A long update, apologies. Good news re PSA, not so good news re an apparent blood clot.
Friday 8th May 2020 I woke up with double vision and had to lie down after attempting to get up.
I ignored it all morning as best I could but decided to telephone optician to discuss it.
Immediate urgent referral to the Edinburgh Eye Pavilion. After getting through temperature checks etc. I had a thorough check which showed my left pupil was sluggish and left eyelid drooped plus movement in my left eye seemed limited. Conclusion was the third cranial nerve had been disturbed possibly by a stroke. So it was off to the Royal Infirmary where the doctors agreed left pupil was sluggish etc. ECG, head CT and head angiogram performed. No bleed observed, phew, but I now needed to see a neurologist for further tests.
The neurologist was of the opinion I’ve suffered a microvascular blockage interrupting the blood supply to the third cranial nerve resulting in double vision. He was also a bit concerned about my cancer history and was going to contact my oncologist. He advised me to start taking 75mg of aspirin daily as a precaution against further events. He was also concerned about Myasthenia Gravis which is an autoimmune disorder, certainly don’t want that. I haven’t heard back about the blood test for that so assume it was negative.
Six weeks on I still awaken with double vision, once I stand up and move it resolves after a few minutes but comes back again if I close my eyes for more than a few minutes. Apparently most cases resolve after a few months but some don’t.
I have had a raft of blood tests on Tuesday 16.6.2020 which included PSA, cholesterol and fasting sugar. My PSA is still <0.1 (yippee), cholesterol is 5.4 or so which is above range so waiting to hear back from GP who wants to get my blood pressure and cholesterol within range given what has happened.
I must admit I thought about cancer spread and got myself wound up about that…….