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Light Flashes in Eye/Ringing in Other Ear

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • May 11, 2009
  • 10:32 PM

About 5 weeks ago, I started with bright white flashes in the upper corner of my right eye. About a week later my left ear started ringing and there is fullness. My hearing is reduced in my left ear about 30%.

I have been to an opthamologist, a retinal specialist, and ENT. I have taken predisone (which made it 80% better for 10 days, then when it wore off it started back up). So far no one can find anything wrong.

Any thoughts?

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  • All I have is very non-professional general knowledge, but I'm pretty sure the part of the brain that controls the right eye is actually on the left side of the brain, and vice versa, so the fact that you're having symptoms with the right eye and left ear could mean something's wrong in the left side of the brain. Have you seen a neurologist or done any kind of brain scan?
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  • sounds like occular migraines they are painless but cause those sypmtoms i have had them for a while now.
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  • Sorry here I go again...Are you eating artificial sweeteners?If so get off them and see what happens.They are poison!Aspartame, Sucralose, Splendain some countries they go by a numberand phenylalanine should also not be listed in the food label nor aspartic acid.
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  • I've had almost the same happen to me about 6 months ago. I'm 37 y.o. male, active (play soccer) and work in IT (around computer equipment and probably a lot of EM - not convinced that this could be a cause - but could be). Weird things started to happen to me. First, I was seeing some kind of white flashing (not bright light, just "something" white) in the lower right peripheral vision. I knew that migraine could trigger weird visions like that, but I have been a migraine sufferer for years and never experienced these "auras" as they call them. Also, migraine didn't seem to coincide with the flashes. About a month after, ringing started in my left ear. I saw my family doctor about these two symptoms and he didn't seem very concerned. He had me see an eye specialist thinking that I had some retinal detachment. The eye exam was inconclusive (they saw nothing wrong). He also scheduled me for a CT-scan (without contrast), mainly because I was asking for some form of brain scan. Weeks went by and the flashes seemed less frequent and the ringing I could hardly notice anymore, maybe because I got used to these symptoms. Roughly another month later, I started getting spasms in the right corner of my mouth. Muscles would contract and relax every second or so for a period of about 5-10 seconds. This would come at first just 2-3 times in a day, but then I started getting really worried when it was happening 30-40 times a days two weeks later. Another visit in panic to my doctor, and again, he didn't seem too worried. A few days later, I had a weird sensation that something (like fluid) was propagating from my head through my left arm and leg. I started feeling numb at the tip of my fingers and toes on the left side of the body. My left elbow joint was (and still is) feeling painful. Consciously, I felt really weird too, like if I was in a dream. I thought at that point that I was going to die soon... I stayed home the next day and rested the whole day. The weird sensation slowly went away. The facial muscle spasms were less frequent the days following this episode, but the tinnitus and eye flashes came back a bit. I took some vacations in Europe the week after. Almost all symptoms became less frequent and eventually almost disappeared. Two weeks later, I was back to work. Eventually, the tinnitus came back. The eye flashes I didn't notice for a while and the mouth muscle spasms have gone away. I have some tingling sensations in the face and sometimes my left hand's fingertips feel numb. The pain in the left elbow is still there and doesn't seem to want to go away (it's been there more than a month now). I also have had, starting before going on vacation, a reoccurring right knee (yes right this time) problem which might not be related and could be a soccer injury. I feel pain when going up some stairs. I went for my scheduled CT-scan and didn't get any result back yet. Not sure who is supposed to contact me if at all. From my online research, I have suspected many different conditions such as: *brain tumor, but I don't have headaches more than usual *acoustic neurinoma, but I don't have balance problems *Multiple sclerosis, ? possibly ?, my doctor doesn't seem to think so One cause that I just started to look at is Lyme disease. I went camping last summer near Kingston, Ontario and it looks like the disease vector might be present in that area. I don't remember being bitten by anything (other than mosquitoes). The symptoms I have read about seem related and include things like facial muscle paralysis, nervous system issues and joint pain ("Usually, only one or a few joints become affected, most commonly the knees"). I'll probably pay another visit to my doctor to hear what he says about it...
