Aura Without Headache With Blackout

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Asked by Jim

Aura Without Headache With Blackout

I had an episode a few months back at work, where I turned to look behind me and all of a sudden I had Arua , dizziness and very tense and swollen neck muscle. Went through a ton of test and scans, nothing found. The closest thing to a diagnosis I got was from a neruo optimoligist when I told him about the aura I seen, he then showed me pictures of what some of his migrain patients had discribed to him that they seen, and one of them were the same as I seen. So he told me I was either having mini strokes or migrains and the test didn't show any strokes. He offered no treatment. Since then I have had two more bouts with the arua, never a headache. Yesterday my wife and I were out and we stopped to eat lunch, and thats all I know. She said that I told her I see the aura again, then I asked her where we were and where did this food come from. I have no recall of eating, paying or leaving, just blank until about an hour later. Then she told me what had taken place and I couldn't believe it. She took me to the ER and they found nothing. CT was ok, blood Ok. Told me to go see a neuroligist... Have you heard of any others with these symptoms. What could it be ? Jim

Answer

Good morning, Jim,

The aura symptoms could be what's called silent Migraine with aura. In other words, a Migraine with aura that skips the aura phase. You can read more about that in Migraine Without Aura - the Basics.

That said, the blackout you experienced changes everything. That kind of blackout is NOT typical of Migraine. The only person who's going to be able to tell you what it is will be a doctor who can review your medical history and family medical history, discuss your symptoms with you, and conduct a complete examination.

One possibility is that the blackout was a type of seizure, but that's just a possibility, and I certainly can't say how likely it is or isn't to be what happened to you. And if it was a seizure, then you'd need to find out what caused it.

If you haven't already, please do make an appointment to see a neurologist.

Please keep me posted on how you're doing?

Teri