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Visual disturbances....not sure of the diagnosis

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  • Posted By: Vanessa32
  • April 22, 2009
  • 02:18 PM

I am a 32 year old female and I have been diagnosed with persistent migraine aura for the past 7 months. I was previously living in the Caribbean where I attended medical school for the 8 months prior to this. I don't feel as though the diagnosis is correct as I have only had 2 migraine headaches in the past and none of the treatments have worked thus far. I have had all the tests done, MRI brain & neck, CT angio head, lumbar puncture, etc. and all are normal. I continue to experience light sensitivity, burning in my head, poor night vision and its like I can see little things moving in my eyes. I have just recently tested high for mercury and I am presently being treated with DMSA, a chelator. I am now wondering if there is a possibility of parasites, since I lived in the Caribbean and ate a lot of the local fish, etc. Any thoughts would be much appreciated.

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  • Hi Vanessa,I would suggest that you seek the help of a opthamologist. The little things you see in your eyes, do they look squiddly sometimes round black stuff or silver looking stuff and when you try to look at them they just float away? if this is what you see you have floaters. See your eye doctor please....
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  • I'm sorry to say this because I know it's not what you want to hear.....but all of your symptoms are consistent with a diagnosis of persistent migraine aura. As you probably already know, an actual headache is not necessary for this diagnosis-- and usually doesn't exist in this particular diagnosed migraine variant. I'm confused as to why you don't accept this rather atypical diagnosis. It is difficult to diagnose and you might be lucky you got the diagnosis. As you also probably know, migraines of any type are difficult to treat. It is not unusual for a patient to trial and error many medications before the right one, or combo, is found-- if a suitable med is ever found. I don't think that just because the treatment (which you have not specified, btw, and might be helpful) hasn't worked thus far. I furthermore do not know of any parasite native to the Caribbean that will produce your symptoms. I would, however, be concerned with the mercury toxicity, as it can cause a whole host of problems and was probably obtained during your stay there. Since you posted this in the eye forum, I might add that your floaters may persist and develop into true visual snow. Also a symptom of persistent migraine aura. Just my two cents. Hope you find a treatment!
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