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  • Got the MRI results back...this leads to more tests now. Says there is a 5mm lesion along the surface of the right cerebellar peduncle and is likely intra-axial. Also, other lesions in the deep and periventricular white matter - some appear linear. Possibilities are demyelination and inflammatory process such as lymes disease. can anyone translate in lay-man's terms? What i got was they want to test me for Lymes, look into MS.... could these symptoms of the light and ringing be linked to this?
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  • These symptoms for sure match my early ones... You can read all about my ordeal with Lyme disease so far at http://www.discover.uottawa.ca/wiki/doku.php/public/user/frank/lyme_diseaseGood luck
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  • Sorry here I go again...Are you eating artificial sweeteners?If so get off them and see what happens.They are poison!Aspartame, Sucralose, Splendain some countries they go by a numberand phenylalanine should also not be listed in the food label nor aspartic acid.Hi, for what's worth I would just like to agree with this person that the aspertame in diet drinks is really dangerous. I lost vision in one eye a few years ago, Dr. said my macular was swollen, but had NO IDEA why. I was a heavy diet pepsi drinker, so I had a feeling that might be the problem. I quit cold turkey and my vision came back. Recently I've been having a white flash happen in the corner of my vision. I've been chewing gum w/ aspertame daily and now I wonder if that could have something to do with it. The diet pop also gave me TERRIBLE headaches. They went away 3 days after I gave up the diet pepsi.
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  • HelloI want to get the word out.. You can stop the ear ringing, stuffiness and possibly regain hearing. I had a really bad ear infection a long time ago.. since then i have ear problems at least twice a year.. i would go to md's they would say it congestion, give me a script and send me home.. finally i couldnt take the constant ringing any longer and went to a ENT.. This guy rocks!!! They gave me steriod shots in my ear drum.. yes it hurt a bit.. but now i have improved 50 decibals in my hearing.. the ringing is gone and its not stopped up!!!contact your doctor about the steriod shots..Let me know how u are.Sharonfordgal62@aol.com
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  • These symptoms for sure match my early ones... You can read all about my ordeal with Lyme disease so far at http://www.discover.uottawa.ca/wiki/doku.php/public/user/frank/lyme_diseaseGood luckCan you please tell me what was the result of your struggle? I read your wiki and it stoped on June 22. Can you update me about this? Is your problem only anxiety?Thanks!
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    • November 6, 2009
    • 03:22 PM
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  • Sorry here I go again...Are you eating artificial sweeteners?If so get off them and see what happens.They are poison!Aspartame, Sucralose, Splendain some countries they go by a numberand phenylalanine should also not be listed in the food label nor aspartic acid. I was reading about this on one other forum also. I really don't know much about this, but my friend has mention this to me once, but I didn't pay much attention till now. You should check that thread. Cheers
    Clear-sky 76 Replies
    • November 27, 2009
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  • Can you please tell me what was the result of your struggle? I read your wiki and it stoped on June 22. Can you update me about this? Is your problem only anxiety?Thanks!looks like it is actually MS. Took that long for a diagnosis.
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  • I am 20, and been healthy untill a month ago. I see lights flashin in my periferal and somtimes my central vision, and have ringing in my ears aswell. More floaters in my eyes appear daily. Mri, lp, and eye exam came back normal but i sure dont feel that way. Loud sounds stun me like never before and bright lights aswell. No idea whats wrong and would really like to know. I also get tingles from feet to head occasionally. Seems to be getting worse weekly and still no answer. Awaiting a second neurologist opinion because the first one has no idea.
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  • I am 20 and before a month ago was completly healthy. About 6 months ago i was diagnosed with papilledema and 5 months later problems started to arise. flashing lights in all my periferal vision and somtimes central vision occure constantly. Ringing in both my ears appears to sound like 2 different frequences that is syncronized with my breathing (not my pulse). i had an MRI, LP, eye exam, and all test came back normal. Pain in and around my eyes also occures and the feeling like somthing is going in them or a parisite is moving through them happens constantly. i feel tingles from my feet to my head on both sides of my body, not to mention a desire to constanly sleep. A neurologist diagnosed me as completly normal but i feel different than i ever have in my life. Also more floaters appear in my vision every day. i am highly concerned and it seems to get worse weekly. Anyone have any ideas?
