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originally posted by: OccamsRazor04
originally posted by: Walsh
originally posted by: AreUKiddingMe
E.R.'s are for medical emergencies, doesn't sound like this was one of those. Something to follow up with your doctor or opthamologist, though. E.R. doctors aren't able to diagnose Everything.
see seeing colors and partially going blind is not an emergency ?
i dono when your on my end of the stick it sure feels like an emergency.
I would say no, not really. It's something that should be discussed with a GP.
I can understand why you went to the ER, but really not the place you want to be.
originally posted by: Wookiep
Migraines. I've had them all my life and they take several forms. They don't need headaches to accompany them either. I have had the dark vision happen just as you described many times, only lasting a minute or two. Those are the best kind actually.. The ones where your face and arms go numb are the worst cause it's goes down your throat and you start gagging, till it goes back up to your lip, etc. The ones with distorted colors suck too, for me, at least. It's blindness for about 30 min, followed by a terrible headache which lasts about 24 hours.
originally posted by: DeadSeraph
a reply to: Walsh
I have acid reflux, but what you described sounds eerily similar to something else I have experienced on 2 occaisions.
Both of those occasions I had to be rushed to the hospital. The first time, I thought I was having a stroke (I was 21 or 22 at the time, very young).
It started out with very similar symptoms. I was seeing strange colors/lights, not feeling very well generally, but in my case it gradually got worse. Eventually I became extremely weak, felt one side of my body going numb, and lost all ability to function for the most part. I couldn't speak, walk, or do much of anything. The doctors thought I was having a stroke. After a CT and MRI, the doctors didn't know what to make of it.
Eventually my family doctor came in the next day (who is now retired) and told me it was a hemiplegic migraine (source).
It was extremely painful, and debilitating, and quite frankly, scary. My doctor told me I could have one at any time, or never again, and there was no way to know.
Turns out he was right, and I had one last summer. This one was slightly less terrifying, as I knew what I was experiencing this time around, but no less painful (I would actually say it was more painful), and I had recurring attacks within a few days after the initial incident, something I didn't experience all those years before.
I hope these symptoms aren't a sign of migraines for you, or especially Hemiplegic Migraines, because they are absolutely horrifying to experience. But I would recommend seeing a neurologist, just in case. In the case of migraines (even severe hemiplegic migraines), there are medications that can be prescribed that will essentially halt an attack from getting worse. Either way, I would suggest seeing a neurologist whether or not you think you might have the outset of similar symptoms. It certainly crept up on me out of nowhere.
originally posted by: kiro8lak
It started out with very similar symptoms. I was seeing strange colors/lights, not feeling very well generally, but in my case it gradually got worse. Eventually I became extremely weak, felt one side of my body going numb, and lost all ability to function for the most part. I couldn't speak, walk, or do much of anything. The doctors thought I was having a stroke. After a CT and MRI, the doctors didn't know what to make of it ...
... I also suffer from Hemiplegic Migraine; I have had the condition for many years now, but it is largely controlled by a gluten free diet
Epilepsy also can result from intolerance to wheat gluten (also known as celiac disease)