DOES PERI AND MENO AFFECT VISION ?

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Ladies today my vision seems off. At times it gets blurry, takes time to adjust. Was at work when it started and had a major panic attack. My boss sent me home because of so many symptoms. This is the first time experiencing this. Also light sensitivity. Has this happened to anyone. I am so bothered. Help

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    Yes so sorry to say meno peri and lack of hormones affect vision badly blurry scratchy dry eyes, , and I'm affected by the lights turns it right into a migraine.. Nothing helps everything triggers it and just have to grin and bear it literally.. If you learn your triggers you can possibly have less severe symptoms, but for the most part its awful.. I use to panic also but now like I said just grin and bear it.. If I notice my eyes are more dry and do nothing to relieve that can lead to the blurry vision and migraine, of I'm in a big store with fluorescent lighting that definitely triggers seizure like symptoms immediately for me right away I'm dizzy numb head blurry vision nausea and almost vomiting.. None of this is nice, can't get away from it so I just deal with it best as I can...

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      Hello Gypsy, thank you for your reply. It comforts me knowing that i am not alone. You say grin and bear it but its so hard when it is your vision. This is my worst symptom and its the scariest. My panic attack at work had everyone in shock. I was never like this before peri. I felt so embarrassed when the panic stopped. I find that Walmart is a store that i cannot go in anymore. Does this ever go away with time ? I am a mess.

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      Hi Sally , for piece of mind is get all checked out you know the MRI the eye doctor and then once you know tests are ok then you can honestly say hey must be my wacky hormones causing so much mess.. When I say grin and bear it I mean just that only to be strong push on through because stress and panic can definitely be a trigger and make it all worse, your mind can be a powerful thing, and when we start to think the worst it can really make it all much worse than it needs to be.. I find my vision always cloudy and not so good anymore with my peri meno but much worse while going through one of my aura migraine episodes which is what it sounds like you're experiencing.. They are not nice and can be very scary., but do end up subsiding after while, sort of like giving birth ( also sh#try hormones) grin and bear it you have to use a focal point just to make it through each contraction before they let up, its all mind over matter with these awful symptoms we have to endure.. That will have you swearing you're dying of some thing.. Wal-Mart is by the way my worst trigger , I read they use unfiltered fluorescent lighting and it affects many migraine sufferers.. I avoid walmart like the plague, and just order online if need be with them.. I feel bad for you that you are only a month into this mess where as I'm several years.. And though it hasn't left me yet I've learned to cope much better with it all, and I believe hormones do settle somewhat over time, not completely but to where its manageable, and on those days its not, you just have to rest and find whatever comforts you for that time being.. Relax good luck with your journey and remember to manage one episode of symptoms at a time.. Be strong you are not dying, as long as testing shows nothing..

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    Oh, Sally. Let me tell you a tale. I was a completely normal professional working woman 10 months ago. I suffered from menstrual migraines for 7-8 years and heavy periods for the past 2. I was at work, when all of a sudden my vision suddenly became strange. It was if I looked at something bright like a flashlight or a lightbulb. Then, I developed a scintillating scotoma (think water drop on a tablet). This transitioned grew larger and larger until it morphed into a fortification, which is basically a intensely colored zig zag shape across my whole vision. I then started to get tunnel vision and lose my words. I had never heard of a migraine aura before, so I had no idea what was happening to me. After 30+ minutes of these crazy symptoms, the fortification began to break up into colorful floating triangles, which then turned into black clouds before I returned to normal.

    I was so frightened that I swear I have PTSD from that episode. I was taken to the ER by ambulance and had a barrage of tests. All the tests were negative and I was told it could be a migraine. Three days later, it happened again. Two days after that, it happened a third time. I was diagnosed with persistent migraine status and my life has been utterly miserable since. I have 24/7 visual disturbances...blurry vision, after images, static, extreme light sensitivity, floaters, flashes, random glowing dots, oscillation, etc.. My vision is permanently ruined. I also now have one pupil bigger than the other. I see a neurologist every three months. On my first visit to him, he said that he, "sees many woman my age for the first time." I have cried buckets full of tears. I live in fear of it happening again. On days when my vision is really bad, it gives me panic attacks. I was denied FMLA from my employer and fired for the first time in my life. It is true when they say your life can change in an instant. You are not alone. xo

