My friend, the ocular migraine aura….

Actually I was just kidding about it being my friend.   Truth is, it’s really annoying.  I used to get them all the time and before I actually knew what it was it would scare the heck out of me.  It had been several months since my last one until this morning… about 10 minutes before I had to leave for my doctor’s appointment.    This is a good example what my vision starts off as when one hits me.

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It starts off where I find myself having a hard time focusing on things when i’m trying to read them.  Almost blurry but more so hazy.   Then my vision starts to feel as if someone splashed water into my eyes.  You know how a raindrop drips onto your eyeball and you have to blink a few times to clear it off?  It’s sort of like that only it looks sort of animated.    Even when you close your eyes you can see a squiggily like line moving behind your eyelids.   Pretty soon the area where the squiggle is gets bigger and bigger until that’s all I see.    I’m temporarily blinded for a short amount of time.   seriously..  I tried to tell my co workers before about this but I don’t think anyone really believes me.   I was happy in a twisted kind of way that I had this recent episode hit me so close to my doctor’s appointment this morning.   I feared in the past that  this happened when my blood pressure was up (it made sense to me,  high blood pressure = vessels in the eyes being affected) so I braved it and drove to my appointment feeling the squiggles getting bigger and bigger.   Luckily my doctor’s office wasn’t too far away and I made it just before it had reached its worst.   As I sat in the waiting room after checking in for my appointment I closed my eyes and waited for it to pass… which it did.   All in all the whole episode went on for about 15-20 minutes,  but when you lose your vision it feels like hours.    When my doctor took my blood pressure he said it was normal and the ocular migraine aura was most likely caused by a boost of serotonin in my system.   Yay..    Oh, and to make sure that it never goes past 15 minutes otherwise it could indicate a more serious problem.

I am fortunate with one thing… sometimes these things are followed by a brain splitting migraine.   These ocular thingies are commonly called a silent migraine, meaning there’s no pain associated with it but it can be an indicator that a huge migraine with pain is about to hit.   I guess I should count my blessings and be glad that I don’t have that part.    If I have to deal with a temporary blindness in lieu of being hit with a migraine then I’ll take the blindness.

It’s still scary though..

 

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