Neurological problem or something else?

Posted by sunsetisle @sunsetisle, Nov 4, 2011

Hi all. I just registered and this is my first post.

About two years ago I started experiencing severe migraines and visual disturbances. I get zigzag patterns that obscure the center of my field of vision and they persist for about 5 minutes each. That’s how it started. I’ve read that this is fairly common so I ignored it until I started to manifest other more serious symptoms. Vertigo, loss of sensation in lower extremities, limb weakness, difficulty breathing, mild muscle spasms, brain fog.

At the same time, I appeared to have a chronic cough that I believe is unrelated to the symptoms I mentioned above. Just prior to that I also had a case of shingles, and I should mention that it was the second time within a year. I was told that it was extremely rare. I felt perpetually ill. I would sometimes feel as if the back of my throat was burning and the pain was excruciating. I did a full blood test and found nothing significant. I did a scope. I had GERD. But no H Pylori.

I had a chest CT scan because of the chronic cough. Found nothing. I was also depressed, and most of the physicians I spoke to believe a lot of my symptoms were psychosomatic. I didn’t go for a brain scan.

My symptoms persisted for about 6 months before eventually subsiding. I wasn’t on any medication, but I had started trying a variety of supplements and alternative therapies. I never found out what the real problem was.

It’s now been approximately two years since. For the most part I appear healthy. No changes in weight exceeding 3kg. No changes in appetite. But about three weeks ago I started having visual disturbances again. This time it’s a little different because the migraines are mostly absent. In addition to ‘zigzag heatwaves’, I would get these brief white flashes at the periphery of vision. These flashes are usually accompanied by a kind of dull pain that I can’t quite describe. It makes me wince.

I’m concerned and am hoping somebody here is able to point me in the right direction.

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I have that and i belive with the zig zag vison it is called a migraine aura. with or without a headache.


Have you been tested for Lyme Disease?


You need to see an opthlalmologist and have a ct scan of your head to check for an Anurism or lite stroke trying to start.


I have the spots appear in my peripheral vision n migraines too. When I had my CT scan during a migraine my brain was lit up like a Christmas tree and then the same scan showed little to no bright spots without the migraine. I was told that I have demylenization of the cranial nerves and possible Multiple Sclerosis. My neurologist diagnosed me. I hope this helps you.

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