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Sudden headache with vision loss,epilepsy - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   My 16 year old son started having sudden headaches followed by loss of his peripheral vision, last about 20 minutes or so. It does not seem to have a set pattern, he could be warming up for track practice, or sitting in front of the computer. He also seems to have a bit of mental confusion afterwards. Any clues, should I be overly worried?? Please inform!!
Doctor :   hello
User :   Hello
Doctor :   how many times this has happened ?
User :   Probably more than a dozen times
User :   That he has mentioned to me??
Doctor :   have you had any tests done ?
User :   No, we don't have insurance or money to pay for any testing, but if I need to, I will take him directly to the ER to be treated.
Doctor :   well i am afraid he does needs medical attention
Doctor :   there are many causes that can cause it
Doctor :   the most common being epilepsy
Doctor :   certain tests including CT and MRI are must !!!
User :   He plays football and rugby. As far as I know from this past season, he did not get any hits on the head.
Doctor :   any history of any drug abuse ?
User :   Yes, I already thought doctors would suggest an MRI or Cat scan, we just couldn't afford it.
Doctor :   an attack lasting for 20 mins can be dangerous
User :   No, thank God, none that I am aware. I would ask, I feel he would be honest about that, he knows we would not flip out if there had been an issue with drugs!
Doctor :   thats good. and more over from the signs you have told me it looks more towards a epileptic condition
Doctor :   but with proper medication it is completely controlled
User :   Ok, is we take him directly to the ER, they will treat him and give him an MRI or Cat scan if they saw the need for that??
Doctor :   you would have to get the tests done as its the only way such a condition can be diagnosed
Doctor :   yes they will
Doctor :   and CT and MRI will be done for sure
User :   well, he is away for a few days at track meet, when he returns, we will get him to the ER promptly! If he is not having an attack, will they still be able to determine if there is some underlying condition?
Doctor :   yes it can be diagnosed
User :   You confirmed what I felt I should do, thanks for the confirmation! Thank you!
Doctor :   your welcome
Doctor :   take care
Doctor :   good bye
User :   Same to you Dr.!
User :   Bye!
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