A Scintillating Scotoma is a type of headache which is also referred to as an ocular migraine or a visual migraine.
If you experience this form of headache, you have our sympathy. A scintillating scotoma triggers pain within the eyeball. It also causes flickers of light and flickering spots. These visual sensations usually cause blind spots in vision. As well, this sort of headache will generally cause terrible discomfort, nausea and dizziness. Also, as with most migraines, this sort of headache may produce an unpleasant aura.
Clearly, these headaches are debilitating and this is why finding the right treatment options for Scintillating Scotoma is so important. With this in mind, we’d like to share information about how to reduce the symptoms of these painful and annoying headaches.
Once you learn the right self-care techniques, you’ll be one step closer to boosting your health and well-being…
Why Do These Headaches Happen?
Scintillating Scotoma sufferers usually get these headaches due to sudden spasms or blockages behind or within one of their eyes. Since vision in an affected eye may be negatively impacted, these headaches make it difficult to operate vehicles and do close work.
Usually, these migraine headaches are rather nasty, but short in duration. In general, they will last sixty minutes or less, and this is good news, as a lot of other types of migraines tend to hang around for much longer! However, self-care is still needed. While the headache is happening, it will take quite a toll on you!
How to Cope With These Types of Headaches
Relaxing when a headache like this comes on is really important. We believe that learning about this type of migraine and its symptoms will help you to understand what’s happening to you, so that you may roll with the symptoms as best you can. However, there is more that you can do to take care of yourself, although resting during an episode (and understanding exactly what’s going on in your body during a migraine) will always be important!
For example, some patients who suffer from these headaches respond well to elimination diets which take “trigger foods” out of the equation. The worst triggers tend to be MSG, sugar and wheat. Also, if you’re female and you’ve noticed that you started getting these migraines when you went on hormonal birth control, your birth control method may be the culprit.
Some women experience these headaches while they are pregnant, so there does seem to be a hormonal component and this is good to be aware of.
Also, eye exercises may be beneficial. While these headaches can’t really be cured, they can be managed. Eye exercises which help sufferers to utilize their eyes in different ways (which assist them with compensating for vision loss from blind spots) are popular treatment options.
In terms of medication, we think that talking to a family doctor about your symptoms will be the best way to find the right medication for you. However, there are OTC pain relievers which are commonly-utilized in order to treat Scintillating Scotoma and these are NSAIDs, acetaminophen, ibuprofen and aspirin. Prescription medications for this headache type include Toradol and prescription-dosage NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs).
Now that you know the most effective treatments, you’ll be ready to take care of yourself when migraine pain and vision problems begin…