Please Help. Strange Medical Condition.

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  1. muffinman macrumors 6502

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    Okay. 2 days ago, in my left eye, i saw this flashing/blinking little thing. It was dot shaped, and very small. Whenever I looked at something, it followed. It BLINKED AND FLASHED! I have no idea what it was. I freaked out and then took a walk to cool things off. When I check again, it was A LOT bigger. The left side of my left side of vision was blurry/fuzzy/blinking/flashing/blackish. It was really scary. I went to a next door neighbor, who is a doctor, and she checked my eyes. She said there was no broken blood vessels or anything. After that check up, where she used a thing that looks in your eyes with a light on it, it disappeared.

    Right after that, I started to have a mild migraine, which progressevily got worse. I had a hard time sleeping. The next day, the migraine was faint, and yet it was still there. I started to develop a cough. Then today morning, I was sitting on the loo, and I coughed. When I coughed, it felt like my lower mouth got flung up and it felt like my glands were pushing into my upper mouth. This cough was not a normal cough. It was one of those burning coughs that hurt when you cough.

    Now whenever I swallow my saliva or food, it feels wierd when the substance goes down my food tube. (BTW, i still have a minor head ache)

    I has a couple of questions about anybody knowledgeable on this.

    1. What happened to me with the blinking thing? I wear glasses, and I have pretty bad vision. Some suggested that it was a warning sign for diabetes. (i sorta have had a large sugar intake for the past week or so). what is this condition called?
    2. Will this happen again?
    3. Is it possible, like after i coughed, the same uncomfortable feeling when food or substance goes down my food tube will stay? Will this cough cause me to be short of breath? Will it divert food to the lungs or something?? Will this "change" be permanent?

    Please help! Thank you
     
  2. njmac macrumors 68000

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    Sounds like you were experiencing an Aura


    Do a search on Migraines and you should find many similar stories about this. See a doctor. You shouldn't have to suffer as badly if you get the right meds. Good Luck.
     
  3. clayj macrumors 604

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  4. muffinman thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thank you. I just need information about this cough thing. Also, I am going to a doctor this Friday... Hope all is well.
     
  5. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    It's also possible that what you saw was a floater - a small detached bit of your retina floating around inside your eye. If so, sometimes it's a bad thing, but almost always it's just a minor annoyance that comes and goes as it drifts into your visual pathway. The flashing/blinking thing could have been light reflecting off of it.

    Probably not what you saw, but a possibility. They're fairly common.
     
  6. SurfinSHELL23 macrumors regular

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    The cough I have no idea about... but you should see a doctor. As for the aura, I get something similar when I am about to get a migraine. When I feel this I know I need to get to my migraine medication immediately. If I don't get to it soon enough, I know in several hours I will be vomitting. Sucks. :mad:
     
  7. muffinman thread starter macrumors 6502

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    nope not a floater. i already have thoese.

    that perfectly sorta fits it. it seems like i have this

    more specifically, it seems like i had had an ocular migraine.

    Does anyone know about this coughing thing?
     
  8. 2nyRiggz macrumors 603

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    I had the blinking thing before and right after i get a migrain so you should get it checked out dude.


    Bless
     
  9. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    Well, I might be batting 0 for 2 here, esp. because I don't know about the whole "glands into your upper mouth" deal, but is it possible the cough occurred as you were having a bit of acid reflux, and the weird sensation is due to the affect of the acid on your upper throat? It's happened to me, it's not even remotely comfortable, and it's a bit scary.

    Of course, given my complete inability to diagnose the eye issue, you should probably just ignore anything I write here....
     
  10. macartistkel macrumors 6502a

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    Even though I am one of these people that like to do the self-diagnosis thing, I agree with most everyone in the thread---your condition sounds really weird and you need to consult an excellent doctor! :confused:

    Now if it was just some twitching of the eye -- well I get that all the time when I am stressed -- which is quite often. :)

    Hope you start feeling better soon and get to the bottom of what is causing the symptoms! :)
     
  11. Chundles macrumors G4

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    Migraines.

    God I hate them. Had one yesterday, the effects of them can last on me for days - I've had a full blown migraine last three days in the past. Go to the doctor, get him/her to check it out, tell him/her everything you've experienced and see what they have to say.

    I suffer the occasional aura, often a band of coloured light crossing my vision from upper right to lower left. It's good and it's bad, seeing one means I can take my Imigran tablet and go to bed, problem is it also means I'm about to get a migraine.

    Mine manifest themselves differently to yours, my speech slurs, I see light as though it were coming through the windows of an old building or cathedral (you know what I mean, like beams) and I get very disoriented. The worst ones affect my personality. They are a horrible, horrible thing to have to deal with and I hope you can get it figured out.
     
