Any teachers or professors out there?

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Firled
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   Posted 2/9/2010 3:08 PM (GMT -6)   
I am a professor at a liberal arts college and I get 'silent' or visual migraines that impair my vision. Yesterday, I was fortunate
that my migraine began after my lecture and not during. With the visual impairment, I can't read properly but feel no
headache symptoms. This becomes very challenging when dealing with students who hand you forms to sign, not to mention
reading my powerpoint lectures. So far, I have never had a migraine during lecture but am terrified of it! How have
other teachers/educators managed the onset of a migraine during class?

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   Posted 2/10/2010 9:57 PM (GMT -6)   
They are not migraines. However, from what you describe it is auras. However, please note we are not physicians. And a "professor" is not a person to diagnose. Please contact your primary care doctor or neurologist.
 
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   Posted 2/11/2010 8:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Firled,

I'm a professor, too. I have more tension-type headaches, so I don't get the visual auras you do. Fortunately for me, adrenaline usually kicks in and I can push the headache into the background when I need to for a class, major deadline, etc. Afterwards, however, I pay for it with considerably increased pain levels.

For me, the challenge of academia and headaches is getting all the reading and writing done --things that require lots of concentration but typically don't have a deadline set in stone. I can almost always rally for a deadline, but getting the day to day stuff done is my biggest challenge.

Smurfy -- if you read Firled's post, you'll see s/he is not asking for medical advice, but coping strategies. I think this is exactly the purpose of forums such as this.

Best of luck, Firled. I do agree with Smurfy about seeing a doctor, preferably a headache specialist. They may well have preventives that will work on your silent migraines.

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   Posted 2/16/2010 12:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Firled said...
I am a professor at a liberal arts college and I get 'silent' or visual migraines that impair my vision. Yesterday, I was fortunate that my migraine began after my lecture and not during. With the visual impairment, I can't read properly but feel no headache symptoms. This becomes very challenging when dealing with students who hand you forms to sign, not to mention reading my powerpoint lectures. So far, I have never had a migraine during lecture but am terrified of it! How have other teachers/educators managed the onset of a migraine during class?


Hi Firled,

First of all, this is technically a migraine, without the pain. This is according to my ophthalmologist. Yes, the vision disturbances are referred to as a migraine aura, but it's still part of a migraine, just as the pain is part of a migraine. You can have a migraine with pain, a migraine with aura, or a migraine with both. I've had all of the above.

I taught college-level physics and math for 12 years. This is the first spring semester I have not taught a class. I had to turn down my spring assignment because of severe health problems, so maybe I'm not the best to advise you on coping mechanisms, but I do suffer from vision issues, neurological problems: vertical double vision and blurry vision that gets better or worse unpredictably.

Here are my tricks, such as they are....before class I would come up with an in-class assignment to give them if I became too ill to continue lecturing. Also, I would give them "extra credit" for working out problems on the board, for example when I returned their exams and I was having trouble reading the tests or having vertigo or whatever.

Depending on what you teach, these may or may not work for you.

Best wishes,
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noka
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   Posted 3/19/2010 6:39 PM (GMT -6)   
so far as a primary schoool teacher i only get migraine aura left side paralysis no headache after work when the stress is over, if i got it in class they would be very scared, i am wondering about carrying a warning card because of this what do you think? It looks like stroke and a colleague would phone ambulance and i can't speak during an attack.

noka
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   Posted 3/19/2010 6:41 PM (GMT -6)   
I wouls say have cocodamol, water, snack, hand fan to hand always and tell them, maybe employers need to be aware i found some good employer advice stuff on the web, people with headaches calling it migraine will not help us will they?

noka
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   Posted 3/19/2010 6:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Good advice re: keeping them busy.....i too have gone to supply work and reduced hours because of the anxiety causing illness. i wish for decent breaks from class, regular yoga meditation in edu environs, good lighting and ventilation, but we are not in an ideal world i suppose!!!!!!!!!
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