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    A couple weeks before Halloween I suddenly lost vision in my left eye. I got an MRI, numerous blood tests, and even a chest x-ray, the results were all totally clean and spotless! I have been on numerous visits to the Optometrist & Neuro Ophthalmologist and am getting really frustrated because I still have no answers regarding my Optic Neuropathy.

    A friend of mine asked me yesterday if I thought it might be Psychosomatic. I have been under extreme intermittent stress for the past 2 years, its been a bumpy road for sure. I am wondering how Psychosomatic illnesses are diagnosed and treated? Should I see a psychiatrist? I really don't want to waste time and money on getting another MRI when I know what the outcome will be.
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    This may not be related at all, but I had something similar happen to me. My sight became impaired for about half a day. It really freaked me out. But I did some research and I found out what was going on. I had an Ocular Migraine. <--- Link.

    Maybe this is what you were experiencing?

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    Hey Qlip, thanks for the response. I have been partially blind for 4 months now...it hasn't gone away at all . I wish it was an Ocular Migraine!
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    I have heard of people under a lot of stress- and if they saw something awful they may lose some of their vision, (like as a protective mechanism) or heard something awful they may lose their hearing, etc. Seems rare and unlikely but it is a possibility.
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    Holy hell Sparrow That must be frustrating especially if there is no conclusion.

    A few years ago i was under a lot of stress and got 3 bouts of sciatica. I look back now and realise it was my body telling me to pay attention and rectify some of the crap going on in my life instead of ignoring it. As usual i chose to ignore it but the last lot of excruciating pain lasted 5 months and i still went back to work in agony. (Yeah, me thinking i could handle it all)

    The only thing i would say is sit down and look at ways in eradicating the stress, or part of it. Have you considered any alternative medicines? I tried acupuncture but it didn't help but then i knew it wouldn't work so set it up to fail before i even started. You may have better success.

    I hope you get better soon
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparrow View Post
    A couple weeks before Halloween I suddenly lost vision in my left eye. I got an MRI, numerous blood tests, and even a chest x-ray, the results were all totally clean and spotless! I have been on numerous visits to the Optometrist & Neuro Ophthalmologist and am getting really frustrated because I still have no answers regarding my Optic Neuropathy.

    A friend of mine asked me yesterday if I thought it might be Psychosomatic. I have been under extreme intermittent stress for the past 2 years, its been a bumpy road for sure. I am wondering how Psychosomatic illnesses are diagnosed and treated? Should I see a psychiatrist? I really don't want to waste time and money on getting another MRI when I know what the outcome will be.
    I've heard of this happening when inflammation or trauma causes a tear in the retina. A torn retina leads to fluid seeping in and causing retinal detachment. I think it's critical to get to an eye doctor because once the retina detaches, I think the blindness is permanent; assuming that's the issue. I'm guessing that would be a more common issue.

    Sounds like you've already been to the doctor that could check for that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Qlip View Post
    This may not be related at all, but I had something similar happen to me. My sight became impaired for about half a day. It really freaked me out. But I did some research and I found out what was going on. I had an Ocular Migraine. <--- Link.

    Maybe this is what you were experiencing?
    Same thing happened to me. I still have problems with it from time to time.

    Sparrow, I would think that if your vision problem was a manifestation of psychological stress, it would be different. Both eyes instead of one. Intractable headaches, insomnia, pain syndromes, fatigue, nausea, vague GI complaints. Chronic low back pain is a big one, too. Those are more of the kinds of things you see with stress-related/triggered problems.

    Don't forget, doctors can be wrong and often are. Diagnosing a condition is an art and some of them lack critical skills. It is not necessary "you", it may mean they have not been thorough enough, may have missed something, or maybe not performed the right diagnostic procedures.

    Are you taking or have you taken any medicines on a regular basis right now? There's quite a few that can mess with your vision.

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    I kinda doubt its psychosomatic. Did you hit your head or something before this happened? Did the mri show for 100% sure that there isnt any tiny lesions? Did they test(or have you noticed) whether its sending information to reflexes? If the problem is somewhere between eye and thalamus, it isnt able to trigger reflexes, but if the eye and thalamus is ok, but the problem is on wires between thalamus and visual cortex or on the visual cortex. The blind eye can for example stop you from stepping on a road if car is coming at you, or make you dodge something.

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    @Sparrow: I did a little research. Did you have your blood sugar checked? I read that diabetes is the number one culprit for vision loss and blurred vision in the United States. It can affect only one eye.

    Source: http://EzineArticles.com/484072

    Edit: I see you had blood tests, but was wondering if they specifically tested you for blood sugar issues because that would be a specific evaluation where they would give you a series of blood tests (from what I understand).
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    Wow I'm so sorry to hear about your eye. Was there any pain or sensitivity to bight associated or did it just go cold turkey? I've had LASIK so I'm familiar with blurriness and dryness and weird vision but I haven't heard of an eye going Lblind without pain. I saw a show once where a woman went blind in one eye temporarily but it was due to the common herpes virus (the kind that gives you cold sores) having infected part of her retina. It was very painful snd took some months to restore, it was found later she had some rare medical condition involving her gall bladder not functioning correctly that was somehow linked to it and also the fact she had very dry eyes.

    Basically, have you see a non eye specialist? An internist may be able to give you more answers. Your eye issue may be connected to something that doesn't seem direct right now.
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