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Silent Migraine

Silent migraine is a very unusual phenomena. It is a migraine that doesn’t include a headache, you just experience the aura, and as weird as that may sound, it’s actually not all that unusual.

What are Other Names for This Type of Migraine Headache?

Historically, this type of migraine without aura has gone by other names, including acephalgic migraine, sans-migraine, migraine equivalent, eye migraine, visual migraine, ocular migraine, painless migraine. Today it’s most often called migraine aura without headache.

The Symptoms of a Silent Headache or Migraine

Typical symptoms of these very different types of headaches consist only of the aura which is just typically the visual event. This might include seeing zig zags or flashing lights, or having dizziness or vertigo.

It’s estimated that only about 10-15% of migraineurs experience the aura. There are actually a host of possible symptoms that can hit, usually before a headache stage, such as slurred speech, numbness, pain in other parts of your body such as in the face or on the skin, and ringing in the ears.

Who is at Risk for These Types of Migraines?

Interestingly, migraine aura without headache more often occurs later in life, and more often in men than in women which is a surprise.

Although the victim is happy not to have to endure the headache, one must realize that although migraine without pain symptoms are fairly minimal, there is a pathophysiology that is running amuck in your neuro-vascular realm, and it would be an excellent idea to sort it out.

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A Significant Problem - Misdiagnosis

If you are not in searing pain, a tendency to do nothing must be overcome, and with such a variety of modest symptoms in silent migraine, it’s prone to misdiagnosis. Sure, if you were to get a one-sided headache, or any headache, migraine might be suspected. But without the ache portion, the target is often missed.

Patients are told they have hypoglycemia, meniere’s disease (an inner ear disorder) fibromyalgia, TIA (mini-stroke), depression, and a host of other maladies. It’s easy for these types of headaches to be mistaken for many other diseases, and that’s little help to you.

It’s estimated that 15-20% of migraine sufferers have had a silent migraine. Certainly, it’s easier for someone who suffers migraine (with the pain) to recognize the symptoms of the aura and impending attack that happily and strangely does not materialize.

This silent type of migraine has not gotten much press, probably because it’s often simply lumped in with other migraines and because it comes without the dynamite. But, again, please be proactive. It is not right or normal for your nervous system to blip like this.

What Treatment is Available for These Types of Migraine Headaches?

Rare or mild occurrences of silent migraine will likely not motivate for treatment at all. However, as noted above, for many people sans-migraine is not something to be shrugged off. The symptoms can still be completely debilitating. For cases like that, there is help.

Remember that silent migraine is still basically migraine. It’s a common misconception that migraine is simply a bad headache – it’s actually a neurological condition, and headache is only one possible symptoms. There are various types of treatment that work well for migraine, silent migraine included.

You’re not alone and you’re not crazy

If you’re experiencing these symptoms for the first time, see a doctor soon. Once you’re assured of the diagnosis, a lot can be done.



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from Dr. Finnigan, the author of Life Beyond Headaches.

Silent Migraines