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Q: Ocular Migraine and Memory Loss?

i had an ocular migraine (first one in three years) last week and then Tuesday morning couldn't remember the amount of weight on a lift a do all the time, my locker combination, later my address, medication amounts, web sites and passwords. It went away after a few hours, but the following morning I got another ocular migraine. No numbness, droopy face or dizziness. Mini stroke or just a brain quirk from the migraine?


I have only had a bad headache once from one of these migraines - over three years ago.


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davey21, Community Member
1/24/10 1:43pm

I"m not sure any of what i have to say will mean anything , but here it goes both of my ocular bones are broken and have been for years my head aches are unbearable, my blood pressure is so high my doctors have given me every type of meds they can think of , they even give me nerve meds to try and keep me from stroking. I have two grain lesions and a low grade neoplasm. confusion and the feeling of being lost are quit frequent

ConfusedMind, Community Member
1/24/10 5:22pm



Your answer makes me feel blessed. I have nothing compared to what you are experiencing. My blood pressure is 110/70 and I am 64 years old. Even when I get the Ocular migraine I have little pain. Only once was it a bad headache.


I guess what I am trying to figure out is whether memory loss can happen from a Ocular migraine (just a symptom) or does memory loss mean that I had a mini stroke for sure?

stroupk, Community Member
1/24/10 6:43pm

well I should first say I suffered a closed head injury, I have two brain lesions and a low grade neoplasm, anxiety confusion are normal for me . doctors want me to take mri studies but there is no way I can afford this . So I"m told there is no way to diagnose my abnormality

Marc, Community Member
4/ 4/10 10:07pm

I am hoping the memory loss is from the ocular migraine.  I went to the Dr. just last week because I had this vision issue, which I had before, but this time it was followed by memory loss.  I could not think of my coworkers names, I was even reading an email from one of them and couldn't recognize the name.  Gradually everything came back, but it really freaked me out.  I registered on line to get a Dr appointment and they called me right away and wanted me in that same day.  They wanted to make sure that I did not have a mini stroke, they did not think it was likely because of my age but wanted to check.  At that appointment is when she pointed me in the direction of ocular migraines.  She does want me to have a MRI to cover other potential issues since there is a family history of brain tumors.  I am really hoping for the scenario of a intense ocular Migraine.  I have no pain with the Migraines, just distorted vision and this was a first for the memory loss, just glad it came back.

Molly, Community Member
4/12/10 12:15am

I had the same thing happen to me today- I am a healthy 43 year old woman, had my 2nd ever ocular migraine and then could not remember even my closest friends names, my daugters friends names, etc.  This has really freaked me out.  It all came back in a few hours but I am pretty freaked out!  Just a slight headache after the ocular set in.... so glad someone else had this!

Marc, Community Member
4/12/10 9:07pm

It was so weird.  I think it kind of freaked my Dr. out also.  She sent me in for a MRI but everything checked back normal with it.  I have had these vision issues for several year at about twice a year but never knew what they were until this month, but I never had the memory loss.  When you had yours was there anything unusual in the environment?  I had flown into Colorado Springs on a very turbulent flight.  The Dr. thought the stress of the flight along with the altitude could of contributed to a particularly intense ocular migraine.  It was almost two weeks ago and I am still freaked out by it.  I am glad I am not going crazy, or at least not going crazy alone.

Rob, Community Member
3/18/12 8:47am

HI Marc

Can you tell me what happened I am getting the exact some symptoms but I am here in March 2012



Marc, Community Member
3/18/12 10:51am

Only happened the one time, still get the ocassional ocular migrane, but not the memory loss.  The Dr. was concerned about it being mini strokes at the time.  Another Dr. thought it was likely a intense migrane that caused inflimation in the eye the then caused pressure on the brain.


Hope all checks out ok.

Victor, Community Member
11/ 2/13 9:15pm
I've had them for over 15 years now. They use to occur every year or two with the same symptoms you describe . Confusion and loss of memory. I had MRI's and nothing. Now they occur every 6 to 12 months. I always carry aspirine with me. It shortens the period Of the zigzag lights that start from one side of the eye and dissappearing after ten to fifteen or twenty minutes and reduces the confusion. I think it is due to distress of any kind, even when I go from a hot weather to a air conditioning room or vice versa. I also told my doctor, Who has no clue what these are, that I think these are mini strokes and I notice that I develop floaters increasingly after these occurrences. I am 67 years old now and keep having them. I am otherwise healthy. Ingo to The gym and workout regularly. O e day i noticed That After heavy lifting i started having the confusion that are precursors of the strange zigzag lights that you call ocular migrane. So now I carry aspirine with me at the gym too. Reply
littler, Community Member
11/13/11 9:41pm

I am 72 and experiencing first ocular migraine in 4 years.  A lot of distorted vision, with wavy lines  bright colors and an onset of headache,,... first time it happened I couldn't remember grandkids names, and paniced. Very disturbing.  Recently have been exercising very regulary and with increased effort, cardio and weights, and it seems the ocular migraines are occuring at end of exercise sessions with more frequency.

Any one else had this experience?

Nancy Harris Bonk, Community Member
11/14/11 1:09pm



Have you spoken with your doctor about this? Any time we have new, more frequent or severe patterns in our Migraines it is important to discuss this with our doctor. It's unlikely to be anything dangerous, but it is always better to be safe than sorry. 


A word on "ocular" Migraine if I may. One of the most important things is to get an accurate diagnosis. This will simplify matters and make it easier for you to get information and treatment. To do this, doctors usually go by the gold standard for diagnosis, the International Headache Society's International Classification of Headache Disorders, 2nd Edition (ICHD-II). Although people often ask what "ocular" Migraine are, there's no such diagnoses under ICHD-II. We do see it used, but doctors use it differently, so it really doesn't tell anyone what type of Migraine you actually have. You can read more about this in Ocular, Optical, and Ophthalmic Migraines  and  The Type of Migraine Does Matter.


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