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Seeing bright visual artifacts that look like lightning in slow motion

Discussion in 'General Physical Health' started by timewerx, Aug 19, 2017.

  1. smalltowngirl86

    smalltowngirl86 Member

    United States
    I started getting these several years ago. I had no idea what it was and it terrified me. I looked it up and learned what they were.
  2. Dave-W

    Dave-W Grandparent of six grandchildren Supporter

    United States
    Yep - that is exactly what the migraine "aura" looks like about half way thru the process. (at least when it is in color) Most of mine start off as a small spot in the center of vision and it grows into a "C" shape. After about 20 minutes it grows outside my field of vision. Then the headache hits. When the aura is in black/gray/white the headache is not too bad. The color auras are worse.

    ETA: amusing anecdote:

    The first time I had one of those was in 1969. I was looking at a US flag and all of a sudden it started to move and sparkle. then it started looking like that image. Recalling the lyric "The Girl with kaleidoscope eyes" from the song "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds," I wondered for a few minutes if someone had slipped me some acid.
    Last edited: Oct 17, 2017