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intermittent sudden onset painless light sensitivity. no clue!!

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  • Posted By: clint616
  • November 19, 2008
  • 06:48 AM

I am now 22 years old, and as long as I can remember I have gotten seemingly random spells of EXTREME painless light sensitivity. These spells usually only occur three to four times a year and last between 3-10 minutes. When I say Extreme, I mean that unless I am in a completely dark closet I am unable to even open my eyes for more than a split second. This sensitivity results in severe tearing but no pain. It doesnt hurt to open my eyes, my body just forces me to close them.

There are no other symptoms, I am otherwise in perfect health, I do seem to have a natural talent for developing seemingly off the wall conditions though, such as pneumomediastinum. which was caused by coughing hard enough to tear a small hole in my lung, leading to air leaking into my chest cavity and airbubbles forming in my neck (yes it was painful)

I have decided to post now, since I have been dealing with these my whole life, and they have never really been a concern untill recently. they have been occuring more frequently. Ive had 4 in the last 5 months with the last 2 occuring in the last week (The last was severe enough to force me to pull over while driving on a dark residential street because I couldn't stand the lights from my gauge cluster). I have been checked by many optometrists and medical doctors, including my father and a board of Naval Doctors. Has anyone ever heard of anything like this. If it begins occuring this frequently all the time, im afraid it will become a major problem.

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  • Did you ever find out what causes this? My mom has the same thing. She has seen several doctors and they cant seem to figure out what it is
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  • I have just been starting to have the same thing. started two weeks ago and i have had this happen about 10 times so far. any luck on finding out what is wrong?
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