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Migraine with visual disturbance

Suffered with migraines since the age of 7 (that's as far back as I can recall); used to get a numb left hand but that stopped some time ago. Mine are triggered by chocolate, cheese, red wine, over tiredness and stress. Thankfully they aren't as awful as some of the posts I have read as I can function, eg I had one yesterday afternoon and again this morning, but came to work as I am out of the office for a few days this week (something most of us can sympathise with) but if I have a few, then eventually I have to give in and take time off; I can go a few months without getting them and then have 4-5 in a matter of days or over the course of a few weeks, which is what is happening at the moment. I take Zolmitripan along with a Nuromol which eases the headache immensely. Made the mistake once of not taking a painkiller - won't be doing that again!

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I get mostly visual disturbance with my migraines and I also get numb fingers, face and tongue. I hadn't heard of anyone else getting that before. I also get confused speech and strange unrelated words come out of my mouth, often before a migraine has really set in, it's kind of a warning signal if I haven't noticed my eyes going funny. I don't actually get a headache until it starts to go away, which is often after I have vomited because I get very nauseous.

The things that help me are lucozade sport or any isotonic drink as it seems to be dehydration/electrolyte related, also kool and soothe patches/ice on my head (I often get migraines from my riding helmet) or a freezing cold shower, ans ginger tea which as helps with my irritable bowel.

I have not tried many migraine specific medications as I feel that they so far have only delayed the migraine and made me get an even worse migraine a few days later :-( but I will look into the one you have mentioned since you have similar symptoms to me.


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