Migraine headaches are a common condition that affects 38 million Americans. However, there are many types of migraines, and today we are going to take a closer look at retinal migraines. What is a retinal migraine? What symptoms may a patient experience? How can you find natural help for migraines? Read on to learn more.
What Is a Retinal Migraine?
A retinal migraine may or may not involve a headache. The primary symptoms are visual and are the result of reduced blood flow to the eye. This may occur when the vessels carrying blood to the eye suddenly narrow. This may result from anything from stress to smoking. Retinal migraines are more common for younger patients (40 and under) as well as those who have a family history of migraines.
What Are the Symptoms of a Retinal Migraine?
Visual disturbances are the primary symptom of retinal migraines. Often, these visual symptoms occur before a headache starts. Symptoms are localized to just one eye and may include:
- Partial vision loss
- Temporary blindness
- Seeing twinkling or flashing lights
These symptoms may be followed by a moderate to severe headache, sensitivity to light and sound, and nausea and vomiting.
If these symptoms sound like a migraine with aura, keep in mind that aura involves visual symptoms in both eyes while retinal migraines only affect one eye.
Finding Help for Migraines, Including Retinal Migraines
Migraines often begin following head or neck trauma. Such trauma can cause an upper cervical misalignment. The misalignment, in turn, can affect blood flow to certain parts of the brain and can also affect the brainstem. When such a misalignment is corrected, proper blood flow and brainstem function may be restored. For some, this leads to fewer and less severe migraines. For others, it leads to complete resolution of migraines.
If you are experiencing migraines, especially if you have a history of head or neck trauma, find an upper cervical chiropractor near you to learn more about the benefits.