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Old 11-27-2011, 09:35 AM
 
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No the aura lasts for up to an hour. The migraine lasts until I can go to sleep. The next day I will have a mild headache but not all the time. And on the 3rd day all symptoms are gone.

I have taken all types of aspirin before and after the aura with no help. I guess the only ones I haven't tried is liquid or powdered aspirin. And I'll keep a journal.
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Old 11-28-2011, 07:07 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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No the aura lasts for up to an hour. The migraine lasts until I can go to sleep. The next day I will have a mild headache but not all the time. And on the 3rd day all symptoms are gone.

I have taken all types of aspirin before and after the aura with no help. I guess the only ones I haven't tried is liquid or powdered aspirin. And I'll keep a journal.
I get migraines like what you've described. They suck! They seem to come on at any time and the aura is basically blinding; I can't work or drive for that period of time, all I can really do is lay around with my eyes closed. I also get the "migraine hangover" the next day (that's what I call it). So annoying... I feel basically the same after a migraine as I would if I had had too much to drink the night before.

I've also never found anything that helps with the pain. I've taken things like aspirin, ibuprofen, aleve, Excedrin, etc. both right away when I notice the aura happening and later when the headache pain becomes severe. Nothing has ever worked for me. I haven't gotten nearly as many headaches recently (past 2 years) as I used to get when I was younger (in high school and college). I'm not sure why... no doctor has ever been able to give me any type of explanation or trigger for my headaches. I used to keep journals, avoid certain foods, take all sorts of vitamins, yada, yada, yada.

I wish I had something helpful to tell you. You're definitely not alone though!
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Old 11-28-2011, 07:23 PM
 
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I got these as a kid and didn't start getting them again until last year. Oddly enough my twin brother gets them too. I used to get them a lot as a kid as did my brother and no one else in my family does. It's a bit hard to explain but my vision has what seems like bright white pulsating spider webs that block my vision. Kinda like if you look at the sun for about 3 seconds, that's what my vision looks like. It gets to the point where I can't even read words on a piece of paper or computer screen. This lasts for about 45-60 mins. Followed by the worst headache of my life. I can't move because my head hurts so bad and I have to constantly spit because my saliva is in overdrive. I found that if I lay down in a completely dark room for the entire time the headache will be a little better but still hurts bad. Aspirin can't kill it either. I plan on going to the doctor as this seems to happening like it did when I was a kid.

Anyone else have these and if so what have you done? Is there some prescription I can get that can atleast do better than OTC drugs for the pain?
Daniel, google "Scintillating scotoma"

I get these migraines, sometimes the actual headache never comes. The aura can last up to 40 minutes, but mostly about 20 or 25 minutes. When these first started, about 30 years ago, I was prescribed Xanax. As soon as the aura began, I took a pill. In recent years, I simply bear with the aura and try to relax - eyes closed, deep breathing - and for the most part it ends well. When I do get the headache, it usually means go lie down in a darkened, quiet room.

Good luck.
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Old 11-29-2011, 10:41 AM
 
Location: Heart of Dixie
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Percogesic. Walmart has it behind the counter in their pharmacies. It works. but, when mine get this bad, and occasionally they do, I have to go to Doc for a shot...Hope you feel better.
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Old 11-29-2011, 01:19 PM
 
Location: South Carolina
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Percogesic. Walmart has it behind the counter in their pharmacies. It works. but, when mine get this bad, and occasionally they do, I have to go to Doc for a shot...Hope you feel better.
Yep this is how I was when they first started out heading to the doc for a shot . Not convient buy hey what works , works .
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Old 11-29-2011, 10:30 PM
 
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I use to have migraines that lasted like for 3 days, but that was like over 20 years ago. Since I went vegetarians way back when, I haven't had one. You should keep a record of what you eat, cause there are numerous of foods that can affect you getting a migraine. At least it was for me. Back then the Doctor wanted me to keep a record of my migraines to see what triggered it.
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Old 11-30-2011, 01:02 PM
 
Location: Prescott AZ
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While in Chicago area, I had migraines so bad I wanted to cut my head off. I had to go to work and there was no relief OTC. Nothing worked. I found Dr. Robbins, a headache specialist and neurologist in Northbrook. He has written a couple of books also on headaches. He gave me a preventative, (Zoloft) to take every day, and Imitrex injection, which I used when I felt one coming on. I had "sparks" in my vision. The injections were easy and I got immediate relief. The blood vessels in my brain were swollen and pressing on nerves. In addition, someone in the office wore AWFUL perfume. I had to ask that person not to wear it anymore. After menopause, no more migraines. YES !!!
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Old 12-01-2011, 12:57 PM
 
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Add me to the list. The first time I experienced this I thought I was going blind. And like theatergypsy, the pain part of the migraine sometimes doesn't come. For the most part I know what triggers my regular migraines. But these aura migraines are really irritating.

For regular migraines I take a 1/4 to 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper in a small amount of water or orange juice. I'm usually good to go within 30 min. Migraine meds work too, but I get nauseous later on. So I prefer the cayenne pepper.
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