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    Hello Everyone,

    For the last week or so I have been having headaches and I am a person who rarely has headaches. Then Wednesday morning I got up and felt a little light headed so I called for a doctors appt. Appointment was 2 weeks away. Then Thursday morning I got up and was seeing double along with a headache, so I called the doctors office and they got me in at 1pm same day.

    Doctor looked in my eyes and said something looks different in one as opposed to the other. He said could be thyroid related or tumor or something like that. I was thinking along the same lines about tumor. He scheduled me for a mri Thursday night. Well, I had the mri last night and they said everything looked normal. No tumors or anything else that shouldn't be there. That was a huge relief.

    Next step is to see a opthamologist and I am impatiently waiting for that to happen. Meanwhile, I can't drive and can only read or use the net with one eye closed. Very frustrating.

    I am in my mid 50's, have never needed glasses, have not had any trauma lately and have no idea what is happening with my eyes. Riding to the hospital last night one lane was straight ahead and the other lane was about 20 degrees angled.

    Has anyone else experienced something like this? If so, what was the problem.

    Thanks,
    Brian
    Last edited by bborr01; 11-02-2012, 10:23 AM. Reason: grammar
    OPEN EYES, OPEN EARS, OPEN MIND

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    MY NAME IS BRIAN AND I AM A TOOLOHOLIC

  • #2
    Sorry to hear about your trouble Brian. I've never personally had anything like that. The worst I've experienced was a partially detached retina that affected the vision in one eye. That was scary enough!
    If you have begun taking any new medications lately perhaps they could be at the root of the problem. Drug interactions can do some very odd things.
    Good luck with finding the solution. My thoughts are with you.

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    • #3
      I had similar once which turned out to be some completely blocked up Sinus passages on my left side.
      I just need one more tool,just one!

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      • #4
        Originally posted by bborr01 View Post
        Doctor looked in my eyes and said something looks different in one as opposed to the other. He said could be thyroid related or tumor or something like that. I was thinking along the same lines about tumor. He scheduled me for a mri Thursday night. Well, I had the mri last night and they said everything looked normal. No tumors or anything else that shouldn't be there. That was a huge relief.
        Brian
        What kind of doctor? Your GP or an ophthalmologist? If your GP, I suggest you go find an ophthalmologist. Who looked at the MRI? Immediate turnaround like that could be a bit suspect. Now that I think of it, did the MRI use gadolinium contrast? Some tumors do not show up very well without contrast.

        Frank

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        • #5
          Most important: DON'T PANIC! Plenty of time for that later, if it becomes necessary.

          I have strabismus. One of my eyes is sort of rotated down and out. When I close one eye and then the other, my view shifts. It's gotten worse as I get older. Glasses ground to accommodate the prism takes care of it. I also have one pupil that doesn't respond the same as the other. No apparent cause. (Yes, I've had the MRIs, too.) See your ophthalmologist first. He may send you to another specialist.

          Good luck.
          Last edited by wawoodman; 11-02-2012, 11:56 AM.

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          • #6
            Don't pass this off lightly.

            My wife had a similar progression of symptoms with the addition of Bell's palsy. Turned out to be sarcoidosis afflicting the central nervous system. She had had a previous bout with sarcoid in the respiratory system, the most common place affected, but it flared up again years later. This time it affected a group of nerves serving her cheek, eye steering, and worst of all, the optic nerve.

            She was passed around to all the doctors who carefully and repeatedly measured her field of (non) vision, stramismus, etc, etc,.. All the while, things were deteriorating.

            I had done a lot of internet research and heavily suggested all this time that they check for sarcoid. But who was I? After all, the occurrence of this form is some miniscule percentage.

            By the time they were done screwing around with their meticulous measurements and tests, and scratching their heads, the damage was done. She is functionally blind in that eye. She goes around looking wall-eyed also. The nerves that steer that now-blind eye were also damaged.

            If you even think you might have had sarcoidosis in the past, get it checked out fast.
            Weston Bye - Author, The Mechatronist column, Digital Machinist magazine
            ~Practitioner of the Electromechanical Arts~

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            • #7
              Bout five years ago I had a similar experience. But mine only lasted at most one minute. I couldn't imagine it lasting longer, what a horrible condition. Try an eye patch to allow you to drive and function till they get a handle on it.

              With mine it was like my eyes would become "UN-synched" and then I would have some terrible double vision. Actually had to cover one eye to function for that minute of whatever it was.

              It just stopped happening and I haven't thought about it till seeing this. I sure hope they get a handle on it for you. JR
              My old yahoo group. Bridgeport Mill Group

              https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/...port_mill/info

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              • #8
                Brian, is it your dominate eye that's out of sink? Years ago I got a pc of steel in the eye, had it removed but had to wear a patch on my dominate eye & it really screwed up everything I did. If on the non-dominate one would have been much better. I hope your back to normal (or in your case as close to normal as you were) soon!

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                • #9
                  It is called diplopia. Try looking up causes of diplopia here:

                  http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1214490-overview
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                  • #10
                    My wife woke up one morning in May 2011 and felt a twinge and started seeing double.......long story short they diagnosed inflammation where the optic nerve passes from the spinal column to the brain.In her case it went away on it's own but we may never know WHY it happened.If it happens you need a neuro opthamologist I would do everything I could to see Dr. Christopher Glisson at the Hauenstein Neuroscience Center in St. Marys Hospital in Grand Rapids.
                    Good luck!

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                    • #11
                      I will go out on a limb here as I am not a doctor. Are you diabetic? If so then consider this from the site I linked.

                      An important diagnostic clue is provided by detecting pupil sparing but otherwise complete third nerve palsy (eg, ptosis; inability to elevate, depress, or abduct the eye). A pupil whose function is spared, particularly if associated with complaints of headache or pain around the orbit, is virtually diagnostic of diabetic third nerve palsy. This can avoid expensive and unnecessary imaging studies. Complete and spontaneous recovery after approximately 6 weeks is virtually the rule. Similar temporary mononeuritis multiplex processes can affect the sixth cranial nerve (abducens) with temporary loss of abduction.
                      "Pupil sparing" means that both pupils react the same to changes in light.
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                      • #12
                        Has anyone else experienced something like this? If so, what was the problem.


                        Bourbon

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                        • #13
                          Diplopia sucks. There are a lot of things that can cause it. Get it checked out promptly. Most of the causes are not life threatening and can be treated.

                          I'm an optometrist and see this with some regularity. My dad also got a bad case of it 5 or 6 years ago. His was due to myasthenia gravis, which is caused by an auto immune problem that attacks the junctions between the nerve and the muscles. The eye muscles are often hit first.

                          You can also have infectious problems that affect the nerves that control the eye muscles responsible for keeping the two eyes coordinated. There are also vascular problems that can cause this.

                          It's a long list...

                          Even cataracts can cause diplopia or triplopia, but your history sounds nothing like cataracts due to the sudden onset.

                          I'm not your doctor, so I can't give you any medical advice other than, get it checked out.

                          Good luck and keep us posted.

                          doug

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                          • #14
                            Quick LOOK in your wallet! For the first time you will have double your money. Hope you feel better Fred

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                            • #15
                              Double your tools & machines too!

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