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Wednesday, May 28, 2008 Marion, Community Member, asks

Q: Have blurred vision/blind spots for 10-15 minutes, then a headache for hours; what's causing them

A couple of years ago I had surgery to repair an aneurysm on my heart (on ascending aorta).

Appx. a week after surgery, I had my first episode and ever since  (at least once a month) will 'out of the blue' have blurred or spotty vision (like I've looked into a bright light) for a few minutes.  Once that eases up, I get a headache that will last for hours (not a migraine/nothing severe).  I've told my physician and he has no explanation....I've gotten my eyes checked and they checked out.     

What's causing this and is there anything I can do to prevent it? 

My husband gets to listen to Dr. Edell's radio program and said he heard an explanation for this, but I

can't find it on the website.

Thanks ~ Marion  

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Martin Cane, M.D., Health Pro
5/28/08 6:42pm

Marion,

 

Thanks for your interesting question.  Your symptoms could be the result of many different causes, and the best person to help sort things out is your doctor.  Because of your prior surgery, it's very important that you consult with your physician in the near future, as there might be a connection between your symptoms and your aneurysim/surgery.  There are other possible causes such as medication, migraine, eye disorders, fluctuations in blood pressure, and many more.  Not all causes are serious, and, again, your doctor is the best person to get to the bottom. 

 

Martin 

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aly, Community Member
7/ 8/08 6:03am

hi there. i too have the same problem and it started last year and i was 21years old at that time. however i did not have any surgeries. And the only problem i think that was causing it was the old mattress and pillow which affected my neck. But i do realise i also get it when my eyes get strain, for e.g, if i were watching a movie in the cinema and later on i look into a bright light. I've gone to the hospital to have few check ups but they couldnt find the problem.This always frightens me when ever I'm out driving or just shopping and not knowing when it would hit me. sigh~ life sucks.

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Michael, Community Member
8/ 7/08 8:07pm

I have the same issue and my doctor diagnosed it as migrane headaches. the headaches aren't necessarily severe like what some people report from migraines and according to my doctor there are circumstances where you never actually get the headache at all. The migraine vision problems without the headache are called ophthalmic migraines. You can find an overview of this condition here: http://eugeneeyecare.com/conditions/Ophthalmic_Migraine.html.

 

The good news is that it generally isn't a very big deal, and if it starts happening enough to make life suck, there are treatments.

 

Good luck!

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Chris, Community Member
4/25/09 5:34pm

I have had the same thing, trying to get used to it. My had a cad-scan of my head and all was found to be OK. I work a lot on the computer and also my vision changes as I am getting older (53 years old). I think we will all live long and perhaps one day our problem will go awayEmbarassed

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DianeA, Community Member
6/26/09 12:53am

This happened to me today and terrified me. I am in my early 50's, female, in good health. I don't have (or didn't last visit) high blood pressure and eyes were fine last eye doc visit (9 mo ago). I wear contacts and work at the computer 8+ hrs a day but wasn't at one much early today.

After a 2 hr drive, I walked into a corporate building today which had bright lights and suddenly lost my peripheral vision and had bright white 'spots' in my front focus. I couldn't see anything well, couldn't focus on anything directly. I didn't feel sick or anything else. After a half hour it went away, and immediately afterwards (not during) I had a bad - but not severe- headache. I rarely get headaches but I do get sharp pains above one eye occasionally. However, this was in both eyes.  I did a search for my symptoms - I was expecting results like "signs of heart attack" or "Stroke," but found your post instead; it's good to know I'm not alone.
Please also see this person's post which is quite similar in symptoms:
http://ehealthforum.com/health/sudden-blurred-and-patchy-vision-lasted-about-minutes-t187742.html

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D. Fagley, Community Member
6/15/11 10:10pm

I have experienced the spotty, 'watery' vision several times a year for about 3 years now.  Today was the first time it was followed by a bad headache.  The only thing that helped was sleeping.

 

The first time I experienced the spotty, blurry vision, I thought of my mother who was hypo-glycemic (?).  Whenever she felt bad, she would eat something with sugar in it.  I thought perhaps that was what I was experiencing so I ate a piece of hard candy which did nothing.  Symptoms continued until I ate an apple.  The spotty vision cleared within 4-5 minutes and has worked for me every time I've had this problem.   Now I carry an apply with me in my purse at all times.  Today, the apple again did the trick and cleared my vision.  Unfortunately, the headache followed.

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J. Thomson, Community Member
7/ 7/11 7:43pm

Thank you for the "apple" advise.  We tried this today when one of our employees started complaining of spotty vision, watery eyes, and a headache.  The headache proceeded to get worse within minutes.  I logged on to the internet and read the posting about eating an apple.  I ran out to the store and bought some apples.  When I got back she was sitting in a dark room holding her head.  I gave her the cut up apples and told her to try and eat them.  15 minutes later she was feeling great!  I was amazed!  Thank you so much for the great advise.  Do you know what is in the apples that helps aleve these symptoms?

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Dee, Community Member
2/ 1/12 6:59pm

wow thts crazy u mentioned an apple because I had been craving an apple all thru my episode today after i saw sum1 cutting one up in front of me an too embarressed to ask for a piece but next time im going to listen to my body...I was thinking that this could of been related to my arrythmia problem i have because a couple times thru out i had fast heart rate w/ blood pressure dropping became pale and VERY tired and weak the whole day after the lights in my eyes for 10-15 mins then the massive headache came, rate it 7/10 an then took extra strength Tylenol 600mg an lied down for an hour an still felt horrible but my vision was back to normal an headache went to a 2/10 but now still very tired an weak, never had migranes in my life and im 30yrs old...did any1 else experience all those symptoms as well?

