Dramblys Posted July 23, 2018 Share Posted July 23, 2018 It is now nearly 7 months since my wife's aneurysmal SAH. For the history, please see my introductory post: She is still dealing with some headaches, difficulty sleeping, anxiety, memory difficulty, etc. but is generally improving gradually. The double vision (from cranial nerve VI palsy) has resolved. However, in the past month or so, there is a new issue that is affecting, among other things, her ability to read. Certain visual patterns are making her feel disturbed or fearful. Hopefully I'm explaining well enough in these examples: Seeing text at a small size (as in a newspaper) is repellent to her, reminding her of insects. (She is able to read on her Kindle with larger size text). She recently purchased some new mascara, and was repulsed by the appearance of the brush applicator (it reminded her of a centipede). While working in the garden, She saw the rows of spores on the underside of a fern leaf, and was so bothered by the appearance, she asked me to prune off all the fronds that had visible spores. Afterward, she is still disturbed by the appearance of the ferns in general, but is aware that it doesn't make sense. (If you have never seen fern spores, they looked something like this: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Fern_with_spores.JPG ) On the worst days, she says everything just "looks ugly" to her. The issue reading printed text has been especially difficult as my mother-in-law passed away in late March, and my wife is executor of the estate. This would be a difficult task for anyone, so of course it's more difficult for someone recovering from a SAH. It also involves a good deal of reading of legal and financial paperwork. I have done what I can to serve as her secretary. She has visited her regular ophthalmologist, and has a second visit to a neuro-ophthalmologist in a few days. (The prior visit was before this issue started.) I'm just wondering if anyone else here has encountered anything like this, and if so which medical specialty was able to help? To me it almost seems like PTSD, and not necessarily related to the vision system. All my online search results relate to very different types of visual issues. Thanks. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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