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ocular migraines

PostPosted: August 13th, 2003, 5:35 am
by tlotoxl
does anyone else here get ocular migraines? i'm just getting over one right now, the first i've had in over a year and only the second one in my life. i find them to be pretty stressful even though i knew of them before i had my first one and i had a CT scan after that one to rule out something more sinister.

PostPosted: August 13th, 2003, 9:20 am
by Jenn311

What's an occular migrane? SOmetimes I get really bad eye pain that feels like someone is stabbing a knife into my eye, but it will only last for a few minutes and then go away.....I have always written it off as sinus.


PostPosted: August 13th, 2003, 9:22 am
by PamT
I'm not sure what an ocular migraine is. My doctor thought I was getting them because of vertigo, but that wasn't the case. I had positional vertigo, which can be fixed by PT.

My husband gets migraines where he sees spots in his eyes, and I've heard of people getting them and only seeing half of an object because it affects their eyes.

PostPosted: August 13th, 2003, 10:43 am
by tlotoxl
Having an ocular migraine is an awful lot like eating psychedelic mushrooms, minus the psychological manifestations. There are all kinds of halos and lights around objects, and the distortion in your vision grows until it covers much of your vision. They only last for 20 minutes, but when it hit me while I was eating my ramen I could hardly see what I was doing for all the weird psychedelic colours pulsating in front of me and I kept on dropping my noodles.

Ahhh, I found a picture of what an ocular migraine looks like, kinda. Here it is:


They're pretty painless when they happen, but are often followed by a headache.

PostPosted: August 13th, 2003, 10:45 am
by PamT
That sounds similar to what other people have told me.

My friend would start to see lights and then half of her vision would be gone. She had to have help walking and usually had to go straight to bed for the day.

My husband sees spots and then gets nauseous. Down for the day...

Bright lights do it for him - he always has on sunglasses.

PostPosted: August 30th, 2003, 8:57 pm
by michelle2
I get ocular migraines or migraine equivalents. Same symptoms as you. So far I only get them when i'm pregnant or on the minipill. Had numerous times at the end of my last pregnancy. Once had 2 in 2 hours. I also developed BFS after that pregnancy. Don't know if it's related.