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RP3 Menges, Community Member
8/27/13 2:01pm

My first migraine was when I was 18.  Never experienced such pain and confusion prior.  My personal symptoms in order are:  sharp discomfort at base of skull.  numb hand.  blurred vision. extreme pain in head.   

Many times the pain will cause me to throw up.  when I do, the headache is gone immediately but leaves a hint of sensitivity in my head for a couple days after.  I found if I take tylenol when first symptoms occur it shortens pain and time of actual headache.  I found no other meds work better for me than tylenol.  Post migraine smyptoms for me will often be slurred speach or not able to make proper sentences putting words in reverse order. My emotions will be off base and I will be physically drained for 24hrs after. 

Causes for me are a change in sleep schedule or just after extreme emotional stress for long duration.  A pinched nerve in the neck will trigger the migraine as well.  I am not a doc this is only my experience with migraine pain.

I am 31yrs now and have learned to walk through life with migraines allowing me to spot early smyptoms and have them less frequent.  I never leave home without tylenol for just in case.  I will try the apple thing I never heard of it before now!

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laura wilcox, Community Member
9/ 7/09 9:12pm

1 week ago on a Friday, my blood pressure had gone up to 186/120, it oscilated for 5 days between 176/95 and so on.  However, it went back to normal after a few days with the right medication dosage.  However, my company dr. did no like some of the symptons I was experiencing and run an EKG which resulted abnormal with 'possible anterior infarction'  However, my blood pressure has been 140/85 and I have no other symptons.  Should I go to the ER or just set up an appointment with a cardiologist? 

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Zr388, Community Member
11/ 5/10 11:39pm

I have clustered headaches, and I have for years. I'm eighteen, but take my response seriously! I've seen a number of doctors for this. Funny enough, my symptoms started up in 08. I was diagnosed with epilepsy for this after extensive EKG/EEG tests, an MRI, and sleep exams. If you start to feel lightheaded, or your vision begins fading SIT DOWN IMMEDIATELY. You -can- hurt yourself when this happens. 

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treyduke22, Community Member
2/ 2/11 2:50am

I have had this problem for about 6 years now...the first time it happened it REALLY worried me, but it happens about 2-3 times per year, normally followed by a headache that lasts a long time.  Not super severe, but very nagging.  The blurry spots come completely random.  I can feel it coming before it actually does, and then a small tiny spot becomes slightly blurry in the center of my vision, then it starts expanding outward towards the out edge of my vision.  The spots look like a pulstating dull light, it kind of looks like when you press on your eyeballs with your eyes closed and it makes those weird patterns in your vision, but when your eyes are open, and smaller.  It eventually works its way completely out of vision and then the headache starts.  Sleep seems to fix it...so maybe it's a lack of sleep or sleep disorder, I have lots of trouble falling asleep...all I know is, I thought it was something much more severe, but it's been happening to me for years now, since I was only 22, so I doubt it's a heart issue or anything major or I would have probably died by now.  I never saw a doctor about it, and I just deal with it when it happens.  Im also allergic to aspirin...and I have a lot of stomach issues (probably irrital bowel syndrome)...maybe they are related???  Just don't freak out about it, see a doctor if you're stressing.  But I've had no real health problems in my life, so it's probably just migraines symptoms brought on by all sorts of different things.

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tblevins28, Community Member
3/29/11 11:45am

I had that exact problem when I was a teenager and now my 16 year old daughter is experiencing the same thing.  I took her to the eye dr and his said when we are young there is a thick gel type substance behind our eyes that becomes more liquid as we get older but in some people the gel liquifies faster causing these migrane type headaches.  My headaches stopped in my late twenties and the eye dr said while it is uncomfortable it is not life threatening, so maybe soon you will "grow" out of it too! Hope its helpful!

 

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tskyfox6969, Community Member
4/14/13 8:49am

what you're describing is 100 percent exactly what started happening to me when we can go this is the second time its happened I'm 33 . I would love to know what it is

 

 

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treyduke22, Community Member
2/ 2/11 2:53am

Oh, and I also worried it may be diabetes or high blood pressure....my wife is a nurse and she actually checked my blood pressure at home manually and with a machine while I was having the blurry vision and headaches, it was 118/78.....and my wife's grandfather checked my blood sugar during the episodes, and it was normal.  Clearly no diabetes or high blood pressure....my guess is definately migraines if you aren't having any other symptoms.

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xrb07, Community Member
4/ 5/11 11:14am

Hi, I also have the same problem - a blurry spot that turns into a fizzy line across my vision, then i get blind spots at the corner of my eyes followed by a headache. I'm 21 and i first started getting this around the age of 16/17. they only happen rarely and last for around 30 minutes. I've mentioned it to my optician and he's done a few tests and has put it done to opthalmic migranes which isnt anything serious. Only advice i can give is when you feel it coming on, if you can, go and lay down with your eyes shut until the blurred vision stops. This prevents the headache that comes after it. It works for me.

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Bluett45, Community Member
3/16/11 4:32pm

I haven't had surgery but i get blind spots every now and then, they just pop up randomly, it starts out as a small blind spot then when it gets bigger my head starts hurting bad, then the spot is big and i can only see things through the corners of my eye, then i feel like i have to throw up and i do, my head dosen't hurt as much after that and the spot goes away. i bumped my forehead when i was playing on a playground, i had ran into a metal bar. does that have something to do with this?

