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dizzy and seeing sparkles

Last night I woke up around 1 am, I was talking to my husband who had just got home from work when all of the sudden I felt like I was going to pass out, to describe the feeling I'd say it was like standing in one spot but feeling like your body is slowly going in a big cirle but your feet don't move and I could see sparkles all around, like a sparkle your'd use on Canada Day or July 4th. It really scared me. I didn't feel right for about 30 mins or so after.The only health problem I have that I know of is hypothyroidism which I've been on meds for since Nov 2005.I have had mild headaches for the last few days on and off.Thanks
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Sorry I for got to mention that earlier that day my right eye was twitching for about 40 mins.
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If you were just standing still talking & dizziness began at
same time as sparkles or light show flashes, It could be a number of things. With hdaches lasting days after, It may have
been the start of a migraine from something vascular. If a 1
time event, might consider going to Opthamologist for eye exam.
Can be simple as 'vitreous detachment', gel particles from the
inside wall of eye like floaters only can appear as sparkles.
Also could be sign of over stimulation to retinal nerves & still
should have ck'd out. Could be early sign of retinal detachment
abt to happen. Eye twitch might explain stimulation. Make an
appt. You may be do for an exam anyway. Gd-luck.
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Thank you for your reply. I'm 34 and have never had a migraine before but they could start now, who knows. I just had an eye exam done in Feb of this year and everything looked great do you think a problem could have developed since then? I have noticed my eyes are getting drier and it's uncomfortable to wear my contacts.
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Like they say, when in doubt check it out. If it only happened once, it could be labrynthitis that caused the dizziness. It's
a condition that most blame the ear but it can happen from a
slight vascular interrupt. I didn't have eye problem when it
happened to me that I can remember. I got up one day & felt fine
then room started spinning & missed the chair & hit the wall.
Woke up w/ nausea. Was taken to Dr/had mri/ekg & nothing was
found. Never happened again. I had no twitches. Since you're only 34 & good health + just had eyes checked I'd ask myself if
the flashes of light were many & lasted? If brite I'd make appt.
Dry should've been addressed so this gives you a fol-up chance
to persue. You probably know all the stuff abt your contacts w/
fit/cleaning/sterile case,etc. Many have great luck having the
Opthamologist put in the tear-plugs to fix that. If hard lenses,
they can do a slt. blend of edge. Migraines can alter corneal
shape off/on. Soft uses the saline so you know how that feels.
Make sure glasses aren't to off from contct rx. Switching too
much can cause hdaches. I guess I'd go back for a quick look
at the retina. The twitch was caused by something & caused that
stimulation. Sometimes just stress or spasm but if it happens
while wearing contacts, you could maybe do a slt. erosion. Not
a fun feeling. Exam can ck. for hypertension behind the eye &
might show something. Then they could refer you to appropriate
place. Whenever you see sudden sparkles/glitter/flashes w/
other symptoms, I'd start w/ eyes & have bp ck'd too. You want
to keep those beauties healthy. Maybe exam was focusing more on
perscription ck? Dilate the eyes for a health check. Gd-luck.
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I found your post after a search and some research> I know how scary this can be! I'm 54 years old now, and the first time it happened to me I was 27. I've experienced this about once a year ever since. There is a family migrane (migraine) connection since my sister gets them. I never have had one myself.

I had this happen last night, and it lasted 20 minutes. I covered one eye, and then the other. The sparkles were in both eyes wich is actually is a good thing because if only one eye was affected it could be a retina attachment problem.

After all the seacrches I've done I'm not all that alarmed about it now. This is a somewhat common occurence and is caused by either a sudden drop in high blood pressure, or a transient (temporary) narrowing of a vein behind the eyes in the frontal cortex. I am on a crash diet, and drinking a lot of coffee so this probabbly is what triggered it.

Did you notice a very small amoumt of nausea? My advice to you is to drink a lot of water as soon as this happens. Also take an aspirin in case this is a precursur to a stroke.

BTW The twitching eyelid is generally caused my a muscle spasm again from poor blood supply, and also is made worse from too much caffine. I get this as well and whenever it occurs I rub a muscle located a half inch below the eye, right next to the nose and after a minute of this the blood supply is restored and the twitching stops. :)

Try not to worry too much it's fairly common and the odds of you developing Migrane (migraine) headaches at this stage of your life are pretty slim. (I'm not a medical professional)

Odd that we both have the same symptoms. Are you a coffee drinker? I can fll asleep after drinking a cup, but can wake up in 2 hours zooming! For some people it takes the caffine a while to have effect. May be why this happened at 2:00 am?
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i ha ve the same thing  ive had it since my strok e its been explained to me as being  a absence seisure
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i ha ve the same thing  ive had it since my strok e its been explained to me as being  a absence seisure
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I have been feeling kinda bad latley im almost 21 yrs old and the last couple of years i have been feeling like this but it has been getting worse. i have been doing this everyday like twice a day .. i have expirenced bad headaces and feeling very dizzy and seeing black spots and feeling really weak at the same time like im going to fall down or pass out.. i dont understand . it really happens when i get out of bed in moring and get up off the couch or anything like that or stand up and i have to stand there and close my eyes till it goes away.. it happens so much now and it hurts so bad and it only last like for a few seconds and then goes away.. i really need to know what is going on?? im really worried..
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