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Does anyone else get like a wiggly rainbow in your vision right before a headache?

And you have to look away from something to see it?

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D Oro1367652723.3234114 PostsRegistered 2/17/2011Knock Knock, USA

I get migraines but I've never had a rainbow effect. What does your doctor say about that?

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Persephonel1367652926.22598 PostsRegistered 9/11/2011
I've seen a rainbow before just as I was waking up . I wonder what it means?

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Mar57751367654314.2832373 PostsRegistered 10/11/2006Broomall, PA not to far from the Q

I'm a nurse but have been out of the scene of this type of thing a while doing hopsice nursing now many years.

I had this happen to me and omgosh thought I was having a full blown stroke. I was driving w/the on my 1st episode. Had to pull over and wait and call hubby.

I do not get migraines and I'm older so I'm lucky - unlike like my sisters and mom who have had them and a few still do, but do get odd mild headaches w/a slight dizzy feeling prior and did have a mild headache after the rainbow in the eye as you called it.

(I would call it more like an LSD trip but never was on THAT kind of trip! lol) also I called it a kaleidoscope in my eye since it was like looking into one! and it was scary...hate even recalling that feeling.

My Dr. said I was "warding off a migraine" so it was called an Ocular migraine.

What you had sounds like an aura...something that happens before an event in the body (brain).

I truly had one heck of a panic attack over the few times it happened. I feel bad for you if it was scary.

Please have it checked by a Dr. as to have any problems ruled out if it happens often...do not take these things for granted.

Not to worry, sorry if I did but just saying be careful and do a Google on what I said ok??

Be well!!!

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Buttercups1367660816.794093 PostsRegistered 5/15/2007

Check with your doctor to learn for certain. But it sounds like an aura, the beginning part of a migraine. If a severe headache follows it's a typical migraine, if the headache is more mild and if they've come on in mid-life it's considered an atypical migraine. I have these and know a few others who do. There are medications for it but my doctor also rec'd a magnesium supplement. (Mine has calcium with it plus I take another mineral supp.) He also prescribed med for it, but since the magnesium alone worked I do not take any meds. My suggestion would be to get a good supplement -- mine is NOW brand chelated mag/calc., one pill a day. It also helps with sleep.

Good luck with this.

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Big Sister1367662682.056218 PostsRegistered 5/15/2010Southern California

I have never had migraine headaches but did have an ocular migraine only once and it lasted about 20-30 minutes. By the time I got to an eye specialist, it was over. Really scared me for a while.

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PurpleNP1367672521.157709 PostsRegistered 3/9/2006
Yes, that has happened to me. I have been a migraine sufferer since I was about 12, I believe mine are hormone related. What you describe is called an aura, a classic migraine symptom. I have gotten fewer and less severe migraines as I've gotten older, so I only take ibuprofen for them. But if yours are severe there are prescription drugs available. In the meantime think about what could possibly be triggering your attacks. They can even be due to a food allergy.


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Rowdymom1367672728.74313101 PostsRegistered 6/20/2005SE PA

Please see your eye care provider. This could be a number of things and early treatment can be key. Are you diabetic?

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silkyk1367682571.41483 PostsRegistered 11/17/2004

Sounds like the beginning of a migraine headache and I've found a strong cup of coffee usually makes it go away fast. But that's just me.

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Mar57751367697369.1832373 PostsRegistered 10/11/2006Broomall, PA not to far from the Q

yes, coffee helps. BUT see a dr., as said above sounds like an aura prior to a h/ache..or warding one off like my body does, aka ocular migraine

good luck

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Q2girl1367704582.8232044 PostsRegistered 1/3/2012
Yes I do. It is like cut glass or a prism in my right corner of my right eye. I have mini migraines. When I feel one coming on my neurologist said to take 2 Alleve in morning and one at night and this takes care of it. I am not giving med advice, just telling you what I do.

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mcall10201367706640.221415 PostsRegistered 3/25/2007NJ

I guess I'm lucky, I can get the aura, but never the migraine. Weird

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Deeby1367706742.321076 PostsRegistered 6/9/2010Southern California

Thank you, you're all so kind.

I've never thought to mention it to my doctor, but I will on my upcoming checkup.

My new thing is fatigue and lightheadedness after eating, and some light nausea. I have hypothyroidism and I'm going to BEG her for a teeny weensy crumb of Armour to go with my Levothyroxine.

So far my men doctors have said no.

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ItsME1367721850.893774 PostsRegistered 5/1/2008Sunny South Florida

I do suffer badly from migraines. Have had two ocular migraines, but never before an actual migraine. Mine are like a prism wheel (many colors in small pie shaped sections of a circle) spinning, and are only in one eye. Strange, but I don't worry about them. Fortunately, they are not painful or debilitating like regular migraines.

