Retinal Migraines??

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Hi everyone

A quick history of myself: I have always suffered from migraines with aura since I was about 14/15.  This comes in the form of a gradual visual disturbance that disappears after 30 minutes and then head pain, nausea, etc.  It is very familiar to me now and comes a few times a year.

However, last Tuesday I had an episode which someone suggested could be migraine, but its nothing like anything I ever experienced.  Basically I was sat at work and suddenly the vision in my left eye became disturbed, as if I had been staring at lights for too long.  It took up a lot of my visual field.  I thought I was passing out at first (similar kind of visual symptom) but I managed to get up and go for a glass of water whilst this visual event was happening.  It lasted 2 minutes.  I've been told this can be an 'ocular' migraine, but I thought thats what my normal migraines are..  I was very worried that something bad might be happening, but have tried to tell myself it was probably a migraine.  I'm just looking for someone with similar experience.  It was not like scintillating scotoma.  I've had migraine-like headaches since and typical migraine feeling that I get (feeling spacey, tired, etc)

Thanks,

Em

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    Oh - I did go to the GP and my optician and both checked my eyes and saw nothing unusual there.  The GP was a little bit stumped as I didn't have any numbness etc.  So she suggested an atypical migraine
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    It is common, sometimes there is pain. Sometimes no pain-it is scary but really it is migraine. I had 3 episodes of this aroun 10 years ago then nothing until 2 years ago and now my migraines affect hearing as well as motion, they seem to change gradually. I have one currently which has been slowly building up for about 8 days now. Wish it would just go awY, nauseous and not thinking straight. Confused.
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      Yes the memory issues are getting worse for me too, also I get a lot of tinnitis with them as well as vertigo with migraine before I get my period.  Hope you can get some relief x
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      Thanks Emma , just testing up. This forum does keep me going when it gets bad. Dreading starting Topirimate as feel suicidal when migraine is bad (they go on for weeks at a time) and this drug has a suicudal side effects. Might be successful though and then peace.
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      Is the doctor aware of your suicidal feelings?  Well I only just started here but I will stick around.  Make a post if you're ever feeling rubbish. Keep us updated
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      Worried I might do something silly if I was taking Topirimate as I get so down when the migraines are building up. I never get a "banger" out of the blue so my migraines can last around 8 weeks. So far this yeR I have only had 6 clear days. I try to keep cheerful but it is difficult at times. I really feel this forum is keeping a lot of people going. Perhaps the doctors should watch what is being said and try to take sufferers more seriously. I can see I will have to give it a go before he refers me back to the neurologist and he was a waste of time. 6 minutes to tell me it was migraine and he would write to my gp!!
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    Hi Emma 

    like you I have had the same classic aura/headache/sickness migraines from the age of 15. In my thirties though I have experienced the odd one eyed 20 minute blind spot in my central vision that slowly disappears. The first time it happened I panicked as it was so different from the norm but migraine can change and it was in fact an occular migraine and I have had about 4 in the last six years as well as my normal aura kind. If you are concerned always see your GP but sounds very familiar to me.

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    Hi Emma

    Sorry to hear you are feeling so terrible.  

    I often get pain behind my right eye at the start of a migraine.  The eye pain gets progressively worse as the migraine gets worse until all I can do is shut my eyes and lie in bed.  The migraines can also affect my speech but I don't get flashing lights.  I have vertigo with the migraine (migrainous vertigo) as well as tinnitus and I understand the feelings you describe.  

    I feel your pain! When you are in the middle of a migraine it feels like it will never stop.  As far as I'm concerned head pain is the worst type of pain - labour pain doesn't come near!

    I hope today is a better day for you.  Take care. 

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