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short-term memory loss/sudden vision changes

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  • Posted By: mzceefitz
  • May 15, 2009
  • 04:40 PM

Hi, I have an appt to be seen next wk with a pcp, but in the meantime, I would like to see if anyone can maybe help me. These are the symptoms I have been experiencing: Ongoing for past few mths- short-term memory loss, hard to concentrate; Started a few wks ago and ongoing- lightheaded occasionally throughout day where I feel I will pass out; cold feet that turn blue and last for about 15-30 secs, muscle weakness in limbs, fatigue; few days ago- had severe disorientation, speech slurring that lasted for about 2 days; still experiencing everything except speech slur and disorientation, PLUS now some kind of vision impairment...maybe peripheral? very hard for me to drive and take everything in...not blackening out anywhere, but very hard to focus, feel like eyes are fluttering...went to ER, EKG normal, pulses normal, 3 tubes of blood and urine and they said everything was normal, no signs of blood clots. I have 3 kids and am afraid something is going to happen to me while I am at home alone with my 1 yr old. Please help!!

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  • Hi, I wish I could offer you better advice, but it appears too soon and you already have an appointment scheduled to have all this "phenomena" looked at closer (which would have been my suggestion). For now, given your fears and one trip to the ER already ... have a friend stay with you until your appointment, and request a ride for someone to accompany you as well. Your concerns about your children are very legitimate, in my personal opinion, with all that you are experiencing without treatment or answers yet. Someone else should be there with you, and if you have someone close ... even helping you with the day-to-day a bit so you get some rest, I hope you will follow through and ask a helpful and trustworthy person to stay with you and the children. This must be wearing you down, especially maintaining a home and three children to boot! Without an answer, I can't help but suspect the possibility that there could be some seizure activity going on. I also suspect your PCP will send you for an evaluation by a neurologist as well and supply you with a referral; especially if he/she is unable to make a definitive diagnosis (which is unlikely to come right away without looking closely at each symptom to rule conditions in and out). Just my opinion though. Prayers for you and your children! Let us know how it goes with the PCP.
    neurotransmissing 145 Replies Flag this Response
  • Thanks so much for replying. It's just nice to get some kind of idea of what could possibly be wrong, from someone that knows enough to suggest it. It's a lot easier to deal with, when you don't feel like you're in the black universe. We'll see what happens, I guess. Thanks again for replying. I'm sure I will be posting for a long time, from the looks of what others have posted with similar symptoms.
    mzceefitz 3 Replies Flag this Response
  • Try to remain optimistic; it may not take long and it may not be serious at all ... however, the symptoms untreated could be very serious until you are properly treated ... hence, my recommendation that you get a ride and have company; I don't feel you should be alone. You mention a 1-year-old, and you have two other children (but I don't know their ages); child bearing takes a very significant toll on your body and your hormone production; perhaps this is hormonal or relative to your pituitary. Is your monthly cycle regular? How long between births, childrens' ages? As for the vision, you describe mine almost exactly ... which is one reason I rarely drive (about five times so far this year, is all) and also, I am extremely weak overall (and as an added bonus, I drive a stick). LOL How are your eyes when you read? It's all a blur to me and I must wear reading glasses. It may help you to look at print, besides on the computer, and see if the text is blurry. Perhaps you have noticed that you have moved your monitor closer, or similar? I will check back via your feedback. Take care of yourself, and please let someone else help you do that as well. If it was realistic ... I would if I could.
    neurotransmissing 145 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hi, neurotransmissing. Thanks for your support. As far as help with my children, my husband works throughout the day while my two older ones are in school, so it's just me and the baby. Once he gets home, he helps out a lot, but it's usually like a zoo here, so I still always have something to do, but have been letting things go, based on how I am feeling. I have a brother-in-law who is home during the day and did come and sit with me for about an hour or so, last week, b/c I was so unsure of whether I was going to pass out or not. He is close and will come when needed, but other than that, I don't have anyone else. The tingling/aching legs have subsided, so that makes me feel a little better, but my vision and memory are what concern me most. Everything else seems to be normal, at least what my normal is. I have always been very "high-strung", as are my kids, and constantly multi-tasking, so it's been really hard to feel like I can't do the things I need to. One thing about my last childbirth, though, is that I did start having chronic lower back pain, which has not resolved. I cannot lie flat on my back, without barely being able to get up. At one point, I was tanning at a salon and even noticed that after only lying down for 5-10 minutes I was having trouble getting up. I sleep in a recliner every night! LOL I will be addressing this, as well, with the new doctor next week.As far as reading, well I am far-sighted and already wear glasses. I just got a new RX and new glasses in Feb, so I now that I don't need to go back there. When I go to read, it's like my eyes are moving and when I stop to read, they have to catch up to where I stopped. Sorry to hear that you don't drive much and especially since it's a stick, LOL. You might want to trade that in soon...just kidding, LOL. I also tried to read some of your other posts, to see what "your story" is, and saw that you have been going through it for 13 yrs. I'm sorry to hear that, but glad to see that you persist. I guess that's really all anyone can do, to feel better and to KNOW what's going on. Anyways, I could go on forever. I will keep posting. Thanks for your replies and I do find some comfort in knowing you also have similar vision problems, (which sounds kind of bad, but you know what I mean, lol).Take care and thanks again!
