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What would cause double vision and really bad balance in a normally well balanced male?

Asked by Adirondackwannabe (32318 points ) February 7th, 2013

I had two sets of yellow lines on the road in my eyes this morning and I was seeing two of everything. It made for an interesting commute. What would cause that? The vision thing has improved but the balance hasn’t. I think it was a minor thing, but could it be more? This isn’t a well thought out question because my brain is kind of scrambled.

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Seek's avatar

My first reflex is to say “please see a doctor”.

It could be nothing, but the two together can be a sign of stroke or a transient ischemic attack.

zenvelo's avatar

No headache or sign of sinus or ear infection? Any chance you bumped your head since yesterday?

I second @Seek_Kolinahr and recommend getting to a doctor.

KNOWITALL's avatar

Inner ear infection. I’ve had them since childhood and my doctor says if it’s still happening in two or three days, come in to see him. Be really careful driving though!

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

No headache, no signs of inner ear problem, other than my balance is terrible. No head injuries or weakness in any limbs.

Aster's avatar

If your brain is “kind of scrambled” you’d better go see a specialist. A neurologist would seem to be perfect, I think. Let us know what happens and be careful driving!

Coloma's avatar

Do you have high blood pressure? This can lead to vision and balance issues. Yes, I would be concerned it may be a sign of impending stroke. Have you been extra stressed lately?

Go to the doc please….we don’t want to lose you! :-)
I had an accident driving myself to the pharmacy a few years ago when really sick with a sinus/ear infection. Do not drive home tonight if you still feel this way!

mazingerz88's avatar

If you haven’t decided yet on seeing a doctor, try getting a reading on your blood pressure if you can. And do it once every 3 or 4 hours. Get the average. See if it’s too high or too low. And make sure you have enough food and water in you. And Fluther me in the morning. : )

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

It’s gone away for the most part, but it was pretty wild there for a bit. Thanks for all your answers. I think I will schedule a checkup.

KNOWITALL's avatar

@Adirondackwannabe A lot of the time I didn’t even know I had an ear infection, I just got the symptoms and learned to recognize them. Better to get checked though!

Ayesha's avatar

Please do schedule a check up. I hope everything is okay.

gailcalled's avatar

12 years ago I had a sudden onset of vertigo and the room spinning. It is called Benign Positional Vertigo and if often caused by sudden shaking loose of particles in the inner ear.

“For a variety of reasons, these crystals can become dislodged. When they become dislodged, they can move into one of the semicircular canals — especially while you’re lying down. This causes the semicircular canal to become sensitive to head position changes it would normally not respond to. As a result, you feel dizzy.”

It is very unsettling but can be fixed by manipulations done by an ENT.

To this day, I am mindful about getting in and out of bed, being raised and lowered in a dentist’s chair and not having my hair shampooed at the salon where I have to tilt it back.

I often notice some wobbliness when I wake up, but after walking around for a while, it subsides.

Bellatrix's avatar

Do more than ‘think’ about that check-up. High blood pressure is an invisible killer. However, I agree with @gailcalled. It could be Benign Positional Vertigo.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

BP was 118 over 81, pulse was 71. That’s an unusual number for me.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

I had the checkup today. she gave me a bunch of neuro tests. Plus a bunch of blood was drawn for tests. What would a CBC test show? I may ask this as a question just for general consumption.

Seek's avatar

CBC is ‘complete blood count.’ It’s a count of the white cells, red cells, and platelets. Abnormally high or low levels of any or all can indicate various illnesses. It’s just an all-purpose clinical test.

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