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What is a Aura?
HanssenTheMighty posted:
What is an aura in regards to a Migraine or a Cluster Headache?
carpetcrawler5 responded:
In clusters, there isn't an "aura" that I've heard about. Have you had them? It would be lights or spots in your vision.
An_205219 replied to carpetcrawler5's response:
There is no light spots in my vision.
Andie_WebMD_Staff responded:
Hi HanssenTheMighty,

Welcome to the Headaches & Migraine community.

According to WebMD, "a migraine with aura may often come with symptoms that begin about 30 minutes or less before the headache. These early symptoms are called a prodrome.The prodrome or aura may last for five to 20 minutes, or it may continue even after the headache subsides. Symptoms of aura include:
  • blind spots or scotomas
  • blindness in half of your visual field in one or both eyes (hemianopsia)
  • seeing zigzag patterns (fortification)
  • seeing flashing lights (scintilla)
  • feeling prickling skin (paresthesia)
  • weakness
  • seeing things that aren't really there (hallucinations)"
Another term to describe migraine with aura is Alice in Wonderland Syndrome . Doctors don't understand why, but some migraine patients have hallucinations as a prelude to these debilitating headaches.

Have you been experiencing any of these symptoms? Or have you been experiencing cluster headaches ?

Please keep us posted on how you're doing and any more questions you may have!

Ciati; responded:
My Auras usually start as a small dot in my vision and continue to grow. As the Aura grows it looks like a kaleidoscope and eventually blocks my vision completely. When the Aura disappears, the headache begins!
Timothy Collins, MD responded:
The list of symptoms Andie posted are a pretty good list for migraine aura.

A few of my cluster headache patients say they know one is about to start because they a "small pain" around their eye for a few minutes before it gets really severe.

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