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What causes headache,vomiting and blurring of vision?

Two events have occurred in the past two days. First, I had an episode that came on very suddenly where, in the middle of a meal, I was suddenly nauseous, left the table and vomited violently. It was so violent that some small blood vessels in my eyes burst causing red spots. Shortly thereafter, I experience visual disturbances - bright sparkly lights, zigzag black lines, blurriness in one eye. Then in a few minutes and severe headache began on one side of my head. After about 10 minutes the headache and all symptoms began to subside and the headache became a minor dull ache that lasted for about the next 36 hours or so. About the time the headache subsided, the tip of my tongue began to feel numb, and then gradually become painful - a burning sensation. The burning sensation comes and goes - sometimes quite painful, sometimes only slight. What could this possibly be? A migraine? I have never had anything quite like this before.
Thu, 21 Nov 2019
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After going through your scenario, I can understand your anxiety.. From the features you give, if you are of the elder age group it may be a condition called " Temporal (Giant cell) arteritis, as you have highlighted eye features or can be a condition called " cluster Headache ". Kindly do check your

1. You have other features like fever, tiredness & joint pain

2. Do Blood ESR

3. Consult an ophthalmologist as soon as possible

4. Treatment has to be started before the symptoms get worse.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Take care

Dr Yogapriya Vasudevan, General & Family Physician
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