  12. iBlue macrumors Core

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    that was going to be my answer. i've had them myself... it sucks. no wait, in fact, it would have to get a lot better just to SUCK. :p

    the coughing thing i will blame on the most likely culprit, your throat being raw, irritated and over-worked from vomiting. (i know i always puke with a migraine) it could also be unrelated, acid-reflux perhaps. take some antacid and see if it helps a bit.

    just my $.02

    disclaimer: always consult your doctor
     
  13. 2nyRiggz macrumors 603

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    I hate migraines but i am a migrain sponge...i get them ALL the time....when the sun is too hot, tv/computer too bright, too much cheese ANYthing give me migraines and pills dont even work anymore. What i do to relax my pain is to turn off all the lights and put a pillow on my head and think about nothing...that is the only thing that works for me.


    Bless
     
  14. gammamonk macrumors 6502a

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    Dude-- Emergency room.

    I have a very small cyst on my retina that I've had since childhood. I've been lucky, and nothing has happened, but they tell me over and over: if you EVER see ANYTHING that isn't there, flashes of light, strange color, blackness, tunnel vision, etc, you need to see a specialist immediately. If you get a tear in your retina, emergency surgery can repair it. If you ignore it, you go blind.

    Don't wait until Friday.

    I'm not trying to scare you, I just hope you'll be ok.
     
  15. iBlue macrumors Core

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    symptoms don't fit. plus a doctor looked at his eyes, surely they'd have seen that.

    just don't want to totally freak someone out and wind them a hefty ER bill if not necessary.

    again, just my $.02 - that's $.04 now i guess :p
     
  16. Lau Guest

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    Add me to the list of I get exactly the same symptoms. The visions are usually worse than the headache though - the headache is unpleasant but not as bad as I know some people suffer when they get a migraine.

    I don't think the two are directly related though - as you say you'd been eating a lot of sugar it's possibly that your body didn't like that very much giving you a) a headache and b) some sort of acidy thing.

    If it doesn't get better, definitely see a doctor. And eat an apple or something. ;)
     
  17. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    No.

    Go see an optometrist. I trust my doctor with my eyes as much as I trust a gardener with my car.

    Just made that up. Quote it if you want.
     
  18. pseudobrit macrumors 68040

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    Classic aura. I used to get them frequently when I was young. I just had one the other day at work. They're an annoyance and since I thankfully don't ever get the migraine afterwards, it stops at annoying.
     
  19. pseudobrit macrumors 68040

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    As for the mouth coughing/burning thing...

    it sounds like you may have thrown up a little bit in your mouth.
     
  20. Jovian9 macrumors 68000

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    Both of these are possible. I am a migraine sufferer so I know....unfortunately. I would say it was most likely an aura. Especially if your eye doctor didn't notice the floater. For me, auras tend to be followed by a migraine (usually within the hour). More often I'll get a blind sport in my right eye followed by a migraine on the right side of my head. But after seeing floaters it could be a week before I get a migraine....and then the floater will stay there for a long time (have had one for a year now).
    I would suggest going to a doctor and finding out what they have to say. Though be cautious about preventative migraine medications. I was put on some (which lowered my blood pressure) and did not work. After visiting a neurologist they were shocked that I was put on this med by my primary care physician. I now take Midrin whenever I start getting a migraine (to combat it) and it works wonders. But usually after getting a full-blown migraine I would fill sick in other areas (sore throat, upset stomach, weakness, etc.). Keep track of your diet as certain foods can be triggers for migraines in people. Pasta is for me.
    Good luck!
     
  21. mpw Guest

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    My friend had those exact syptoms, he was dead in a week!:eek:
    THAT’S A JOKE™
     
  22. Dave00 macrumors 6502a

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    A betting man would say this is a classic migraine aura. Those who've had one before would tell you this sounds very familiar. You can actually have stroke-like symptoms (one-sided weakness, slurred speech, etc) with a migraine aura - very scary when it happens. That said, it's always good to see your doctor about this, as he or she will have your whole health history and be able to examine you.

    Good luck.
     
  23. muffinman thread starter macrumors 6502

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    well that is comforting. :(

    well, i somehow caught the flu or the cold or something. My legs feel all cold. Going to the doctor this Friday.

    Does anyone know if this whole migraine/aura thing is progressive? Restated, will the migraine/aura keep on coming back to me regardless of what I do to prevent it?

    Thanks for all the feedback. Thank you all so much in helping me through this whole thing.
     
  24. iGary Guest

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    Here, lemme fix that for you:

    Thrown up a little bit in your mouth™
     
  25. Lau Guest

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    Since I got the first one I have them maybe twice a year. I think they might be coming slightly more often these days, but nothing noticeable. So you may well find you never have another one, or that they're very infrequent.
     

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