Retina Migraine

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I started getting these 'blind' migraines a couple of years ago. I went to see a specialist, had a brain scan and blood tests, and this is the name given to my problem. They start with an aura, usually over one eye and then develop slowly. I end up seeing wwwwww inside one eye. It takes 20/40 minutes for it to disappear. I am usually left with a sore head rather than a painful migraine.

They have been quiet since Christmas and for some reason have started again. I can't seem to find much out about them on the internet and thought I would come onto this great site to see if anyone else has the same type of symptoms.

It may help to know I am female and in my 60's. Have suffered all types of migraine since I was about 13. I don't drink much either. Maybe a glass of wine now and again.

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    I am a 66 yr old man and have been having these 'visual' migraines for a few years now. They only happen a few times a year and the symptoms you describe are identical to mine except I get no headaches with them . I had one only 2 days ago after getting home from work at 10pm. Mine last about the same time as yours. My optician says they are harmless and is something one has to live with. Hope this helps.
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    Thank you Jim. At least I now know others suffer in the same way too. It makes it seem more normal..if that is the right word. Thank you
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    hiya maggie,

    same here, im 64 and as a teenager used to get terrible full blown migraines, now its just visual disturbances/auras with bigger than normal 'blind spots' usually lasting about 20 to 30 mins and leaving me with a dull headache to the rear area of my head which is not severe, sometimes the headache is still there the following day after a nights sleep, my main 'trigger' is if i inadvertently catch sight of a bright light.

    i haven't had it checked out but im quite certain theres nothing to worry about, its just annoying but nothing compared to the symptoms of a full blown migraine attack.

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    Ive had ocular migraines in the past then I started seeing 'floaters' at Christmas and then I had flashing lights

    in one eye, I went to an eye hospital for tests but the doctor found nothing wrong. The flashing lights went on for a couple of months but they have stopped now. I found all this very scary but it helped to have a very

    Symphathetic doctor hope this is helpful

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    Ive had ocular migraines in the past then I started seeing 'floaters' at Christmas and then I had flashing lights

    in one eye, I went to an eye hospital for tests but the doctor found nothing wrong. The flashing lights went on for a couple of months but they have stopped now. I found all this very scary but it helped to have a very

    Symphathetic doctor hope this is helpful

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    Thank you Annabella. I don't seem to have flashing lights (at the moment), but I do have floaters at times. My specialist says they are probably part and parcel of a new phase of migraine. I had a response from

    Psychochief who expressed exactly my symptoms but can't seem to respond to her. Keep Well. Maggie

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