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Lil_man, Community Member
3/16/11 5:43pm

I have had this just today, im 16 and get this every once and a great while. It starts with a blind spot dead center in my vision and the after 10-15 minutes my perephial vison get all bright and i cant see out of it, then i get a migrane but it goes away and leaves a part of my head hurting for a few days, i've gone to the eye doctor and nothing was wrong. Any ideas???

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ctreynolds6, Community Member
3/28/11 10:15pm

I also had an aneurysm on my ascending aorta. I had surgery to fix it in 2006, I was 33. I also get blurry spots in my vision. Over time it happens more often, about 2-3 times a week. My doctor has found nothing to explain. It is really anoying and I dont know what to do?

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Jessica Thompson, Community Member
5/21/11 4:36am
It sounds like most of y'all are suffering from a scatoma. My boss is a psychiatrist and one day I had a spot in my eye, followed by a painful headache. It happened more than once. I discovered I popped an ibuprofen as soon as the scatoma started, I wouldn't have the headache. One time I tried sleeping through the headache and it was way too painful to sleep because I hadnt taken the ibuprofen until it was too late because the headache had already started. Reply
Burt, Community Member
5/23/11 12:00am
This just happened to me and it has occurred a number of times before. I just took some aleve and smoked some ganj as soon as my vision began to blur and it preempted the migrain strike. The aleve alone has failed to prevent it in the past but the herb is always a relief. It's obviously not for everyone and I'm not trying to spark up a weed debate, that's just what works for me. Reply
pamela, Community Member
5/25/11 11:06am

This episode just happened to me again.  At least this is the 6th time and I don't know what to do during the attack. I want to clarify and put an emphasis on how symptoms start. I know that as soon as I eat something greasy could happen so now I am so afraid to eat Mc Donalds, Wendy's or a fast food restaurant because the attack happened right after I ate a couple of nuggets. The first time happened on black friday probably because I had lack of sleep ( i woke up at 5 am to shop ) and eating a cuban croqueta (greasy ham pastry) after that i couldn't continue with my shopping cause the bright blurry vision and headache started inside the store, I went home and had to induce vomit after that I felt little better. My co-worker told me that the same thing happened to him after he ate a salad and the list continues no matter what or where I eat. I am tracking every single episode and trying to related it with the food but its impossible. I am scare of this because at this point I don't know how to prevent it. Please does anybody help us with this gastro, psycho, cardiac problem?

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Linda, Community Member
7/ 7/11 8:15pm

I had something similar, like flashing lights for 5 - 10 minutes, not able to see well, then a headache. Went to the opthomologist, had a CT scan, nothing showed up.

The Dr. said it's the beginning of a migraine that never actually turns into a migraine. I usually had them when I was really stressed at work. Now that I'm retired, I don't have them anymore.

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Christina, Community Member
7/25/11 7:31pm

I started getting them about three years ago, about once or twice a year. The first time frightened me and I went to a doctor, but it took so long to see one the my headaches weren't as severe when he finally saw me.  The next couple of years it was not as bad so I stopped worrying about them.  But today had me scared again.  I don't think it was anything I ate because I had a orange, and it was the environment, because the first time was at work, where as this time I was in my room just reading.  But it started with spotty vision and I didn't think much of it because the last few headaches weren't so bad, but when the headaches started, it was so bad, I couldn't move and started crying. After a while it would centralize behind one eye, and I bacame sick this time too and started throwing up. I tried to sleep but it took me hours for the pain to subside before I could.  If anyone has any idea how to make this better please let me know.

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linzi, Community Member
8/13/11 8:57pm

i really think this is computer related for me, the 1st time it happened i had been working on cruise ships for 2 years with not much time spent on the computers and then came back home to work as an accounts assistant 8 hours a day on a computer, within 2 weeks i suddenly couldnt see at my desk, i thought i was going to faint, like them speckles you get, but then i realised i wasnt, i got really up set and put my head between my knees but nothing helped.  it happened another few times over the next 6 months so i went to the optitions who said one of my eyes was lazy, .25 and one was perfect, and to monitor the episodes to see whether it was worth using glasses for the computer, anyway it only happened about 6 times in the last 2 years, then all off a sudden after over a 2 week break from computers, in the last week its happened 4 times, reading all your answers makes me feel so much better, but i think i will also go back to the optitions.  i get a dull headache hours later after the loss of sight

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ladyredjax4453, Community Member
12/14/11 7:11pm

I have been having similar episodes of vision problems, the white lights in field of vision and blood pressure rises. my neurologist put me on seizure medicine and said it was probably seizure episodes. the medicine has seemed to help alot. I still have the episodes, just less frequent and intense.  My other doctor thinks they are ministrokes happening and when he did an mri of my brain it actually showed I had several ministrokes. so it is either a ministroke or seizure happening.  mary  s 

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Eddd, Community Member
1/28/12 5:50am

I have also been having the burred vision issues, with a type of tunnel vision, distortions and sort of blind spots, episodes last about half a hour. I was getting them up to two times a day, with maybe a very slight headache afterwards (note that I never get headaches, except possibly after drinking way too much). They started ten years ago, at the time my sister who is a nurse said to try zinc as she said some men my age (45+) can need more zinc as they get older. I then took a zinc tablet every day and the episodes stopped completely (at that time I had been experiencing the blurry episodes daily for over a year). Now after nearly ten years of no episodes they returned to around once a day (usually while in front of the computer, but not always). I have now doubled my zinc dose and this seems to have reduced them to a couple of times a week. Yes, I have been to few doctors, none seemed to be interested in my problem…they said it did not fit the symptoms of anything serious and said to keep taking the zinc if it worked, they also offered to refer me to a neurologist.  Note that the zinc I took (Herron Zinc Complex) has other ingredients such as magnesium, vitamin A and B6 and some other stuff that may have been playing a part.

