I am a 22 y/o female with a heart murmor, itp and anemia. I have palpitations, chest pain, vision problems (i see long, thin string like patterns when i move things in front of my face, and occasional blurred vision) I also have a strange sudden head pain that feels like a sharp or shooting pain, followed by a warmth that seems to encompass my entire head. The head pain only seems to last a few seconds when it happens. Last year i was admitted to hospital because i developed excruciating chest pain and palpitations followed by loss of consciousness. I still don't know what caused it. I also have very poor motor skills and fatigue. My doctors also suspect that i have pcos because of some hormone issues I have been having lately, and excess body hair, although I am unsure as to whether the symptoms are related. These symptoms have been present at least three years, and I don't have an answer. Can you help?
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This could be benign intracranial hypertension’ (BIH). This happens due to impaired CSF absorption. A generalized throbbing headache worst felt in the morning and last thing at night. This headache is generally relieved on standing (consistent with raised intracranial pressure). It is aggravated by straining, coughing or a change in position. The second most common symptom is visual defect, which you too have.
You need a prompt evaluation by a neurologist. Hypothyroidism, hypoparathyroidism, adrenal insufficiency are a few things I would recommend you get investigated for. These can precipitate BIH. A spinal tap is a must both to diagnose the condition and to treat it.
Hope this helps. Please let me know if there is any thing else and do keep me posted. Take care!
I had a thyroid function test a while back because i have what my doctors think is a second branchial cyst, which i had an fna to confirm, although i haven't had it removed yet. I was also born with hydrocephalous, but never had a shunt put in, and just had the fluid drained when it was necessary. Could the hydrocephalous be related? I used to have regular mri's because of it, but havent had one in a few years. Would any other symptoms present if this was the case?
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Now that you mention you have hydrocephalus, your symptoms could be due to it. In adults the skull cannot expand to take in the extra pressure. “In older children or adults, symptoms may include headache followed by vomiting, nausea, papilledema (swelling of the optic disk which is part of the optic nerve), blurred vision, diplopia (double vision), sunsetting of the eyes, problems with balance, poor coordination, gait disturbance, urinary incontinence, slowing or loss of development, lethargy, drowsiness, irritability, or other changes in personality or cognition including memory loss.” Do consult your specialist doctor.
Hope this helps. It is difficult to comment beyond this at this stage. Please let me know if there is any thing else and do keep me posted. Take care!
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