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Monday, September 12, 2011

Visual Migraines?

So, I am sitting at my laptop like I do most days and I suddenly start seeing a weird light blinking in my peripheral vision.  It starts out as just a flicker and quickly becomes jagged lines that are a silver color.  This has never happened to me before and I'll be honest, it was scaring me.  I decided to Google it and see what I could come up with.  I discovered that most times this can be a symptom of a "visual migraine".  They can occur with or without having an actual migraine headache. 

The jagged lines were continuing and my head was starting to hurt.  I decided that I really needed to get off the computer and rest some.  A friend on Facebook suggested that I drink some caffeine so I had a Mt. Dew.  I also took my contacts out to rest my eyes & took a long nap.  Unfortunately Juni, our black lab, had thrown up while I was sleeping so I had to clean that up - yuck!

I took a quick shower, ate some dinner and have been resting since then.  I'm wearing my glasses and plan on not putting contacts in again until tomorrow.  The jagged lines are gone now so that is good.  My head is still hurting but not nearly as bad.  This wasn't a fun day!  Hopefully they don't start happening all the time.

Have any of you suffered from migraines?  What are your symptoms?  Have you noticed if there are things that trigger them?  How to you handle them - what makes you feel better?  I'd love to hear your advice!  Thanks!

Bye,
Lisa

6 comments:

robin said...

I get them. Often when I am short on sleep or have had too much chocolate (my weakness). It's always an ache behind my left eye, and above my left temple, sometimes accompanied by nausea. What helps? Drinking at least 48 ounces of Kangen water (alkaline, ionized water) from an Enagic machine usually gets rid of it in about 1/2 hour. Alternatively 2-3 hours of sleep usually takes care of it.

Sandy said...

Hey Lisa! Sorry you've not felt the best today. I don't suffer from migrains, but I had the same symptoms about a year and a half ago. Turns out that the "lights" were caused by plaque in my carotid arteries. The blood vessels behind my eyes were not functioning properly. I was also hearing noises in my head (lol...not the usual VOICES I hear...lol)...the noises sounded like electrical current. So, I've been on a statin drug to keep my cholesterol under control and 81 mg. asprin everyday to thin out my blood. Shortly after I started taking the meds the light flashes and the noises disappeared. You may want to talk to your doc about your symptoms...better to be safe than sorry right? Right. Take care. Sandy Todd

Ellen Marie "Mama" Pike said...

My daughter has awful migraines. Sometimes they cause her to stutter and have difficulty walking.

I sure hope you do not have repeat episodes.

Ellen Marie "Mama" Pike said...

My daughter has awful migraines. Sometimes they cause her to stutter and have difficulty walking.

I sure hope you do not have repeat episodes.

Michelle said...

Aren't those a thrill? I didn't get the sparkling lights until about a year ago. Before that, it was numbness and slurred speech. Honestly, I'd rather have the pain -- that I can muddle my way through! Losing my ability to speak in the checkout line at Walmart is a little more difficult.

In my case, the migraines are hereditary and stress tends to make them worse. I have one prescription that works well (Caffergot), but I can only take so many pills a week, so I try not to use it unless I'm having bad symptoms or in a situation where I can't develop bad symptoms.

Do check it out with your doctor! Better to check it out and find that it's nothing serious, than to ignore something important because you think you know what it is.

Menopausal New Mom said...

Hi Lisa, visiting back from the blog hop and following all your blogs now :)

As for migraines. Yes, I've had my share. They used to be triggered by my period and I could count on a throbbing headache for the first three days every cycle. I'm one of the lucky ones tylenol 3 worked on. One at the first sign of the headache was enough to knock it back until the next month.

As for advice, I'm actually married to a neurologist and he swears by using pressure points on the hand to relieve headache pain. Pressing the "v" between your index finger and thumb are supposed to work. He used to advise this but I just ignored him and reached for the tylenol Lol!

Kidding aside, migraines are no laughing matter. I hope you find relief.

Hugs,
Deb

 
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