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Weird vision issues, anyone else?
« on: September 04, 2014, 02:06:30 PM »
For the past year I have been have odd vision issues. It escalated more during my pregnancy but it first started with floaters and freaking out over that. Then seeing sparkles dance around my vision on bright surfaces, then black spots in my peripheral vision that lasts a second but not a floater cause it doesn't move just appears and dissappears. Then during pregnancy I developed double like vision but only on letters far away and I don't see it all the time only when thinking about it. I noticed it one day why googling ghost image and after that I noticed it on my tv. On a black surface the white letters sat above the real white letter image. Then I got glasses and it improved a bit but I still see it if I squint or something. My opthamologist said my eyes are healthy which makes me think it's my brain. Does anyone else get these odd vision issues? I also get after images, trails of images and sometimes when I'm driving at night I see halos around lights and also black lines that appear to be what looks like the electric wires along the road but it's only in my peripheral vision and when I look there it's gone. I posted about worrying of a brain tumour or something else going on.
Saw my GP and he said highly unlikely with all the tests I've had done but he will do a CT scan to put my mind at ease. Now I'm worried of the radiation from the scan and it causing cancer. So if I do the scan will I nice in to worrying I have cancer? I just don't know whet to do and I'm looking for some support
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Re: Weird vision issues, anyone else?
« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2014, 02:45:32 PM »
Sixpack would be a good resource for this - she has experience with symptoms of brain tumors. But it's been a year, so it seems like you would have other symptoms by this point if it was that. 

I personally have dealt with floaters my whole life - they seem to increase during periods of stress, dehydration and hormonal changes. I also had the sparkle thing and other vision issues when I got two hormonally induced ocular migraines. It's possible it could have been pregnancy related.

If your doc feels the head CT scan is necessary, it's not nearly as bad radiation-wise as some of the other CT scans. But it sounds like you've had all the right tests and no one seems to be worried. (My first concern was glaucoma, but you covered that - well done!)
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Re: Weird vision issues, anyone else?
« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2014, 02:48:09 PM »
Thanks yah sixpack did post on my last one about the brain tumour. She calls it a magical tumour lol.
I just want to know if there are others dealing with anxiety that have a similar issue but no explanation
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Re: Weird vision issues, anyone else?
« Reply #3 on: September 04, 2014, 02:50:08 PM »
slangevar...

coreen and I chatted at great length about all of this on her other thread yesterday.  as far as I can see,  the only way this stuff could be a brain tumor would be if it were a "magical tumor"   :yes:   
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Re: Weird vision issues, anyone else?
« Reply #4 on: September 04, 2014, 02:51:32 PM »
Thanks yah sixpack did post on my last one about the brain tumour. She calls it a magical tumour lol.
I just want to know if there are others dealing with anxiety that have a similar issue but no explanation

there IS an explanation.   Your anxious thinking just doesn't agree with or accept it  :winking0008:
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« Reply #5 on: September 04, 2014, 03:00:12 PM »
Yah it's like a switch that keeps turning on that anxious mind set that won't let me let it go. I m trying to thnk about what you said and then also what my husband thinks as well as my mom and it still just doesn't sit. It's like how does anxiety cause such real physical symptoms mainly weird vision problems? How is it really the culprit of all this?
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Re: Weird vision issues, anyone else?
« Reply #6 on: September 04, 2014, 03:22:37 PM »
I'm having similar problems and have got the same worries as you. I get the sparkles on bright surfaces and the sky, find it hard to focus my eyes at a distance so I start to get a double image (it gets worse and worse the more I test it), weird black shape like you describe except mine is central to my vision and only happens in certain lighting. At other times I get a white camera bulb like flash in the same place. I know it's in the brain as it's identical in both eyes. After images sometimes, halos etc.

Had my eyes checked and waiting for an MRI in a few weeks (I was similarly worried about the CT scan so requested they change it to an MRI and luckily they agreed).

Terrified it's a brain tumour as well and going out of my mind with anxiety the same as you.
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« Reply #7 on: September 04, 2014, 03:38:42 PM »
Yes I get that bulb like flash same as you and it's only if I been looking at a light source or aometimes. The black spot same thing only in certain lighting more so in dim lighting. And it's not all the time just once in a while. Like it went away for a month and then when it comes back it happens usually at night in I'm lights and sometimes. It's both eyes as well. Did you have your eyes checked? Did the doctor think the and way? Reluctant on sending you for a scan? We have a huge wait for an MRI. Id love an update once you get it done.
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« Reply #8 on: September 04, 2014, 04:12:16 PM »
It's all the time for me in the right lighting anytime I blink or move my eyes the black spot/shape thing appears. However, my mother also can see one - I've asked her enough vague questions and she's described the exact shape, movement, characteristics of the black shape. The only difference between me and her is that she doesn't worry about hers!

Flashbulb mostly happens when I blink or turn my head quickly towards the sky or a bright window, like the white of the net curtain. I see those sparkles on the white curtain too and the area of my vision with the flashbulb is very sparkly after I notice it.

This all started around the same time I got visual snow (which I think was probably caused from years and years of anxiety attacks and worrying but not sure).

My eyes were checked by an ophthalmologist at the hospital a couple weeks ago, but I've been noticing these issues since April. The doctor didn't know offer any theories and was her idea to order the scan (although I wanted one too) though she said if they suspected anything like a tumour I'd be having an urgent scan in the next week or so. I'm also going to have an electroretinography.

The only things that have reassured me slightly are 1) my mother sees all the same things as I do, and seems to have the visual snow issues too, which makes me think it's all connected to that 2) a lot of people with visual snow and these symptoms come back with clean MRIs.
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Re: Weird vision issues, anyone else?
« Reply #9 on: September 04, 2014, 04:27:40 PM »
Neither one of you have brain tumors.  You both have anxiety that is wrecking havoc on you physically.

I am not trying to sound belittling and I apologize if it comes off that way but I don't know another  way to say it.   :goofy:   From what I have seen here for the past 5 yrs is that anxiety disorders and potential recovery  seems to have stages.  It looks, to me,  like you guys are in the "reassurance" stage of anxiety disorders.. This is the time when  peeps want family/friends to reassure often and need doc visits and tests to make "sure" it isn't a terrible disease.  I went through that for myself  and most people have.   At some point, though, in order to getting on your healing path, you will have to move passed the "reassurance" phase.  Hopefully the next round of testing you have will be the end of this stage.  After this round hopefully you will be able to truly begin  accepting that anxiety isn't innocuous and causes all kinds of physical issues in a body.

Good luck and be well   :action-smiley-065:
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