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  • About 5 weeks ago, I started with bright white flashes in the upper corner of my right eye. About a week later my left ear started ringing and there is fullness. My hearing is reduced in my left ear about 30%. I have been to an opthamologist, a retinal specialist, and ENT. I have taken predisone (which made it 80% better for 10 days, then when it wore off it started back up). So far no one can find anything wrong. Any thoughts? They are indulating our environmentswith more and more of the wireless technologys as they advance satellite cable, radio and cell phone technology of ELF, VLF n UHF Heck the US even foresees a future of using wireless to power our homes and business's I have flashes of light, especially during the day the moment my eyes are in contact with the sun It happens to both of my eyes But I also experience the flashes when I close my eyes, night or day But I alsoexperince seeing colors Small circles of blue of about a field of20 or more of a grid spread out is usually the initial color fieldI see and then it changes into other colors My ringing turned into hearing static along with ear fullness Now I am experiencing some phenomena of ear muscle twitch in which produces,on average, 1500 to 2000 clicks per hour in my ears, every single hourI am awake Neurologist ordered an MRI ENT was going to order one, but I informed him I recently had MRI done So now I am being referredto an ear specialist I am 51 years old Instead of decreased hearing, my ENT says my hearing is great, like an 18 year old It seems thatI am hearing some form of either extremely low frequencies (ELF)or ultra high frequencies (ULF) or a mixture of both I am definitely hearing below 20Hz and above 20,000Hz and theydon't understand why http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/107064031/abstract AbstractLow frequency electromagnetic (EM) fields induce gene expression, and recent insights into physical interactions of EM fields with model systems suggest a mechanism that could initiate this process. The consistently low thresholds at which EM fields stimulate biological processes indicate that they require little energy. Since it has been shown that such weak fields accelerate electron transfer reactions, they could stimulate transcription by interacting with electrons in DNA to destabilize the H-bonds holding the two DNA strands together. Such a mechanism is consistent with the low electron affinity of the bases in previously identified electromagnetic response elements (EMREs) needed for EM field interaction with DNA. It is also in line with both endogenous and in vitro stimulation of biosynthesis by electric fields. The frequency response of several EM sensitive biological systems suggests that EM fields require repetition and are most effective at frequencies that coincide with natural rhythms of the processes affected. © 2004 Wiley-Liss, Inc.Received: 3 August 2003; Accepted: 6 November 2003 ---------------http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19325894?ordinalpos=1&itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_DiscoveryPanel.Pubmed_Discovery_PMC&linkpos=1&log$=citedinpmcarticles&logdbfrom=pubmed Association of tinnitus and electromagnetic hypersensitivty:hints for a shared pathophysiology? BACKGROUND: Tinnitus is a frequent condition with high morbidity and impairment in quality of life. The pathophysiology is still incompletely understood. Electromagnetic fields are discussed to be involved in the multi-factorial pathogenesis of tinnitus, but data proofing this relationship are very limited. Potential health hazards of electromagnetic fields (EMF) have been under discussion for long. Especially, individuals claiming themselves to be electromagnetic hypersensitive suffer from a variety of unspecific symptoms, which they attribute to EMF-exposure. The aim of the study was to elucidate the relationship between EMF-exposure, electromagnetic hypersensitivity and tinnitus using a case-control design. METHODOLOGY: Tinnitus occurrence and tinnitus severity were assessed by questionnaires in 89 electromagnetic hypersensitive patients and 107 controls matched for age-, gender, living surroundings and workplace. Using a logistic regression approach, potential risk factors for the development of tinnitus were evaluated. FINDINGS: Tinnitus was significantly more frequent in the electromagnetic hypersensitive group (50.72% vs. 17.5%) whereas tinnitus duration and severity did not differ between groups. Electromagnetic hypersensitivity and tinnitus were independent risk factors for sleep disturbances.. However, measures of individual EMF-exposure like e.g. cell phone use did not show any association with tinnitus. CONCLUSIONS: Our data indicate that tinnitus is associated with subjective electromagnetic hypersensitivity. An individual vulnerability probably due to an over activated cortical distress network seems to be responsible for, both, electromagnetic hypersensitivity and tinnitus. Hence, therapeutic efforts should focus on treatment strategies (e.g. cognitive behavioral therapy) aiming at normalizing this dysfunctional distress network.
    dboots 96 Replies
    • October 16, 2010
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  • I came here because of symptoms of white flashes in my right eye. But after reading some of your posts I want to give some advice. FIND A DOCTOR WHO CARES AND WILL ACTUALLY DO WHAT YOU ARE PAYING HIM FOR!!! To many doctors out there don't give a ***t about their patients and only look for the easy diagnosis. I've been to some doctors who wouldn't even make a decent handyman much less a doctor whose responsible for peoples lives. Don't let your doctor kill you. Find someone who cares.
    Anonymous 1 Replies
    • August 15, 2014
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