Top 75 Migraine and Headache Questions, #4

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    My name is Michael and I am a adolescent. I was recently diagnosed with classic migraines with auras and I am being treated with an abortive medication Frova and a preventative Feverfew supplement and Depakote, Risperdal, Geodon, and Zoloft taken for bipolar disorder. I have begun to notice that while having migraine attacks, I seem to have auditory and visual hallucinations of seeing bright lights even when eyes are closed and hearing loud noises like clashes of metal. I have no idea how to explain them but they always make the pain worse due to sound and light sensitivity. Do you have any idea what could cause something like this? Michael.
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    Dear Michael;

    The symptoms you're describing may be part of your Migraine aura. "Classic Migraine" is the older diagnostic term for what is now called Migraine with aura. You should discuss these symptoms with your doctor, as you would any new or differing symptoms, to be sure nothing else is going on. This article should be helpful for you:
      Anatomy of a Migraine
      When many people think “migraine” they think only of the pain of migraine. In reality, a migraine episode consists of far more. The typical migraine episode actually consists of four parts, referred to as phases or components.

    Good luck,
    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert

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Published On: April 10, 2007