Not the Eye!

Two nights ago I felt a weird tingling sensation on the left side of my face, between my cheek and eye. I looked in the mirror and everything looked fine. I went and told Hubby but by then the tingling was going away. I said I thought I was fine but asked him just to keep an eye on me.

When I woke up the next morning there was something in my field of vision. It was like the bottom half of a smoke ring, right up at the top of my line of sight. To say that we were concerned would be an understatement. Husband immediately thought that I might have glaucoma! We called our family doctor to see if he could find room in the schedule to see me but the receptionist said we’d have to wait for a call back. Then we called the practice that did my Lasik surgery back in 2006. The triage nurse said it sounded like a retina issue and referred me to a retina specialist. The retina specialist said they couldn’t see me until the next morning because I’d be a new patient and that requires a full workup which takes a long time. It was about 11ish in the morning and they were booked solid for the day. (They can only squeeze new patients in at 8:30 unless scheduled in advance.) Our family doctor’s office called back and they could see me in the afternoon so I took the appointment. By this point, the weird half circle had finally faded but we didn’t want to take any chances. The tingling ended up coming back but it went away again before we even left to see the doctor.

When we got to the doctor’s office I had her vision checked. Still 20/13 in both eyes, not bad! They checked my vital’s and then the doctor came in and asked a bunch of questions. He ruled out a stroke and said that was about all he was trained to do at this point but he recommended I not drive until cleared by the retina specialist the next day.

On a side note, I told the doctor that this pain on my right side was getting worse. He gave me the name of a couple of D.O.s that he highly recommended so I’m going to call them this afternoon.

The retina specialists’ practice was pretty nice. They had coffee in the waiting room which Hubby really appreciated. There was not too long of a wait followed by a speedy and thorough basic eye exam by an assistant. No glaucoma, whew! Then there was a little wait for the actual specialist. When we finally met him he said he was pretty sure I’d had a migraine. Who knew one could have a migraine without actually having a headache, but it’s true! He said not to worry if it happened again, as long as it went away on it’s own in good time. If it didn’t, he said to see a doctor but he didn’t expect that to happen.

So we had a little scare but it all worked out in the end and we learned something new. Bet you didn’t know that someone could have a migraine without any headache at all, did you?

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