If you’ve been suffering from headaches, dizziness (vertigo), eye pain and blurred vision, and have seen a dozen specialists who’ve failed to figure out the cause, let alone an effective treatment…
DO NOT GIVE UP HOPE.
Below is the case of a person who began suffering from headaches, vertigo, dizziness, pain relating to the eyes plus blurry vision – following a fender bender.
No Relief from Headaches, Eye Pain, Dizziness, Blurry Vision
The patient and her husband were rear-ended while stopped for a red light, causing their car to hit the vehicle in front of them. “The pain in my eye was instant,” she relates.
Soon after she began suffering from the other symptoms plus pain in her face, ear, jaw and neck. And it was constant, she says.
“For the next three years I went to multiple specialists.” These were as follows:
• Two ophthalmologists
• Two neuro-ophthalmologists
• Two optometrists
• Two neurologists
• Primary care physician
• ER doctor
None of these doctors could offer an explanation, let alone treatment, other than to suggest that she had a traumatic brain injury from the accident.
Though sometimes the source of eye pain and blurry vision is a problem with the actual eye, such as recurrent corneal erosion (pain and blurriness), keep in mind that an issue with the eye can originate from another area of the head, and hence, an eye doctor will not know to look there for the cause.
Another important point is that this patient saw a psychologist. Though headaches can be caused by stress, the sensation of the room spinning around you (vertigo) can’t. Neither can eye pain or blurry vision.
So if anyone ever suggests that these symptoms are “all in your head,” do not believe this.
Now stress can cause digestive symptoms (heartburn, diarrhea, even coughing from acid refluxing into the throat) and cardiac symptoms (chest pain, racing pulse, palpitations, high blood pressure).
But to think that stress can cause blurry vision and eye pain is just going over the top.
“I had given up…believing I would be stuck with all of these pains for the rest of my life,” says the patient.
One day her husband was listening to the radio (WJR in Detroit) and heard Dr. Jeffrey Haddad speaking about TMJ disorder and all the symptoms it can cause. The husband realized that the symptom list resembled what his wife was suffering from.
Dr. Haddad, DDS, of Doolin Haddad Advanced Dentistry in Rochester, MI, evaluated the patient and fitted her with a custom orthotic for her jaw/teeth.
“As soon as I got in the car after receiving my dental orthotic from Dr. Haddad, it was like a light bulb went on and I realized my eye didn’t hurt!” she says. And this was for the first time in three years.
The impact of the collision had literally knocked her jaw out of whack, even though she did not have the more publicized symptoms of TMJ disorder: clicking jaw when eating or yawning, jaw pain or soreness when eating, inability to open the mouth all the way.
But temporomandibular joint disorder can cause many more symptoms that you’d never think it could, such as tinnitus (“ringing” in the ears) and ear pain.
“Then I began noticing my vertigo was gone,” continues the patient. “I no longer had to go through putting my pillow just so — propping up my face just to try and sleep.
“My other symptoms began going away and would come back only when I would take the mouthpiece out.”
If you’ve been experiencing non-retractable headaches, head or eye pain, blurriness and/or vertigo or dizziness – perhaps the last type of doctor you’d ever think to see is a dentist.
But a misaligned jaw and bite can cause misery, whether it stems from a car accident or has no specific cause.
Dr. Haddad lectures nationally on cosmetic dentistry, TMJ disorders and practice marketing, and utilizes the latest technology to ensure the utmost in patient comfort and care.
Lorra Garrick has been covering medical, fitness and cybersecurity topics for many years, having written thousands of articles for print magazines and websites, including as a ghostwriter. She’s also a former ACE-certified personal trainer.