Last Night's Scare

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Yesterday was a very stressful day, one dark cloud after another until it erupted into a violent storm of emotion. I really didn't think anyone or anything could get me that upset ever again, but it did. Then we actually had a regular rain storm that I had to drive in to get home last evening. Needless to say it took it's toll and gave me a real scare. I lost my vision temporarily. I was in my chair with my laptop and the TV on, and all of a sudden it was like everything was morphing on my laptop screen and then it was black. I put down the laptop, could not even see the TV. That will get your attention. After a bit I started rubbing my temples and then my eyebrows. Found a spot on my right eyebrow that was real tender so I applied pressure and things began to clear after about 30 minutes. Had minor headache and 2 hours later it was like nothing had ever happened. I had something similar but not as bad back in 2008 or 2009. My chiropractor told me to get to the ER and have a brain scan that it could be an ocular aneurysm. My son took to the ER, they did the scan, and checked me into the hospital and called in a neurologist. They could not find anything and released me with a follow up with the neurologist. He told me he thought it was a migraine. I used to have severe migraines, but nothing like this. After last night, I check on the internet and this is what a doctor at Mayo had to say. Now not sure what to do.

Retinal migraine
Sometimes, ocular migraine is used as a synonym for the medical term "retinal migraine." A retinal migraine is a rare condition occurring in a person who has experienced other symptoms of migraine. Retinal migraine involves repeated bouts of short-lasting, diminished vision or blindness. This may precede or accompany a headache.

A retinal migraine — unlike a migraine aura affecting vision — will affect only one eye, not both. However, most often, loss of vision in one eye isn't related to migraine. It's generally caused by some other more serious condition. So if you experience visual loss in one eye, be sure to see an eye specialist.
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    Very scary. Hope things are going better now
    1883 days ago
    Glad that you got your sight back and that you are getting it checked out too. Let us know what the doctor says
    1885 days ago
    Hope you're feeling better and that you keep following up on this. So frightening in every way... emoticon
    1888 days ago
    That is scarey. I experienced something like that a few years ago and had it checked by an eye doctor. He did tests and explained it to me as some veins in my eyes that were either bleeding or expanding (sorry, it's been awhile and I hadn't remembered about it until reading your blog). With mine, it went away on its own, I guess. I just endured and it and then, after time, realized I was seeing well all the time again. Do you have any problems with low blood iron? I used to have a problem with that as well and wonder if it was related in any way. I don't have that problem any more as I had a hysterectomy and now my iron is great. Take care. Seek answers. We all have to be our own best advocates when it comes to our health and especially when we have something so out of the ordinary. Hope you are doing well and getting some guidance and answers from those who can help. Thanks for your encouragement! Spark on! emoticon emoticon
    1888 days ago
    I hope you Sunday is calm and peaceful. Take good care of yourself and we will be waiting to hear how you are doing. emoticon
    1890 days ago
  • GABY1948
    So sorry you had such a hard day of it...but it IS good you went to be checked. That would be so scary. I agree with the others, you body is definitely trying to tell you that something is wrong. Hope it doesn't happen again but that you follow up with someone so that it doesn't happen again.

    Have a great and relaxing weekend! emoticon emoticon
    1892 days ago
    1892 days ago
    I guess that would be a scare if you were able to see and all of a sudden you couldn't see out of one eye. I would get it checked out right away too. I hope you are feeling better today!!
    1893 days ago
    Well, very glad that you took care of yourself. I hope ou're feeling better. **SIGH** Stress . . . it does awful things to the body!

    Take care.
    1893 days ago
    Oh my goodness, I am so sorry to hear this. I do hope you are better and you can get it checked out and figure out what is wrong and how to prevent it. I so understand when something happens to your body and you can't understand what is wrong. that is the worse feeling ever!
    Do take care.
    1893 days ago
    That is scary. Take care. You were wise to seek medical attention immediately. Now what to do? Perhaps your primary physician could advise you which way to go if the neurologist had no suggestions. Or would an opthamologist be helpful since it is a retinal migrain? Wishing you well.-Marsha
    1893 days ago
  • PATTYE255
    Hi PMFISH,
    So sorry to hear of your day and all that happened to you. It must have been a real scare! I have had a history of migraines back in the early 80's because of stress on the job, but then they disappeared all through the 90's. Lo and behold, in 2005 I started having occular migraines where I began to lose my vision in both eyes - once while I was driving. It was a time in my life where I was too busy for my own good.

    These events can be frightening if you're usually a take-control type of person. I'm glad you don't have anything seriously wrong with you, but the body doesn't lie ... it's always trying to let us know something isn't right. Listen to your body signals ... I've learned to listen to them after much difficulty. Take the time to rest in between heavy lifting or busy times - it can do a world of good in the long run. Listen to relaxing music, too!
    1893 days ago
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