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vision, looks kinda like a hair shape wise..headache..my left eye

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I have been having the following symptoms for the last 6 months, I get a squiggly line in my field of vision, looks kinda like a hair shape wise, but it is made up of colored dots that shimmers, lasts for 15 minutes or so then is followed by a severe headache usually above my left eye for a couple hours. I do have a history sinus infections, could this be a symptom of a sinus infection, dont currently have any drainage going on. or perhaps a migraine(which i never had before)

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You are experiencing an ocular migraine.

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A typical migraine headache starts with shimmering lights, often times they surround a blurry area or have dots or jaggedly lines associated with them. They tend to progressively increase in intensity and sometimes march across the visual field causing difficulty with reading. Many times this is then accompanied by nausea, irritability, sensitivity to bright lights and/or loud noises. After the onset of the lights (called scintillating scotomas), the headache typically starts and the light show tends to progressively go away.


Many people can have this migraine phenomenon without the headache; it is called an acephalgic migraine. Some people even start having these late in life, or may have had a few much earlier in life that behaved differently and haven't had any for decades and then begin to have them; this is not uncommon. A family history of migraines is often present as well.


This is nothing to worry about. It is not a sign of a more serious underlying condition, brain tumor or anything like that. If the episodes become so frequent that they are bothersome there are medicines that can be used to decrease their frequency or stop an episode once it has started.


 

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yep, description fits well

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