 

Might try the apple as a previous poster recommended, although I eat apples often. I would be interested in what others have found useful if anything before I go to a neurologist for what will probably turn out to be an expensive wasted effort.

 

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Eddd, Community Member
1/28/12 5:53am

I have also been having the burred vision issues, with a type of tunnel vision, distortions and sort of blind spots, episodes last about half a hour. I was getting them up to two times a day, with maybe a very slight headache afterwards (note that I never get headaches, except possibly after drinking way too much). They started ten years ago, at the time my sister who is a nurse said to try zinc as she said some men my age (45+) can need more zinc as they get older. I then took a zinc tablet every day and the episodes stopped completely (at that time I had been experiencing the blurry episodes daily for over a year). Now after nearly ten years of no episodes they returned to around once a day (usually while in front of the computer, but not always). I have now doubled my zinc dose and this seems to have reduced them to a couple of times a week. Yes, I have been to few doctors, none seemed to be interested in my problem…they said it did not fit the symptoms of anything serious and said to keep taking the zinc if it worked, they also offered to refer me to a neurologist.  Note that the zinc I took (Herron Zinc Complex) has other ingredients such as magnesium, vitamin A and B6 and some other stuff that may have been playing a part.

 

Might try the apple as a previous poster recommended, although I eat apples often. I would be interested in what others have found useful if anything before I go to a neurologist for what will probably turn out to be an expensive wasted effort.

 

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amdoc, Community Member
2/ 7/12 11:26am

Was very good to read so many people describing my symptoms and discussing their experiences in seeking medical and food-related answers.  I'm 48 and have experienced these half-hour spotty vision episodes that start in the middle of vision field and end in the pulsating peripheral lights, followed by dull headache for about 3 decades.  Often try to work through them but reading and focusing attention become nearly impossible for the middle 15 minutes or so.  Used to think it was hypo-glycemia and now believe it is definitely a nutritional imbalance or deficiency.  Have had periods over the last 30 years with a year or two without an episode and periods (like at present) where I'll get them nearly daily for several weeks to months.  Many, many times I have immediately gone to eat something to see if it helps.  Last 2 times was citrus and didn't help.  Next time will be an apple thanks to reading this blog.  Hope to someday learn exactly what this is and how to handle it.  

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SRCJ, Community Member
2/ 8/12 2:31pm

I've been having similar vision problem without the headaches since 1998. It happens so randomly aI can't link a pattern to it. It ust happened to me 15 minutes ago and it is already gone. I found this site because I wanted to figure out what was happening. My episodes only seem to happen about 3 to 10 times a year. An earlier post  seemed to think it was a nutritional imbalance. I tend to agree. Todays episode happened after eating food that I don't normally eat anymore. The first time this happened I was freaking out and ran to burger king and ate a ham and cheese cresandwich hashbrowns and a coke and the symptoms were gone in a few minutes. Everytime after that I woukd eat some sort of nutritious food and the symptoms would subside. Strawberry yogurt has worked. I never tried candy nor would I. Today I just let it take its course while reading these posts and it lasted about 15 minutes. I have to say whenever I start a diet plan to lose a little weight and diet with good food to maintain my weight. I never have the problem. Today though I stepped off and ate a bunch of fried food for lunch and here I am trying to figure out what is going on. I was happy to see that other people have had similar experiences because any doctor I have talked to has had no answers

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SRCJ, Community Member
2/ 8/12 2:33pm

I've been having similar vision problem without the headaches since 1998. It happens so randomly aI can't link a pattern to it. It ust happened to me 15 minutes ago and it is already gone. I found this site because I wanted to figure out what was happening. My episodes only seem to happen about 3 to 10 times a year. An earlier post  seemed to think it was a nutritional imbalance. I tend to agree. Todays episode happened after eating food that I don't normally eat anymore. The first time this happened I was freaking out and ran to burger king and ate a ham and cheese cresandwich hashbrowns and a coke and the symptoms were gone in a few minutes. Everytime after that I woukd eat some sort of nutritious food and the symptoms would subside. Strawberry yogurt has worked. I never tried candy nor would I. Today I just let it take its course while reading these posts and it lasted about 15 minutes. I have to say whenever I start a diet plan to lose a little weight and diet with good food to maintain my weight. I never have the problem. Today though I stepped off and ate a bunch of fried food for lunch and here I am trying to figure out what is going on. I was happy to see that other people have had similar experiences because any doctor I have talked to has had no answers

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Billy, Community Member
2/11/12 5:50pm

I have the exact same problem, in fact had one 1hr ago. It started when I was 16 (19 now), out of nowhere I get blurry spots in my vision, when they're gone a headache kicks in. And I'm pretty inclined to think it's a computer-related problem, because out of about 30 ocurrences 29 I was on the computer. The only exception was one morning when I was getting ready to work. And sometimes it takes months for it to happen again, but in some periods it happens every other day. Even though I believe it has to do with computer use, I'll totally try the apple advice, just in case.

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Noelle, Community Member
2/24/12 8:21am
I'm 17 and I have been getting these headaches for a few years now, and I think I finally know why it happens. I noticed that the times I get them are when I don't eat a whole lot that day or the night before. Eating at the time I get the headache doesn't help, only sleep does or just continuing what I'm doing in pain, eventually it goes away. But if I eat a healthy amount of food every meal of the day I can avoid the headaches. Reply
Matilda, Community Member
3/18/12 5:19am

i have the same problem too, im twelve and have had this since i was 8 i get atleast one a  month, my record is 3 a week, and mine are agony and sometimes make me vomit constantly until i feel better.! people tell me the cause is not enough water, or i put strain on my neck or i spend too much time on the computer. I think its the water one though. Any suggestions?

