72-year-old Migraine patient with increased auras?

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    I'm a 72 year old male. I had migraine headaches with aura as a teenager but these disappeared in my early 20s. Since then I have had the occasional aura without headache, let's say one a year. About six months ago I began experiencing the aura 2 or 3 times a month and more recently the frequency increased to 2 or three a week. The aura takes the form of a scintillating C that expands and disappears over about 20 minutes. There is no headache. The marked increase in frequency is disturbing. Should I do anything about it?
    William.
              

     

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    Dear William;

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    Migraine patterns can definitely change, and it's not uncommon for Migraines to occur with no headache. When that happens, they're described as "acephalgic" or "silent." You can find more information on that in Acephalgic or Silent Migraine – The Basics.

     

    That said, you do need to see your doctor to be sure that these episodes truly are Migraines and not something else that could need medical attention. Any time Migraine patterns change or new or frightening symptoms occur, consulting your doctor is the way to go.

     

    Good luck,
    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert

     

     

     

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Published On: January 17, 2014