Migraine with Aura also known as Ocular Migraines, these types of migraines are the worst and most painful in my opinion. The only good thing about them is you get a 20 minute warning before the pain hits, so in that time you can take some medication to try knock out the pain or combat the pain so to speak.
When the Aura comes for me I go blind in one eye, first it starts with faint zig zag lines and then gets more severe, and eventually I cannot see. Rarely it happens it both eyes, but it has happened to me. I get severe light sensitivity, ringing in my ears, and dizzy. I also get severe nausea once the aura has passed, but have had nausea with aura as well. Here are the symptoms when you are getting an aura with migraine.
- Seeing zig zag patterns
- Blind spots
- Visions loss in one or both eyes
- Flashing lights
Aura can start anywhere between 20 minutes to an hour before the migraine hits. They call this a pre-headache. The aura can distort all your senses, with me it does. I get an aura with about half of my migraines. I used to get a lot more but because of the medication I am on now, the aura migraines have decreased.
Once the aura is over that’s when the pain will hit, when the pain hits, it’s very severe. It’s a steady throbbing pain. I feel it on one side of my head and have pain in my eyes too, I also have very severe nausea. I am prescribed Zoloft for nausea which really helps. I am also prescribed several medications for when I get these migraines. That’s why it’s extremely important to see a neurologist if you are suffering from these types of migraines because they can prescribe you some great medications to help with these types of migraines.
Here are some other symptoms that you may get with a Migraine with Aura:
- Nausea or upset stomach, or vomiting
- Severe throbbing pain on one or both sides of your head, and pain in eyes
- Sensitivity to light, sounds, smells, and possibly motion (when I get up my head feels super heavy, and my head feels like a cement block)
As ive explained in my other posts, keeping track of your triggers is very important. Also starting a headache diary will help. Keeping a headache diary will help you keep track of your headache and migraines so you will know when you got the migraine and what you ate, what you were doing, and medication you took, so you will know what triggered your migraine so you can help your doctor figure out to stop the migraines. I know this really helped me a lot in the beginning.
Again avoid Triggers, here’s a list:
- Lights, flashing lights, fluorescent lights (this is a major trigger for me)
- Watching too much TV or being on the Computer (again this is a major trigger for me)
- Certain foods, everyone has different food triggers
- Weather Changes
- Being tired, or sick
- Hormone Changes
- Make sure you are drinking water and eating regularly
Some triggers you cannot help because it’s just apart of life, like getting sick, or weather changes etc. The best thing we can do is manage and keep track of our migraines, take our prescribed medication and cope with what we are given.
The last thing I want to add is migraines with aura is you’re not alone. These types of migraines and migraines in general are hereditary, for example my mother suffered severely when she was younger from migraines and she still has them time to time. This is something I learned from my neurologist and just wanted to add, so your family can help you and possibly knows what you’re going through. The biggest thing is having a great support system and I’m blessed to say that I have that.
If you have any questions or need to talk please contact me anytime.
Thanks for reading
*Disclaimer* I am not a healthcare professional, I am just writing about and offering advice and recommendation in my experience.