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Re: Weird vision issues, anyone else?
« Reply #10 on: September 04, 2014, 04:31:44 PM »
We'll I'm glad there is someone else out there that has similar issues. Do you think once you have the scan you will out it at rest? I hear a lot of people think of somethig else going on or that maybe something was missed in the scan? I have had my eyes checked 8 times in the past year and 3 of then were emergency ones. The last two times were an opthamologist and he even did a visual field test as well as an oct test to put my mind at ease. He had no suspicion of a brain tumour and doesn't think a scan is necessary. Even my GP said it's not necessary but he is wiling to do one for piece of mind. They say a ct scan of the head has the lowest radiation and it only increase your chance of cancer by .02 % which is low. It's the same amount of radiation we get from the environment in one year. Just debating what I should do. I also get tingly sensations in my arms and feel woozy and dizzy at times.

Sixpack since your words of advice have impact a lot of people on this forum what would you so into situation? Would you go ahead and get the ct scan over with and be done with the whole brain tumour thing or just suck it up and live on knowing it still could be a possibilityand try to let it go? I'm stuck with trying to make this desciaion even though I have never had any X-rays, ct scans done ever in my life. Except an X-ray at the dentist but that's it.
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Re: Weird vision issues, anyone else?
« Reply #11 on: September 04, 2014, 04:44:37 PM »
I have this :)

The ophthamologist calls it 'ghosting' and he said it's caused by either astigmatism (the way light is refracted into your eye) or a bump on your eye he called an arberration (or something like that?). I have both of these and the ghosting is definitely noticeable.

Both are completely safe but he said that with our current glasses technology we won't be able to fix it 100% right now, so there will still be some ghosting around objects. Apparently they're working on a way to correct this, but it's a while away.

I particularly notice it when I try to watch tv at night and there is white writing on a dark background.

Hope that helps!
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Re: Weird vision issues, anyone else?
« Reply #12 on: September 04, 2014, 05:01:03 PM »
I forgot to mention.

Astigmatism is very, very common and it can also cause halos around lights. It's very noticeable at night when I'm driving - and again, it's something glasses can't quite fix at the moment.

My opthamologist only ran the aberration test when I mentioned something to him about the ghosting. He'd already done a thorough check and knew my eyes were ok. Turns out my eyes are really lumpy haha

It's possible you guys have this too (also super common).  Most people have some kind of aberration. He basically described it as a test that compares the surface of your eye to a perfect sphere. It just depends where the bumps are whether or not you will notice them.

As I said before though. Both of these are perfectly safe. If there was anything dangerous in your eye they would have picked it up. Initial exams they seem to run the tests for anything dangerous - this was my 3rd visit to my doctor and I just mentioned it in passing so he ran the test because it was annoying me that my glasses weren't working
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Re: Weird vision issues, anyone else?
« Reply #13 on: September 04, 2014, 05:06:59 PM »
coreen--

when I was in the "get med test phase to reassure me that I am okay" I would get tests.  Eventually I figured out "reassurance" med testing simply doesn't do what the anxious thinking says it will do.

What happens is either 1.  peeps find fault in test.  they just don't believe the results or the test was done too early or it wasn't the right one.   OR  2.  the person believes the test but soon succumbs to a new ailment not covered by the 'previous" reassurance testing.

You see evidence of this posted on this forum daily.  YOU, coreen, are evidence of this   :yes:  .  I've done this.  I used to be the "doubter" of the test person.  Then, eventually, I moved to the "moving to new disease" person.   I *think* the #1 type person is in the earliest stage of acceptance of anxiety disorder.  the #2 group seemed to have learned that doubting tests is  :dazed:    Meh, that is what I think anyway.

Now what would I do and what DO I do?   Well, first, I finally accepted what anxiety does to people.  I understand how my thinking works  etc, and blah, blah blah.....   :laugh3:  I mean I came to this kicking and screaming at times but.....   

so.....  I have not had ANY reassurance testing since May of 2009.   Have I had weird things happen in my body?  Yes  OH yes.  and I had to, at times, really talk myself back to being logical. 

Have I had medical things go wrong with me?  Yes.  and I went to the appropriate docs during those times.    I actually have an eye ailment, ultimately caused by stress--an ACTUAL organic eye disease due to too much adrenaline   :sprachlos020: 

How often to I go to the docs?  well for actual sickness--ie ear infection.  I go for annual physicals--reg doctor, gyno and mammograms (I have to make my appointment for that, ugh) and regular ophthalmologist.  This year I had my first colonoscopy because I turned 50.  In the US that is protocol.   AND  I see the retina specialist for my eye condition 3 or 4 times a year.


