Did you know there is such a thing as a migraine without the pain? Yep, it’s true. Silent migraines are extremely difficult to diagnose because of how varying their symptoms can be. Unlike classic migraines, silent migraines do not come with any pain, but that doesn’t make them any less debilitating.

As anyone who suffers from them knows, silent (or acephalgic) migraines can be scary and confusing all at once. While they don’t have the typical symptoms of other migraines, silent migraines can trigger crippling symptoms.

Silent Migraine Symptoms

The symptoms of a silent migraine (or any type of migraine) will depend on the individual, their triggers, and numerous other factors. For many, silent migraines come with physical symptoms such as visual disturbances and sensory changes, which are referred to as “aura.” These visual disturbances can affect one or both eyes and often manifest as seeing spots, zig-zags, flashes of light, or double vision. In extreme cases, migraineurs experience loss of vision for extended periods of time.

Other aura symptoms of silent migraines include:

  • Blurry vision
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Temporary loss of vision
  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Weakness
  • Mental confusion or fog
  • Difficulty speaking clearly
  • Dizziness
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal pain

Those who suffer from silent migraines typically experience any number of the above symptoms for a few minutes or up to an hour. These symptoms often mimic those of a stroke, making them difficult to diagnose.

Understanding Silent Migraines

Silent migraine can be somewhat of a paradox because they don’t come with the pain most typically associated with migraine. Also called ocular migraines, the visual and sensory symptoms that come with silent migraines usually resolve themselves in under 30 minutes.

Unfortunately, it’s still unclear why some people experience pain after visual disturbances, and some don’t. When a migraine displays itself this way, it could be the brain having a hard time adjusting to certain senses, like noise and light, or it may be connected to chemical changes or blood flow in the brain.

As with any type of migraine, silent migraine sufferers have certain triggers that can be environmental, food-related, or physiological. Understanding your triggers is the first step to finding relief, regardless of how your migraine manifests.

Natural Ways to Treat or Prevent Silent Migraines

Many in the field believe silent migraines (or migraines with aura) are often related to blood flow to the brain. This means something like a misalignment of the spine could directly affect blood flow, resulting in a migraine. Unfortunately, many migraine sufferers have experienced head or neck trauma in the past. For these individuals, chiropractic care, massage, and accupuncture may be quite beneficial.

There are also numerous vitamins used to both help treat and prevent migraines, such as Magnesium, Vitamin B, Co-Q10 and Vitamin D. I am happy to discuss these options with you and help you gain a deeper understanding of what silent migraines are, why they affect certain people and not others, and what can be done to treat and prevent them. If you would like to learn more, let’s schedule a phone consultation.

Sources:

Upper Cervical Awareness – 7 Shocking Facts About Silent Migraines

Migraine.com – Silent Migraine

Medical News Today – Silent Migraine: What to Know