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I am looking for ways to cope with having migraine with aura. Prior to two months ago, I never heard of a migraine with aura. I have suffered from menstrual migraine for roughly 7/8 years, but they have only consisted of intense one sided pain that would last 24 hours. I was at work on October 17th, when suddenly everything seemed too bright. Then, I developed what I have since learned is a scotoma. It slowly got larger until it turned into colorful triangles that covered my entire view. The whole episode lasted roughly 30 minutes. I was brought by ambulance to the hospital and after many tests was told it was an ocular migraine. Three days later, I woke up to a zig zag pattern which turned into a bright arch that made its way across my vision in about 20 minutes. Then, two days after the second, I had another zig zag only aura while in doctor's office waiting room. To be totally honest, I feel like I have PTSD.
I am completely traumatized by the whole experience. I know it may seem silly to some of you, but I truly had no idea what was happening to me. I thought I was fainting due to a heavy perimenopausal period. I'm not sure how to get over this fear. I send every day worrying that it will happen again. I haven't been to work since the initial incident and am on the cusp of losing my professional career. I am practically housebound and am afraid to be alone. This experience has completely changed my life.
I should also mention that my vision has been blurry/wonky ever since the aura. I am not sure if it is migraine related or due to perimenopause. All I know is that I am afraid and no one I know in real life has ever experienced an aura. I feel very alone.
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