Ocular migraine treatment/remedy?

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rhales94
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Ocular migraine treatment/remedy?

Postby rhales94 » Thu May 05, 2016 12:44 pm

I've suffered from what my doctor calls "ocular migraines" (twinkle stars, blind spots, and then a blinding headache) occasionally for years. I’ve identified some likely triggers as stress, bright sunlight, and unusually large servings of dark chocolate. They’ve gradually reduced in severity over the years and my usual cocktail of 2 Advil and a bunch of caffeine usually knocks it out. Anyone have any suggestions for what’s worked for them?

fragonzo
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Re: Ocular migraine treatment/remedy?

Postby fragonzo » Mon May 09, 2016 1:15 pm

I've had pretty much the same experience you described. When I was a teen, my ocular migraines would occur more frequently around stressful events (finals, big games, etc). I finally learned to manage them by watching my diet and wearing sunglasses to avoid bright sunlight and reflections. They would knock me out for at least a day with severe nausea and a blinding headache.

I'm now in my 30s and do still get them occasionally but they're definitely not as severe. I can knock one out with 2-3 Advil and an espresso or other shot of caffeine. My doctor gave me some migraine medicine to try (Sumatriptan) but the few times I actually had some handy when the symptoms started, it didn't seem to do much good.

When an ocular migraine occurs, I'd suggest thinking through your diet for the past 2-3 days and look for things like dark chocolate, hard cheeses, and red wine to see if you'd ingested an unusual amount of any of those. Bright sunlight is also a common trigger.

Hope this helps!

tosweiler
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Re: Ocular migraine treatment/remedy?

Postby tosweiler » Thu May 19, 2016 7:55 am

fragonzo wrote:I've had pretty much the same experience you described. When I was a teen, my ocular migraines would occur more frequently around stressful events (finals, big games, etc). I finally learned to manage them by watching my diet and wearing sunglasses to avoid bright sunlight and reflections. They would knock me out for at least a day with severe nausea and a blinding headache.

I'm now in my 30s and do still get them occasionally but they're definitely not as severe. I can knock one out with 2-3 Advil and an espresso or other shot of caffeine. My doctor gave me some migraine medicine to try (Sumatriptan) but the few times I actually had some handy when the symptoms started, it didn't seem to do much good.

When an ocular migraine occurs, I'd suggest thinking through your diet for the past 2-3 days and look for things like dark chocolate, hard cheeses, and red wine to see if you'd ingested an unusual amount of any of those. Bright sunlight is also a common trigger.

Hope this helps!


I had pretty much the same experience with Sumatriptan. I finally gave up on it and stuck with doing a more pre-emptive approach by watching my diet. Turns out my triggers were bright sunlight and a reduction of caffeine. When I do get them now, I'm a big fan of Advil Migraine (basically Advil + caffeine) and I can usually avoid the most intense headache and the nausea.

umadi
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Re: Ocular migraine treatment/remedy?

Postby umadi » Thu May 26, 2016 12:51 pm

For me, I usually get them when I've maintained a certain level of caffeine for a long period of time and attempt to reduce my caffeine intake. I usually drink about 4-5 cups of coffee a day (and sometimes more depending on the number of refills). When I make a conscientious effort to reduce this level, I almost always get an ocular migraine (different than just a caffeine headache) the next day. Once I'm past that headache, I can continue to reduce my caffeine levels without any other migraines.

This may be just a unique quirk of my brain but thought I should share anyway.




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