SO AFTER THAT LONG ANSWER:

If I were you:  the stuff you describe happening would have already been filed under stress/anxiety symptoms.   so no I wouldn't have any type scan. 

that isn't saying you can't make a different decision.  what you decide is what you decide.     
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Re: Weird vision issues, anyone else?
« Reply #14 on: September 04, 2014, 05:25:46 PM »
Interesting my eye doctor never mentioned what you described. Wondering if it's because he thought I just have myopia which is a mild case of nearsighted which could also be why I see slightly double far away on bright stuff.

Thanks sixpack...you always know the right things to say.
I just talked to my dr on the phone and he thinks that I should just get the scan over with because me constantly worrying over this will do more damage then one scan on the head will. Mentally I'm hurting myself and this scan will rest assure me that nothing is going on in the brain if nothing is found that is.
He thinks I need to start anti depressants and recommends Zoloft cause I'm nursing. Will that even fix the problem?
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Re: Weird vision issues, anyone else?
« Reply #15 on: September 04, 2014, 05:34:37 PM »
coreen

most docs order 'reassurance med testing' because they assume it will actually reassure the patient.  AND with regular ole peeps without HA, it often does.    So do what you want to do,  :happy0151:  but just be aware that this sort of testing mostly doesn't do what it was meant to do. 


I took zoloft when I was nursing my youngest back in 2003.  IDK if it worked or not.  I took it about 3 months, I think.  At which point my hormones were probably pretty much back to normal and my  :dazed: had subsided.
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Re: Weird vision issues, anyone else?
« Reply #16 on: September 04, 2014, 06:43:51 PM »
So did you have any side effects from the zoloft? Any effects on your child? So you took it for 3 months and the the anxiety subsided and you just went off of it and that was it, the Anxiety finally went away?
Did you ever have any scans on your head?
It's maybe this one final test that will make me get over this craziness. I think it will be the final obstacle in the road if everything turns out fine. It may all I need to do to stop this constant worry over a brain tumour cause that is my number 1 problem right now.
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Re: Weird vision issues, anyone else?
« Reply #17 on: September 04, 2014, 07:03:04 PM »
I didn't notice side effects  BUT I wasn't expecting any.   I went off the pills because, meh, I wanted to.  I don't necessarily think my anxiety went away.  I just wasn't worrying about health stuff at that time.  My daughter was fine.  She is 11 now.

I didn't deal with THE anxiety "why's, how's and wherefore's", really, until 2009.  that is when I started to get "real" with what anxiety is.  2009 is when I began REALLY seeking recovery  :happy0151:

You can get the scan.  Again your choice either way. Based on my interpretation of what you say in your posts---what your thinking process seems to be. Your posts read like many anxious peeps.  My guess is it will probaly "solve" your anxiety about a brain tumor.  But I am doubtful it will solve your anxiety disorder.  My opinion is in a week or month or 6 months, you will get some new symptoms OR you will get some new stresses in your life and your HA will reassert itself.  I don't say any of  this to be mean.  I say this because I did this to myself (said the same sorts of things) for a long time AND I have seen this play out with member after member at AZ for 5+ years.
So I guess you could say I am a little bit jaded with regard to reassurance med testing having any long term effect on people..

 I hope you are right and the scan will be the thing that gets you on the road to recovery     :yes:


good luck with whatever you opt to do.  :action-smiley-065:
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Re: Weird vision issues, anyone else?
« Reply #18 on: September 04, 2014, 07:46:56 PM »
OH missed your question asking about  scans

1997--- I had an brain MRI and loads of blood work because I had all kinds of whacky symptoms.  I was certain I had MS (toyed with ALS until a psychiatrist laughed at me  ::) )...  I thought the MRI missed the MS.   Saw a psychologist.  wanted to put me on meds but I was nursing one of my kids.  In '97 docs wouldn't prescribe ssris to nursing mothers.  What got me  out of that lunacy was throwing myself into a gardening.

2000---thought I had MS again.  went to a different neuro.  I had MRI of mid and lower back and NCS and EMG of left leg.  went on paxil briefly.  got prgnant with my 5th child and went of meds

2009--- started in 2008.  thought I had MS AGAIN.  Had a couple of very bad stress years.   Had MRI with contrast on brain, MRI with contrast on cervical spine, NCS on both arms.  had EMG on left arm.

2009---briefly toyed with having ovarian cancer.  doc did uterine biopsy and ultrasound.   

I joined AZ in march 2009.  this was about the time I started, really down my healing path.  I haven't had a reassurance test since 2009.
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