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sudden blackout in vision??

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  • Posted By: timefall
  • October 30, 2006
  • 05:04 AM

Hi, I have a problem, I am 18 years old, I have a few things wrong..

I wanted to ask if anyone has ever had a light headed feeling, tingling then numbness all over the body, and as this happens you go blind. I know that when you get up too quick, it happens. But it happens to me when im laying down, sat relaxed, walking, standing.. its random. I am not sure what causes it, because it has happened since i was about 8 or 9 years old.

No doctor would believe me, being so young at the time, probably thinking i jump around and that causes it.. It seems to be coming more often and for longer periods of time, now the blindness can be for as short as 5 seconds to 40 seconds. I am on no medications so I know it is not caused as a side effect. I have explained this to the doctor, he sent me for a blood test and it came back normal. Also i have two cervical ribs (for those who don't know what that is, it is an extra rib that grows above the first rib). Im not sure if that could cause blindness?

Any replies are greatly appreciated

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  • Hi, I have a problem, I am 18 years old, I have a few things wrong.. I wanted to ask if anyone has ever had a light headed feeling, tingling then numbness all over the body, and as this happens you go blind. I know that when you get up too quick, it happens. But it happens to me when im laying down, sat relaxed, walking, standing.. its random. I am not sure what causes it, because it has happened since i was about 8 or 9 years old. No doctor would believe me, being so young at the time, probably thinking i jump around and that causes it.. It seems to be coming more often and for longer periods of time, now the blindness can be for as short as 5 seconds to 40 seconds. I am on no medications so I know it is not caused as a side effect. I have explained this to the doctor, he sent me for a blood test and it came back normal. Also i have two cervical ribs (for those who don't know what that is, it is an extra rib that grows above the first rib). Im not sure if that could cause blindness? Any replies are greatly appreciated Hello. I am 22 years & I have been having what I call "black-out spells" for years now; it sounds a lot like what you are having. There are times when I can hold myself together through it & others times it's almost like I completely faint for a few seconds. It happens at random times.... standing, sitting, laying down, relaxing, being active, it doesn't matter. Well, I have started having other symptoms too... numbness, feeling nautias (sorry not sure how to spell that), sharp pains in head, etc. I went to a few doctors... all of them took blood work & it came out fine; but they all recommended me going to a neuralogist. I had an EEG & they found some abnormalties, I am now going for an MRI. Please, ask your doctor of possibilities to get this taken care of... I know you need to know what's happening b/c I have been waiting for an answer for a long time. Let me know how things go! God's speed!
    inquiring 4 Replies
    • October 30, 2006
    • 08:59 PM
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  • [There is a condition called apoplexy, initially though to refer to those suffering tia's or trans ischemic attacks.... similar to what some would refer to as brain bleeds....HOWEVER there is a form related to a type of sleep apnea in that people particularly women due to what some thought was stress would literally seem to faint or fall asleep, they were still conscious and could hear however seemed paralysed. It is now though to have something to do with the brain without a bleed and there was something on TV the other night about it in England. Very interesting, young women sitting and then suddenly seeming to faint, however frequently and for no apparent reason with very similar symptoms and as far as the documentary explained not common. See a dr, neurologist and see if they can refer a sleep specialist... dont give up....get mum and dad to help too......make sure you're friends are aware so they can support you if you're with them
    katrina 7 Replies
    • October 31, 2006
    • 11:53 AM
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  • Yeah, if either of you two work out what on earth is casuing it, because I too have a similar problem and am a young (18 year old) male. And the doctors have seemed reluctant to take it seriously for about 6 months, just now is it being looked at.
    xiller06 5 Replies
    • December 7, 2006
    • 01:30 AM
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  • well, the doctors still haven't figured anything out... they tried some random seizure meds out on me, but i had a reaction to them... i will try to keep you updated though...
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 20, 2006
    • 09:08 AM
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  • Hey,I am 15 years old and I have migranes. I went to see a neurologist and told him, but he just brushed it aside as well and didn't really think anything of it. I had these "blackouts" before I went to see my neurologist and before I was on any kind of medicine. I the exact same kind of symptoms. I can be sitting, standing...anything. I didn't think my neurologist believed me either, which is why he didn't say anything about it. I got a MRI and nothing showed up and I have gotten blood tests and everything was normal. I am going to see a different neurologist though...and I will keep you in touch about it. Hope everything goes well for you, and if you hear anything PLEASE let me know.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 16, 2007
    • 09:19 PM
