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Elizabeth Radisson

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What would you do if someone told you that you were suffering from a headache though you were not experiencing any headache pain? Sometimes, people who are experience odd unexplained symptoms are found to be afflicted with what is often called a silent migraine. Silent migraines are known by other names such as migraine auras without headache, ocular migraines or painless migraines.

The signs of this non-headache headache are like those a person may experience at the onset of a typical migraine, but they are never joined by headache pain. A person may have visual migraine symptoms, such as seeing flashing lights off to one side, feeling dizzy or feeling tingling or numbness in their fingers. Sometimes people even have difficulty talking, or suffer pain in odd places on their faces. These unusual symptoms are more often found in older women rather then young, and are even more rare in men.

The biggest problem with silent migraines is that these symptoms can be mistaken for other ailments. Without the symptom of headache pain, it is difficult for many health care providers to correctly identify headache as the source of the difficulty.

As an example, many of the symptoms experienced with painless migraines are very similar to typical stroke indicators. Many people have been misdiagnosed because doctors thought their patient might have suffered a minor stroke instead. These symptoms can also be attributed to seizures or serious visual problems. With the symptoms pointing to these more serious conditions, it is no surprise that doctors look to them first. You should allow your doctor to do whatever tests they feel are necessary to eliminate the more serious health issues. They may do a CT scan, an MRI, order blood tests to be taken and possibly an eye examination. Once these tests are completed, if everything comes back negative it is time to point your health care provider in a different direction. The way to get them to take a serious look at the possibility of a silent migraine being the cause of your symptoms is to explain your family history first. Almost all migraine sufferers have other members of their immediate family who also get migraine headaches. Then closely describe your symptoms, again, and show them how they resemble those associated with migraine. If you have had these episodes more than once that should also go a long way to convincing them that you are indeed suffering migraine symptoms without the headache pain.

For treatment, you can take any of the medications that are used in regular migraine treatment. This includes the medications some people use to try to prevent a migraine from coming once the aura has begun. Injections and nasal sprays are better to use because they are faster acting.

Elizabeth Radisson is a contibuting author and editor of the www.OurGoodHealth.org group of websites.

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