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Had normal brain MRI in 2014 (headaches and optical migraines). Doc mentioned white spots apparently from the headaches. It scared me tho. Common?

Mixed bag. This web article is on point: http://www.dizziness-and-balance.com/disorders/central/pvm.htm About half of normal folks over 65 have T2 abnormalities (white spots). Folks in their 40s with migraines can also present this way. It is nonspecific though so a repeat MRI in a patient with continued symptoms could be considered, mostly since there is little risk due to MRI in patients who can have them. Read more...

Have infrequent optical migraines. Brain MRI normal and see eye doc regularly. They are not concerned. Should I worry?

Don't worry. With a normal MRI and eye exam you should rest assured that they aren't dangerous. But migraines are a leading cause of disability according to the World Health Organization, so if they ever start interfering with your life and you want to discuss ways to make them less frequent and less severe, I'm available for a virtual consult. Good luck! Read more...

Brain MRI (w/contrast)6 years ago for migraines-non remarkable. New migraine pattern emerged. Is it likely it could be a tumor?!

Probably not. . Migraine patterns can change. Typical migraine symptoms like light hurting your eyes, seeing jaggedy lines or shimmering spots, and nausea or vomiting mean it's still most likely a migraine. . Read more...

My neuro said my distorted vision isnt typical to that of migraine auras and wants me to have a brain mri. What are the other possible causes?

Retinal? An eye examination by an ophthalmologist would help to rule out retinal, lenticular & corneal problems that may be attributed to your visual distortion. If you have not had an eye exam, you should make one. Good luck. . Read more...

Had brain mri. Dr said it shows small strokes that are common in migraine. Said don't worry gave me b vitamin. Freaking out. Is this common?

This can happen. Yes, studies now do show that migraine sufferers do have little areas of scar tissue, believed to be areas of previous loss of oxygen due to constriction of blood vessels due to migraine attacks. As of today, there is no proof that this leads to major strokes in the future. I hope this eases your mind some. Read more...

Do migraine with aura, in particular ocular related cause lesions on the brain at all and if so would they present themselves on a brain mri?

No. Migraines are vascular headaches that do not cause structural changes to your brain. The MRI of a person with the diagnosis of migraine headaches should be normal aside from acceptable normal variations in anatomy. They sure FEEL like they are causing brain lesions though! Read more...
Migraine with aura. If migraine with aura is suspected, it is appropriate to identify or exclude any secondary cause (e.g. tumor, MS) for the headache using blood chemistry tests and brain imaging procedures. However, almost all cases migraine with aura come back with normal MRI. Read more...