Patient discussion about blur

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Q. My vision is blurry and I see zigzag lines, what is it from?

Every now and again, usually after sitting a few hours in front of the computer or not sleeping enough at night, I start getting blurry vision. I see zigzag lines in front of my eyes and it can take sometimes an hour to go away. What is this from?
A1It sounds like you have a migraine. A migraine that comes with blurry vision and zigzags (an aura) is called a classic migraine. The aura of migraine typically lasts from 20 minutes to an hour. Some patients have prolonged aura symptoms that can last hours to days. The aura also typically ends before the headache itself begins. When migraine aura symptoms are prolonged or last into or through the headache phase these types of migraine are commonly referred to as complicated migraines.
A2The blurry vision and zigzag lines sound like an 'aura'. An aura is the perceptual disturbance experienced by some migraine sufferers before a migraine headache. It also occurs to some people with epilepsy before a seizure. An aura sensation can include: Visual Changes: bright lights, zigzag lines, distortions in the size or shape of object.
Auditory changes: hearing voices or sounds that don't exist, modification of voices or sounds in the environment.
Strange smells, anxiety or fear, nausea, weakness, unsteadiness and more.

Q. I have fibromyalgia and am having terrible vision problems...double, blurred, feel off blance.Is this common?

ABlurry vision is not a usual symptom in fibromyalgia. If you are experiencing this on a permenant basis you should see a doctor- either a neurologist or an ophthalmologist to rule out other vision conditions that might be causing this.

Q. What are the sides effects of alcoholism beside dizziness and blur?

AIn the short term, excessive alcohol consumption may cause vomiting and metabolic disturbances, seizures and coma. In the long term, alcohol may damage the pancreas, liver and other organs, and expose to cancer of the mouth.

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Q. what consider so wrong with alcohol? why alcohol makes you feel so dizzy and blur?

AAnd of course if you have any questions, you may want to consult a doctor, as these treatments necessitate prescription by a physician. Alcohol is a "downer" - it makes your brain works slower and less efficiently than normally. The exact mechanism and site of action haven't bee elucidated completely, but it seems alcohol affects the whole brain and not a specific site (as other drugs do). Since it depresses the brain's function, it also disturbs the inhibition control and makes the drinker act more loosely. At higher levels it disturbs the motor function of the brain, and may eventually lead to coma.

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