    mzceefitz 3 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hi, neurotransmissing. Thanks for your support. As far as help with my children, my husband works throughout the day while my two older ones are in school, so it's just me and the baby. Once he gets home, he helps out a lot, but it's usually like a zoo here, so I still always have something to do, but have been letting things go, based on how I am feeling. I have a brother-in-law who is home during the day and did come and sit with me for about an hour or so, last week, b/c I was so unsure of whether I was going to pass out or not. He is close and will come when needed, but other than that, I don't have anyone else. The tingling/aching legs have subsided, so that makes me feel a little better, but my vision and memory are what concern me most. Everything else seems to be normal, at least what my normal is. I have always been very "high-strung", as are my kids, and constantly multi-tasking, so it's been really hard to feel like I can't do the things I need to.You are very welcome. Good that you are letting things go that aren't on any "time clock" ... I realize it's difficult to look around and see the mess, but allow yourself to do that when you need to rest; I hope you will take a lot of breaks as well. As for me (during those rare-treat times when I am able to function at the speed and capacity of a turtle), I do just one thing, then sit down and sip water (like, I'll load the diswasher, then for a few minutes, just until I'm certain I'm not pushing myself); then, I may put a load of laudry and turn it on ... then it's again. Sounds pathetic, I know ... but I've found I am much more productive that way; using that method, I can at least accomplish a few tasks instead of NONE at all. As for a beautifully perfect house, just put that away for now and let a few things go; I assure you, it will still be there when you are better able to function ... LOL ... sorry, I laugh WITH you, not AT you. And ... we will all die, hopefully at a ripe old age ... but in the meantime, while you are looking at the mess and allowing yourself to feel guilty/ashamed/lazy/similar, remember ... once we're dead, we won't be taking anything with us and it won't matter how clean our house was then! LOL ... came bare-butt with nothing, will leave just the same (but hopefully, we will all make it to heaven, which is better ... and rest assured, you won't care once your there either ... you will get kudos for taking care of your body). Glad to hear the tingling/legs are better today, your much better mood is reflected in your post today! I noticed it immediately when I read it through and I can sense your happiness and see it reflected in your writing. I'm so glad. One thing about my last childbirth, though, is that I did start having chronic lower back pain, which has not resolved. I cannot lie flat on my back, without barely being able to get up. At one point, I was tanning at a salon and even noticed that after only lying down for 5-10 minutes I was having trouble getting up. I sleep in a recliner every night! LOL I will be addressing this, as well, with the new doctor next week.Same here, but onset of my back pain is recent ... within about eight weeks; about a week ago though, it really eased up (could it be due to the Morphine?? WHOOPIE!!! LOL .... ). Probably not, because I haven't taken the Morphine in four days ... and I feel overall achiness and a bit more in the back, but I feel much better painwise. I have cold intolerance (even when it's hot ... which is quite baffling). It doesn't matter if it's 86 degrees in this house, I am freezing! I'm still wearing sweats and my warm 'n cozy jammies to sleep in ... and no A/C on yet, but that heat is-a-runnin' on ... needless to say, I am receiving multiple complaints because the weather has been very warm for the most part lately, and normally ... I would have had the A/C on in late April or maybe even a bit sooner. Oh well ... "Sorry, go outside in the 85 degree weather and cool off." LOL. Seriously though, this feeling cold stuff is really bad ... and when it happens (at least once a day, now that I am good at preventing it), my entire body is in pain ... sometimes excruciating (hence, the Morphine as needed). It feels like my bone marrow is FROZEN and the pain is through and through. As far as reading, well I am far-sighted and already wear glasses. I just got a new RX and new glasses in Feb, so I now that I don't need to go back there. When I go to read, it's like my eyes are moving and when I stop to read, they have to catch up to where I stopped.Mine is similar, they are not moving but they feel strained as though they are, like some sort of muscle ache or strain as though I'm been moving them up and down and back and forth for a long period of time or something. Somewhat similar to what you describe but moreso like they are moving too far left/right/up/down, but they are not moving at all and have not been strained. My eyeballs themselves ache, very much so at times. The vision problems come and go as far as "how bad" from moment to moment ... but the damage is done and I absolutely cannot read text without pain unless I put on my reading glasses; the strength of those varies too, so I have three pair available at all times! Pathetic, I know. Things have gone dark a few times, and a bit more "odd phenomena" like snow on an old black and white TV ... at times I can't see anything "with definition" at all, just a bunch of color that meets and blends together, however, I cannot make out the image. For instance, I look into my kitchen from my livingroom; I only know what/where things are by being able to make out the blob of color, because I know my own kitchen. That has happened three times. If I go to unfamiliar surroundings and that happens, uhhhh .... ohhhhhhhhh. I can't drive anymore though, and