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Tyler, Community Member
4/ 9/12 11:35am

Wow and I thought I was the only person with this problem. I will randomly lose my vision for about a half hour then a terrible headach will follow for 3-4 hours. I'm 18 years old and have had this problem since I was around 12-13 years old, having an episode about every 3 months. I will try the apple trick, but the only thing that worked for me a couple times is throwing on my glasses almost at the peak of losing ur sight. So about 20 minutes after I lose my vision I put on my glasses. Works for me, my vision comes back within minutes and NO headach or dizzyness follows.

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Christoph van Zyl, Community Member
4/13/12 4:39am

Please don't get your hopes up, but I think I have found the answer.  I first noticed the problem when I was still in school and have been searching for the cure for about 6 years now.  This morning I had an epiphany when I had a similar attack.  The main culprit is caffeine.  The symtoms occur only when taking quite a lot of it, maybe 3 strong cups a day.  It is also found in some sportdrinks and some alcoholic drinks like Hunters Extreme and Potency.  When the attacks occur go into a dark room and wait for 15 to 20 minutes whilst closing your eyes.  I believe some people are more sensitive to caffeine than others.  About the apple story, I believe anything works as long as it breaks down the concentration of caffeine.  I really hope this can help you and I believe it will.  All praise to God almighty and to Jesus Christ our Saviour and Lord for I was blind but now I see.

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Brickhouse3539, Community Member
5/10/12 11:20pm
I have had 3 episodes(center focal blindness followed by a headache) over the last three years with the last one being today. It happened about 10am. For breakfast at 7am I had an egg and cheese sandwich made at home, took a multi vitamin, and then a protein drink. Around 9am, I decided to drink a small can of red bull. Around 10am I started to feel a little hungry and within a few minutes my hunger grew very quickly which is when the blindness started. I rarely ever drink caffinated drinks but because I did and I was later hungry, it's hard to say it was one or the other or a combination. I don't recall drinking caffeine when the other episodes happened but I may have been hungry. It was great to read other's posts so I hope this helps us all put it together since it seems doctors can't. Reply
Brickhouse3539, Community Member
5/10/12 11:37pm
I forgot to mention that I was using a computer at work all three times this happened. Reply
idiotic_explanation, Community Member
5/ 4/12 6:08am

I don't know if I am right or wrong. But I have a different explanation for this. It happens to me only when I have stomach in my gas. Due to acidity when there is a gas build up in my stomach sometimes it gets into my head and I get the blurry vision and when the blussy vision vanishes the headache makes an entry. I also feel pukish with the headaches.

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MickyDudi, Community Member
7/11/12 12:44pm

Have the same problem too.

Blurry vision in both eyes then when it goes away, it is followed by a terrible headache on the top right of my head.

I am a heavy coca-cola drinker too. Just saying since cafeine was mentionned as a possible cause. I work in IT too and spend lots of time behind the screen.

It happend while not in the office too, read not behind a screen. Only once though.

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Rohit, Community Member
7/23/12 3:58am

(solution that worked for me)

 

Hi,  

 

I am 39 year old Male and I am having same symptoms like what many of suffering and don’t know what to do. I am suffering with this since the age of 10 and till 23 years I was not aware of what to do. I m writing this so that people get benefited with my experience and at least get some relief.

 

I am writing once again symptoms, my reasons of trigger and medicine helped me to subsidies the unbearable pain.

 

Symptoms:

1) Blind spot (like suddenly you came in dark from bright sunlight)

2) Kind of aura ( you can see figure but you cant see face)

3) Some time numbness in palm, giddiness, vomiting sensation.

4) A state of mind where difficult to describe.

5) Tongue becomes thick.

6) You fill like you dont have any control

7) Once headache occurs,  it doesn’t go easily.

8) Head remain very heavy till next 2 days.

9) Coughing, sneezing or bending your head down gives you sharp pain in your head.

10) Don’t feel like eating anything.

11) Neck joint pain (where you head joins with your vertebra).

 

If any one of above or all are your symptoms then you have problem of migraine. Don’t spent time with eye test, CT scan, neuron specialist. Believe me I have spent lots of time & money in doing all this things and result were nothing.

 

I m not sure how many medicines I had taken to get relief from headache, but nothing work except increase the dosage. Because when this headache comes, you jus want to bang your head, you go to dark room to sleep, you try to lean to right, lean to left, try to close ear but nothing works. you take medicine you repeat the dose in 1 hour but nothing works.

 

Ok enough explanation now let me write what I do which helps me reduce the pain.

 

 

The moment you feel blind spot/Aura take a medicine name Vasograin (Ergotamine)

 

This medicine is specially made for treating the migraine. If you consume it before the headache start you would get very mild headache which will not cause much trouble to you and you can continue with your work in 30-45 mins.

 

For Vasograin tablets you can get more info at below location.

 

http://drugs-pharmaceuticals.knoji.com/vasograin-ergotamine-for-treating-migraine/

 

(if you don’t find this medicine in your country then you can find some generic for Ergotamine or consult your doctor)

 

 

If headache started still you can take this and your headache will get mild in 1 hour time.

