Is A Daily Aura Upon Waking Normal?

Question

Asked by Solaire

Is A Daily Aura Upon Waking Normal?

Can it be normal to wake up every morning with an aura? I wake every day and even from naps with a visual trail of objects that pass in front of my eyes, like when someone on drugs trips out on their hands. It disapears in bright lights. I have many other neurological problems and I wonder if having this daily "aura" can be normal.

Answer

Solaire,

You said that this is a new symptom. New symptoms should always be reported to our doctors to be sure that they ARE Migraine and not something else. Especially with other neurological problems, nobody can address your question about this aura via the Internet. It needs to be addressed by your doctor, who can examine you and review your medical records.

That said, it's not "normal" to have a headache every day. Are these headaches Migraines? Anyone who has more than three Migraines a month needs to be talking with their doctor about prevention. There's growing evidence that Migraine is a progressive brain disease. A recent study showed that Migraines can cause brain damage, and that people with three or more Migraines a month are more susceptible to this damage. For more information, see Is Migraine a Progressive Brain Disease? and Yes, Migraines Can Cause Brain Damage.

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.

Please keep us posted on how you're doing?

Good luck,

Teri