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Bad vision in one eye. Trying to stay away from Dr Google
« on: August 23, 2014, 04:28:05 PM »
So I've done real well with my health anxiety for about 6 months but his week has been rough.
I've had some weird eye/vision problems. And of course, I'm just convinced THIS time it's a brain tumor.
It is just my left eye and it's been going on 6 days now. A little background:
*Ive had migraines with aura on and off since I was 12 (29 now)--they have gotten much better over the last two years or so. I'm worried it's not what it is this time because it's been a constant vision problem for 6 days
*Its not necessarily a blind spot or seeing spots it's kind of like when I look at lights or anything reflective or white with black lettering it's just a weird sensation.
*i can't really say I have a headache.... more just like a nagging, dull ache in my forehead above the left eye.
*I know it's just my left eye bc when I cover it and use my right eye everything looks normal
*I AM having major sinus pressure above my left eye brow and down the left side of my nose. So then I think it's a tumor in my sinuses pressing on my eye.
*No other symptoms. Not sick to my stomach, no stumbling around or anything. Concentration is fine. No speech problems etc.
just needing a little reassurance here. I know I should go to see a doctor and will if it gets any worse. Thank you to anyone in advance that takes time to read/respond.
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Re: Bad vision in one eye. Trying to stay away from Dr Google
« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2014, 04:58:59 PM »
Have you tried taking something like Advil Cold & Sinus with pseudoephedrine in it?  It is possible it could be a sinus infection that's swollen and slightly pressing on your optic nerve. That actually happened to me years ago and my symptoms were similar.

I doubt it's a tumor - Sixpack knows a few people who've had brain tumors and the symptoms sound hard to miss. It could even be anxiety-related. BUT...

WE NEVER MESS AROUND WITH VISUAL SYMPTOMS.

It's been six days so you need to make an appointment with an ophthalmologist to get it checked out in case it's an infection that required antibiotics. If they can't find anything and it's still there, try an ENT - they'll check specifically for sinus issues, which absolutely can affect your vision.

Again, I really think you're fine and I seriously doubt it's a brain tumor, but any vision problem that lasts more than a couple of days needs to be checked out ASAP. Good luck!
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Re: Bad vision in one eye. Trying to stay away from Dr Google
« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2014, 10:52:53 AM »
I did (and actually presently have) have an eye ailment that I am followed by a retina specialist.   It is ultimately  caused by excess adrenaline/cortisol that occurs during high stress.  It happens more often with type A personalities and in men.  I am not a man but I am type a.  Some people just have a greater propensity for this to happen.   Once it happens, it can happen more easily later on.  which appears why my eye has it happening again.  At any rate what you are talking about doesn't seem just like what happened with my vision, but this eye issue can look a bit different in people.

when it happened to me a year and a half ago, it was terrifically apparent my vision in my right eye was impaired.  I went to the ophthalmologist,  who saw the issue readily.  I was referred to the retina guy.   

again  your description doesn't sound JUST like mine, except that it is all of the time.

It may very well, as slangevar suggested, be sinus related.  I would probably give sinus meds a shot first.  If that doesn't help, see your eye doc.

yeah NOT brain tumor though
 
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Re: Bad vision in one eye. Trying to stay away from Dr Google
« Reply #3 on: August 24, 2014, 01:29:10 PM »
Thank you so much Sixpack! You always seem to know just what to say.
I know you are a big proponent of seeking help with our underlying anxiety problems...and I so very much appreciate that.
I have noticed my faith, losing 30 lbs with diet and a consistent exercise regimen has really helped me do better with my anxiety levels, along with my HA. I've actually not had a bad spell in about a year.
Again, thank you for your reassurance and for your dedication to so many of us that suffer. You will probably never know how many peoples lives you've touched!!
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