 

Some times I do drink continuously 2-3 glass of water and try to spill it out with my finger. Vomiting does help in migraine and if you are feeling like vomiting, please try to spill it out. When vomiting and your taste bud say it is one of the bitterest vomits then you have won the battle by 50%.

 

The good thing is this medicine you can take before and after the food so in case of migraine where you don’t feel like eating anything you can intake it without having anything and later on you can eat something.

 

Precaution :

 

Since there are 100 reasons of triggering migraine but it is very difficult to identify what is the one which is triggering you. I am a IT professional and I spend most of my time, working on computer but that does not give me migraine. Whereas it is written working on computer gives migraine, so I would say it doesn’t trigger me migraine but there are other things which trigger.

 

I found migraine can occurs with anything to everything, a bright sunlight, empty stomach for long time, stress, driving (continuously moving object on road causes migraine), red wine, too much eating etc etc.

 

So what should you do?

 

1)      Unfortunately after visiting and consulting with several doctors I have come to know there is no permanent cure of Migraine and it reduces automatically as the age increases.  (Few Dr.may not be very happy with my this statement, after all how their family will run if they would agree on this J) When I was below 30 I use to get migraine 3-4 times in a month. When I was 30-33 it reduced to 2 in month, then 1 in month and now it is like once in 2 months or so at the age of 39.

2)      Reduce your diet, if you are eating too much then try to reduce your diet. If you can’t reduce your diet then divide the same meal into 4 or 5 and eat it with 2-3 hours interval.

3)      Avoid wine it has high acid level, Acidity is one or the major culprit of migraine. This does not mean you cannot drink wine your whole life. Once you are ok and migraine is gone then you can drink in control manner. (Wine lover I am sorry for this I too love to drink only wine but when I had to choose “no Severe headache” and wine I choose “no Severe headache” J. Choice is yours at least you can give a try may be it helps you.

4)      If some thing you like to eat and it s made by your mother or in party you found that, please don’t hog. Remember rule no 2, reduce diet > relieve pain.

5)      Take some anti acid medicine every morning for 10-15 days with empty stomach, few are Gelusil, Aciloc, Pentacid etc etc.

6)      Try to take Gelusil in your daily routine before sleeping at least for a month to make your stomach good.

7)      Keep this tablet every possible place, your wallet, your office desk, your travelling bag, your computer desk. The core is you have to intake it the moment you feel migraine is coming. I have kept this tablet at 15 different places permanently as I don’t want to go through the painful session of severe headache.

 

There is another migraine exist which is known as cluster migraine. The symptoms of culture migraine are “no blind spot”, “no aura”, severe headache at one side of head and same side eye becomes watery like tap. For this kind of migraine VasoGrain would not work and there is another medicine “Headset” (a very strong medicine should not be taken without consulting with doctor) would work for this. Also this kind of migraine require some very mild steroid medicine for 21 days which start from 20 mg and every three days they reduce by 5 mg with potassium syrup, high calcium 500 mg medicine.

 

Alright guys I have written a long reply hope someone would get benefited with this. Please note I am not a doctor nor I m specialist in any medical terminology (what so ever). This is my personal experience and this is just a guide to show you a path and answer your question “What the hell is happening to me ?”

 

In case of any doubt please consult your doctor or at least tell your doctor that you have symptom like migraine and he will be the right person to tell you, you have which type of migraine.

 

In case of any other doubt you can contact me on roheet.agrawal@gamil.com

 

Best regards,

Rohit

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Rohit, Community Member
7/23/12 5:41am

Sorry Guys one more important factor I forgot to mention for Triggering migraine.

 

Your pillow, yes if you are using very hight or low or no Pillow then this might trigger your migrain. Avoid very fat pillow while sleeping.

 

To check what is best for you, you need to experiment with your pillow for a week with same size and then change the pillow height (thickness) by increasing or decreasing. That week you need to notice if you are having any neck heavyness. If yes then that is not the correct size of your pillow.

 

There is no thumb rule for right pillow in case of migraine. For me if i dont use pillow it gives me migraine and if i use very high pillow that also gives me migraine.

 

This is not necessary that it would give you also same trigger but important point it this is also a major player in triggering migraine. So just take care and enjoy the beautiful life without headaches.

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Mike, Community Member
8/ 1/12 2:38pm

I'm happy I found this post.  I just went through a similar attack.  I'll feel normal and then i get a feeling that it's coming.  A blurry spot starts in the middle of my vision and spreads out.  I can only see out the sides of my vision.  It lasts for about 1/2 - 1 hour.  The first time it happened I was in 7th grade during typing class.  It's only happened a few times since then, I'm now 36.  I think all of the attacks in my adult life have been at work in front of a PC.  I've probably had about 3 of them in the last 5 years with one of the 20 minutes ago.  As my vision return I googled a cure, I came across this post.  I ate an apple.  It seemed to help.  I'd still like to know what causes this, what's it called.  It scares the crap out of me every time it happens.

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pudsmum88, Community Member
9/ 7/12 6:53pm

I also suffer with this, but the blurred vision gets to the point where i can't see anything, i get a horrid sense of nausea and have a mind blowing headache for hourse after!!!! I suffer with this about twice a month, im not on any medication, i dont have any eye problems, no surgery etc yet my g.p can't find anything wrong with me! The worst one (where i actaully thought i was dying) was when i was at work about 7 years ago and i lost all sight, speech and feelin down the entire right hand side of my body. Went to the g.p he prescribed nasal sprays which got rid of the headache but nothing else. I would love to know what causes this and if i can prevent it as i have 3 young children to look after and when one starts i have to sleep it off!!! Luckily my partner knows how i struggle with them and he's quite happy to take over the kiddies even if he is in work.

