Blind Spots Before Eyes, Anyone Have These?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by livin4him, Mar 29, 2006.

  1. livin4him

    livin4him New Member

    This has happened before to me. It's happening again. The other times it happened was when I tried taking Fosamax - so I did not take it after that.

    But now headache and these blind spots before eyes. It's like looking at something with a checkerboard. Anybody else have?

    I'm gonna call my optamologist tomorrow. Been meaning to have it checked out, but thought it was just related to that medicine.

    Thanks everybody.
  2. kriket

    kriket New Member



    When I was in highschool. I went to the eye doctor and he told me that it was related to migraines. I would get these before one. Might not be the same thing, but that's what he told me mine was.

    Kriket
  3. Toga

    Toga Member

    It could be nothing or it could be something serious.

    I had a dark spot in one eye. Not explaining it right. It was like a spot in the center of my vision where I couldn't see.

    I ended up with laser surgery. Its fine now.

    My very best friend was having blurry vision in one eye and a scratchy feeling. She said it feels like sticks are in her eye. She got an apmt with a doctor which suprised me because she won't go to doctors unless she's in horrible pain.

    He told her she had had a stroke in her eye and that she was going to lose her vision in that eye. She's seeing a specialist next week and it probably won't be that bad.

    The first doctor I went to told me I would go blind also and the specialist was very calm and took care of the problem.

    There is almost always something that can be done but the important thing is to have it checked out right away. I'm not meaning to scare you but be sure and mention the blind spots and they will give you an earlier apmt.

    Toga
  4. butterfly8

    butterfly8 New Member



    I think I know the sensation you are talking about. I had it, or something like it, on and off before I developed CFS and then when I first became really ill, the blind spots were so bad that I could not read - this lasted for months. Even now, I still get small, short term, "attacks". I thought it must have something to do with the disease, possibly linked up to the hypothalamus and poor blood circulation in the brain. My optometrist could find nothing wrong when he examined my eyes.

    Are your eyes sensitive to sudden movements too? e.g., I had to close my eyes to change tv channels, flashing lights really disoriented me and made me dizzy, I could not go to the pictures and had to close my eyes during things like car chases on tv.
  5. lvjesus

    lvjesus Member

    I have had this happen to me a few times. The first time it scared the crap out of me. I looked at a light bulb and the impression of the bulb "stayed" with me, developing into spots of white where I had no vision. I had to keep moving my head to see around these areas.

    Later I got a headache (mild) that lasted 3 days with no relief, so I figure that was a type of migrane and now I just go with the flow. Sometimes it happens for no reason, the white spots just show up and then they go away after a little while. I never went to the doctor about it but have had my eyes checked twice since then.

    Sonya
  6. livin4him

    livin4him New Member

    I just called my opthamologist and explained to her what was happening.

    What I told her was that it starts off like I am looking through a checkerboard, then the lights start - almost like starbursts flashing, then it goes back to the checkerboard effect - kind of like if you look at a tv screen you can only see the right portion of the screen. Lasts for about an hour. The headaches is like ice picks on the top right side of head, esp. when bending over, etc. Noticed it first when I took Fosamax twice - so I stopped. Then last night had taken some medicine, nothing out of ordinary except thyroid med.

    She said it could be occular migraines or a retinal detachment. Wants me to come in asap. Here's the thing though, I have been to the doctors in between the times these happened, and had a complete yearly exam. I think it is more migraine/medicine related. But, I will probably end up going in for exam.