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Has anyone ever had one of these? I admit I scared the life out of myself a couple of hours ago.
I'm a 73-year-old female in good health, active, healthy lifestyle, BMI 24, BP only borderline high and being monitored by my GP, no history whatever of classic migraine. I suffered badly from what the Brits call "common migraines" (i.e. no aura) from my teens through to my mid-60s, when I retired, but I rarely get them since retiring from paid employment, presumably due to reduced stress levels.
This afternoon, while typing an email, I suddenly became aware of a small scotoma in the centre of my field of vision. It wasn't so much a blind spot as a small fuzzy circle I could barely see through. It appeared to be the same with both eyes. Concerned, I immediately downloaded an Amsler grid. The left eye was normal, but there was a slight fading of the lines immediately to the right of the central dot when using the right eye.
After about 10 minutes it had escalated. Hard to describe but it was as if I could see a circle of black jagged lines revolving in the centre of my field of vision, completely obscuring what was behind it. It was exactly the same in both eyes. Over the next 20-30 minutes it widened but moved slowly out to the right of my visual field - again in both eyes. By this time, I could see clearly straight ahead of me but there was a complete semi-circle of black jagged lines rippling like waves, and obliterating the right side of my visual field. It continued to move out and eventually disappeared off of the edge of my visual field. I felt completely normal during this period - apart from a bit panicky! I grinned at myself several times in the mirror to make sure I had no facial weakness: none. I had absolutely no other symptoms, and still don't, two hours later.
I was all set to take myself to A&E but when it cleared up I realised there wouldn't be much point. Unfortunately my GP is on holiday for another two weeks and is being replace by a very dodgy locum. I'm lucky enough to live in a country where I could self-refer to an ophthalmologist or neurologist if need be, and where waiting times in A&E are reasonable, so I'm not too concerned as to what to do if it comes back. And I'll go and see my GP anyway when he gets back.
My question is: has anyone else had this experience?
Just as a footnote, by common migraine I mean very severe pain in head and ears (and sometimes throat) lasting up to two days, with nausea and vomiting, made worse by noise, not light, and alleviated by sitting up rather than lying down. Definitely no aura of any kind. I do realise the classification of common migraine is only accepted in English-speaking countries. In any case, I've only had two or three of these in the past 7 years since retiring.
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