My 5 year old nephew has a very high threshold for pain. He has had severe strep throat which developed into scarlet fever, because he never complained or displayed symprtoms until it was very far along. He also has had severe ear infections caught very late, because he never complains of pain, and is never lethargic and doesn't slow down even with a fever.
This morning he awoke crying with leg pain. His mother thought it may be growing pains and gave him motrin and proceeded to get him ready for school. While brushing his teeth, his legs collapsed from under him and he fell to the floor. His head did not hit the floor. He sat up and began to grab at the air around him screaming that he could not see anything. My sister was there and said that each of his eyes was looking in a different direction and almost rolled back, like a blind person's eyes. So he was conscious, but could not see. She carried him to the bedroom and once on the bed his vision returned and he said his legs no longer hurt. She asked him if he had seen blurriness or fuzziness or just black. He said everything went black and he couldn't see. He was fine after, but a little quiet and more still than usual. Usually he's running around and singing or talking constantly. She took him to the doctor. By this time he was running around and his usual rambunctious self, even though he did have a fever. The doctor said that he was probably just dizzy or groggy, from the fever and having just waken up and that no diagnosis could be made until the doctor could see it happening. His mother is certain that it must be something more serious. Has anyone ever experienced this? I told her to go to the emergency room and get a second and third opinion if she had to. Any advice or information would be helpful and appreciated.
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