 

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Mom2four, Community Member
12/10/12 7:35pm
I have been suffering with migraines for 27 years. I am now taking an anti seizure medication that has helped with the migraines but I still get the auras about 6-7 times a week sometimes 2 times a day. They last about 10-20 min. They can be anything from a spot to blurry vision. About 12 years ago I woke up with the most excruciating migraine that I lost feeling on one side of my body with slurred speech. The doctors couldn't find anything wrong. It took about 6 months to get all my strength back on the side. This week I was driving and had complete blurred vision come on with no warning it was like I was under water. I pulled over and it lasted about 15 mins then a headache came. Hearing everyone's stories lets me know that I'm not crazy. Lol Reply
Melniecha, Community Member
7/ 2/13 7:57am
I have exact same symptons as most of u but my tongue feels like it swells up and them 1 siss of my body bexomes paralysed and then the other side of my body 2 it only last for 30min and then i get pins and needles all over me and the worst headache ever. Im 24 years old and never had any surgery. Reply
kader, Community Member
9/30/12 8:06am

Hello everyone,

 

Thank you very much for the interesting question. I, too, have the same problem. I found out that what causes this blurred vision for me is most of the time when I drink coffee on an empty stomach. Usually when I drink more than one cup. it happens as well when I have a low level of energy, i.e. when attending a lecture or so. I'm 24, now, and this happned to me first 4 years ago, when I had some coffee while I was about to take lunch. i wear glasses now when i use the computer, for using the computer much would cause your eyes to get tired and might lead to the same concequences. Whe  I have it, I usally take some aspirin and try to sleep! just like most of you for you feel like you want to vmomit, althugh the pain is not severe. So, mu advice for myself is not to drink coffee on an emty stomach, or too much coffee on a full stomach too.

 

I hope this might help you a bit guys!

I hope you'll get well too :)

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Bruce-Florida, Community Member
12/13/12 6:56pm

I have these blurry vision episodes about several times a year.I had one today and they ussally last for 10-15minutes then go away. The one i had today scared me enough to leave work and go to the Doctor for some test.. Blood Pressure and sugar was good. Is it Stress? Lake of Sleep??

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sueshe, Community Member
12/21/12 3:39pm

I just had this happen today.  I've had it about once a year for 10 or so years.  Today, walked into a meeting room, moved some tables around for a dinner we were having, came back in my office, sat down and it was like I had been looking at the sun.  Couldn't see real well and was like if I tried focusing on something, I could kind of see around it, but not what I was focusing on, then moved to my peripheral vision and kind of pulsing lights.  After it went away, a dull headache, where if I lean forward or cough, pain in my head.  Scares me when this happens because I cannot see.  I couldn't see my computer screen or paper in front of me enough to help someone that had called me.  I thought it was a stroke the last couple of times it has happened.  I'm 45, have had a history of migraines, but usually the migraines are debilitating, nothing like this.  So glad to see others have the exact same symptoms.

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Nikihl, Community Member
8/17/13 5:21am
<body><p>Hi friends im onkar .. I also have same problem now im 18 years this problem was started when i was 12-13 ... the blurry vision & blinking spot appers in center of the vision and slowly becomes wider and in20-30 min its dissapers compleatly ..& then headach starts for 2-3 hours & after words i feel like vomiting after vomit i feel better ..   I think this happens because the day befor its happen i hadent eat my food properly or not a healthy food... Do any one have same problem ?? Reply
Taxes101, Community Member
9/ 1/13 1:51pm

I am thrilled to find this!  I just had an episode- my very first- about one hour ago.  Here is the info:

I ate very little yesterday.

I slept very little last night.

I drank ONE cup of coffee this morning.

I was on the computer, and I work on it for long hours every day.

 

So, I was reading something on the internet this morning, and all of a sudden, there was a blurry bit on the screen. I moved the computer a little, and it was still blurry. Then I figured it must be the cheater glasses, maybe something is smudged on them- but, there wasn't.  I switched out the glasses with a different paid, but, when I looked at the screen again it was little bit WORSE.  Now, a much "busier" blurry- I could see parts of words but not the rest of the words, if I tried to focues on just ONE word, I would only see a couple of the letters clearly,  the rest were blurry.  

This scared me!! My first thought was that I am having a stroke!!  But, I remained calm and thought to google it- and it brought me here!

The blur sections were getting a little bit swirly and headed from the center of my vision to the peripheral- and then it was only perifpheral and only left side- then gone.  From reading here, I knew that likely a very bad headache was coming and in fact the beginnings of a headache was forming.   So I went and took 3 ibuprophen right away.  After that, when I saw that using pot helped, I went and woke up my son and told him I need to have some pot- and he looked at me like wth???  After I gave him the rundown- I used the vape pen a little and then a little in a pipe. OMG, I didn't like the pipe one at all...awful!  Anyway, I don't smoke pot (it's legal in our State by the way) and didn't care for the effects, but, the headache that was starting completely went away and so far I don't have one and the

blurry epidsode is totally gone.

(The blurry episode was gone ALREADY before the pot- but, it was the headache part that I think the pot helped)

After I took the pot, I ate two pieces of toast (gluten free bread) along with a cup of coffee.  I feel super good right now- all issues are resolved. If I develop a headache later, I will come and post again so you'll know if the pot helped or not.

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Taxes101, Community Member
9/ 1/13 1:51pm

I am thrilled to find this!  I just had an episode- my very first- about one hour ago.  Here is the info:

I ate very little yesterday.

I slept very little last night.

