Lost vision in left eye, numbness. True that it's migraine coming?

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    I hope you can help me. I lose my vision in my left eye for at least 15 to 20 minutes then I get numbness in my left hand and face for a few minutes then I get a headache on the right side of my head and it last for three days I went to the doctor for it before and he said it was my body telling I was getting a migraine is this true? thank you, tony.


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    Dear Tony;


    The lost vision, numbness, and headache you describe could be Migraine symptoms. They would not, however be symptoms that your body is telling you that you're getting a Migraine. By the time these symptoms occur in a Migraine, the Migraine has already started. Vision loss and numbness can occur during the second phase of a Migraine attack, the aura. The headache would be the third phase, the headache phase. You can read more about the possible phases of a Migraine attack and their potential symptoms in Anatomy of a Migraine.

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    Are you talking about total loss of vision - blindness - in your left eye? Only one form of Migraine causes monocular (in one eye) blindness, Retinal Migraine. You can read more about that in Retinal Migraine - The Basics.


    Any diagnosis of Migraine needs to be more specific. Your doctor needs to tell you which type of Migraines you have - Migraine with aura, Retinal Migraine, etc. If your doctor can't do that, it may well be time to consult a Migraine and headache specialist. It’s important to note that neurologists aren’t necessarily Migraine and headache specialists. Take a look at the article Migraine and Headache Specialists - What's So Special? If you need help finding a Migraine specialist, check the Find a Health Care Specialist on the ACHE web site.


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Published On: March 05, 2014