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HeadWay, Issue #117 -- Retinal Migraine - a medical emergency?
April 21, 2014
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Retinal Migraine - a medical emergency?
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Retinal Migraine - a medical emergency?Retinal migraine is a commonly misunderstood diagnosis. Here are some quick ways to figure out if you might have this type of migraine with aura.
First, retinal migraine has some things in common with other types of migraine with aura. The most important thing - the aura! That is, some kind of sensory disturbance that usually precedes the headache phase of the attack. Now there are many types of aura, including visual aura, muscle weakness, and speech troubles. So let's take a closer look at retinal migraine itself.
You might have retinal migraine if...
You probably don't have retinal migraine if...
Your doctor may perform an eye exam, and ask you about your medical history and family medical history. He'll also ask about other symptoms you may be experiencing.
Retinal migraine is actually relatively rare, but migraine with aura (a more general diagnosis) is not. Your main concern, if you're experiencing retinal migraine symptoms, will be to rule out other possible causes of visual problems. It's very important with these symptoms to see a doctor immediately. The sooner you can get treatment for some conditions, the better chance you have to avoid permanent vision loss. Although retinal migraine is not a "medical emergency", the symptoms may indicate an emergency.
However, once you're doctor has ruled out other conditions, many common migraine treatments may help alleviate retinal migraine symptoms.
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Say what?! Retinal ArteryThe retinal artery is one of the two main sources of blood flow for the retina in the eye. Blockage in a part of the retinal artery may only affect a part of your vision, depending on where the blockage is (for example, in the central retinal artery or one of its branches). If you're experiencing vision loss, even if only for a few seconds, it's critical to see an eye doctor right away. For more information, read Retinal Artery Occlusions
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