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Old 01-22-2018, 10:20 AM
 
Location: NYC
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Talked to my doctor about it, and he said Topamax is the best migraine preventative medicine...I did try this years ago and stopped due to side effects. It is a pretty powerful med and used as an antiseizure med. Made me feel really weird.

I think I will just stick to advil or aspirin.

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Old 01-23-2018, 06:51 AM
 
Location: NYC
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Well I woke up out of a dead sleep with one today...that was new. I’m thinking they might be stress related.
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Old 01-25-2018, 09:50 AM
 
Location: Maryland
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I had one recently and made a quick eye Dr. appointment. It was the first time I had ever had one or even heard of it...didn't know WTF was happening at the time. There was no pain at all, just very clear visual distortion. My eye Dr. said it's nothing to be alarmed about unless they're happening frequently then, in that case, a more thorough look might be needed by a specialist, e.g. a neurologist, etc.
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Old 02-02-2018, 03:26 PM
 
Location: Niagara Region
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I wonder if we who get these ocular migraines, share other attributes. Example, I rarely suffer from headaches of any type. Maybe twice a year I'll have a bad headache that might make me reach for ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Hubs on the other hand, and his daughter, have about 2 or 3 headaches a week!!
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Old Yesterday, 09:22 AM
 
Location: NYC
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just wanted to update this..I have realized that the reason I get them is related to the cold weather. I have gotten two since the weather turned cold here and I literally get none when the weather is warmer. I've always gotten them in the cold weather.


Just another reason to move to a warm climate!
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Old Yesterday, 04:02 PM
 
Location: SW Florida
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just wanted to update this..I have realized that the reason I get them is related to the cold weather. I have gotten two since the weather turned cold here and I literally get none when the weather is warmer. I've always gotten them in the cold weather.


Just another reason to move to a warm climate!
I didn't see this thread till today, but I get what must be ocular migraines maybe twice a year, and looking back over the times I have gotten them, I believe at least for me, they must be related to stress. I've never figured out any other trigger. I've had my blood pressure checked and found to be high during these episodes, but although I take meds for high blood pressure stress usually raises it anyway.

I get a prodromal period almost of euphoria before my vision is affected. That is followed by tunnel vision where my perpheral vision is replaced by what looks like undulating fuzz, then black spots, blinking tiny lights in my field of vision and that is all I can see. That is accompanied by a headache which starts out mild, but will grow worse if I don't try and stop the process. This may last for up to an hour before the onset of a killer headache, but I can often head it off by taking a couple Excedrine Migraine tablets, a cup of coffee, and a nap if I can manage it.

Though recently I've had recurring bouts of bleeding gastric ulcers, and think these may have at least contributed to the gastric issues ( the aspirin in these tabs). This even though I never took more than the recommended dose or on an empty stomach, so I've had to put the kabosh on using these for headache relief. I haven't had one of "those" migraines since I had the ulcers( knock on wood), so think I may try tyelenol and a strong cup of coffee ( leaving out the aspirin) the next time one of those headaches/visual disturbances rears its ugly head.

I don't know about the cold weather as opposed to warm weather being a trigger. I live in Florida, and have found sometimes the outside heat and humidity will bring one on for me.
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Old Yesterday, 05:04 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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just wanted to update this..I have realized that the reason I get them is related to the cold weather. I have gotten two since the weather turned cold here and I literally get none when the weather is warmer. I've always gotten them in the cold weather.


Just another reason to move to a warm climate!
My sister found the cause of hers, she was diagnosed with lupus this year and has lesions in her brain causing the migraines. I'm really glad that yours are caused by something less serious.
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Old Today, 07:35 AM
 
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I had my first Occular Migraine this year. I was working on a spreadsheet and was under a deadline to get it done so I was stressed. It was color coded for budget purposes. I remember I had to put my reading glasses on (seldom use them) and I had a hard time reading the print. The colors were unusually bright. I took a break and walked down the hall and saw this bright white zig zag pattern in the upper part of one of my eyes. I thought it was probably an eye issue from diabetes (never been diagnosed but runs in the family) and that is what it probably was (I thought). I googled white zig zag flashing pattern when I got back to my desk and discovered it was an ocular migraine. It went away a half hour later. I have had 2 or 3 since.
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Old Today, 09:25 AM
 
Location: northern New England
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I refer to them as "visual migraines" and get them, never with the headache though. Not really in your eyes, I get them on both sides and even with eyes closed, I can still see them. Annoying but they usually are gone in 20-30 minutes.



Cool thing - I was sitting beside my sister when she got her first one and was able to tell her what it was.
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