Does having migraine with aura put me at higher risk for stroke? I am 39.

Unfortunately yes. The risk of ischemic stroke in migraine with aura (ma) is 2x that of migraine alone. The risk of ma +tobacco+bcp is 10x that of a smoker + bcp. Recent population studies suggest that ma also increases the risk of hemorrhagic stroke. Not all strokes that occur in patients with ma are related to the headache, other etiologies may exist, such as patent foramen ovale and arterial dissection.
Sadly, yes. As well explained by my colleague. However, certainly not all of us migraineurs will have strokes. And unless you have one of the conditions mentioned, there's not much you can do. Here's a happy thought. Cocoa flavonoids can help to prevent stroke, so I eat a couple of squares of high quality dark chocolate every day. My mother (migraineur)'s stroke is my excuse, and it's a very good one!
Yes. You should definitely be on Aspirin or other antiplatelet drug continuously. You should never smoke or take estrogens. Smoking plus Estrogens magnifies stroke risk 35 times above the rate otherwise expected.

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Doc said its migraine with aura had about 4 in my life im 29 I thought it was signs of a stroke had a CT scan would he be able to tell the difference?

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Ineffective treatmen. This could herald new onset of stroke hence you should call your physician. The treatments are not always effective you may need change in the treatment. Read more...
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MRI report....multiple nonspecific small subcortical foci of T2 prolongation in the left cerebrum. I'm 43 and started having migraine with aura at 41.

Its unusual. to start having migraine at 41. Vasculitis is a consideration. I would want to know if you had an elevated CRP, sed rate or a positive ANA test. Consultation with a neurologist is advised if not already done. Read more...

Treatment for migraine with aura?

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How can I treat migraine with aura or just aura without migraine?

Same as migraine. If frequent then see a neurologist. Same medications for migraines will work for aura. Read more...
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What exactly is a migraine with aura? I believe I may have had them.

Have a look at this. http://www.americanheadachesociety.org. Read more...
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Should I be overly concerned about daily occurrence of migraine with aura for the last month?

Need to see doctor. A migraine headache that lasts for more than 3 days is called a status migrainosus. This often requires certain treatment regimens to help break the cycle of headache. If the headaches are new, or if they have changed in frequency or severity or if the nature of the pain is different from your "usual" migraines, you need to be seen by a neurologist. Imaging may be needed to rule out other causes. Read more...
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Any reports of migraine with aura affecting a fetus' development?

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Not available. Regretfully, patients have noted that Midrin is no longer available. The alternatives include trying to get a compounding pharmacy to create it, other drugs like the Imitrex you are taking, as well as other medications used for migraineurs. Try asking your doctor to see if there is a compounding pharmacy in the area that can help formulate this medication. Let us know if you are successful. Read more...