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Tuesday, June 16, 2009 gertazz, Community Member, asks

Q: can migrains cause temporary blindness and memory loss?

I've always suffered with migrains as they tend to run in the family. About 6 months ago I started having theses "SpellS" where I would have tunnel visision or Black strobe lights in front of my eyes. Suddenly a few days ago this tunnel vision was accompanied by a sharp shooting pain in my head. Three days later the headach is still going strong. But I've also noticed that I'm having a hard time with memory. If someone asks me a question I draw a complete blank. I've been walking into walls, My eyes are sensitive to light. And the medications that the Dr has given me do not seem to be helping

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Nancy Harris Bonk, Community Member
6/20/09 8:43pm

Hi gertazz,


Temporary blindness, confusion and aphasia (difficulty finding words) may all be symptoms of a Migraine attack, but are fully reversible once the Migraine is over. For more information on the four stages of a Migraine, continue reading Anatomy of a Migraine.


Any time there is a change in our Migraine pattern, it needs to be discussed with our doctor.

If your doctor isn't able to help you, 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 our listing of Patient Recommended Migraine and Headache Specialists.


Good luck


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By gertazz, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/16/10, First Published: 06/16/09