Patient Comments: Migraine Headache - Symptoms

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

Comment from: Jessie, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 04

I always experience an aura before I get a migraine, which is followed by the loss of sight, or wavy lines in front of my eyes, also, numbness down one side of my body, including my tongue and lips and of course, the severe headache. I didn't get any migraines when I was pregnant, so the doctors think it might be hormones which cause them, I will be starting hormone treatment when I finish breastfeeding.

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Comment from: deanna4178, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 23

I can be standing there doing everyday chores and all of a sudden I get the bright zigzaggy line in the middle of my vision, it seems like I've been staring into a bright white light for to long. I lose the ability to see things directly in front of me. After the "aura" I usually get a sharp pain behind my eyes. I find that laying down flat with a dark cloth over my eyes seems to help with the aura. My last migraine kept me feeling confused for two days.

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Comment from: migraine sufferer, 45-54 Male Published: April 07

Just before I get a migraine headache, my eyesight is the first to go. I get tunnel vision where I have blind spots, such as being able to see the outside of a person's face but unable to see their actual face. Then I get squiggly lines and waves in front of my eyes. Then, about 10 or 15 minutes later when my eyesight clears up, that is when the headache kicks in. It only lasts for a couple of hours and is gone.

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Comment from: Mario, 13-18 Male (Patient) Published: February 22

Yes! I'm a 16 year old student; I always get migraines at the worst of times, usually about once every month or so. The aura usually begins 1 hour before the headache. I experience blind spots, and coloured flashes (similar to what you see when you stare at the sun). I have difficulty reading, talking and concentrating. My migraines usually last a few hours, and are extremely painful until i vomit (induced or otherwise). After vomiting, the pain ceases, but my head hurts when sharply moving it for the next couple of days.

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Comment from: Light induced, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 30

My migraines are 90% aura and 10% nausea, pain, sensitivity, and prolonged headache with sinus symptoms.

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Comment from: massgirl, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 11

I have had migraines since age 5. Now I am 43 and over the past 5 years I have had at least one bad one a year that puts me in the ER. I had one yesterday an managed to stay out of the ER as the Flu Season is Horrific here in Massachusetts. I am on Sumatriptan 25 mg (Substitute for Imitrex) but yesterday my Neurologist called in a higher dose to get me a quicker relief 100 mg. Until I took this I wanted to die. I threw up several times. Once I took the Sumatriptan 100 mg after an hour. I felt relief. Sumatriptan works for me. I have to watch what I eat and avoid red wines and anything with MSG in it. But when you're going to get it, you're going to get it.

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Comment from: EmmyL, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 12

I am a 27 year old female. My migraine aura is actually a weird smell (the best way I can describe it is as metallic), before the headache starts. When I have the headache, I have severe pain, nausea, light and sound sensitivity.

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Comment from: 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: April 23

I'm 29 and I do get a "aura" and/or the wavy lines which I describe to look like the Predator when he's got active camo on. The wavy lines always start in the center of vision and move outward. Every once in a while I get totally messed up and can't talk or think and the whole right side of my body goes numb and I have Violent puke-fests. First time was REALLY scary. I think Diesel Fuel and exhaust are part of my trigger most of the time.

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