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.
Causes The exact causes of migraine are unknown. Doctors think that migraine may start with an underlying central nervous system disorder. When triggered by various stimuli, this disorder may set off a chain of neurologic and biochemical events, some of which subsequently affect the brain's blood vessel (vascular) system. There is certainly a strong genetic component to migraine. Several different genes are likely to be involved in the great majority of migraine cases. Numerous other brain chemicals and nerve pathway disrupters may play a role. They include the neurotransmitter (brain chemical messenger) serotonin, magnesium deficiencies, and abnormalities in the channels within cells that transport electrical ions such as calcium. Migraine Triggers A wide range of events and conditions can alter conditions in the brain that bring on nerve excitation and trigger migraines. They include: Emotional stress Physical exertion (such as intense exercise, lifting, or even bowel movements or sexual a...
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