which is usually on one side of the head. The other is autonomic features of nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, pale, sweaty, blotchy appearance. The third is the "aura" with visual or sensory changes. Usual is black or colored spots in the vision. Numbness especially face and hand is common. More complex may occur. ...Read more
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