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aura[aw´rah] (pl. auras, au´rae)
A migraine aura precedes about 15 per cent of migraine headaches, warning the patient that an attack is imminent. When it occurs the patient should rest in a quiet, darkened room.
aura/au·ra/ (aw´rah) pl. auras or au´rae [L.] a subjective sensation or motor phenomenon that precedes and marks the onset of a neurological condition, particularly an epileptic seizure (epileptic a.) or migraine (migraine a.) .
A subtle energy field which is believed to envelop the human body and correspond to the soul. Some believe the aura can be analysed by various techniques, and the information obtained provide the basis for diagnosing and monitoring disease. Many names have been given to the aura, including: astral body, auric field, bioenergy field, biofield, bioplasmic body, bioplasmic force field, doppelgänger, dream body, etheric body, etheric double, hakra, human atmosphere, human energy field, sidereal body, spiritual body, spiritual skin, star body, subtle body, subtle organizing energy field, vital body.
A subjective (illusionary or hallucinatory—e.g., flashing lights, blurred vision, odours, sensation of a breeze, numbness, weakness, difficulty speaking) or objective (motor) event marking the onset of an epileptic attack, gran mal seizure or a migraine.
auraNeurology A subjective—illusionary or hallucinatory. or objective–motor event marking the onset of an epileptic attack, grand mal seizure, or a migraine. See Migraine, Seizure Paranormal An energy field said to envelop the human body, and correspond to the soulSee Chakra, Cf Vital force.
au·ra, pl. aurae (awr'ă)
auraThe symptoms providing a warning of an impending attack of some kind, such as an epileptic seizure or a migraine episode. These may take the form, respectively, of a feeling of coldness and the perception of sparkling lights.
auraidiosyncratic subjective sensation (auditory, visual) perceived immediately before, and serving as a warning of the imminence of, an epileptic attack
au·ra, pl. aurae (awr'ă)
Patient discussion about aura
Q. Can visual aura alone be migraine? I'm 21 years old girl, and for the last six years, about once a week, when I wake up from night sleep all I see in my left eye is a very bright light. After some time my vision returns. In the last few weeks it became more frequent and also starts to happen in the other eye. I consulted my doctor and she told me it's not an important thing, and that it's probably a specific type of migraine. However, I don't have any pain at all. Does anyone else have this? Is it possible for migraine to occur only with aura, without any pain?
I'm sorry to hear about your problem. Whatever your doctor told you, you should know that if it bothers you, it IS an "important thing". I also suffer from similiar thing (only visual disturbances after I wake up, without any pain), and when my doctor prescribed me meds they went away. You should consult your doctor again and ask him for a solution for this thing.
Q. My 21 year son has chronic sinus issues, I think, due to many high school sports injuries. Help! His ENT has recommended a "nose job" but our insurance will not cover it. Do you know of any holostic, nutritional or homeopathic solutions to keep this under control? When he gets a headache, it shuts him down and normally goes into a migraine.