Do I need to go see my doctor about this migraine?
December 19, 2011 7:31 AM Subscribe
Had my first migraine, now what? Do I need to see my doctor?
posted by carmel to health & fitness (21 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
This past Saturday I was out running some errands when all of a sudden I had a blind spot in my right eye, and I couldn't see anything in focus. I sort of had a feeling that I might be getting a visual aura since I know what those are and have read up about them / saw videos about them. After a few minutes I was getting small C-shaped zig-zaggy colorful lines with a huge blind spot within that "C" area. It looked exactly like all of the "artists" renditions of auras that you find online. It continued to grow and spread over a huge chunk of my vision.
That lasted about 30 minutes, during which I somehow managed to drive home - although in retrospect I have no idea how I did that. After the visual aura ended my migraine started. The pain was so intense that basically everything is foggy in my memory. I went to sleep and woke up 4 hours later. I was still in pain but it was manageable. I felt weak and stayed in bed the entire weekend.
I'm at work today but I still have a headache (which is manageable at the moment).
Do I need to go see a doctor? I've never had a migraine before. Is it really necessary? What will they do for me? They'll most likely end up referring me to a neurologist, and then what?
If this is a one time thing, do I really need to see a doctor?