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I too have occassionally had the visual effects of a migraine without actually getting as far as the pain stage. I sometimes find I can stave off the headache by taking pills during the visuals before the pain starts.
Thanks for replying, it really scared me when it happened and I expected to get a headache but it never came. This is the first time this has happened to me and it happened during a lesson and so couldnt leave and calm down. I will visit the Dr just to be sure this isnt the satrt of migraines. Thanks again for the replies
I've only ever had the flashing lights in the outer reaches of my vision, widening blind spots and strange translucent shapes - never the headache, at the very most a tight feeling in my head afterwards. I feel odd and distant from everything, but can carry on pretending everything is normal (albeit it is hard to type or read when half the letters in every word are missing, unless you tip your head about at funny angles - and very dangerous to drive!!!). If it only lasts 30 minutes, it is most likely a migraine aura, and may leave you feeling washed out for a while afterwards. If it lasts any longer, and certainly if it is the first time it's happened to you, you should check with your GP, as transient ischaemic attacks can have some overlapping symptoms but are, obviously, more serious as they can herald a stroke...
I haven't actually had one of these for quite a while, now - tend to get one or two every few years, so very few and far between (unless pregnant or on the pill, which is why I never take the combined contraceptive pill any more!!!!).
Yes, I get exhaustion, then flashing lights, blind spot, then sensitivity to light and noise, and then get quite hyper, but no headache. GP said focal migraine. It's hormonal with me, happened more around pregnancy / breastfeeding / stopping breastfeeding, and when on combined pill (was taken off that because of increased risks associated with focal migraine). Terrified me the first time, thought I was going blind! quite interesting now though.
I had a couple of these last year - I did go to the GP and she said it was probably migraine. I was pretty exhausted at the time as had 2 children under 3yrs. I have had migraine in the past, with the full headache and sickness, so almost relieved to just get the aura. Did make me feel quite spaced out when it was happening tho...
I get this with migraine, well usually I see black and white zig zags in my vision before the migraine starts and sometimes it just affects my vision and I dont get a migraine after. my GP told me it was a migraine with an aura which is quite common and nothing to worry about. First time it happened to me I was only about 13 and I thought I had a brain tumour or something serious!! I would go c your GP if it happens often as they can give you advice on how to manage the migraine. Hope that helps!