Does this sound like acephalgic Migraine?

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    For the past two years, I have been experiencing a strange visual disturbance in my left eye. 


    Usually triggered by glare on the printed page (or even after focusing closely on a sliver in my index finger), I see a see-through distortion in my left eye only.  The distortion most resembles water seen condensing on a glass (or raindrops on the windshield of a car).  No headaches follow these events.  After several visits to the ophthalmologist and a retinal specialist, an ophthalmologist recommended to me by my physician decided I was probably experiencing an migraine with visual aura (although I believe he called it an acephalgic migraine).

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    I have experienced other aural migraines without headaches, usually no more than once a year, which take on the more common "fortress"-like constructs. I am 49 years old and entering menopause. Does this description sound like an acephalgic migraine?






    Dear Lisa;


    What you describe could fit acephalgic Migraine with aura, but nobody can verify that via the Internet.


    It might help you to read a bit about acephalgic Migraine. Take a look at Acephalgic or Silent Migraine - The Basics. Please keep in mind that, if you don't have confidence in your diagnosis, it's quite acceptable for you to get a second opinion.


    Good luck,
    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert



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Published On: March 03, 2010