Visual Disturbances

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Rach85
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Re: Visual Disturbances

Postby Rach85 » Sat May 20, 639262 9:55 pm

Thanks everyone. I have an appointment today so I will definitely mention it. I'm a chronic hypertensive, so I keep tabs on my pressures at home. They have been up a bit, usually sitting in the high 130's/mid to high 80's, but spiking up to mid 140's/80's at night - not overly bad but still a little higher than they have been. I'll see what the OB says today.

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Re: Visual Disturbances

Postby kellyo19 » Sat May 20, 639262 5:40 pm

Let your OB/MFM know. I have chronic floaters anyway due to another medical condition, but when my floaters went from gray shadowy streaks that lasted 10-30 secs to "camera flashes" and "glittery sparkles" the drs became quite concerned... the glittery sparkles would last just a few seconds and would occur when my BPs were at their worst (as monitored w/ an at-home-BP cuff). I saw my eye specialist (a retina surgeon) who said it would be best if I delivered my son sooner than later (he was born 2 days later at 38+5).

Chronic floaters *may* be a sign of small retina tears or breaks, which requires urgent medical care to avoid loss of vision from retina detachment. Its nothing to mess around with. Some regular eye drs you might find at mall optical stores are not equipped to handle these cases, you may need to go to a larger community or to a teaching hospital. That said, some floaters are normal from time to time, not to scare you, but I dismissed my floaters for 3-4 mos before I finally went in and had emergency eye surgery the next day.

Good luck, and feel free to PM me if you need to.
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Re: Visual Disturbances

Postby aajatwins » Sat May 20, 639262 1:15 am

That can definitely be a sign that your pressures are too high (or other PE things are going on). I don't remember having them last pregnancy until the end - before my induction. But this pregnancy, I've had them throughout. Sometimes I think I get them when I don't drink enough water. But my BP has been low the whole pregnancy, so *for me*, I know they're not PE related. But if they sprang up suddenly, you might just call and let them know and see what they say. Do you have a cuff at home to check your BPs with?
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Re: Visual Disturbances

Postby alexis » Fri May 19, 639262 11:24 am

Definitely tell your OB: floaters and visual disturbances are a symptom of PE. Depending on when I was scheduled I might call in (I would be ok with waiting a day, not if my appointment was 6 days off)
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Visual Disturbances

Postby Rach85 » Thu May 18, 639262 3:07 pm

Lately I have had a couple of instances of seeing shooting stars in my vision. It's not constant, it's not even a daily occurrence, and it only lasts maybe a second. Is it something I should be worried about? I'm 38 weeks 4 days along in my first pregnancy with chronic hypertension.


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