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glmama1367728613.97721053 PostsRegistered 12/8/2006
Hi-Yes, this is a fairly common precursor to a migraine for many. I believe it's referred to asan optic aura, or something like that. Ive never gotten the rainbow, but about a year ago I had my first experience with these sort of auras. I had a zig zag, black and white pattern in my eyes for a good 15 minutes, which was followed by a terrible migraine. Last edited on 5/4/2013

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LiveLaughL­ove1367729490.957101 PostsRegistered 10/17/2006

When I was very young - in the late 50's, early 60's I used to get migraines all the time. Several a month. So my doctor put be through all kinds of tests. When he finally discovered I see an aura just before getting one, he had me take an aspirin (Ibuprofin was not around then) immediate. And I have only had a couple of migraines since then - and those were when I work up with one. See you doctor and ask him or her. No point in suffering all of the effects of a migraine if there is a solution - and nowadays there are many. Good luck. I'll keep you in my prayers.

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fortune1367729682.022662 PostsRegistered 8/5/2009
On 5/4/2013 Deeby said:

Thank you, you're all so kind.

I've never thought to mention it to my doctor, but I will on my upcoming checkup.

My new thing is fatigue and lightheadedness after eating, and some light nausea. I have hypothyroidism and I'm going to BEG her for a teeny weensy crumb of Armour to go with my Levothyroxine.

So far my men doctors have said no.

Hi, Deeby! Here is a well-written article on dizziness after eating:


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Harpa1367755045.4978250 PostsRegistered 6/28/2007

When I get them (few & far in between, and for me it is out of sheer physical exhaustion), they are definitely ocular migranes, where all my vision is scrambled -- at which point, I just run for the liquid Advil. A booming headache follows the loss of focus, but my vision is totally restored after about 20 minutes. (The headache doesn't go away totally, though.)

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Sweetiejujy1367797318.4179 PostsRegistered 8/7/2008

Google "scintillating scotoma". I have had this and thought I would sound like a crazy person trying to describe it to my doctor... saw-toothed floating rainbows. I do get migraines but with blotches before the headache. When I see the rainbows I never get a headache. He knew right away what I was talking about and told me the name of it and told me it was an ocular migraine. He told me that by the time I took something for it the rainbows would be gone anyways. When I had it the first time it was a little scary to say the least. I hope this helped. {#emotions_dlg.blink}

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out of con­trol1367797688.73262 PostsRegistered 11/22/2007

Deeby, I am a nurse and freaked out when that happened to me. Turns out it is called an ocular migraine. It's only happened to me 2 or 3 times over the past few years. Others nurses that I work with have also had them.

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lovesrecess1367797754.29714652 PostsRegistered 7/14/2008Texas

I get zigzag squiggles that are black/white......but now I know longer have the headaches; went to opthalmologist and he told me they are opthalmic migraines....not a good name when there is no headache...but they are infrequent ...every 3 months or so....just a nuisance for sure

he told me they are caused by aging......grrrrr!

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patheticco­smetics1367870794.7671084 PostsRegistered 3/11/2009

The first time this happened to me I was 2 months pregnant with my daughter. I was looking at the Christmas tree & suddenly I was seeing a multi colored lighterning bolt out of my right eye. It was scary. This was the only time the arc was multi colored.

Nothing happened for a couple of years. I was sitting outside & it was starting to get dark when it happened again, only it was a white, jagged light.

I went years before it happened again. Under flourescent lights reading a glossy page magazine. I saw a black spot on the page, then the jagged light.

My sister is the one who told me what it was. An aural migraine. It starts with the black spot, almost like a blind spot. Then the arc starts in the outer corner of my eye, gets bigger as it moves across the eye & disappears. I've had it go across both eyes. I have no pain, get no headache, & it lasts about 20 minutes. Mine seem to happen because of lighting. A glare on the computer screen, sun in my eyes, etc. I'm very photo sensitive. I see very well in the dark, in fact, I prefer the dark because it doesn't hurt my eyes.

It's very disconcerting & freaky. Nothing stops it once it has started. I don't panic over them anymore, just imagine I'm shooting lightening bolts from my eye. Do deep breathing & wait it out. It's hard to describe to someone who's never experienced them.

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Desilu1367879875.21362 PostsRegistered 10/14/2010
I had one and went to my eye doctor who diagnosed it as an ocular migraine. Mine lasted 15-20 minutes and then stopped. I didn't have a head ache with it. My doctor told me it was nothing to worry about and to mention it to my pcp.

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tulips1367881627.757230 PostsRegistered 11/15/2006

Ditto Desilu but I'd have it checked out for sure.

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Deeby1368073084.9131076 PostsRegistered 6/9/2010Southern California

Thank you all-I'll mention it on my next appointment. Hugs !

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