Hi everyone! I'm 22, female. 5'2 ~ 100 lbs.
For almost 3 weeks now I've been experiencing symptoms of blurry vision, imbalance (when I walk or turn my head I feel like I'm on a boat, things in my vision are rocky, and move more than they should), and pressure behind my right eye, on the inside corner especially. From time to time I have neck pain on the right side, especially at the base of the skull, but unlike the other symptoms this neck pain is not constant. It has gotten worse over time, and didn't show up until about a week after the original onset of blurry vision.
Following a chiropractic manipulation of my neck on Tuesday 4/27/10, I have been having these puzzling symptoms. I've been to this chiropractor sporadically since October 2008, and she's always used tools to gently adjust my spine, but never before has she done a manipulation like this: she had an assistant pull on my legs, while she pulled on my neck and twisted it hard and fast to one side.
Later that night, I was nauseous. And that night while trying to get comfortable and fall asleep I whipped my neck violently up and down against my pillow (a sort of whiplash effect). I woke up feeling fine the next morning, Wednesday 4/28, but later that day I noticed my vision was slightly blurry or distorted.
Sometime soon after the 28th, dizziness started. Not vertigo, not spinning, but a feeling of imbalance, not being able to walk well (like I didn't know how far the ground was when putting down my foot), and the sensation that somethings were distorted in my vision, sort of curved, and moving strangely or more than they should be.
After a while pressure began building behind my right eye, and from time to time I have muscle tension on my right neck (the same side as the eye pain and pressure), my head hurts especially when I lay down and there is pressure on it from the pillow/bed. Sometimes I'm nauseous and I vomited a few times last week. I feel like I have trouble holding up my head, like it's heavier on the right side. My dizziness is worse when I'm standing and walking, but the dizziness can be triggered by rolling over in bed, getting out of bed, and looking up by tilting my head back. Again, it's not spinning like vertigo, but just unsteadiness like things are moving more than they should.
I've been to the Emergency room twice, neither time they found anything wrong. I've also been to my general practitioner who send me to the second emergency room trip to have an MRI of my neck and head done because she feared that an artery in my neck had been torn because of the chiropractic adjustment and that I might be bleeding into my brain, and might have a stroke.
I have seen a neurologist who basically laughed in my face and said you haven't had a stroke yet, nothing's wrong with you neurologically. I saw a spine doctor who said my spine had no problems, it wasn't misaligned, and they could tell why I might be dizzy all the time.
I finally got the results of the MRI of my head and and I don't have a torn artery in my neck, and everything's normal EXCEPT for a "2mm right supraclinoid Internal Carotid Artery aneurysm, projecting inferiorly" which I've figured out from searching online is a brain aneurysm behind my right eye near the optical nerve. It's unruptured, and small so the likelihood of it rupturing anytime soon is small, but I don't know if it might be causing symptoms.
A neurologist I saw on Friday seems to think that the aneurysm might not even be there, because the lump is at a spot where a blood vessel branches off from the artery, so it might be nothing. He says the bulge is not the right size or pointing in the right direction to be causing my symptoms. I'm not sure if I believe him, but if we assume that he's right and the aneurysm is an incidental finding, then what could be causing these symptoms, and why haven't they gone away after 3 weeks?
Do you guys think it could be muscle imbalance, muscle weakness, or muscle strain in my neck that is causing these symptoms? If so, could you elaborate how they would contribute?
Has anyone experienced any of these symptoms for an extended period of time?
If so, was it related to muscle strain or injury? How long did it last? How did you get injured?
I'm just so puzzled because there's not a lot of pain associated with this...
Along with the eye strain behind the right eye, I now have pain in the right temple as well.
Thank you in an advance for any responses.