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Old 03-25-2008, 10:04 AM   #1
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White flashes of light

Hey there.. just me again, trying to catch up, seems I always find myself here when I have a question.

During the last two weeks I have had a large number of what I'll call episodes. In my left eye, the very outer corner, I keep seeing bright white flashes of light. These flashes vary from like crescent moon shapes, to full round shapes. This happens quite often as of late, as in many many times a day. I was just wondering if anyone else has had this happen or if this is something i should be concerned enough about to speak with my neuro.

Any help would be great!

Thanks

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Old 03-25-2008, 11:06 AM   #2
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Re: White flashes of light

I never had that problem. Mine is light sensitivity. For that I have remedied my problem with polarized sunglasses.

 
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Old 03-25-2008, 01:54 PM   #3
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Re: White flashes of light

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Hey there.. just me again, trying to catch up, seems I always find myself here when I have a question.

During the last two weeks I have had a large number of what I'll call episodes. In my left eye, the very outer corner, I keep seeing bright white flashes of light. These flashes vary from like crescent moon shapes, to full round shapes. This happens quite often as of late, as in many many times a day. I was just wondering if anyone else has had this happen or if this is something i should be concerned enough about to speak with my neuro.

Any help would be great!

Thanks

Dee
Does it almost blind 1 eye temporarily where it occurs? This sounds a lot like auras (part of migraines). I can remember seeing the crescent moon in 1 eye, it would come on for 20-30 min and then fade away. I didn't encounter multiple episodes in 1 day, however you may want to see what you can find about auras as a possibility.

Should add: Auras sometimes appear without the migraine headache pain, and it's always a possibility that you aren't experiencing this, but it's worth looking into further.

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Old 03-25-2008, 04:29 PM   #4
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Re: White flashes of light

I had the white light flashes after my dizziness and double vision went away.
It lasted for a few months.
For me I noticed it more at night, like when I turned off the lights to go to bed. All the way upstairs to the bedroom, while me eyes were scanning and adjusting to the darkness I would see flashes. No shapes though. It was like camera flashes were going off behind me.
My neuro said that it was normal for ms patients that have optic nerve damage. After a few months it went away and my vision is fine now.

 
Old 03-26-2008, 02:26 AM   #5
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Re: White flashes of light

klos

I have had the same thing on about 4 occasions always going from light to dark rooms and its a strobe flashing no shapes and goes away after a few sec. I had read this was the eye adjusting from light to dark in ms patients I have not mentioned it to my neuro

 
Old 03-26-2008, 08:16 AM   #6
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The bright bright strobe lighting or very strong camera flash happened to me when I was in the emergency room and they injected IV pain medication. It's pretty wierd I know, but it happened within seconds of them starting the IV. Hasn't happened the same since.

 
Old 03-27-2008, 10:04 AM   #7
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Re: White flashes of light

Thanks guys... these flashes are driving me crazy. I do hope to notice them more now I think because i have the tightness in my neck muscles that feels like I have been in a car wreck and have whiplash. It's like my neck just freezes and after awhile it just feels like my head is so heavy I don't even want to pick it up.

As for the headaches.. yes.. have them.. actually what I would call FULL facial pain, tightness in my jaws, feels like there is a hammer claw on each side of my head in my temples. All of this makes me very very tired. I'm a teacher and having to get up and speak to my classes, raise my voice.. whatever.. just wears me out.

So.. think this is something i truly need to call the neuro about? I hate the thought of silly calls and scares. A few months ago when I had my last MRI there were lesions in the area of my C4 ( if i remember right). I was thinking perhaps this was the cause of what feels like sudden whiplash that leads to headaches and the heavy headedness as I call it.

Guess I'm a bit stubborn when it comes to calling the doc because I don't want to seem like a wimp. Being an athlete for many many years this sure takes the wind out of ones sails and well.. i just want to plug along and beat it. ;o)~

 
Old 03-27-2008, 01:11 PM   #8
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Re: White flashes of light

Be a wimp! That's what the doctor is there for, to answer your questions

As for headaches, aren't they awful? I actually had the jaw pain myself, and went to a dentist, who is specialized in chronic facial pain (which I had at the time), and he tested me with the help of various machines/computer readings. It was found that I had TMJ (my mother shares this) which is a disorder of the jaw. I was treated by wearing day and night time splints. The facial pain and a lot of the headaches went away, but not all the headaches (the bulk went away after steroids).

I still get headaches occasionally, but not a recent migraine ~knocks on wood~

 
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Re: White flashes of light

I was first diagnosed with TMJ before they linked it to the MS. Seems like this is going to be an on going problem. I might see if the my dentist can make me something to sleep in and see if that will help!

 
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I was first diagnosed with TMJ before they linked it to the MS. Seems like this is going to be an on going problem. I might see if the my dentist can make me something to sleep in and see if that will help!
I believe there are drugstore products you can purchase that you wear at night to prevent grinding your teeth (which is a very common way people end up with TMJ). I don't know about the safety/cost of these however.

Mine were crafted from molds of my teeth out of a 'plastic'. Much like you'd see with retainers. They were expensive, that's the catch with going through the dentist for this stuff. It's also a very new technology my dentist was using, so my insurance refused to cover the cost of the splints (sadly, had they broke my jaw to correct this, they would have covered the cost). I ended up paying over $1,000 CAD for the splints out of pocket. But they did fix the facial and jaw pain. The only way to correct the jaw beyond what the dentist did, outside of surgery, is to have braces again to align my teeth not horizontally, but vertically as well. A cost I just can't afford at this time, so the splints it is for now!

 
Old 03-28-2008, 06:40 AM   #11
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Re: White flashes of light

Wow!! I have these white camera flashes every single night (light flashes a few times) as I am going to bed. I never mentioned it to my Neuro because I just thought I was crazy. I actually have practically jumped out of my skin when I am home alone. My husband thinks I'm crazy, good to know I'm not. I have had these flashes for over a year straight and never thought to ask my dr. about it. Do you know if they do anything about these flashes or is it just gonna be an annoyance for ever?

 
Old 03-28-2008, 08:12 AM   #12
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Re: White flashes of light

As far as I know there is nothing that can be done about the flashes. My neuro said that they are hallucinations with in the eye caused by optic nerve damage.
Mine went away over time.

 
Old 04-09-2008, 12:15 PM   #13
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Re: White flashes of light

WOW i finally got into a eye specialist to see about the white flashes that are more frequent and now intermitten with black square. All in the left eye, all in the same area.

They are sending me to a retina specialist. There is inflamation around the blood vessels in my eye. The pressure is what is causing the spots that i see. They are not sure if it will go away on it's own, or if it is an infection, but they do think it is MS related, or could be. Here's hoping for a good report next week! Thanks Ladies and Gents!

 
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WOW i finally got into a eye specialist to see about the white flashes that are more frequent and now intermitten with black square. All in the left eye, all in the same area.

They are sending me to a retina specialist. There is inflamation around the blood vessels in my eye. The pressure is what is causing the spots that i see. They are not sure if it will go away on it's own, or if it is an infection, but they do think it is MS related, or could be. Here's hoping for a good report next week! Thanks Ladies and Gents!
Thank you for the update hun. Glad to hear you are progressing with this. Sorry to hear the symptoms have seemed to worsen, but sounds like you may be on the right track

 
Old 04-10-2008, 07:37 AM   #15
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Re: White flashes of light

I'm really hoping that this will be just done and over with in a hurry, but I don't think that will happen. I just hope that I don't have to do a dose of the steroids. That has become really painful and it seems I have done that at least once or twice a year since being diagnosed.

I'm crossing my fingers! Thanks for the support!

 
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