What exactly is Pseudopapilledema? When I was 16 I was told I needed an immediate CAT scan but they did not want to tell me why, because they did not want me to worry. Then I went on to a specialist after the report of a good CAT scan with nothing wrong. I had all sorts of vision tests, an ultra-sound on my eyes, and they also took disk pictures of my eyes. I have always had relatively poor eyesight (my contact prescription is -6.5 in both eyes), and the eye doctors always took a longer look at me than they did my brother, stating things like, 'she just doesn’t blink correctly' and etc. I do not have many symptoms, but sometimes when I change positions too quickly I will black out, occasionally I will black out after intense exercise-like during a basketball game, some times my visions just blurs or fades for a very short period of time and then returns. I have not had any noticeable symptoms recently until last night. Yesterday I played in a volleyball tournament and played 12 games over a 6 hour period of time. A few hours after I returned home, I got an intense headache and a few reoccurring moments of nausea and near vomiting. When I tried to lay down my head pounded and so did the rest of my body. It actually helped to hold my head and apply pressure where my head hurt. The pain was only on my right side, and only from the bottom of my eye up. My head felt so much pressure and there was pain behind my right eye about at my eyebrow. I remember actually feeling my head to make sure it was not swollen or raised on the right side. I fell asleep sitting up and when my mom woke me up an hour or two later is when the nausea really set in. I then took advil and I actually also took vertigo medicine because that runs in our family as a frequent unwanted visitor. When I stood up or sat up the pain was less intense and the throbbing almost completely stopped. After a lot of sleep, I am feeling much better today...so I guess I was just wondering if this bout last night had anything to do with pseudopap and what pseudopap actually is. I was also wondering for future reference if I could still have any kind of LASIK eye surgery or other type of surgery to correct my vision.
You may have had exercise induced migraine. If you have had black outs or even just blurring or fading of your vision during exercise, you need a workup by a cardiologist--a heart specialist. Papilledema is swelling of the optic nerve meaning there is increased intracranial pressure. Hence the original workup. Some people just have odd looking optic nerves which may masquerade as papilledema but are benign, therefore pseudopapilledema.
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