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Frightening Experience

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  • Posted By: uromam
  • June 22, 2007
  • 06:41 AM

Hey everyone,
I have just had a frightening experience with my pupils.
While getting out of bed in the middle of the night to goto the bathroom, prior to me falling asleep, I put my hands on the side of my face while pressing and pulled them back towards the back of my head, I guess as a way of stretching my scalp/skin. When my hands met the back of my head, I felt pain from the pressure on both sides and quickly stopped, never paid it much thought, and went to the bathroom.

While I was washing my hands I looked in the mirror and noticed that my pupils were extremely dilated, more dilated than I have ever seen them in my life. However, within a couple minutes or so, they were back to normal. Both the bathroom and the hallway outside the bathroom were well lit.
Curious to see if the pain in my head was related to my pupils, I placed my hands on the back of my head and attempted the same movement which previously caused pain on the back sides. I applied just a slight amount of pressure, enough to feel the pain lightly once more. A couple minutes later I looked in the mirror and once again my pupils were extremely dilated. The experience set me into a state of near-panic until they returned to their normal size.

I tend to worry about symptoms too much, and I found this experience to be very scary. I do not want to try applying pressure on my head again to see if it really is linked to the dilation of my pupils. I am unsure if the two experiences are related or just coincidental. Does anyone have any idea what this may be? I had a CT scan a couple months ago following a mild concussion which came out as normal.

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  • Go back to the doctor- talk to him.Are you taking any medications?Don't take aspirin, or non steroidal pain killers unless directed by a doctor. Those things can make you bleed more or mess up your body chemistry.If necesary check with an specialist.Best.
    Eatafruit78 960 Replies Flag this Response
  • most likely not a problem and you are overreacting, BUT the problem is this "mild concussion" you mentioned.occasionally you can have a head injury and fracture your spine where it meets the skull base. these can be very difficult to detect unless they are looked for specifically and a standard CT head may miss these 'atlanto-axial' dislocations. the concern is that the hand movements you are doing would aggravate this and, if the above is present, could compress your brainstem (causing your pupil problems) and kill you.obviously, stop doing what you are doing, talk to your doctor about your symptoms and make sure that your previous imaging ruled out the above.
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