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  • Posted By: ivory4jesus
  • November 11, 2008
  • 04:22 AM

Hello everyone, I am sorry so many people have so many unanswered questions! I also need some advice! A year ago, I was laying down and all of a sudden, my vision felt as if it were "pulled" to the left side of my head, causing double vision. It only lasted for about 15 seconds. Just a couple of months ago, I was driving and all of a sudden, I felt both of my eyes being forced to the left again, with double vision and then my head had an enormous amount of pressure. My husband was with me and he took the wheel and told me to push the brake. I was aware of what was going on. This time it lasted for appx. 20 minutes. CT scan showed nothing, MRI showed nothing. This was real! Something caused it, and I've got to know what happened! Doctors don't give me the time of day! I'm really worried becuz I don't want to be driving with my grandchildren and it happen again! Somebody please help me! Thanks!

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  • Isn’t it frustrating to have such weird symptoms, normal tests and doctors who are not paying any attention to you? I sure can relate. Here is my suggestion. Locate you state’s Medical Board or Medical Association web site. In Texas both of those sites allow you to search for a doctor. The Texas Medical Board web site has a drop down box for selecting the specialty. One of the specialties listed is Neuro-Opthamology. Maybe such a doctor might have a clue what is going on. Another thought that I just had is I wonder if you are having some type of seizure. Just a thought. Hope you find an answer soon before something bad happens.
    halal37 96 Replies
    • November 11, 2008
    • 01:35 PM
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  • You should have your eyes checked by an ophthalmologist, not an optician. Here's a medical artilce on this condition: http://www.emedicine.com/oph/topic191.htm
    aquila 1263 Replies
    • November 12, 2008
    • 08:43 PM
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  • Do you have sinus problems ? or were you by any chance putting your finger deep into your ear when the double vision occured ?
    gungwane 62 Replies
    • November 13, 2008
    • 01:49 PM
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  • No, I don't have any sinus problems and no I didn't have my finger in my ear. Why would you ask?
    ivory4jesus 8 Replies
    • November 13, 2008
    • 02:50 PM
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  • Just asked because your ears are your major organs or balance and proprioception (they give your brain information about whether your upside down or on your side, in other words you body's position in space) and sometimes (its happened to me before) they can get confused if you poke something deep into them, but that usually only last for a few seconds. Otherwise I suggest you go to a neurologist if your really concerned. Its not likely to be a problem with your eyes, much more likely to be a problem with your brain. Possibly related to migranes or other similar changes in the blood supply to a certain area to your brain. I'm no expert though, so I suggest you find one.
    gungwane 62 Replies
    • November 13, 2008
    • 05:02 PM
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  • Could be meniers an inner ear imbalance where you get a sudden feeling of tilting to one side as if you're going to loose your balance and fall over. Meniers also gives you a feeling of pressure in the head/ear and also affects vision. Your doctor could check it along with blood pressure if it's not been done could be low b/p if you were laying down and suddenly got up.
    maggiemay 68 Replies
    • November 13, 2008
    • 11:24 PM
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  • So I did a little research cause your problem got stuck in my head and I came up with this: The explanation might be a little technical but if theres anything you don't understand just ask and I'll try clarify.There is a center in your brain that controls eye movement called the paramedian pontine reticular formation (we'll just call it PPRF for short)Normally it recieves equal input from both sides of your brain but should something happen to one or other side of your brain then the other side takes over causing both your eyes to be pushed to one side (just as you described). Now the problem is what could be causing that damage. You said the event was transitory (it went away after a while) so its unlikely to be a tumor or a stroke. The other option could be a epileptic focus... When this visual disturbance happened did you feel as if you were paralysed on the opposide side of your body to the way your eyes looked ? Basically what you need to do (in my humble opinion) is to get a doctor who actually cares and believes you and get an MRI of your brain looking for lesions in the PPRF. However if its epileptic (and I'm only a med student who hasn't done his neurology block yet, so I'm really not sure) it might not show anything on the MRI, but anti epileptic medication might help you.
    gungwane 62 Replies
    • November 14, 2008
    • 02:58 PM
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  • Thanks for the info. I did not feel as if the right side was paralized, but my sight was definetly pulled to the left in both eyes with extreme head pressure in my forehead. It was very scary! If you have anymore ideas, please let me know! Karen
    ivory4jesus 8 Replies
    • November 19, 2008
    • 07:13 AM
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