Ah well, i've garbled enough again LOL! Thanks again for all your replies it's much appreciated.
Speak again soon
You're welcome Dawnt33,
I would ask your doctor about a triptan medication, something that works quickly like Zomig Rapidmelts, Zomig Nasal Spray or Imitrex Nasal Spray. There might also be other ones out there that melt in your mouth or come in nasal sprays. I say that because then if the visual problem does come on and your out and can't drive home you can stop it quickly. You will probably find that it stops the pain quickly as well. Be careful about getting caught up in using too many over the counter medications.
Everyone's headaches are different. Though you may not suffer as badly as your father inlaw you still have a lot of the symptoms, sensitivity to light, visual changes, pain sometimes, sick sometimes. I have challenges with my blood pressure which make my headaches really bad when I don't have it controlled. It's possible your father inlaw could suffer more for a similar reason or for a totally different reason.
What you are experiencing are Auras. I experience the SAME EXACT THING! You are not alone, so please don't be afraid. What's happening is the blood vessels in your head are constricting (getting squeezed-tightening) this is causing the optical nerves for your eyes to get mixed signals. This is why we see strange things that don't exist and then lose our vision.
In my case, I'll get what I call a "Celophane Aura" (like when you look at a hot blacktop with the sun baking down on it where the heat is rising up on it and it's clear and wavy from the heat rising) followed by zig-zagging colorful lines and then I'll lose my vision in one eye.
This used to preceed the actual head pain by 30-45 minutes until I started taking Topamax for prophylactic treatment of my Migraine Headaches (9-26 per month).
Now, I usually only get the AURA and not the actual head pain.
Keep your chin up Dawn.
You definately need to get a CT Scan and a MRI of your Brain done immediately also...since the visual disturbances are not normal!
I'd suggest having a family member/your husband drive you to the closest Emergency Room the next time this happens because you could be having miniature STROKES. **I don't want to freak you out or anything**I just want you to realize the seriousness of this.
I can guarantee you that there is nothing wrong with your eyes. What you need to do is see a Neurologist. Yep, you are having Migraines dawnt33. Are you on any medications at all? (for your anxiety, depression and Migraines?) Even though you may not experience the actual full-on Head Pain...you're experiencing the blood-vessels in your head spasming like every other Migraneur so you should be taking a prophylactic medication, along with an abortive medication for when you get your "Auras" to STOP the Aura in its' tracks and make it go-away!