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Seth1056
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   Posted 2/22/2014 7:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi I am a 27 yr old male and have Been getting migraines for around 6 years usually get the aura , numbness of arm and tongue , and blurred vision .. I had a migraine about 3 weeks ago that wasn't quit as harsh but my vision never restored 100percent .. I'm seeing floaters like and dark shadowed areas just enough for me to feel half blind .. Even more so when reading or on the computer .. And I need to for my job . 1week ago I went to the eye doctor thinking he would say I need glasses and that's why I'm getting migraines . But it was the opposite , after a complete evaluation he said I have nearly 20/20 vision and very heathy eyes . I agree when I look at something it's clear but then goes in and out of focus etc then I strain to see it until it's clear again. I had 2 migraines again yesterday and went to the emergency room after work because my neurologist appointment can not be made sooner than a week from now . The doctor there gave me an IV of 4 different things to try and brake the migraine cycle but he sent me home and I still have blurred vision.. I had a scan about a year ago and I assume they'll order a new one at my next appointment .Has anyone ever experienced this?? Thank you for listening.

JungRulz
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   Posted 2/22/2014 10:15 AM (GMT -6)   
When you have this problem, cover one eye and evaluate the focus, then uncover and do the same for the other eye. Take a few minutes to do this. The focus quality should be the same for each eye.

Evaluate what the nature of the blurred vision is. Light from 20 feet away is considered parallel, ergo the 20/20, which means you see at 20 feet what the average person would see at 20 feet. Light nearer that point is divergent and requires us to accommodate (adjust) our eyes to see it clearly. Do you find that things you look at in the distance are blurry (wearing glasses of course if you need them)? Or are distant objects clear but nearer than 20 feet objects blurry. Is the effect the same in each eye?

Seth1056
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   Posted 2/22/2014 11:56 AM (GMT -6)   
It seems to me as if seeing far away is not nearly as much of a problem as seeing close like reading or typing this post.. Things are blocking my view , it's clear then flotating orbs of blurr seem to take it over for a sec or two until I blink or move my eyes . Both eyes seem to both do this although right now it seems as if my left eye is worst and has a big snake like floater. If I stay away from phones , computers and just be outside I feel a lot better . But it's impossible to do since I have an office job drawing blueprints etc.

Seth1056
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   Posted 2/22/2014 11:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks!!

JungRulz
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   Posted 2/22/2014 2:25 PM (GMT -6)   
I've read that floaters are more common in nearsighted (myopic) people, and I have a lot of them. There is an informative article on Wiki about them.

/en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Floater

The reason that I asked about the blurriness is to see if it was refractive (pertaining to your relaxed eyes' ability to correctly focus the light on the retina), or if it pertained to your ability to focus that light on your retina when you are looking at close objects.

Here's an informative article I found when researching my answer to you pertaining to how the eye works when focussing.

www.tedmontgomery.com/the_eye/lens.html

If something in the migraine the causes the numbness in the facial area, as you described as being the tongue, I was wondering if the migraine might interfere with the nerves to the muscles that adjust (accommodate) the eye to permit viewing things clearly that are close, thus contributing to blurry vision.

Did you see an ophthalmologist or optometrist? Ophthalmologists are medical doctors. In my years of struggling with visual (ocular) migraines a few times a week, after exhaustive tests and retests, I finally saw a neuro-ophthalmologist. He was 1 week from career retirement and didn't have any advise that the other ophthalmologists hadn't already offered. I felt cheated.

Eventually it was discovered that I was having seizures, my tongue and lower lip would go numb (and other seizure stuff as well), and I was put on Phenytoin, an Anti-Epileptic-Drug (AED), and the migraines stopped. My neurologist says that there can be a fine line between the two.

Here's possibly a relevant find, interesting.

www.migraine-aura.com/content/e27891/e27265/e42285/e63263/index_en.html

Check out the above link, it's more interesting than I initially realized.

Post Edited (JungRulz) : 2/22/2014 1:32:01 PM (GMT-7)


Seth1056
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   Posted 2/22/2014 4:14 PM (GMT -6)   
I seen a ophthalmologist, and the office is said to be the best around. As I said earlier he had nothing but positive things to say about my eyes , maybe a minor stigmatism and since I was having issues regardless he sent out a 1.5x with a slight prescription for when I work on the computer or close up prints . I have not received them yet but neither myself or the eye dr. think It will solve much. The article u sent was truly interesting , that matches mine pretty close even our age and occupation, although I was unable to see her sketches of the floaters etc.. Thank you for your information and time.. I guess for now il pray this doesn't continue and that my eyesight restores.

