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Do chronic headaches with occasionally seeing black spots sound like migraines?

Posted by supermom3

My daughter's been dealing with chronic headaches since August - long story short, she's taking Propanolol (a beta blocker) and it seems to be helping, but then last week she occasionally started seeing black spots - we called the doctor about this latest symptom, and she's suggesting an MRI (to rule out something more serious?) I came home yesterday and searched "headaches and seeing black spots" and a lot of stuff came up on migraines - we also have people on both sides of our families with them - my daughter and I are actually praying it's migraines and not something worse -


any feedback would be greatly appreciated!



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Hi, Supermom3,

Your daughter definitely needs to get the MRI and any other tests recommended by your doctor. It is the first step in eliminating any other possible causes for these headaches.  I went through it, too, when I began trying to treat my migraines - not much fun, but totally worth it to rule out all other maladies!  Once you have information you and your daughter can educate yourself more.  I wish I had a magic answer for you but the head is mysterious.  ;)  One suggestion: don't drive yourself too crazy on the internet until you know what it is you are searching for.  There is so much information out there that you can become easily overwhelmed.  

Good luck and take care!


Migraine is a genetic neurological disease, so she's definitely predisposed to the disease. The black spots could be part of a Migraine aura, and an MRI to rule out other causes is wise.

Migraines most often are accompanied by nausea and or vomiting as well as sensitivity to light or sound or both. Headache alone is not sufficient for a Migraine diagnosis. 

You can find basic information on Migraine disease and the various forms of Migraine in Migraine - What Is it?

Hope this helps,


It certainly possible that these headaches (are they one-sided and throbbing?) are Migraines. Like Teri said, the black spots could be part of the aura. Her odds of having Migraine disease is enhanced because she has relatives with Migraine. It is a genetic disease.
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