Migraines and sight problems - after the migraine?

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Date Joined Dec 2008
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   Posted 12/28/2008 10:15 AM (GMT -6)   

I am 19 years old and I have suffered from migraines for the last 2 years. There can be anything between 3 and 9 months between them, and they don't seem to be triggered by anything obvious.

When I get them I have blind spots (aura?) in my vision for about 3/4 of an hour before the pain and vomiting starts. The vomiting usually goes on for about 7 hours, the pain for 3 days. The visual problems usually go quickly, however.

On the 16th of December I had a migraine, and it seemed quite normal, like the one above, except that I had a feeling of pressure in my right eye and the muscles around my eyes ached when I moved them to try and read (a series of rapid, small movements). The pressure pain went after a couple of days but the aching is still happening.

I have noticed that my ability to read has greatly diminished since this migraine, but I have no blind spots that I have been able to find. I can't find anything like this on the internet, the only websites that talk about sight problems and migraines talk about the aura, not any problems after the migraine has gone. I am obviously very worried, I am a great lover of reading and I have always been well in advance of the reading skill of my peers as I was growing up. When I try to read large blocks of text I tend to skip words, make mistakes and I don't pick up on typos and such like I normally do. It feels as if the muscles around my eyes are aching and I get a slight feeling of pressure behind my right eye.

I am wondering if anybody else has had a similar problem to me. I am going to make an appointment to see me doctor as soon as I can but that isn't exactly an easy thing to do in this town. :(

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   Posted 12/28/2008 7:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there,

Rather than rewriting a bit, let me refer you to what I wrote in this thread: http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=31&m=1320097

As you've encountered, visual distortions are usually associated with aura wen it comes to migraine. But it could be an actual optical/eye problem. IIH (see my post) is always something that should be considered in the case of actual visual deficiency--the blind spots that you mentioned are not typically a part of visual aura. However, trouble reading can easily be explained by cognitive deficiency (like problems with concentration or attention) that often is a side effect of migraines.

Regardless, definitely see a doctor.

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   Posted 12/29/2008 1:08 AM (GMT -6)   
anessen, when my migraines come in i 1st get the "aura" and that can block out part of my vision for up to an hour. at this time i have no headache but i know its coming and thats when i take my medication.almost as soon as the aura stops the headache begins and last for several hours.the next day my eyes are sore.if i cough or move my head fast they hurt.

i dont know if that helps any but its what i go through. i wish you luck.
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