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Old 10-29-2008, 08:36 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Yesterday I was playing tennis, and the whole left field of my vision got blury. It looked like everything was distorted. Like the way pavement looks in the distance under a hot sun... like heat waves, but it was only on the left. I couldn't even see my hand clearly in front of my face. This lasted about 30 minutes, and then moved to the center of my field of vision, and looked like constant heat lightning stricking vertically between my eyes. It cleared after about an hour, and then my left hand went numb. Tingly, like it was asleep... my fingures were totally numb. My upper lip and nose also started to tingle like they were asleep. I was moving around, not stationary for anything to fall asleep.
I was so freaked out I thought about going to the ER, but then it all went away.

A couple hours later the weird vision came back, at which point I went to bed. This morning, everything is fine....

Any ideas?
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Old 10-29-2008, 08:38 AM
 
Location: NoVa
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I would say call your eye dr... vision is something I would not want to mess with.
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Old 10-29-2008, 10:09 AM
 
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Yes you need to get to an opthamologist. Don't take your vision for granted.
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Old 10-29-2008, 10:19 AM
 
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I was going to say it sounds like a scintillating scotoma, which is a visual migraine, until I got to the part about your hand and fingers feeling numb. That is a very worrying symptom--I wonder if maybe you had a stroke? How old are you?

A scintillating scotoma is a visual migraine where your vision gets distorted--you might see a curtain of silver descend across your field of vision, and then you might be temporarily blinded for a few minutes--but the vision returns and you're fine after that. I had one once. I think it was in both eyes at the same time--I started to see squiggly silver lines, and then a curtain of silver (kind of like the static in a TV set) descended across my field of vision, and when I looked in the mirror I couldn't see anything. This lasted about 10 minutes, then my vision slowly returned to normal. It runs in my family. I've never gotten another one though.

However, the hand and fingers numbness suggests that it's something else, something potentially very serious. I would get in to see your Dr. as soon as possible.
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Old 10-29-2008, 11:03 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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I'm only 26... doubt it was a stroke. I think I'll make an appointment, but I have a feeling it'll be one of those thinks that isn't reproducable... or that needs to be happening for diagnosis.
Thanks for the suggestions.

I've heard of the visual migrane thing, but I guess I thought it would be followed by an actual headache
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Old 10-29-2008, 11:05 AM
 
Location: Texas
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If you think you can't have a stroke in your 20s, you're wrong.

Go see your doctor.

Last edited by stan4; 10-29-2008 at 11:17 AM..
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Old 10-29-2008, 03:22 PM
 
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I've heard of the visual migrane thing, but I guess I thought it would be followed by an actual headache
I didn't have a headache after my visual migraine, nor have I ever had a regular migraine. I don't think visual migraines are associated with headaches in general.
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Old 10-29-2008, 03:31 PM
 
Location: Cairo - Egypt
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I can say there is something wrong and you should know it quickly. It is easy to see a doctor without hesitation or expectation.
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Old 10-29-2008, 03:31 PM
 
Location: In a delirium
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Welcome to the world of ocular migraines. I get them a lot and they manifest a bit differently in each person. Anyway, I'm not a doctor, so don't take this as a definite diagnosis. Just go see a doctor. Oh, my ocular migraines are never followed by headaches. I don't know anyone who gets headaches along with them, but that's just the group of people I know.
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Old 10-29-2008, 03:38 PM
 
Location: Oz
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tingling and numbness in your left arm could be an indication of something serious related to your heart and blood circulation - even at 26. The longer you wait the more damage that your body can suffer. Sounds very scary and worth getting checked out ASAP!
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