I am new here and came across the forum whilst researching into my own symptoms.
I was admitted into hospital following an eye test, which I booked because I have been experiencing blurred vision in one eye. I was seen by an ophthalmologist who initially said I have inflamed optic discs in both eyes - this led to me staying in hospital for a CT and Lumbar Puncture, as he thought I had idiopathic intracranial hypertension. I am mid thirties and slightly overwieght, so I fit the demographic. However he said the swelling was worse in one eye and it was noted by the medics than I only have symptoms in one eye. I was meant to stay in hospital for an MRI, as the next major thing to rule out was MS but at that time a family member was seriously ill and I was going to have to wait over the weekend, taking up a precious hospital bed whilst not receiving any treatment. This to me seemed far worse than waiting at home, so I discharged myself so that I could visit my ill relative.
The doctor looking after me sent the requests for MRI and another eye appointment. I have since had the eye appointment which confirmed the swelling is only in one eye and am now waiting for the scan. The ophthalmologist has also referred me to neurology to be dealt with as he felt my case is no longer an issue for the eye doctors.
The other thing to add to my waffle is that I have been treated for anxiety and panic attacks following a bereavement for several months. One of the panic attack triggers was problems with my eyesight, meaning I was finding it difficult to focus when presented with lots of visual or sound stimuli, for example in a supermarket or a busy street. This is a common panic attack trigger, but since my recent eye symptoms have come on I have noticed that the same visual disturbance happens but without the panic attacks.
I have had a variety of other symptoms that I have put down to anxiety - excrutiating tinnitus (which often leads to headache) which often occurs following more than one sound (ie group conversation), headaches, inability to single out speech when in a group of people. What I would describe as extreme fatigue - I am normally pretty energetic, but have at times found walking up the stairs in my house a drag (and this is one of those times, I feel like my whole body is too heavy to move). I have also had lots of tension headaches and currently have light sensitivity. This has seemed worse since my hospital stay, which was just before Christmas - of course I did have a lumbar puncture which can have side effects. I have had a strange recurring pain in one elbow, which sometimes makes it difficult to straighten my arm.
I was off work for several weeks and returned a couple of months before Christmas, but found this incredibly difficult. I did it on a phased basis but still struggled and it was during this time I discovered the visual disturbance. I am off sick again because I find my working environment, which is a busy office, horrendous.
I am going to see my GP this afternoon for advice. The above has all been put down to anxiety, but I am now starting to wonder whether it could also be something else. It is all incredibly confusing and the lines are blurred because of the multitude of issues that can be anxiety, they can also be physiological. I have had CBT for the panic attacks and take medication for anxiety.
Has anyone else found this? Apologies for going on a bit, I think typing this is useful therapy too. So for those who do read this - thank you.