Sparkles here too...possible explanation

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Posted by Bev Strickland ( on January 16, 2000 at 01:56:46:

In Reply to: sparklers posted by John B on January 14, 2000 at 20:11:52:

Hi there,
I've introduced myself in bits and pieces in other posts so won't do it over again! I have sparklers as a warning for my classic migraines. I was interested to see someone else use that description as I hadn't heard anyone else before now come up with just that word. I get it throughout the field of vision eventually, it's sort of an overlay of the sparklers we played with as children, as though an after image was left!
My daughter has the same with some of her migraines, along with blindness at the worst, in one eye. Poor kid is 17 now.
What I wanted to tell people about is that you can have painless migraines, they can even include the vomiting, nausea, but no pain. Very odd critters.
I hope that everyone checks these things out with their docs. We think that my hubby is having TIA's Transcient Ischemic Attacks and visual disturbances have started them off--progressing to numbness of extremities and incoherence. It's wise to see a neurologist for any unexplained symptoms. There's a study that showed that depression was seen in elderly people who later had a major stroke. The postulated that depression is a reaction to mini-strokes that the older person hadn't recognized or that were so mild they couldn't be diagnosed. Hence the depression predicted which person had a stroke in the future. That's just a theory though and awfully far afield here!
Bev S.
PS: Ask me about the headache list and the chronic pain list at Sam Houston University. Both are email lists, free and no spam is allowed(non-profit ventures).

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