Light Show, No Headache

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Date Joined Jan 2014
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   Posted 1/28/2014 8:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I get the Migraines without the bad bad headache.  I will get the shimmering light show .  What happens at first I will notice my vision is off like in the middle .  Like I will be trying to read something and the end letter will be missing .  Then it starts out in the middle and the zig zags like a saw tooth C will occur in all different colors .  It will slowly make its way to the side of my vision and then slowly just go away.  Right at the end is when it gets the most intense the lights and then its gone.  I never get a headache before but sometimes I will have a mild headache afterwards and just feel off the rest of the day are so.  Also my vision will seem a lot clearer after its all over with for a while.  The first one I had was back in 2005 thought I had a stroke are something .  I went to the eye doc and he dilated my eyes and ask me what I was seeing and I told him.  He then went out the room and came back with pictures of Aura and ask if this was it and it was it fit like a T.  He said I had Occlar Migraines.  I get maybe one are two a year since then that's about it .
My ? is does this sound right to you guys that also have this problem .

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Date Joined Jan 2014
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   Posted 1/29/2014 1:11 AM (GMT -6)   
For many years I had this problem, mine would sometimes occur twice a week or more often. I only had the visual symptoms, never any headaches. The structure that you see is a scintillating scotoma, which means colorful blindspot. The eyes are wired in a way that most people are unaware of. One half of EACH eye is connected to one brain half, the other half connected to the other brain half.

An Ocular Migraine occurs when the blood vessels spasm, reducing circulation to the Visual Cortex of the brain. This produces the Scintillating Scotoma. It should be in one half of each eye, so it may be in the right half of the right and left eyes, or the left half of the right and left eyes. Some people perceive it to the right or left, but if you look close, you'll see it in both eyes. The following picture is rather like what I saw during a phase of each migraine.

You have been examined by a doctor, which is essential to rule-out any serious causes, but the phenomenon itself is common in migraine. I had mine frequently for 11 or so years, up to several times a week, each episode lasting about 45 minutes, with an occasional doubling for 90 minutes. There's a book by Doctor Oliver Sacks about the many forms of migraines, producing, if memory serves me correctly, mosaic migraines, Lilliputian migraines, and more.

Be well.
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