now, always, someone is with me in the house. Sorry to hear that you don't drive much and especially since it's a stick, LOL. You might want to trade that in soon ... just kidding, LOL.Actually, that was an idea I had awhile back, I thought about trading it in, then a friend and I considered trading me for an automatic ... it doesn't matter though because when I'm that weak and having all those ickies going on all at the same time, I'm too blind anyway! LOL ... now this is TRUE: My car was in my garage and having not moved for nearly a year, I actually had to DUST IT off ... yes, it was covered in dust, thick dust ... and yes, it was hilarious. My neighbor had to put air in my tires, they were almost flat. I also tried to read some of your other posts, to see what "your story" is, and saw that you have been going through it for 13 yrs. I'm sorry to hear that, but glad to see that you persist. I guess that's really all anyone can do, to feel better and to KNOW what's going on.Keep the faith sister ... that's all I CAN do besides what I can do ... which is ever-changing. One thing I can say, no day is the same ... always a new treat! I've certainly had some rough times, for sure ... and had to work very hard throughout the years to get to the level of acceptance and peace I have now. "Figuratively speaking," I still "fall and skin my knees" at times .... and when I get a good sobbin' cleansing cry out, I "brush off my knees," and move on to rest or do what I must ... then I'm okay, til next time. LOL Anyways, I could go on forever. I will keep posting. Thanks for your replies and I do find some comfort in knowing you also have similar vision problems, (which sounds kind of bad, but you know what I mean, lol).Yes, I do know what you mean; and I really have enjoyed your sense of humor. Mine is quite awesome ... so I hear (so far, until my hearing is gone too ... LOL). You may have seen this already, but here's the link ... in case you haven't explored this page yet: http://www.wrongdiagnosis.com/sym/eye_twitching.htm Take care and thanks again!You too; you and all of yours remain in my prayers (I still don't like it that you are alone and doing so much, but I'll stop naaagggggiiinnnnngggg because I do understand; I was in the same boat at one time ... when I first moved here, knew not one person! Also, on one of those threads there is an *email address that you are *welcome to use* anytime as well. I wouldn't mind one bit and am almost always available ... lest you go thinking that I have a life or something ... LOL. You sound so much better today, I'm glad ... it helped me too; look at all my droning on! I keyed more than you did--I keyed more than yooouuuuu--Na-na-na-na-naaaa-naaaaaa.:cool::eek::p:D
    neurotransmissing 145 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hi, I have an appt to be seen next wk with a pcp, but in the meantime, I would like to see if anyone can maybe help me. These are the symptoms I have been experiencing: Ongoing for past few mths- short-term memory loss, hard to concentrate; Started a few wks ago and ongoing- lightheaded occasionally throughout day where I feel I will pass out; cold feet that turn blue and last for about 15-30 secs, muscle weakness in limbs, fatigue; few days ago- had severe disorientation, speech slurring that lasted for about 2 days; still experiencing everything except speech slur and disorientation, PLUS now some kind of vision impairment...maybe peripheral? very hard for me to drive and take everything in...not blackening out anywhere, but very hard to focus, feel like eyes are fluttering...went to ER, EKG normal, pulses normal, 3 tubes of blood and urine and they said everything was normal, no signs of blood clots. I have 3 kids and am afraid something is going to happen to me while I am at home alone with my 1 yr old. Please help!!I'm not trying to frighten you, because all of this may be something much more simple and treatable.......but your cluster of symptoms leads me to think "Multiple Sclerosis". My Mom's MS began much as you are describing. MS is not something they would have caught in the ER. It does not show up in blood work or on an EKG. To determine if you have it or not, you will most likely be given an MRI on your brain (to check for plaque) and maybe a spinal tap (they are not as bad as they sound, I've had several). Even with these tests, diagnosis with MS can be complicated. Be sure you give the most accurate history (both yours and your family) possible when you go to your Neurologist. It may even help to keep a journal just listing symptoms every day. That may pinpoint when and why your symptoms occur. When you see your PCP, you can ask some general question about this and see what he/she thinks. I do believe a referral to a competent Neurologist will help you get to the bottom of some of this-- one way or another. If it's not MS, it will be ruled out. If it is....well, then treatment can begin. Also, due to your eye symptoms (which is a symptom of MS, btw) you could try going in to see your normal ophthalmologist. With any eye problems, seeing an eye doc is a good idea. And I agree that it is especially important to keep your spirits up. You don't know what this is yet- so no need worrying about things you cannot change. The absolute best thing you can do for yourself right now is keep a positive frame of mind, eat right and exercise. No matter the cause of all your problems, keeping your body in the most tip-top shape you can manage will help. Best of luck to you. I really hope I'm wrong about the MS, but even that is not a death sentence or anything. Please keep us posted on what your doc's say and how you're doing.
    Harmonium 322 Replies Flag this Response
  • My mother is experiencing the same symptoms right now and is in the hospital. What ended up being the cause?
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