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      You aren't kidding staci when you say your life can change in an instant.., and you work your entire adult life and pay into the system and when you physically can NOT do it anymore because of this your suddenly denied all your rightfully earned benefits..its all so upsetting and hopefully we can all get back to our professional lives one day , but in the mean time it physically can't happen... Hopefully we all get well one day ❤

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      Oh my Staci sorry to hear about everything you been through. While reading your post i got terrible anxiety. I cannot believe that hormones play such a powerful role in a woman's overall well being. Its now 2;40 am cannot sleep and got scared out of my mind when i awoke around 12 am with blurred vision that took awhile to adjust. I feel like i am losing it. Literally. This is so scary, words cannot describe what i am feeling. A sense of lost. No control. You say that your vision is permanently ruined. I truly feel for you. I was in tears reading your post. Nothing lead up to my burred vision that took place yesterday. I had no headache, nothing, then suddenly everything changed. I will not go to work tomorrow. I will stay home and try to relax. I will see if things get better. If not i will book to see a dr. I am praying for you and a big thank you for replying. God bless and hugs

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    Hi Sally,

    My story started when I turned 41 and suddenly developed what the Neurologists have diagnosed as Chronic Migraine. I had never had headaches or migraines before this. Part of the symptoms have been blurry vision, sensitivity to light, dry eyes, tired and heavy eyes, left eye pain (which is there most of the time - it just goes up and down in intensity). My periods have been all over the place and I have so many peri symptoms. I know this is all hormonally related as I have had EVERY TEST possible to man! I have seen Ophthalmologists, Neuro-Ophthalmologists, Optometrists, Gastroenterologist, GPs, 3 Neurologists, ENT, dentist, Gynecologist, Chiropractor, Physiotherapist! They have found nothing! It is so frustrating, as it has been 3 years now and life is so much different to how it was before all of this. I hope that once peri and meno is over things will get better, but I have had to reset myself to a 'new normal' now. I struggled with it most in the early days, but have come to accept it now and just do what I can, when I can. Take care...

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      Hello Jen thank you for your reply. Sorry to hear what you been through. You say you struggled with it mostly in your early days. Are you saying your somewhat back to normal ? I need to know that this is not permanent. I started peri a month and it has been hell, a living nightmare. How are you feeling 3 yrs in ? Do things get better ?

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      Hi Sally, unfortunately I am not back to normal and still have the symptoms, I guess I have just learned to live with them. I hope this doesn't last for too much longer, but I think everyone is different. Hopefully your journey will be different and you won't suffer as long. The sad thing is, some women suffer for 10 years and beyond. We are just not prepared for what our hormones can do and how they can make us feel so unwell.

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    I'm so sorry youre dealing with this but also SO happy to read all of these replies this morning.

    I woke up with "weird" eyes this morning, and yesterday strange "heaviness" in one eye or the other on and off all day.

    Faint headache symptoms all day yesterday as well.

    EVEN THOUGH i KNOW this happens almost every month during ovulation and right before or as im starting my period it scares the living you know what out of me, "(LITERALLY lol, yall know that whole hitting the bathroom when anxiety kicks in drill lol)

    THIS FORUM is a lifesaver.

    I also have this very faint feeling that something is in my throat today.

    Gonna head to work anyways after reading all of your posts and remember I'm not alone in this craziness!!

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    For me it was lightening bolts out of the side of my right eye. Blurry vision. Floaters. Then one day I walked outside and it was raining silver glitter! Opthamologist found nothing but suggested loose jelly from being old. Well he didn't say old, but for women of my age. Whatever!

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    This is my worst symptom. Haven't seen clearly since my hysterectomy 6 years ago. Can't read, knit, sew etc. Also live in the dark because can't bare bright lights.

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    Hi sally .you poor thing everything about peri or meno is scary i had this in both when i went into meno i found that sugar and coffee made it worse i now dont touch either and hardly get it much now hope this helps dry rye is awfull eye drops help good luck x

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