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I read what the eye doctor said and completely agree with his recommendation. When I read your question, I thought you have been getting these lightening bolts for several hours so I am glad to hear that they were present for just 1/2 hour and didn't come back.
I know I didn't answer your question fully (about the bolts). Would you like me to send it to the customer service department so you can get a refund for that question? I feel bad that I couldn't give you more of a precise information. Just let me know.
I have bad migraines few times per month but I don't have any visual changes with them. It is possible that you had an eye migraine which only had eye symptoms. In any case, I am happy to hear that it went away. Lack of sleep can definitely bring on a migraine as well as many other things and not having glasses will cause you to strain your eyes more and that can also cause a headache (more of a tension-type headache).
So let me know about the refund for the previous question. I will be going to bed soon but will log in tomorrow morning.
Talk to you then,
How are you feeling this morning? Did you get some sleep? Any more occurrences of these flashing episodes? How is your headache?
When I get migraines, the only thing that helps me is 'Excedrin Migraine' which consists of Tylenol, aspirin and caffeine. If I don't take it early enough into the headache, I become dysfunctional for 1/2 the day. So I carry it with me everywhere I go since I never know when the headache is going to hit me.
You are right, if it was serious (like retinal detachment), you would continue getting these symptoms, they wouldn't go away within 30 minutes so I am pretty sure you are in the clear.
Years ago (7, I think) I did Lasik eye surgery to get rid of glasses - it was the scariest thing ever but turned out to be the best thing I've ever done for myself. My vision was ridiculously bad and I hated glasses :)
I honestly don't know about lifting right after RD surgery. My assumption would be that you won't be able too until healing occurs but it would probably not be too long. I am sure your aunt has medicare and medicare will cover home services where a care-taker can come to help you out but honestly, I dont' think you should even be worried about it because you don't have RD!!
I had astigmatism as well and my vision was like -9 and Lasik worked beautifully. Surgery works well unless you have bifocals, with bifocals they can only fix either near- or far-vision but cannot fix both.
I will be logging off now because I have to leave work. I will be back on sometime late this evening.
Good morning Beth,
There are some days when you feel more energy then others. Sometimes it even depends on the weather and on those magnetic fields scientists always talk about. I hope you are feeling better today. I feel tired all the time now. I start work at 7:00 am and get up 1-3 times per night when the baby cries. People who haven't seen me since the baby was born tell me, "Oh, you look like a new mom, there is a look to you now" and I always laugh and say "Is that because I look so tired?" :)
In terms of your white blood cells - there is no way of telling until you get another blood test done. Not all infections raise white blood cells either. But the elevation that you had was very minor, with leukemia numbers go into 50,000 to 100,000. There are other symptoms such as night time sweats, weight loss, not wanting to eat, enlarged lymph nodes.
CT scans will find tumors and masses but we don't recommend doing routine CT scans just for that reason because CT scan gives off a lot of radiation so they should be reserved to be done only when very necessary. If you find the report, let me know and I will be happy to interpret it for you. Sigmoid diverticulosis is very common and is of no concern, narrowing of the spine is also common and unless it causes significant neurological problems (which I know you don't have), there is no concern about it either.
I totally understand your point about a caretaker. No one will ever be able to be as good as you are yourself to someone you love.
I have been trying to be careful. Sometimes, during lunch time, I will take a power nap which helps a lot.
Sometimes, if the narrowing in the spinal canal is severe and it is causing impingement of the spinal cord, it can cause neurological problems (like weakness in one leg, numbness and tingling in one leg, trouble with gait, pain). Now I probably gave you too much information to worry about :) Definitely read me the report and I will interpret it for you.
Yes, you mentioned about the catching of the neck before but usually that has more to do with tensed muscles and some arthritis than anything else.
I hope you are taking Calcium with Vitamin D supplement for bone strength.
Some people experience flashes of light that appear as jagged lines or "heat waves" in both eyes, often lasting 10-20 minutes. These types of flashes are usually caused by a spasm of blood vessels in the brain, which is called a migraine.
If a headache follows the flashes, it is called a migraine headache. However, jagged lines or "heat waves" can occur without a headache. In this case, the light flashes are called an ophthalmic migraine, or a migraine without a headache. That is exactly what I saw for about 20 mins, it was in both eyes when I closed my eyes, and I wasn't having a bad headache it came later, but it wasn't bad like the ones when I had to close my eyes & be in darkness!
Flashers are random occurrences of flashing white lights that occur as symptoms of retinal detachment. They can occur at seemingly random moments, or they can occur when you move your eye in a particular way. The lights can either be spots of white light, or they can be overwhelming flashes of white light that can temporarily blind you. As your case of retinal detachment gets progressively worse, you will begin to experience flashers more frequently.
So the CT scan was done of the abdomen and pelvis. Besides the kidney stone which you passed, it also showed a small hiatal hernia which is basically a hernia between the stomach and esophagus and occasionally it can cause heartburn/indigestion. It is common and poses to concern. The CT scan would not be able to pick up any masses or tumors in the breasts, you would need a mammogram for that. The sciatica is probably caused by the narrowing of the spine and it acts up when you strain your back and cause additional inflammation in that area.
I am not an expert on eye disease so it is very difficult for me to tell you anything. The eye expert you talked to on-line said that your symptoms weren't of much concern, however, at that time you also had that episode once, now you are saying you had recurrent flashing. I still think that you need to see if you can get in to see your eye doctor in town faster than the 17th. Or at least call him tomorrow (you said he is back tomorrow) to describe him your symptoms over the phone.
I am very happy to hear everything turned out well and that you didn't wait to get seen. I don't know what PV stands for but it sounds like nothing serious.
If you have large pupils, the eye doctor did not need to dilate them as she can see the back of your without having to disable you and put the eye drops. I wouldn't worry about that. Interesting about the silent migraines, because of you I learned something new :)
Very interesting, Beth,
thanks for sharing. Now I should be accepting your answer :)
I am sure you will be one of many people who do NOT develop RD. Its just good to have your mind at ease so I am glad you went to get checked out.