Low Blood Pressure - Vision Problems
I am posting because I have found my doctor to be completely unsupportive and I need some outside advice.
I won't go through the long (over one year) history of this problem, but basically it has boiled down to this: my vision goes blurry when i walk/run/do any sort of physical activity, every time. Everything goes whitish and "like looking through frosted glass" and it only goes away again after i sit down for 5 - 10 minutes.
It also affects my balance when my vision is blurry. I am very unsure of my footing and feel a bit unstable. it is not vertigo.
I am also very concerned about my personal safety as i cannot see cars coming sometimes or suspicious people lurking around. It is not safe. I also lost 1/2 my hearing in my left ear a while back, which is not so bad in itself but coupled with the episodes of blindness makes me VERY vulnerable.
It is very emotionally taxing and scary and all my doctor wants to do is put me on antidepressants, which i wont do b/c i'm not clinically depressed, as soon as my vision clears for good i wont have problems like this.
At first i thought it was my eyes, then my brain, multiple sclerosis, brain tumour etc. I have had full blood tests, seen the gp, 3 optometrists, the ophthamologist, the neuro opthamologist...no one can find anything wrong with me, let alone my eyes (i only wear glasses for reading/computer).
In desperation, i went to the acupuncturist/chinese medicine doctor and she told me, after feeling my pulse, that it was weak and my blood wasnt pumping fast enough.
I tell this to my mom and she says that my father had a problem with low blood pressure (dizziness upon standing up and stressful situations), and it runs in his mother's side of the family. She has prescribed for me a course of acupuncture and herbal medicines which if they work, great, if not, well...It is very expensive and (of course) not covered by insurance, and i don't have a lot of money.
I have been looking around for info on low blood pressure and I see sometimes it does affect vision/balance. I told my doctor about my theory, he took my blood pressure and said that yes, it was lower than normal, but this was also about 1 hour after waking which is when my vision is fine.
has anyone heard of this before and, if so, WHAT DO YOU DO? My doctor says "they don't treat low blood pressure anymore in Europe" so basically told me to "live with it."
please, any advice would be great. thank you.
I am getting to the end of my tether. I just want to enjoy my life again.