I drank ONE cup of coffee this morning.

I was on the computer, and I work on it for long hours every day.

 

So, I was reading something on the internet this morning, and all of a sudden, there was a blurry bit on the screen. I moved the computer a little, and it was still blurry. Then I figured it must be the cheater glasses, maybe something is smudged on them- but, there wasn't.  I switched out the glasses with a different paid, but, when I looked at the screen again it was little bit WORSE.  Now, a much "busier" blurry- I could see parts of words but not the rest of the words, if I tried to focues on just ONE word, I would only see a couple of the letters clearly,  the rest were blurry.  

This scared me!! My first thought was that I am having a stroke!!  But, I remained calm and thought to google it- and it brought me here!

The blur sections were getting a little bit swirly and headed from the center of my vision to the peripheral- and then it was only perifpheral and only left side- then gone.  From reading here, I knew that likely a very bad headache was coming and in fact the beginnings of a headache was forming.   So I went and took 3 ibuprophen right away.  After that, when I saw that using pot helped, I went and woke up my son and told him I need to have some pot- and he looked at me like wth???  After I gave him the rundown- I used the vape pen a little and then a little in a pipe. OMG, I didn't like the pipe one at all...awful!  Anyway, I don't smoke pot (it's legal in our State by the way) and didn't care for the effects, but, the headache that was starting completely went away and so far I don't have one and the

blurry epidsode is totally gone.

(The blurry episode was gone ALREADY before the pot- but, it was the headache part that I think the pot helped)

After I took the pot, I ate two pieces of toast (gluten free bread) along with a cup of coffee.  I feel super good right now- all issues are resolved. If I develop a headache later, I will come and post again so you'll know if the pot helped or not.

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Taxes101, Community Member
9/ 1/13 1:51pm

I am thrilled to find this!  I just had an episode- my very first- about one hour ago.  Here is the info:

I ate very little yesterday.

I slept very little last night.

I drank ONE cup of coffee this morning.

I was on the computer, and I work on it for long hours every day.

 

So, I was reading something on the internet this morning, and all of a sudden, there was a blurry bit on the screen. I moved the computer a little, and it was still blurry. Then I figured it must be the cheater glasses, maybe something is smudged on them- but, there wasn't.  I switched out the glasses with a different paid, but, when I looked at the screen again it was little bit WORSE.  Now, a much "busier" blurry- I could see parts of words but not the rest of the words, if I tried to focues on just ONE word, I would only see a couple of the letters clearly,  the rest were blurry.  

This scared me!! My first thought was that I am having a stroke!!  But, I remained calm and thought to google it- and it brought me here!

The blur sections were getting a little bit swirly and headed from the center of my vision to the peripheral- and then it was only perifpheral and only left side- then gone.  From reading here, I knew that likely a very bad headache was coming and in fact the beginnings of a headache was forming.   So I went and took 3 ibuprophen right away.  After that, when I saw that using pot helped, I went and woke up my son and told him I need to have some pot- and he looked at me like wth???  After I gave him the rundown- I used the vape pen a little and then a little in a pipe. OMG, I didn't like the pipe one at all...awful!  Anyway, I don't smoke pot (it's legal in our State by the way) and didn't care for the effects, but, the headache that was starting completely went away and so far I don't have one and the

blurry epidsode is totally gone.

(The blurry episode was gone ALREADY before the pot- but, it was the headache part that I think the pot helped)

After I took the pot, I ate two pieces of toast (gluten free bread) along with a cup of coffee.  I feel super good right now- all issues are resolved. If I develop a headache later, I will come and post again so you'll know if the pot helped or not.

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cdr, Community Member
1/28/14 8:10am

Had one yesterday had very little sleep and to eat i was working everything was fine then the watery vision started at the center grew then moved to my perivial (Im sure I spelled it wrong) so I sat down it finally went away after about 30 min then the headache with slight confusion or lightheadedness set in i was wondering if maybe it could be linked with hypoglausimia

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slorider, Community Member
3/31/14 12:56am

Blurred vision, then a headache for hours; 


   I am 58 years old now, i have had these headaches off/on since i can remember.  I got a concussion when i was about 8 years old and thought these headaches were from that.  My headaches disappeared when i was 20, came back again from about 36 to 40, and started again when i was 56 years old. 

 

  Thirty years ago a Doctor told me they were cluster headaches.  Once i start getting blurred vision, take 3/5 packets of sugar or whatever i need and the headache will not start.  Its been working for me for all this time, but if i do not get the sugar within a reasonable amount of time, the headache will follow. 

 

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joejay, Community Member
6/24/14 7:43pm

I am glad I found this, I thought I was the only one experiencing this... I first had this when I was a teen probably about 16, I then had it again in my 30s and I am 40 now and just had this today.  It happens exactly as described... It starts out as a spot in one or both of my eyes, like if I've pressed my eyeball with my finger or stared at a light.  It gets to the point where it makes it difficult to make out letters when reading or clearly seeing peoples faces.  It is never blindness, just like a spot blocking my vision.  After 10-15 minutes it goes away and the headache starts about 10-15 minutes afterwards and lasts for hours.  It is a bad headahe, the type that hurts if you look down, etc.  The headache eventually goes away and everything is back to normal.

 

Laying down and closing my eyes helps.  I've never been to the doctor to have a check up, but it seems many people have the same thing without any explanation from the doctors.  I've been under a lot of stress and work in front of a computer screen for 10+ hours, so that may do it.   Even as a teen I spent countless hours in front of my computer.  Perhaps it is all stress related, not sure, but it is definitely scary when it happens.

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