Persistent scotomas, shaky vision, going blind?

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Hello All,

I am writing this post, since I feel like there is no hope for me. It all started 6 months ago when I had stomach issues - basically stomach pain after every meal I had. I was at hospital many times and I believe that at some point I developed extreme health anxiety... At one visit at ER doctors gave me one dose of Valium - and it started. Basically the day after "Valium visit" all my problems related to stomach issues resolve - they just disapeared completely. This let me believe that stomach problems were related to stressfull period of tome that I had back then. But two days after that ER visit my eyes became totaly messed up with following symptoms:

  • Scotomas (blind spots in vision). It started with one scotoma in right eye and now after 5 months I have like 30 small blind spots in both eyes mainly in peripheral vision;
  • vision that literally vibrates;
  • visual snow;
  • blurry close vision;
  • eye pain;
  • stiff muscles especially in neck;
  • fatigue;
  • inability to see full picture. Before this when I was looking at my phone my brain was able to see whole screen at once. Now I have to move my eyes constantly from top to bottom to see it all.

    All syntoms are now constant for 5 months now (and I feel like scotomas count is increasing and old scotomas do not dissapear)

    I was afraid so I went to hospital - I was there for 7 days and had following tests:

    -MRI of head, neck and eyes;

  • Blood tests for Lyme and 10 other diseases that might be associate with theese symptoms;
  • I think like 15 eye tests including Tomography, EEG, VEP. Guess what - all results were normal wothout any even slight diaturbances...

    Has anyone has theese symtoms and maybe there is a person who had them and now recovered? Can they be related to Valium? Or maybe to health anxiety?

    I really hope that someone can put some light on on because I have no further tests to do. On my last day on hospital doctors told me that they have done all necessary tests and there is nothing they can do anymore.

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    If you are still taking Valium ask your doctor to change it for an alternative. It may be side effects from the drug.

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      Hello Marina - thank you for reply. No - I only took Valium one time and that was it. It might not be related, I just wrote it since my eye issues appeared right after Valium.

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      I found two simmilar cases on this forum - from 2016 and 2020 however in both posts there were no information if the problem progresses or if things got better. I really need some reassurance or at least a hint of what it might be. My thought are on ocular migraine, however everywhere I read about this condition there is information I read that it may last 30 minutes or max 1 hour. I am reaching 6 months of non stop migraine then...

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