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Blurry vision related to paleo?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 18, 2013 at 6:16 AM

Hey guys-

Here's the backstory: During puberty I got migraines. They went away around age 15/16. They were horrible back then and thankfully they went away.

Now, I will very occasionally get a migraine. Up until recently, it only happened when I was playing sports and accidentally looked up right at the sun for a split second. Even then, I won't get the headache portion, I'll only get the vision distortion. This is a retinal migraine. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Retinal_migraine

Two weeks ago, I got a retinal migraine seemingly out of nowhere. The vision distortion was bad, I had bright spots in my vision, and I couldn't read. That lasted about an hour.

Now the last several days, I have had intermittent blurry vision. It'll be bad for an hour and then fine again. It's just blurry -- I don't get the bright spots like I would get with a retinal migraine. It gets worse when I drink coffee or look at the computer screen. It also flared up after a workout.

Any ideas what this could be? I've been Paleo for 3.5 months. A month ago I found out I had an egg allergy and cut them out entirely. I drink 3 cups of coffee a day, and look at the computer screen for about 8 hours (unfortunately I need to for work right now). In terms of not being perfectly paleo, I don't eat as many vegetables as I should, and I overconsume almonds.

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on May 13, 2013
at 12:34 AM

Just an update: I think the culprit here is excessive consumption of almond butter, and thus, excessive consumption of Vitamin E. I was eating about 6 Tbsp of almond butter a day for a while, and cutting it out (along with my multivitamin) seemed to drastically reduce the problem.

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on April 19, 2013
at 12:21 AM

that's possible. it could just be related to an electrolyte deficiency/imbalance, because aldosterone is 'inter-linked' with the balance of potassium & sodium. So make sure you are getting the RDA for potassium. & probably more than the RDA for sodium, Jaminet suggests 3.7 grams sodium per day (approx 9-9.5 g of salt). & at least the RDA for magnesium & other electrolytes from your diet

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on April 18, 2013
at 05:18 PM

Nope. I mean I take a multivitamin with 100 mg (25% DV) magnesium. I'll pick up a supplement and see if that works. My medical insurance is so bad I can't really afford to go to the doctor for this.

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on April 18, 2013
at 04:02 PM

Okay, I'm not certain I performed the test correctly, but I did indeed get fluctuating pupils. However, I don't fit any of the other symptoms of struggling adrenal function..

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on April 18, 2013
at 12:05 PM

Do you supplement Magnesium? Sounds like a deficiency.

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on April 18, 2013
at 07:21 AM

info on aldosterone here http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/aldosterone/

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on April 18, 2013
at 07:11 AM

just noticed that 'Test Three' under that link also applies

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on April 18, 2013
at 06:23 AM

Weird, my pre-paleo blurriness(near-sightedness) is coming back again after I cut out eggs. If I drink a coffee it's back to 20/20 in a few minutes though.

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543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on April 18, 2013
at 07:07 AM

Your coffee comment made me think...could be adrenal/aldosterone related,

Give this pupil test a go, to see if you have trouble keeping your pupil constricted under a bright light. The test sounds a bit kooky, but my pupils use to do this a while back, before i 'got healthy'.

Here's a description of the test, http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/adrenal-info/
scroll down to the 'Test Two:' heading for details.

And here's a video example of an unstable pupil reflex

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on April 18, 2013
at 07:21 AM

info on aldosterone here http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/aldosterone/

0219fa194c33e06928253fd0ce5032c2

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on April 18, 2013
at 04:02 PM

Okay, I'm not certain I performed the test correctly, but I did indeed get fluctuating pupils. However, I don't fit any of the other symptoms of struggling adrenal function..

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

(4493)

on April 18, 2013
at 07:11 AM

just noticed that 'Test Three' under that link also applies

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

(4493)

on April 19, 2013
at 12:21 AM

that's possible. it could just be related to an electrolyte deficiency/imbalance, because aldosterone is 'inter-linked' with the balance of potassium & sodium. So make sure you are getting the RDA for potassium. & probably more than the RDA for sodium, Jaminet suggests 3.7 grams sodium per day (approx 9-9.5 g of salt). & at least the RDA for magnesium & other electrolytes from your diet

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on April 18, 2013
at 08:46 AM

I have floaters in one eye. I can move the blurriness by looking quickly to the side and then forward again. The floaters 'float' back after a little while. They are more noticeable when loking at a screen because the light from the screen shows them up. I don't think it causes them. You should get your eyes checked out in case it's something else but I think you just have to live with floaters. If anyone has a way of dealing with them I'd love to know!

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