Atypical migraine--when to worry

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Date Joined May 2011
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   Posted 5/6/2011 7:32 PM (GMT -6)   
I have a history of migraines with aura (heat wavy visual defect). They were bad during puberty then went away for 20 odd years. They came back while I was nursing my baby, but sans pain--just the aura and the woozy post-migraine hangover after the aura resolved.

A few days ago I noticed an aura forming (just a line, though, not the usual C-shaped thingy), but it went away. Since then it's been coming and going pretty constantly and my vision is ever so slightly grayed in that region (just left of center), which is normal for the aura stage, except that that usually last 20-20 minutes, not 3 days. Even weirder, it's only one eye. Typically my auras have been present in both eyes (consistent with a brain source of the migraine). Is this a retinal migraine (yes, I've been googling)? When will it go away? It's unnerving and I'm tired of the other migraine symptoms (even if they are mild). Moreover, I'm starting to worry that it's NOT a migraine.

How long should I wait before I start freaking and go sit in an emergency room?  Any advice or information greatly appreciated!


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Date Joined Feb 2011
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   Posted 5/6/2011 10:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Any changes to your normal migraine pattern should be checked out by your doc. Do you have a neuro you can go see? Do you have a good ER near you that will take you seriously and not just shrug their shoulders and blame the migraines? Last year I woke up aphasic and even though I was pretty sure it was just a new migraine symptom a friend called my family doc and he said an ER visit would be a good idea just to make sure that there was nothing else going on. They did a cat scan and it was clean so no stroke and they asked me to check in with my neuro on Monday (this happened on a Saturday). It is not unusual for migraine symptoms to change over time BUT new symptoms should always be checked out by a doc you trust. Good luck!
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