I began having ocular migraines in my late 20's. I am 68 now, and have experienced them only once or twice a year since then. Suddenly this past week I have had five. These are hereditary, on my mother's side, and one of my daughter's has them too. Just curious as to what might be causing them to become this frequent? Thanks, Sherry.
Migraine symptoms and patterns can change over time. Sometimes you can figure out why; other times, there doesn't seem to be a reason. One thing to look at is what triggered your Migraines. Maybe there was something new in your environment that triggered the increased Migraines. Maybe you ate something you don't usually eat, and it was a Migraine trigger.
One thing that's certain is that you need to see your doctor to be sure nothing else is going on. Whenever patterns or symptoms change, that's the wise action to take.
As for "ocular" Migraines, we can't b...
In any health field, there needs to be standardization in diagnosing. If every doctor used different diagnostic criteria and classifications, there would be total chaos. It would be impossible to communicate with patients, other doctors, researchers, etc. In the field of Migraine disease and headaches, the gold standard for diagnosis and classification is the International Headache Society's International Classification of Headache Disorders, 2nd Edition (ICHD-II). Questions often arise about ocular, optical, and ophthalmic Migraines. These questions, however, are difficult if not impossible to answer because there are no such Migraine classifications in the ICHD-II, no such diagnosis listed there. Although there are doctors who use these diagnoses, they use them differently... Learn more in Ocular, Optical, and Opthalmic Migraines.
I've had chronic daily migraine for over 20 years. They have been bilateral not one-sided, for all this time. Lately I've been experiencing left-sided migraines with numbness and tingling in my extremities. I've had a TIA, mini stroke approximately 10 years ago and wonder if this change in my migraine pattern means I'm more susceptible to having a stroke? Thank You! ~~Pam.
Thank you for your excellent question. Your question raises two important issues:
what does it mean when migraine patterns change, and
what is the relationship between migraines and stroke.
First, a change is pattern of migraines, especially one that has been as longstanding as yours has been, can be concerning. Usually it doesn't mean anything more than just that your migraines have changed with time. But as a general rule, if your migraine pattern changes and there is not an easily identifiable reason (i.e. new medication, new medical condition, new stressful ...
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