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  • I've had that off and on for years. I just figured it was a migraine. I used to get them with pain years ago but then it just changed to the black outs, sometimes tunnel vision. I haven't mentioned this to any eye doctors so don't know if my ideas are right or not.Newfie11
    newfie11 5 Replies
    • January 24, 2007
    • 02:32 PM
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  • I have similar symtoms and I'm only 13. The blackouts are very unpredicable and they seem to be happening more frequently.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 25, 2007
    • 03:35 AM
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  • Hi I also suffer from blackouts in vision though most of the time (like vertigo) it happens when I stand up too quickily and admit my more severe instances have happened at least 10 minutes prior to an increased amount of activity. The only way I can describe it is a heavy (compressing) rush from my head downwards followed by the 'blackout' where I have to sit down or rest my head.Another time (minor case) I have noticed my pupils dilating and consticting rapidly for no apparent reason causing the same 'blackout' type sensation.Is this vertigo? something else? or both?
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 26, 2007
    • 00:22 PM
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  • Have any of you had a spinal tap/ lumbar puncture to check the pressure of your spinal fluid? Pseudotumor Cerebri is possible in some of you. I had it that only my right eye was affected. I could be walking, sitting, standing, getting out out of bed, what ever and everything would would go black in my right eye. At times it seemed like I had tunnel vision...Peripheal vision was going bad, which is true, b/c Pseudotumor Cerebri causes increased pressure on the optic nerves which causes swelling, which in turn leads to an enlarge blind spot. do a search for it and see if it matches your symptoms.
    BrendaBley 21 Replies
    • January 30, 2007
    • 09:04 PM
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  • This happens to me, in fact, it just happened a few minutes ago which is why i'm here.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 6, 2007
    • 03:54 PM
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  • In my mid 20;s I had the same problem. iT was diagnosed as Paplophlebitis sp? an inflamation of the optic nerve, visablle in an eye exam.No known cause, no known cure it goes away eventually typically strikes young males.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 16, 2007
    • 03:53 PM
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  • Mksee, I was trying to look what you wrote up, and can't seem to find it. Could you find the correct spelling for Paplophlebitis. Brenda
    BrendaBley 21 Replies
    • February 16, 2007
    • 09:31 PM
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  • Hi BrendaIt took a while but here it is....Papillophlebitishttp://revoptom.com/handbook/SECT43a.HTMmksee
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 19, 2007
    • 00:38 AM
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  • yea i've been getting this 4 the last 3 yrs (16 now) but over the last 4 months i have been getting blackouts more often and i don't know what 2 do
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 23, 2007
    • 07:03 PM
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  • Hi There!I have Multiple Sclerosis. It onset when I was 16 or 17, but I wasn't diagnosed until I was about 22. I've had the swollen optic nerves as well as the blackout spells you guys are talking about...just thinking that might help (not that an ms diagnosis is an easy thing to get either, but sometimes it's a start)
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  • something like this happened to me but a blackout of 1/2 vision.Determined it was an optical migraine, but there was not regular paid like that associated with a regular migraine.As soon as it starts, I take Execedrine migraine. Seems to help.
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  • I am 14 years old and have been having the same thing for the last two years, about 5 times a week. I get the tunnel vision, black out and loss of balance. It only lasts a few seconds. Sometimes I can hold myself, and sometimes I have to hold on to something. I didnt tell my parents until just recently and they took me to my doctor and he recommended bloodwork, and a CT scan.......tomorrow. Do you think we should be doing something else instead like the EEG mentioned? Did anyone ever figure out what is causing this?
    TonyTony 1 Replies Flag this Response
  • I've been having the symptoms at the moment. It's about the 4th or 5th time it's happened to me. The 1st time was about 3 years ago. I lose my peripheral vision & have a massive blind spot in front of me. I also have numbness in my upper lip and finger tips. These symptons have been coming & going for the last hour and half this time. It sounds like what some of you are describing. I haven't completely blacked out with it though.I went for an eye test the 1st time it happened but they didn't see any problems. I'm a (relatively) healthy 31 year old male, also not on any medication.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies Flag this Response
  • i get sudden tunnle vission for no reson its been a few years now and its getting worse now my wright eye go's black only for a few min. some time i will fell it coming on i feel dizzy and sick then it go's to tunnle vission to a complet black out it doesnt last long i went to a doc who said it was from stress but must of the time i dont fell stress ..
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  • Hi I experience similar feelings, When I am working and I am on my knees I stand up and I cant see for about 5 seconds to 20 seconds, I don't freak out because it happens every day. But I don't know if its normal, when it happens I feel kind of week. I am 20 years old and dont think this should be happening.
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