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Diagnosed with hpylori. Sudden bright lights in field of vision. What are the complications?

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I have recently been diagnosed with hpylori. I think I have had it undiagnosed for a number of years-possibly since childhood. My question relates to a visual disturbance I have had for about 2 years, maybe 3. I have very bright lights periodically in my field of vision. These seem to be most noticeable when I wake in the morning or during the night. They are visible in both eyes. They pass from an upper point and move slowly down, on the outer sides of my eyes. I have noticed them a few times when eyes are open but most of the time when closed and qwakening, Any ideas?
Posted Wed, 22 Aug 2012 in Vision and Eye Disorders
Answered by Dr. Rajeev Chavda 3 hours later
Thanks for using the XXXXXXX I am happy to address your questions, flashes of light sometimes appear with floaters. Flashes look like flashing lights even though no light is actually flashing. Flashes are similar to the sensation of seeing stars & are noticed at night or dark room. Some people experience flashes as heat waves in both eyes. Flashes often last 10-20 minutes. These types of flashes are usually caused by a spasm of blood vessels in the brain, called migraine. Some migraines are followed by a headache (which is not in your case). For some, the detachment of the vitreous gel from the retina can cause a tear in the retina. The symptoms of retinal detachment include increase of floaters and flashes of light, reduction of vision, a shadow or curtain in the peripheral vision which will move towards the center vision over days or weeks. Will recommend you to kindly get your eyes examined by an ophthalmologist to determine if the flashes and floaters are due to tear in the retina or migraine or other eye problems. Hope I have answered your query. If you have any further questions I will be happy to help.
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Follow-up: Diagnosed with hpylori. Sudden bright lights in field of vision. What are the complications? 2 hours later
I went to Opthomologist when I first began to notice these occurances. I was concerned about retinal detachmant. He checked everything and could find no reason for waht I described. I have suffered Migrain through the years so I understand vety well what an XXXXXXX is. Please read the following letter and you may be able to help me further. WWW.WWWW.WW
More specialists acumen may be required. The opthomologist did ask me if I was well, I thought at the time, although I felt bad most of the time, at that point nothing was diagnosed, so I must be well. The next dx I received was that of Atrial Fibrulation. With the recent study I have done, I see where Pylori can get into the blood and affect the heart in area of rhythm.

For years I have had horrible oesophagael pain. I have taken PPI's have only gotten temporary symptomatic relief. I am aware of both retinal detachment symptom of light flashing and also the XXXXXXX of light experienced with migraine. The problem I am having with my eyes is unlike an XXXXXXX and I was checked previously for the retinal detachment, which was negative. When I have an XXXXXXX leading into migraine I see the lights when my eyes are open or closed. Once the XXXXXXX goes away I go into the sequence of migraine with horriblle nauseating pain on one side of my head.

With the problem I am having now, like this morning when I turned over, waking up, I saw this in my left eye as I turned from my right side to my left. It moved from the bottom of my eye, curving around the outside, moving to the top of my left eye, and disappears. I only see it for a few seconds. I have terribly dry eyes in the mornings and use bottle tears for relief. Can you please help me?

The prevpac I am taking for pylori is making me very ill, I don't want to take them but I know I have to get rid of it. I need to know if this is what has been wrong with my eyes. Please do further reasearch and help me. Thank you, XXXXXXX
Answered by Dr. Rajeev Chavda 40 hours later
Thanks for using the XXXXXXX I am happy to address your questions, apologise for the delay and understand your concern, i hope you have confirmed your diagnosis of H.pylori infection and prevpac combination have been shown to be active against most strains of Helicobacter pylori in vitro and in clinical infection advocated for the same. It may cause severe side-effects like diarrhea that is watery or bloody; signs of new infection, such as fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms, mouth sores; easy bruising or bleeding, unusual weakness; agitation, confusion, unusual thoughts or behavior. It could be central serous chorioretinopathy, an eye condition which causes distorted vision. This condition is normally temporary, and has a variety of causes. Most people who are affected regain at least 20/30 eyesight within six months of symptoms first appearing. It develops when one or more of the macula layers of the retina become detached. The macula layers are located in the center of the retina, and form a small yellow-pigmented area which is crucial for maintaining clarity of vision. If these layers become detached, fluid is able to leak into the space behind the retina. It can occur spontaneously with no known cause, but there are several associated risk factors. Stress is believed to increase the risk, and the condition is also associated with high levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Corticosteroid medications used to treat inflammatory diseases and allergies, can increase the risk of this type of eye damage. Some evidence suggests that infection with Helicobacter pylori may increase susceptibility, but this has not been conclusively proven. Will recommend you complete your course of treatment to clear the H.pylori infection (confirmed with urea breath tests) and after that get yourself re-examined by an ophthalmologist. In the meantime, as most flashes are annoying but cause no pain. For this problem, natural remedy solutions starting with a person’s diet. A good diet is essential for eye health, and one XXXXXXX in fruits and vegetables is best. Vitamins A and C are known to improve vision and support eye health. If you do not have any clarifications, you can close the discussion and rate the answer. Wish you good health. Thanks
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Follow-up: Diagnosed with hpylori. Sudden bright lights in field of vision. What are the complications? 33 minutes later
H Pylori is being treated with prevpac. I have been very sick with the medication but understand this is from die-off of the bacteria and toxins created by the bacti. My question has to do with tumors in the body. Some of the reading I did related to one person who was h pylori+ had problems with his eyes and was seeing what he describes as something very much like what I have been experiencing. Turned out he had a tumor in the gland just above his eye and also a total of6 other tumors in other parts of his body. I am concerned I may have something like this. I have been feeling so bad for so long, I looked back and saw when I was first diagnosed with GERD and experienced symptoms of pylori, it was in 2000. H Pylori was supposidly negative upon EGD biopsy. I have requested records from the study. Another EGD in 2011 also with negative h pylori. As I said, feeling so bad for so long, I would consider this infection chronic. My question is, should I pursue getting a PET/CAT scan to rule out tumors? I want to go ahead and do this before any more Dr. visits. How would I present this to the physician who dx the h pylori?

Thank you for your answers, you have been exceptionally helpful.

All the best to you, XXXXXXX
Answered by Dr. Rajeev Chavda 3 hours later
Yes, I understand your concern but the possibility is very rare, but its better to rule out the concerns and diagnose it. Yes, as rightly mentioned will suggest you undergo the PET/ CT scan to rule our any cancerous lesions. You can share with your clinician about the other symptoms and share your concerns and its always better to get it cleared from mind through investigations. It will be a pleasure to know your results. Else, if you do not have any clarifications, you can close the discussion and rate the answer. Wish you good health. Thanks
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