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drowsiness and vision distortion Help!

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • February 7, 2007
  • 05:28 PM

Hi everyone,

Basically what happens is that out of nowhere, I get extremely drowsy. Several times I've almost fainted. The drowsiness is related to vision distortion, as they usually accompany one another. The vision distortion can best be explained as going 'buggy eyed'. My eyes don't seem to be able to focus, and kind of jump back and forth, yet my vision always remains 20/20.

It all started about two years ago with my first anxiety attack, which consisted of shortness of breath and lightheadedness. Since then my life has been a whirlwind of doctor visits, from several GPs to Neurologists to Neuro-Opthalmologists. I've been diagnosed with Accomodative Spam Disorder, Dry Eye Syndrome, and anxiety.

I clearly do have anxiety problems, and I'm taking Lexepro for it, which helps kind of. The final diagnoses so to speak was that my anxiety is giving me the other symptoms. Has anyone else ever experienced this? It is really affecting my life, going home sick all the time from work with drowsiness spells. It seems to be worse the next 3 days after drinking alcoholic beverages. Can this all be anxiety related?

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  • Hello, new to this site. The eye thing-you and me both. With the extreme sleepiness attacks I lose the ability to keep my eyes focused. Followed shortly by instantly falling asleep in spite of anything. And I mean anything. Only remedy is to find a suitable spot and sit/lay down, nap or sleep. Otherwise you passout doing whatever at that moment and may become dangerous to yourself and others.Most episodes preceded by a nervous restlessness at the back of my neck, and sometimes by hungriness, although my body does not need any food. Alcohol, large meals, stress, and staying up longer than usual aggravate the attacks. A variety of other symptoms also accompany my condition, NARCOLEPSY, diagnosed at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester MN and reconfirmed twice subsequently with various sleep-type studies. Perscriptions of Ritalin and/or motrin help manage the sleepiness. Driving can be deadly. This can be managed with meds and your understanding. Good Luck!
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