Patient Comments: Migraine Headache - Symptoms

Do you experience an "aura" prior to your migraine headache?

Comment from: oldstuff, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: October 06

76 year old male. I had my first attack at age 14.Suffered through the aura phase (a large blind spot in both eyes) some aphasia, then a crushing headache always above and behind my right eye. Since age 23 I have only had the aura. Until the last two years it was always a large blind spot; this has now changed and I see a crescent-shape the outer edges which appear to have been cut with pinking shears. It has been more than 20 years since I have had a headache of any kind. At times physical activity, chocolate, cheese and looking at a bright light all seem to have been initiating factors. I guess you can also include testerone in this mix. Have worn corrective lens due to near-sightedness since age 10.

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Comment from: laurel81, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 27

Every time before a migraine begins I experience a pain behind my right eye. I get blind spots in my vision and my vision gets blurry. Everything looks wavy as though I'm looking at the world underwater. I get light sensitivity, numbness in my hands, arms, mouth, and nose, lightheadedness, and difficulty speaking and remembering words. I have a general feeling of being "out of it" for a few hours. My neurologist didn't want to put me on medication because my headache pain is generally tolerable and he warned me that the side effects from migraine medication can be pretty bad. The first time I experienced the aura, I was really scared. I had never experienced anything like it before and I thought I was having a stroke or something. I went to the hospital for 2 days and they gave me a ton of tests to rule out something more serious. Once so many other problems were ruled out, they determined it must be migraine related. The first time I experienced it I was 28.

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Comment from: Elizabeth, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 27

I always have an aura with migraines. Similar to what all here have described. Blind spot, usually on right side, peripheral. I also see dazzling spots. The aura usually lasts 20-30 minutes, then the headache starts, though it isn't usually super painful. I generally will feel crummy all day. I tend to have difficulty with word recall during the aura and less so during the rest of the day. I find that I have several triggers: stress, pre-menstrual, dehydration and running in bright sunlight together are a guaranteed trigger. I don't have them often, but they are such an inconvenience when I do.

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Comment from: athena, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 08

When I experience migraine auras, I get the pins and needles feeling as well as nausea. Often I have a hard time speaking and remembering words.

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Comment from: Nate, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: February 18

Yes, I have an aura every time I get a Migraine. Apparently my mother used to get them too. I remember her describing them as the "shimmies" when I was a kid and none of us could really understand what she meant. The aura would be followed by a dehabilitating headache that would knock her for a loop. When I was in my teens and I began having migraines too, and realized all too quickly exactly what she had been describing--shimmering zigzag lights that start on the sides and grow in size until I can't see anymore. They last about 30 minutes, but when they are gone I get the dehabilitating headache that saps everything from me. However, I have found, over the years, that if I take 3 aspirins immediately when I get the aura, I will bypass the headache.

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Comment from: bern, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: January 25

I had migraine headache since I was 7 years old, usually blind spots followed by headache depending on where the blind spot appears, the headache is always opposite the blind spot. My doctor just had me try the oral medication in my recent event and what happened was worse than ever. I thought the medication is working but I found out later on it just delayed the headache which became so intensified. Another thing that happened is that after the blind spot disappeared it reappeared again after an hour and more intensified. So far I lived with this migraine headache for 50 years and the only remedy I have is pain killers which seldom work.

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Comment from: BB, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 13

I experience auras with migraines. When I first experienced the aura, I felt anxiety and panic because I didn't know what it was. The aura typically lasts 30 minutes. I get very pale and nauseous. I seem to have a hole in my line of vision, and I see wavy lines. After the aura goes away, I have headache pain for several hours.

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