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Old 01-19-2018, 10:28 AM
 
Location: NYC
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I was wondering if mine was triggered by artificial sweeteners...I never eat them, but had something on Sunday with Stevia in it, and then Monday I got the headache.....
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Old 01-19-2018, 10:34 AM
 
Location: Knightdale. NC
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Lack of quality sleep is a root cause for my occular migraines. TBHQ preservative in foods is another.

I keep some Excederin Migraine tablets available at all times as they will knock them out in 20 minutes if I take them as soon as I suspect one is forming.

After a while you'll learn to recognize the early onset symptoms and be prepared with tablets. Having them occur at work is the worst for me when trying to use a computer!

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Dave
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Old 01-19-2018, 11:20 AM
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I have a family member who gets migraines, sometimes with aura, sometimes without. We've figured out that stress, sleep disruptions (change in sleep schedule or too little sleep) are triggers. Hormones fluctuations seem to be a trigger. Certain foods are triggers but it seems like they only trigger a migraine if one other factor (stress or sleep disturbances, hormonal changes) is already present. Intense exercise can also trigger them but again, it only seems to happen if one of the underlying triggers such as stress is already present. The food triggers tend to be foods high in tyramines such as aged cheese, soy sauce, etc. Its frustrating.
Migraines, which are debilitating in pain and sometimes nausea, are very different from ocular migraines - which are painless but can be frightening the first time you experience one.
Ocular migraines do not usually follow the same trigger patterns as migraines.
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Old 01-19-2018, 11:21 AM
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I was wondering if mine was triggered by artificial sweeteners...I never eat them, but had something on Sunday with Stevia in it, and then Monday I got the headache.....
Headache? Or ocular migraine? or both?
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Old 01-19-2018, 11:31 AM
 
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So today I'm off gluten and this is the second day in a couple weeks (one day was about 4 days ago) where I haven't had an occular (or several) migraine.
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Old 01-19-2018, 12:16 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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What?? why not? she doesn't take anything to treat and/or prevent them??
She's tried lots of meds and seen a couple of neurologists. None of the meds have worked for her. Some have given her side effects she couldn't handle long enough to see if the med would help. She's also tried changing her diet, excluding artificial sweeteners and avoiding foods known to cause migraine. Some of her migraines are accompanied by pain as well as the vision disturbances.

Our dad had similar vision problems that would cause blind spots or temporarily wipe out the vision in his left eye. He was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis because of it, but when medical imaging technology improved and he had more tests done, they were unable to find any evidence of MS and said he'd probably never had it.
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Old 01-19-2018, 01:49 PM
 
Location: NYC
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She's tried lots of meds and seen a couple of neurologists. None of the meds have worked for her. Some have given her side effects she couldn't handle long enough to see if the med would help. She's also tried changing her diet, excluding artificial sweeteners and avoiding foods known to cause migraine. Some of her migraines are accompanied by pain as well as the vision disturbances.

Our dad had similar vision problems that would cause blind spots or temporarily wipe out the vision in his left eye. He was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis because of it, but when medical imaging technology improved and he had more tests done, they were unable to find any evidence of MS and said he'd probably never had it.

Gosh, how awful, so sorry to hear that!!!
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Old 01-19-2018, 01:52 PM
 
Location: Bay Area, CA
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I get them frequently, and they're rather annoying! Usually mine aren't painful, but I get the visual light show for about 20 minutes - which is quite inconvenient if I have to drive, or when I'm at work (which requires using a computer and/or books). When I get the FIRST sign of one coming, I immediately hit it with caffeine and ibuprofen, which usually knocks out the headache that would follow. Have you tried that combo yet?

And as others have said, you need to figure out your triggers. I'd suggest keeping a journal, where you write down EVERY possible trigger (foods, lighting, amount/quality of sleep, etc) that occurred the day you had a migraine... eventually you'll start to see patterns, and determine what likely causes them. For me it's usually a combination of lack of sleep, and flashing/bright lights. Unfortunately the sleep is an ongoing issue that I can't easily fix, but I do avoid bright lights (especially fluorescent) as much as possible. Hope this helps!
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Old 01-19-2018, 01:53 PM
 
Location: NYC
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Headache? Or ocular migraine? or both?
both, since I tend to never have artificial sweeteners, I feel they are more toxic than plain old sugar lol

I do get regular migraines as well....usually the ocular is followed by a regular migraine. Winter weather also seems to trigger it, the cold, dry air.

Migraines run in my family. Both my mother and grandfather got them bad....my grandfather's trigger was chocolate. My mother used to be prescribed Fiorinal (spelling?) and she said they were very addictive...

Either way, I am going to speak to my doctor about maybe a prescription for migraines when they get really bad. I do find the glare from the computer makes it worse...and, of course, my job is being on the computer all day.
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Old 01-19-2018, 01:54 PM
 
Location: Bay Area, CA
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I've only experienced one, years ago. It was during a computer training and suddenly I couldn't see the middle of the computer screen, but had no pain. It really was pretty terrifying not knowing what was happening. Doc later told me it was an ocular migraine, and some people have them, others don't. They don't know why and there's no prevention.
I was in a work meeting once, when one of my colleagues got her first ocular migraine... she's already kind of a hypochondriac, and started FREAKING OUT. She literally thought she was having a stroke, but I quickly talked her down and explained what was happening. I then got her a cup of coffee + Advil, and told her to go lay down in a dark room. She came back about 20 minutes later, and thanked me for keeping her from a full-blown panic attack. She later saw her doctor, who confirmed it was in fact a migraine. I admit, it IS pretty scary if you don't know what's happening!

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What I'm scared of is getting another one when I'm going 70 mph on the freeway.
I can't speak for everyone, but I usually get a "warning sign" at least 5-10 minutes before they start... for me it's generally a small blind spot (corner of my vision), or the feeling that things are off-balance visually. So if I'm driving when these warnings show up, I get off the road asap!!
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