ocular migraine?

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   Posted 5/24/2006 5:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi i was just wondering if anyone out there experiances ocular migraines? It happened to me last night and really freaked me out.. so bad that I went to the emergency room. No pain or anything just strange vision. I tend to panic over these things. At the ER they told me it was because of the hormonal changes due to my pregnancy... I was wondering if that's possible... and i was wondering if anyone out there gets them how they deal with them?
Thanks in advance for any suggestions

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   Posted 5/25/2006 10:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi I have never experienced the ocular migraines myself but I know my brother-in-law has had a few of them, and thankfully for him they have been few and far between, and I hope that they are that way for you too. You don't say how far through your pregnancy you are, the big hormonal changes happen in the first 3 months and then begin to settle down. Sometimes right at the end there are some fluctuations, ask you Doctor if you have any worries he/she should be able to put your mind at rest.

I have just replied to you on A/P and am pleased that you have come over here. There maybe someone that will come along here that can help you better than I can. Keep us posted and keep checking here, take care Ann.

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   Posted 5/28/2006 4:45 PM (GMT -6)   
I have ocular migraines and it is like a C shaped lightning bolt with a bright light in the bolt. It starts out small and expands beyond my vision. I just sit down and wait it out usually about 30 to 45 minutes. Even with your eyes closed you can still see it. It is dark and has a brigh light within the bolt. I don't usually have any pain with it. Since August I have started having full blown migraines again. I had them after my hysterectomy in my 30s and they went away. I am now 58 and they are saying I have vasculitis. I have brain lesions in the periventricular, deep white matter and subcortical regions of the brain. I have had 5 migraines and ended up in the ER the last two. I took a vicodin but couldn't get them to ease off and went to the ER and got an injection after they did CT scans etc. I cannot take anything to abort them because I have atrial fib, mitral valve prolapse with regurgitation, and patent foramen ovale, (heart conditions that preclude preventive type meds). Hope this helps. I wish you much luck and hope your pregnancy continues on a healthy regimen.

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   Posted 5/30/2006 2:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I've gotten several of them over the years. Starting when I was 14. It can be very scary. Mine are a circle area that starts in one corner of my eye and slowly moves, in to my vision, then out to the other corner of my eye when it then disappears. It's got wiggly shimmering lines in it too. One time I got it while driving, I had to pull over and sit there till it was gone. It just competely messes up your vision!

I've seen my eye doctor about it, and he confirmed what it was, and told me even though they are awful to have, they don't cause any damage if that's all it is!
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   Posted 6/8/2006 10:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I believe I had my first ocular migraine today. I was at work and coming back to the office. I felt a sharp pain in the side of my head, I didn't think any thing of it. Then I saw zigzag colorful shapes in my left eye. They were disturbing my sight. I kept blinking thinking they would go away. My boss told me it could be retinal detachment and made me call my eye doctor. They put me on hold for a long time and by then it had stopped so I hung up!! It was a very odd sensation.
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