Retinal migraine

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   Posted 3/20/2008 2:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello. I am from the IBS site but also have suffered from migraine although not for some months now.

However I have recently started to experience a rather scary phenomenon. Gradual occlusion of vision in the right eye. It is as though a curtain gradually comes across the field of vision and, after a minute or two, clears slowly to restore perfect sight.

I also get shimmering light around familiar objects whilst this is going on.

Have been checked out for TIAs and the specialist mentioned retinal migraine. I don't know much about this but wonder if any of you have experienced it?

Many thanks and good luck to you all.

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   Posted 3/21/2008 2:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Easta,

I don't know much about this particular type of migraine, but my brother-in-law has a migraine that just affects his eyes with visual disturbances that sometimes display right across his visual field. He suffers no pain, and thankfully does not have attacks very often as he is unable to see clearly where he is going for the duration of the attack.

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   Posted 3/21/2008 10:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Easta: I too get migraines but only about every 6 months. I had a retinal migraine once, and the symptoms were exactly what you described. I went to my eye doctor b/c I thought something was wrong with my vision and he said "You have a migraine in your eye." ?? I said "How?" and he told me that you can actually get a migraine anywhere in your body where there are blood vessels. He told me mine may or may not progress to a headache stage after the eye stuff. It did and it turned out that the eye stuff was the "aura" that some migraine sufferers get. I never thought I was one of the aura people b/c I always got my migraines in the morning and woke up in full blown migraine. The doctors think now that I probably get the aura while I'm asleep. I've had a couple since then that came on during the day and I did experience the aura both times, although slightly differently each time. I didn't realize what was happening until the headache arrived. Unfortunately, by the time I get there I am unable to treat it - can't keep any meds down and the dissolving kind don't work for me, so I've had to go to the ER sometimes when I can't tough it out long enough.

I also have a family history of stroke, aneurysm, and TIA, so they keep a pretty close watch on my head with CTs periodically. You may want to have your doc do one if they haven't yet.

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   Posted 3/21/2008 1:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for those replies - it is reassuring to know that others have experienced this type of migraine. Thinking back to the ocasions on which I have had them I remember that I had been physically very active (I keep sheep) and maybe not had enough fuel in the system to cope with the strenuous workload. I seem to remember reading somewhere that low blood sugar can sometimes precipitate an attack.
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