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My legs get weak and are like rubber bands. I need help walking. I have had this many years. My daughter was diagnosed with periodic paralysis about 10 yrs ago. I always felt I had it, but never went to a neurologist about it. My question is now my eyes

By Anonymous October 8, 2011 - 2:41pm
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go crazy. It seems like the muscles in the eyes are going all over the place. It impairs my life, because when this happens I can't do anything. I have to sit down and close my eyes until they stop jumping. While this is happening, I also see double. Just had eyes checked and nothing is wrong. Of course this wasn't happening while I was being examined. Also, just before attack, I get very hot. It happens when I'm really not doing too much and It also happens when I'm busy doing something.

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I am suffering from DTM,HT, Tremor, rubbery legs, firstly my lower limbs became weak, than I treated steroids, plasma pherosis
medication: # insuline
#vitamine b1,b6,b12,#calcium with vit d# losartain
#clonazipam# vit e#gabapentene
present codition: severe tremor both hand,rubbery legs, waking prolem, leg pain,
steepness Age: 50, male, DTM for 4 yrs, HT for 10 yrs

July 26, 2012 - 5:34am
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I don't know exactly what you mean by your eye muscles moving all over, but wondered if you are talking about nystagmus. You can google it and see if that's what you are experiencing. Nystagmus is often a symptom of episodic ataxia, which is also caused by mutations to ion channel genes, as is periodic paralysis.

October 9, 2011 - 5:47pm

Hi Anonymous,

Reading on Periodic Paralysis--it sounds like you may share this in common with your daughter, after all...it is genetic. However, you should schedule an appointment with your doctor to be tested and diagnosed.

As far as the diplopia (double vision) that you're experiencing, this can be caused by many things.

Cornea problems. Problems with the cornea often cause double vision in one eye only. Covering the affected eye makes the double vision go away. The damaged surface of the eye distorts incoming light, causing double vision. Damage can happen in several ways:

Infections of the cornea, such as herpes zoster, or shingles, can distort the cornea.
An uncommon complication of LASIK surgery can leave one cornea altered, creating unequal visual images.
Lens problems. Cataracts are the most common problem with the lens that causes double vision. If cataracts are present in both eyes, images from both eyes will be distorted. Cataracts are often correctable with minor surgery.

Muscle problems. If a muscle in one eye is weak, that eye can't move smoothly with the healthy eye. Gazing in directions controlled by the weak muscle causes double vision. Muscle problems can result from several causes:

Myasthenia gravis is an autoimmune illness that blocks the stimulation of muscles by nerves inside the head. The earliest signs are often double vision and drooping eyelids, or ptosis.
Graves' disease is a thyroid condition that weakens the muscles of the eyes. Graves' disease commonly causes vertical diplopia. With vertical diplopia, one image is on top of the other.
Nerve problems. Several different conditions can damage the nerves and lead to double vision:

Multiple sclerosis can affect nerves anywhere in the brain or spinal cord. If the nerves controlling the eyes are damaged, double vision can result.
Guillain-Barre syndrome is a nerve condition that causes progressive weakness. Sometimes, the first symptoms occur in the eyes and cause double vision.
Uncontrolled diabetes can lead to nerve damage in one of the eyes, causing eye weakness and double vision.
Brain problems. The nerves controlling the eyes connect directly to the brain. Further visual processing takes place inside the brain. Many different causes for double vision originate in the brain. They include:

Increased pressure inside the brain from trauma, bleeding, or infection
Brain tumors
Migraine headaches

Double vision that is new or unexplained requires IMMEDIATE medical attention, so please contact your doctor as soon as possible.


Keep us posted,


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