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does anyone else have ocular migraines?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 09, 2013 at 12:30 AM

weirdly, i started getting them in august 2012 when i started paleo, but i'm not blaming it on paleo since my health is so terrible as it is (ulcerative colitis, anemia, neuropathy, osteopenia, utacaria). i was just wondering what they are from? the first time i had one, i thought i was going blind or having a stroke so my parents called an ambulance and i went to the ER. the doctors there just said they don't know what the exact cause is. i've had two more since then. they are very inconvenient and happen at the worst times. i was at a doctor's appointment in march and all of a sudden, i couldn't see the doctor's face anymore. i usually have to take my contacts out and sit in a pitch black room for about 30-40 minutes until it goes away. i am not able to see things when it happens so walking is totally out of the question- i bump into everything or fall over from being off balance.

update: I saw my eye doctor just to make sure nothing was up. My retinas look fine and my vision hasn't changed in a few years since I was last there. She told me ocular migraines are usually harmless and are little spasms in your eye. Most of them are caused from stress. I figure since the only times I have had them were when I was hungry and couldn't eat at the time, that qualifies as my body being in distress. She said all you can do is wait them out but if they last longer than 2 hours, something isn't right.

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on May 09, 2013
at 12:18 PM

I have to say I've never had one while driving, and I've been having them for 20 years. Mine seem to happen more when I'm up and moving around, usually busy around the house.

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on May 09, 2013
at 12:16 PM

interesting ... I have been eating a lot of oranges lately, for me. going to add that one to the possible list!

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on May 09, 2013
at 01:42 AM

Rk yeah no pain from mine either. Its more annoying than anything and im nervous about driving since i started getting them. The main link between mine is that all three happened when i was hungry. Maybe its low blood sugar for me.

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on May 09, 2013
at 01:05 AM

Thanks jan. ive never talked to anyone else that gets them- my family doesnt really understand my "mechanical spinning wheels" description. I made an apt with the eye doctor just to see whats up but its good to know that yours havent affected your eye health.

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on May 09, 2013
at 03:49 AM

I get Ocular migraines usually in times of great stress. However, since starting Paleo, I started to have them because of food sensitivities to citrus foods. The funny thing is, I never got them for because of food before going Paleo. Fortunately, I don't get the headache, just the interesting visual patterns and it usually passes in 20 minutes to half an hour.

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on May 09, 2013
at 12:16 PM

interesting ... I have been eating a lot of oranges lately, for me. going to add that one to the possible list!

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on May 09, 2013
at 01:12 AM

I don't get ocular ones, but I get headache-free migraines with a strong visual component. Usually tunnel vision and blind spots (and lots of flashing lights), but not in just one eye (per the true ocular migraine).

I have been having them a LOT lately. I've also been dealing with a lot of strange hormonal issues that have popped up (pms type symptoms, but not tied to my cycle). I have also recently added some dairy (mainly cheese) back into my diet.

So my theory is that mine are caused by:

(1) dairy

(2) hormone issues that are caused by dairy

(3) strange weather patterns (lots of barometric pressure swings lately where I live)

(4) something else I haven't thought of!

089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

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on May 09, 2013
at 01:42 AM

Rk yeah no pain from mine either. Its more annoying than anything and im nervous about driving since i started getting them. The main link between mine is that all three happened when i was hungry. Maybe its low blood sugar for me.

32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

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on May 09, 2013
at 12:18 PM

I have to say I've never had one while driving, and I've been having them for 20 years. Mine seem to happen more when I'm up and moving around, usually busy around the house.

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on May 09, 2013
at 12:57 AM

I have had ocular migraines for 30+ years. I don't mind them. They don't hurt and usually they only last 20 minutes or so. I just had an eye examine last Friday. I mentioned that I had them to the optometrist and also to the ophthalmologist both were not concerned and my eyesight has not changed much in the ten years since my last exam. I think of them as to humans as the Northern lights ( the aurora borealis) are to the Earth. i have very good health in general.

089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

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on May 09, 2013
at 01:05 AM

Thanks jan. ive never talked to anyone else that gets them- my family doesnt really understand my "mechanical spinning wheels" description. I made an apt with the eye doctor just to see whats up but its good to know that yours havent affected your eye health.

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on May 09, 2013
at 04:36 AM

I've had several in the past year or so that I've been paleo, and maybe only two before then. I don't think there's a dietary link. However, the most recent two occurrences came within about 90 minutes of a weight lifting workout. Both times I also noticed a brief near-loss of my hearing during the workout.

The migraines don't hurt when I have the visual disturbance, but I'm left with a dull headache that lasts for a few hours afterward. I'd describe what I see out of the affected eye to be like looking through shattered glass that's being lit with a flash light. I haven't talked to a doctor about it, as I doubt they'd have anything helpful to offer.

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on May 09, 2013
at 03:06 AM

I've had ocular migraines since my early 20's (a while ago!). I have flashing strobes that cause blank spots - they usually take around half an hour to move through my field of vision. I also have white spots that sweep across the bottom of my peripheral vision. I get them once every few months, more if I'm super stressed or engaging in long computer or drawing sessions. No pain at all, just a light show. When they come on I try and relax, drink a cup of coffee with cream in it, and keep my eyes open, even if it's hard to focus on things. If I close my eyes or sit in a dark room I freak out - the lights in my head are too bright and I can't relax.

Funny enough, the thing that stopped them dead in their tacks was always - and I am NOT ADVOCATING, just informing - smoking a cigarette. I don't smoke anymore, so I just have to unwind in other ways and enjoy the light show.

How old are you? Did any other stressful event coincide with the onset, other than becoming Paleo? Did you start school or maybe a new job? Maybe you should get your hormones tested, because hormones always trigger me - it might be similar for you. Best of luck.

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