cross eyed feeling when I move my head to the right

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Hi for about 8 weeks now when I move my head to the right I feel my eyes wont focus and are cross eyed.  If I close one or the other I can see perfectly well.  Ive had my eyes tested and optician says Im fine.  Im not sure what has caused this to happen but about the time it started I had been in a new job which entails me working on the computer all day or it could have been the cold I had.  At the same time I was having physio for a fractured shoulder, the physio therapist was giving me deep muscle massage on the back of my right shoulder and it was shortly after that all this began.  I have wondered if she caused something to spasm or trap in my neck causing the visual thing.  I have seen my GP who says its positional vertigo caused by crystals forming in my inner ear and he told me to try the EPLY manouvre.  I have a Vitamin D deficiency which GP thinks has caused the crystals and I also have low folate. Going in the supermarket brings on an attack and I have to leave asap as I feel drunk and cannot stay in there.  Im ok after a few minutes once Im out and back in the car. I wish I could find answers or someway to make this better.  Can anyone else relate to any of these symptoms?

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    Your GP shouldn't be telling you to do the Epley manoeuvre by yourself - unless of course you've had this problem before and are accustomed to doing it. This is best performed by a physiotherapist specialised in vestibular disorders or an ENT doctor. You should have been referred to an ENT specialist or, even better, to a specialist vertigo clinic if you have one in your area. They'll have the full team who can do all the tests necessary to determine whether it really is just benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (which is what your GP is talking about) or something of neurological or visual origin.

    I think you should go back to your GP and insist on a referral.

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      Thank you lily65668 I was surprised when he advised me to do it myself,I asked if there was someone or sonewhere I could go to have it done. He said ENT but to try myself first and also vertigo tablets Ive been given. I will be asking for a referal if I dont improve soon.

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      So-called "vertigo tablets" are only to help control the nausea if that's a problem. They won't do anything at all to clear up the condition. I'm guessing you're in the UK, where GPs seem to be getting increasingly reluctant to refer patients for a specialist opinion. If it's not better in a couple of weeks, go back and insist on a referral.

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    I am guessing that this is not your issue, but I wanted to put it out there for you to decide. Look up verticle Heterphoria. It's an eye condition.

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    I have very similar symptoms to you and the opthamologist found that i have Accomodative Esotrophia. It's a problem with the eyes when they try to converge/focus. Eye therapy can help. You will need to see an opthamologist for this not an optometrist. Hope this helps.

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      Thank you amanda95449 for your reply...I dont think its that as my eyes dont cross over or turn in, I just get the feeling they do. Appreciate your help.
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      Welcome. My eyes don't cross or turn in as well. They look perfectly fine. Just like you i had that feeling of going cross eyed. By putting special eye drops in the doctor was able to measure the movement/turing in of my eyes that i wasn't able to see.

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    Did you try the manouvre?  Did it work?

    Eleftherios S. Papathanasiou, PhD, FEAN

    Clinical Neurophysiologist

    Fellow of the European Academy of Neurology

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