JungRulz
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   Posted 2/22/2014 4:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I found the parallels quite interesting in that article. The links in her article to some of the things didn't work on my Android tablet either.

There is a neurologist, Oliver Sacks (I believe the movie Awakenings was about some of his work) has an interesting book on migraines, written for the layperson. When I was plagued with visual symptoms, I read his book and was thoroughly enlightened.

www.oliversacks.com/books/migraine/

An article by Oliver Sacks on the topic of visual migraines follows:

migraine.blogs.nytimes.com/author/oliver-sacks/

Also, ask for a visual field test, they map the extent of your vision, and map your blind spot. Each eye has a blind spot (where the optic nerve connects to the retina) offset by the other in binocular vision. If the test comes out good, then you'll have a baseline for future exams. The test is a cakewalk, you sit with your head in a hemisphere, there's a button you push, when you see the dot you push, release when it goes away. Does it from various angles. The test is done on each eye with the other one covered.

Final note. Seek a second opinion. I have absolutely no reason to doubt his/her diagnosis, but if I were you, I would hedge my bet. My wife suggests you consider a Neuro-Ophthalmologist for the second opinion.

Wish you well, please post progress and solutions, and feel free to ask questions on the topic, be glad to answer (as would others) if we can.

Seth1056
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   Posted 2/23/2014 8:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you very much for the help! I will do just that

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   Posted 2/28/2014 9:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Seth,
Through my efforts, my family got a correct diagnosis for a neurological disorder. Our diagnosis effects my son by attacking his optic nerve (it can attack any neurological system). He gets the blinding migraine, excruciating pain, which effects his vision. This started at age 22. It effects mainly his right eye. Our disorder is a type of porphyria, HCP. We do our best to minimize the attacks by strictly following porphyria protocol. If it continues to attack only his optic nerve, he may go blind. After a diagnosis by symptoms for me, I went to the American Porphyria Foundation website to find a doctor who could perform the DNA test for confirmation. Hope this helps! You need to find the underlying cause to minimize triggering the attacks.

Blossom71
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   Posted 3/27/2016 5:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Seth 1056

Please can you let me know how you're doing now?

I've had the same kind of migraines as you described all my life, well, since puberty :/

I'm 45 now and thankfully, I don't have too many these days but yesterday I did.

Blurred vision and I'm 'Oh crap!' Ten minutes later I have the flashing zig zag type thing, I wait until I get actual pain and then I took a Maxalt Melt - Rizatriptan.

I then tried to sleep in off. I dozed for about 2 hours, the zig zag went but at one point came back again but the one sided pain stayed at bay.

I felt 'okay' so got up. However I still felt like my vision and maybe also my speaking - thinking of the right words etc -was off.

I hoped it would be fixed by the time I'd slept the night and woke up this morning but no :(

I've been to watch a kids film at the cinema with my little boy (who's called Seth) this morning - watching the film was okay (a bit loud mind) but trying to read anything that is text is just not right. Sort of out of focus and off - almost like viewing through tears? And things look almost detached? Like, I'm watching real life as a dream ... I sound like a crazy lady!

Anyway, did your vision right itself or did you find out what was going on? I realise this is an old thread but I can't find much else that fits what I'm experiencing.

Blossom71
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   Posted 3/31/2016 6:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Just thought I'd pop back just in case anyone in the future comes here looking for some hope or answers ... by the next day my vision was back to normal.

After some thought, before I started taking Rizatriptan/Maxalt melt - I would get my auras then the pain would begin and the auras would go, then vomiting.

It's only been since taking Maxalt and stopping the pain that I've noticed that the auras can go but then return within minutes.

Cannibal
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   Posted 4/8/2016 4:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi my name is Alex (not my real name) and I'm a 28 year old male who has been more or less living off his parents his whole life have been suffering from this condition ever since I was about 3, well thats at least when it was first recorded, perhaps it happened my entire life and thats just when I could communicate about it. This is the first time I've really opened up about it in a blog or form that has elements of therapy. I had one today while training for a new job and got penalized for it. The job does have terrible attendance mandates and I have the freedom to leave but as i'm getting older and realizing I am going to have to make it in this world on my own and realizing this migraine crap is not going to go away anytime soon and that it is a serious problem that i need to address outside my friends and family. My last one was about two months ago at the park where i had to take refuge in the back seat of my car for hours before the auras went away and I could barley drive home.

