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I suffer occasionally from visual auras with my migraines and have for many, many years. Mine start as a staticky disturbance in the center of my visual field, and then move out to the right or the left of my field of vision in a crescent shape until it disappears – about 20 min total time. I had one this morning and googled how to stop it and it actually worked! I found this blog post http://probaway.wordpress.com/2010/03/26/a-migraine-prodrome-aura-cure-with-a-strange-eye-exercise/ and tried it and I was totally blown away. I didn’t do the whole eye chart thing she recommends, but I did cross my eyes a bunch and look at my finger moving farther and closer to my face. I also tried her recommendation to tap the back of your head. I tapped where my head meets my neck for about 20 seconds. I was totally surprised that my aura faded out faster and was gone within a minute or so. Just thought I’d share!
Anyone else have experiences with migraine auras? Any other cures you’ve found?
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LaurenKK: Thanks for sharing! I get visual aura a few times a year. I found the instructions a little confusing but I will still give it a shot next time because I always find the aura very scary.
Post # 3
I don’t get an aura very often, but when I do I don’t mess around because an aura automatically means that a really bad migraine is coming. I immediately take dose of Imitrex and 800 mg of ibuprofen, chug a liter of water, and go hide in a dark, quiet room so I can get some sleep.
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LaurenKK: The visual disturbances are annoying, but I’m thankful when I get them. It’s a nice warning to take a triptan before the migraine pain hits. If I get it early enough I can usually stop them or at least lessen them enough that it doesn’t wreck my entire day.
I will say, my ‘cure’ is topamax.
Post # 5
I’ve had migraines since I was at least six, probably half with auras as Ivw gotten older. I moved myself 2k miles away, from a humid climate to a dry climate. Every now and then, my vision will get “shaky” and I know I’m in for a worse e than normal one. I take injectable imitrex for all migraines. Topamax was probably the best thing ever invented for me. I’m off it now, but it saved my life.
Post # 6
Do any of you get the Aura WITHOUT a headache sometimes? That is by far one of the strangest things that happens to me. I have gotten the headache on occasion, but more often than not I will just get the aura and 20 minutes later it is gone. Weird.
Post # 7
I had my first aura last week after YEARS of migraines. It was SO WEIRD (I got the shimmering aura in my peripheral vision). It was nice to have a warning, but I thought something really bad was happening until I googled it.
Post # 8
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LaurenKK: After years of migraines (with and without auras), I did the ice bag and hot water trick. I was surprised that it worked for me, on 3 occassions now! The concept of it is that many migraines are the result of extra blood in cerebral vessels, so the best way to cure it is to get the extra blood away from your brain. (I am not in any medical field and this might be pure bunk, so there’s my disclaimer.)
For me, the trick is to do it right away. To get the blood flowing away from your brain, you ice the back of your neck/lower head (constricted blood vessels). An icepack or bag of frozen veggies works well. While the ice is sitting on your neck, you soak your feet and hands in hot water (to open the blood vessels and pull the blood to your extremities). I go for water as hot as I can stand… I sit on the edge of the bathtub with the water on and the ice either taped or balanced on my neck. Usually I start to feel it subside within 20 minutes. I thought this was just an “old wives’ tale”, but it really has helped me. I avoid taking my meds and missing everything (I get knocked out with Imitrex) and I avoid the pain.
DariaVixen: I’ve had the auras alone too- look up “silent migraines” and “ocular migraines”. I also experience other non-headache issues that my doctor says are from silent migraines- vision spots/flutters, complete “holes” in my sight, tunnel vision, lack of depth perception, an entire side of my body “falling asleep” with pins and needles, complete lack of taste (could not taste a dill pickle or hot sauce), and I was hearing my mother’s voice when I lived 600 miles away from her. I was terrified and thought I was losing my faculties… being taken off of BC pills and avoiding some foods has really helped me.
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wvlefty: Interesting! I’ve read about that and thought it was an old wives’ tale too. I’ll definitely have to try it, especially since what I did this morning got rid of the aura but the migraine still started. I stopped it before it got bad by taking my excedrine migraine.
DariaVixen: I had an aura without a migraine a few times. Once it was from high blood pressure. I was insanely angry about a work email while I was working from home and the aura began almost immediately. I went and layed down and did some deep, slow breathing and it subsided and didn’t become a migraine. Sometimes I’ll get auras from really sunlight that’s been concentrated into my eye, like a reflection off of a car or through those glass block windows or something similar.
sostobe: Yes it is a good warning! My migraines are super weird and respond only to Excedrine and not to any of the other drugs like Topomax. I also have to take excedrine by a certain point or it won’t work and I’ll have to go to the ER because I won’t stop throwing up. So yes, I am also quite thankful for my auras!
stephncollins: Hah yea I was scared to death when I first got an aura! It happened while I was driving too, so that was terrifying. I actually went to the optometrist because I was so scared.
Post # 10
My migraines progressively got worse. I went from not knowing when they were coming to one day suddenly going almost completely blind in my right eye. The last time I got a migraine my entire face and the right side of my body went numb. It was horrible. Before the actual migraine came on I thought I was having a stroke as it just came on so suddenly.
I was prescribed Imitrex which really didn’t work for me, but did take some of the edge off. I was recently diagnosed with Celiac Disease, and since I started the gluten free diet I haven’t had a migraine since. I’m hoping it’s not just a coincidence! I don’t have any advice on the auras, but I would encourage anyone who suffers from migraines to review their diet and possibly get tested for allergies. I wouldn’t have thought Celiac could cause my migraines. My doctor told me about a kid he cared for who missed school every Monday complaining of a migraine. His parents thought he was faking, but it turns out that Sunday night was pizza night for them, and his migraines were caused by pepperoni.
Post # 11
LaurenKK: Topamax isn’t a triptan. You don’t take it when you have a migraine (like Excedrin or Zomig) you take it everyday. It works to prevent them from starting. I used to get 21 – 28 migraines days a month (I was pretty severe) and this was a wonder drug. I now get less than 6 a YEAR. It’s made a huge improvement.
It’s a tough drug with a lot of side effects. But to me it is a godsend. I have been on an 8 month course three times in the last 10 years. But I’ve never been as bad as I was when I first started (now I go back to my neurologist when I record 2-3 migraine days in a month to start a new course.)
Post # 12
sostobe: topamax worked for me, but then my bones started breaking ( seriously, many of them) and other severe medical side effects made me need to get off of topamax. no one ever suggested cycles like PP are mentioning. That’s really interesting. glad to get the info!
Post # 13
DariaVixen: happens to me too
I take an ice pack, put it at the nape of my neck and sit in a dark room, usually taking my doggy with me to snuggle