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Please help 19 year old daughter temporary blindness

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  • Posted By: togatx
  • January 30, 2008
  • 06:16 AM

Recieved a phone call from 19 year old daughter.

She is active athletic type who runs 3-5 days a week on treadmill at school. Typically alternating runs walks in 30-40 minute sessions.

Thursday an horu after a light meal of salad she took a study break to get away from roomate to run on treadmill

About 25 minutes into of running walking she started to feel a some shortness of breath as well as soem unusual white rash on her arms and legs particulary around the inner elbow next to biceps. She stopped and got off the treadmill and started getting very dizzy and weak. She slowly walked back to the elevator at her dorm but by the time she got to her floor on 16th floor she said she lost vision in both eyes and had to feel the walls to make it to her door. She stumbled into room and took shower in an attempt to cool off but got very dizzy and nearly passed out. She then went to coach and called her Mom at home in a panic.

She normally runs in short but wore cotton warmup and said that she was hydrating during her run.

Her vision completely returned in ten or fifteen minutes. She refused to call 9-1-1 and said she was getting better.

Went to Campus hospital the next afternoon and the GP was unable to diagnose her condition and set her up for a MRA of the brain which was completed. The radiologist called me and said the scan indicated no anneurism or tumor.

The next step may be a carotid ultrasound.

What could possibly be wrong? We obviously are very concerned having spent the past 4 days with her in Austin. First the white rash (half a fingernail size) on her arms and legs. Then and most importantly the temporary blindness after getting off the treadmill. Is this a stroke? or Heat exhaustion?

Please help if you have any experience in this area
Carl
togatx@aol.com

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  • What medications is your daughter taking, if any, including birth control? How tall is she and how much does she weigh?DOM
    acuann 3080 Replies
    • February 1, 2008
    • 03:21 AM
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  • What medications is your daughter taking, if any, including birth control? How tall is she and how much does she weigh?DOM She is 5' 9 around 145-150 pounds after gaining her freshman 20.She was taking BC pills (Loestrin 24) for a problem with adrenals with high DHEA/Testosterone levles taht seemtohave corrected themselves in past 5 months. She stopped in early December becaue of the mood swings and ravenous appetite. One thing of note was that she periodically goes on gum eating binges (especially whiel dieting I suppose as a oral fixation) . She always chooses sugar free but that has aspartame. There may be no correlation at all but I did read soemothing about very negative effects of asppartame. Im not suggesting aspartamewas the cause by any means. Perhaps anxiety of college (plus a terrible roommate who kept up her way past her normal bedtime on a consistent basis) combined with not enough sleep and getting overheated while running and then a big drop in blood pressure when she got of treadmill. But the white rashes and especially the temporary blindness are very disconcerting. She has played vigourous sports all her life and nothing liek l this has ever happened.
    togatx 1 Replies
    • February 1, 2008
    • 06:32 AM
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  • Im not suggesting aspartamewas the cause by any means. Perhaps anxiety of college (plus a terrible roommate who kept up her way past her normal bedtime on a consistent basis) combined with not enough sleep and getting overheated while running and then a big drop in blood pressure when she got of treadmill.But the white rashes and especially the temporary blindness are very disconcerting. She has played vigourous sports all her life and nothing liek l this has ever happened. I am going to suggest that aspartame toxicity very well COULD be the cause of your daughter's distress. Especially if it is combined with dieting or limiting food consumption. Looking back at her symptoms these could very well be due to this ingredient, which some people have a very strong reaction to. The rash is a tip off IMO. Aspartame is truly deadly, and found in a lot of products. Diet sodas have recently been shown to actually fool the body so that it puts on more weight! Here is what I would do - have her immediately stop taking aspartame - no diet sodas, no "crystal light" no gum. NO aspartame...see if her symptoms improve. I think they will. In the meantime have her get a complete blood workup to check for anemia, B12 deficiency, and blood glucose. Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3080 Replies
    • February 3, 2008
    • 01:25 AM
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  • My daughter (now 16) has been losing her vision for 3 1/2 yrs 10-12 times a day. All MRI, MRA, Blood tests, Echocardiogram, EEG normal. She has now had a Tilt Table Test. This is to check for dysautonia: could be POTS or Orthostatic hypotension. This is when a person moves from one position to the next (sitting to standing) or standing too long and the nervous system does not act properly to adjust blood flow. The blood pressure and/or pulse dramatically change because the blood flow does not react property. Search: POTS blood pressure, or dysautonia. My daughter has other symptoms as well: headache, nausea, dizziness, etc.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 17, 2008
    • 01:59 AM
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  • Oh this posting is rich, no wonder it was ignored. I'll bet you are one of those people that wear a tin-foil hat so the government can't read your thoughts......LoL*****************************************************************It may have been the treadmill. Is she a cell phone user and is there wi-fi at her school? Was she near anybody using a cell phone at the time of the event? Was she near fluorescent lights? Google the Freiburger Appeal. More and more people are coming down with strange symptoms like your daughter's. I have ES myself, but unfortunately, most US doctors are ignoring us. Electrical Sensitivity & Hypersensitivity: http://www.ei-resource.org/illness-information/related-conditions/electrical-sensitivity-&-hypersensitivity/ Bioinitiative Report: http://www.bioinitiative.org/report/index.htm Neurological Effects of Radio Frequency Electromagnetic Radiation Relating to Wireless Communication Technology - Dr. Henry Lai Blood-Brain Barrier, Cellular Morphology of the Brain, Neural Electrophysiology, Changes in Neurotransmitter Functions, Metabolic Changes in Neural Tissues, Cytogenetic Effects: http://www.emrnetwork.org/research/laibrussels.pdf Neurological Effects of Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Radiation - Dr. Henry Lai http://www.emrnetwork.org/research/laivienna.pdf Memory and Behavior - Dr. Henry Lai http://www.emrnetwork.org/research/laiwho.pdf
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 28, 2008
    • 05:15 PM
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  • Its called cortical blindness, it is a common symptom of heat stroke/exhaustion. It is in the same neurological vein of all other heat stroke symptoms. Basically the brain is cooking to the point where the area responsible for vision is damaged (temporally usually) and visual function is impaired. Once body temp returns to normal and hopefully wasn't elevated long enough to do damage vision returns to normal. Lay off the caffeine and take off tinfoil hats please.
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