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Offline mom2ka

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Vision loss?
« on: February 13, 2014, 08:52:28 PM »
Hi there, I am new to this forum and although I have been reading for awhile, I have not posted before. I find this website very helpful but I am struggling with a new issue. Today at work I got a sharp pain in my head and I panicked for a moment and then continued typing. I then felt like I was having some vision problems like a blacked out section of my vision on the left side. I then began to completely panic and it continued to get worse and worse. I had to go to the bathroom and listen to calming anxiety apps and try to bring my heart rate down. I am proud of myself for diffusing the panic attack without fleeing from working which is what I wanted to do. The only problem is now I am terrified that I have a tumour or that was a stroke or something. It was so terrifying and I just can't stop worrying about it. I felt like I couldn't see out of my left eye even though I could if I covered my right but it was distorted. Please tell me your experience if you have had something like this. Thank you!!!!
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Re: Vision loss?
« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2014, 04:37:55 PM »
hey!  :action-smiley-065: i have the same problems but i suffer from lights and blurred vision (or so i think) it is awful and i always think i am going to take a fit, which is something i never thought about until recently when my friend was diagnosed with epilepsy, so now i constantly panic that i will take a fit, it is awful! i know that with health anxiety you really do creat problems. Have you thought about having your eyes tested? i had an eye test a couple of weeks ago and found out i am extremely short sighted and since having my glasses i have been totally fine, until tonite. i am having the fear again and i have been fine for weeks
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Re: Vision loss?
« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2014, 05:00:54 PM »
I've had a few rounds of that since I had my baby.  "Ocular Migraines" were the official diagnosis.  My eyes also hurt while this was happening.
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Re: Vision loss?
« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2014, 06:35:52 PM »
Sounds like a migraine.  I've been getting them for over 25 years.  I was young when I got my first one, and didn't know what to do.  I eventually became sick and started throwing up.  Sometimes my migraines have pain, sometimes not.  My key is to get ibuprofen in my body the minute I see the symptoms coming on.

How long did the visual disturbances last?
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« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2014, 07:11:07 PM »
Thank you all so much for your responses! It lasted about 1/2 hour and I had to work really hard to calm myself down. Once I was able to calm down my vision returned to normal but I had a headache on and off most of the night. I should also add I just recently started working full time again and this was my first full week full time and I was exhausted!
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Re: Vision loss?
« Reply #5 on: February 18, 2014, 03:00:35 PM »
I wanted to add caffeine, in the form of a strong coffee, also helps.  The caffeine in a soda is just not nearly enough.
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« Reply #6 on: February 18, 2014, 04:23:16 PM »
Your symptoms sound like mine when I had ocular migraines. It would start as a pinprick in the front of my vision that I could not see, then it became a squiggly line and I would lose all my peripheral vision. They last about 1/2 hour. It's hard not to panic when in the middle of them. Sometimes I would get headaches after, sometimes not. If you google "ocular migraine," you can read about them. I would always get them a couple days after I'd been under a lot of stress. Thankfully, I haven't had one in about 5 years.
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Re: Vision loss?
« Reply #7 on: February 18, 2014, 05:41:49 PM »
I have ocular migraines and your symptoms are identical to mines. I loose vision in my right eye. It looks like a, black after images are covering my vision. Mines lasts a few seconds or at most a minute but some peoples will last half an hour or even a few hours. Its scary and awful but harmless.
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