I sold drugs for a large portion of my life to avoid having normal work hours partially because I am a narcissist who doesn't ever want anybody telling him what to do but subconsciously didn't want a real job because I have been suffering from this ****ing brain malfunction for my entire life and i honestly believe this should be classified as a disability if it happens frequently for years at a time.. I stopped selling drugs when I was about age 20 and got a midnight shift job at a company that moves boxes all night. I was able to keep this job for 2 years because it had a strong workers union there and if i had to miss a day or leave my shift because of a migraine it would not be a problem. After that I went to college and that took 5 years of not having to worry about a job or this condition away. about 3 years after that now here we are and i have a job and the first week this condition has came back to show me who's really running this life.

Just about everyday for my 28 years of living all's i think about is whether or not today will be another migraine day. Now I only have about 10-15 a year but they are the ones with auras and they as you all here completely and almost instantly disable you leaving you useless for hours if not days. I often contemplate suicide in both frustration and depression. I also contemplate brain surgery even though im extremely phobic of that thought. But hypothetically if I was having a migraine and a surgeon just happened to be there ready to go I would say go for it. Even not after the headache has subsided but still here in its half life all's i can think of is I would do just about anything for this problem to stop.

When im on illegal drugs or extremely drunk are the only times I am not worried about the headaches happening. Because of this I am more or less a drug addict. The last two weeks I've been off of drugs for this stupid job and now on a a stressful day here comes the headache. My drug problem inst really a problem in my eyes because what i take is usually only a half of pill or just one. It is hydrocodone a semi synthetic opiate. This gives me a low high and numbs my consciousness taking "the edge" off. I've been doing this for about 11 years now, for a long time i needed two or three now its just a half or one. I frequently work out and run and believe this helps not develop a tolerance and also stop using them for a few days at a time to help keep my dosage at a minimum. I really believe that just a little amount of this levels out my brain. Of coarse I would only look like a drug addict if i asked a doctor to give me this drug for either depression/anxiety or migraines, which in my case is the same boat. I really wish we lived in a more "laissez faire" society, if we did I would be ok i think. Before hydrocodone I used Xanex alot. I never worried about migraines or anything at all for that matter while on Xanex but i would frequently have a migraine coming off it. So much so that i avoid it as much as possible. Unfortunately if i did go to a doctor or a psychiatrist they would be more than happy giving me some or some other kind of bullcrap new depression pill. I really want to be a police officer (a legitimate one) but I know this minor addiction would be a problem to them. I really believe hydrocodone helps. Not saying they cure migraines but when i'm on it they are less frequent and less violent.

To talk about what the original poster said I will say many times looking at a computer or phone does encourage a migraine. But that being said I have had migraines in my sleep. I have woken up from sleeping with auras in my ****ing eyes. Did the light in my dreams awaken you auras? I sleep in a pitch black room. But lights, tvs, computer screens and other bright objects definitely do provoke the auras. Another thing that provokes them in my case is large amounts caffeine and lack of sleep.

One of the worst aspects of this disorder is no one really knows what you go though when you have them and no doctor really knows why you get them.

Another thing I wanted to say is ive had bad eyesight for most of my life as well. I really believed thick glasses contributed to migraines. When I turned 18, the legal age to get lasik, I went to the doctor hoping to get this and really hoping getting this would solve the disorder. They told me my eyes were two bad to get lasik and offered me a free implant surgery. Free because it was FDA third phase approval study. I actually had a migraine the day of one of the surgery (each eye was done 3 months apart). For awhile these implant lens gave me 20/10 vision, yes i put 20/10. My eyes kept changing and they had to do lasik on top of the the implant surgery. The last time I went to the eye doctor my vision was not even close to 20/20 As of now i feel my vision come and go, sometimes its perfect then gets blurry, happens in both eyes. Its like the focus or perhaps the pupil is having a spasm. Sometimes when i look close at my pupil I feel its not completely round I really believe the human eyes and the human brain are partners in conducting migraines. Im thinking the way my way my eye intercepts light and depth perception has alot to do with the beginning of a migraine. I suppose what im saying is I believe there's also a connection with the optic nerve.
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