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Unread 04-11-2010, 11:07 PM   #1
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Question Lightning bolt flashes in my vision

Since I woke up today, I have been having flashes like lightning in my right eye. No eye pain and no headache. It's mostly on the right, from right of center to peripheral. I have floaters too, have for decades. These flashes may be related to floaters, from what I read today. But I've never had them before, so it's kind of worrying me.

Has anyone else had this who can tell me it's not anything to worry about?
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hey there,

Have you ever suffered from Migraines?
I get migraines with an aura (flashing lights in my eyes that last the duration of my migraine..) this could be it.
I got my first one when I was 8 and it scared the c*** out of me.. couldn't understand what I was seeing and couldn't get it out of my eyes.
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Belle1979, thank you so much for responding. I'm sorry you have migraines.
I used to have migraines regularly as part of PMS, but I have only had a very rare one since menopause.
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My migraines used to wipe me out for several days but now (after 22 years of them LOL) I don't really get the headache that goes with it anymore. Just the aura, numbness (caused by blood clots) and difficulty speaking... more like a mini stoke/infarction... they tire me out but I can still function

Do you think that it is an aura that you were having as I don't get the headache pain with mine all of the time?
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Well I don't know. It is still there, and especially when I move my eye to the right and then back again.

What is an aura like?

Gosh, I hope you have seen a doctor to make sure yours aren't mini-strokes.
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I'm VERY stroke prone... but there is nothing much they can do other than monitor me and keep my blood thinned out (sounds yucky I know).

usaully with my Aura it starts of small.. like flashing lights in the corner or my vision.. but if you try to look at it it isn't there... sort of have to just look ahead and then I'll notice it.. Not sure if everyones is the same but it mine grows to eventually cover about 90% of my vision then hangs around like that for a half hour or so and then just goes away..
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Today, after 2 days of flashing bolts, I had a sudden occurrance of strings of floaters, like rivers. Now I have one that I can't seem to get out of my line of vision.
I don't have an eye doctor at this time.
I don't have cash to see an eye doctor.
I am really afraid I might be having detached retina or impending detached retina symptoms but I don't know if it warrants an ER trip.
I am absolutely terrified of losing my vision.

I don't know what to do...
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Echoes, I think if it is causing you distress and making you so worried then it does warrant a trip to the ER - at the very least it will give you an answer as to what is happening.
Get down to the hosipital and let me know what the out come is xxxx
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Echoes, I think you should go to the ER, too. At least they could look in your eye with a light. Please let us know how you're doing.
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((((((((((echoes)))))))))))))

Have you seen a doctor yet?? I hope you will go...sometimes serious things can be prevented if we go and get seen when we first have symptoms.

I'm so sorry you have such a scary thing going on.

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