started at 20.. migraine.. they are horrible!

help me pin point this!
does this sound like a migraine? - 0.0%
is it normal to only get half the side effects of a migraine? - 0.0%
what medication works the best to quickly fix the problem? - 100.0%

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   Posted 3/4/2009 11:55 PM (GMT -6)   
i am 23 and had my first episode about two yrs ago. I have never had a head ache before that. my vision was the first thing to effect me, i couldnt see due to the lightning bolt type object blocking my vision, after that my hand went numb then i couldnt speak well. i was told it was probably the birth control i was on so i stopped taking it. I got another one a year late, i got a ct and it came back fine. i then was told by a doc that it was because of hormones. Now i have been getting the lightning bolt in my vision which goes away after about 10 mins then my left or right fingers will go numb. I have noticed i am extreamly sensitive to bright lights but that is the only thing i have noticed that may or may not trigger it. that i have one right now, obviously not horrible, but i am still really scared that it could be something serious. Does anyone know what this may be? something other then a migraine?? Any meds that will fix them on the spot?

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   Posted 3/8/2009 12:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi alucas,

Sounds like Occular Migraine to me, but I am not a Doc so am not qualified to give a professional opinion. You need to see a Neurologist to get a qualified opinion and to get the correct treatment.

All the best with this, take care

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   Posted 3/11/2009 4:04 AM (GMT -6)   


Just to break this down a little...the vision changes as well as the 'lightning bolt' are your "prodrome." Basically it is the 'warning' that something (a headache/migraine) is on its way. Generally, a few hours to a day or so before the headache arrives.

Next is what they call the "aura" (only some people have this) and yours sounds like the "lightning bolt" objects which is followed by head pain then the final stage "postdrome" which is the icky, tired, achy feeling left after the pain subsides.

The tingling or numbness is common with migraines as well as the sensitivity to light.

I am not saying that its FOR SURE migraines (Im not a doctor) but your symptoms make it seem possible. I would talk to your doctor about a preventative medication that can keep you from having these episodes if they are happening often. If they are just once in a while an acute medication will help end the head pain and accompanying symptoms.

I hope that helps some in understanding a little more about what's going on.

Please let us know how things go!


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   Posted 3/11/2009 6:01 AM (GMT -6)   
It is definately neurological. Ask Pcp for a referral to a neurologist.
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   Posted 4/20/2009 1:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I've had the same thing for about 7 years now - started around the time I took birth control.  Went to neurologists all over and was put on a ton of meds - none of which really helped.  I've changed birth controls and even stopped taking them but nothing really helps.  The aura is my warning that a migraine is coming - my problem is that I have about 10 minutes before the migraine hits once my vision starts to get spotty.  They usually last less than 12 hours but I'm pretty out of it while they're present.  If you come across anything that really works - please let me know.  Thanks!!
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