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Someone talk sense to me please.

(19 Posts)
jellyrolly Sun 01-Nov-15 18:53:02

My DS aged 8 had one dilated eye last Wednesday. I noticed it when we were eating with grandparent, he had had ice cream. I thought it might be ice cream brain freeze which he does get. My FIL is a retired consultant and checked his eyes advising me to visit the GP if it happened again. It did happen again the next day so I took him to the GP on Friday. I saw a frankly, dismissive and a little rude I thought (he was smirking openly at me) young GP who sent us away saying it was very unusual, maybe I should see an optician. I said it wasn't his eye itself that was the worry as this could indicate a neurological or nerve problem. He said he couldn't say but wouldn't refer us to a specialist.

We saw the optician the next day who was very thorough and professional. He looked at the back of the eye and saw no damage or anything which worried him immediately however he said it was very unusual and has referred us to be seen at hospital within two weeks. I understand from nurse friends this is standard if it there are no signs or something severe, bleeding etc. He has had no bang to the head but does have a head cold and is bunged up.

My FIL has been in touch a lot and has now suggested I just turn up at A&E demanding to see a paediatric neurologist. He has never given medical advice before despite his long experience, nothing serious has ever come up before. Because he is so unflappable it has made me so worried now. I was going to wait to see what the hospital say but now I am worried I am putting my son at risk waiting.

I know I can't seek medical advice on here - I seem to have a lot of that around me! I suppose I would like some sensible mum words, what would you do? Thank you in advance.

VegasIsBest Sun 01-Nov-15 19:03:28

Presumably you'd be better to take advice from your retired FIL consultant than a bunch of strangers on the internet. Why don't you phone back and ask for more detailed advice. Is he suggesting you go to A&E immediately or is it safe to wait till the morning? Hope you get this sorted out and it turns out to be nothing to worry about.

Wolfiefan Sun 01-Nov-15 19:06:27

I've never seen pupils change due to eating ice cream. Has that happened before?
Chase the hospital appt?

jellyrolly Sun 01-Nov-15 19:28:19

I'm going to ring about the hospital appointment in the morning.

I thought maybe the cold constricted something in his head, I don't know anything about eye biology!

MummySparkle Sun 01-Nov-15 19:31:15

Is he in bed now? I would be calling 111 to get some advice. They will usually get somebody experienced to give you a call back.

jellyrolly Sun 01-Nov-15 19:33:10

I've spoken to 111. There is a walk in eye clinic at the hospital I will take him to tomorrow as he has no other symptoms and is in bed now.

Alanna1 Sun 01-Nov-15 19:33:45

Talk to your FIL!!! But I would generally follow a FIL retired consultant's advice asap!

Allhallowseve Sun 01-Nov-15 19:34:19

I would take him to a&e in the morning and explain what had happened . If you have a local children's hospital near you with specialist paed neurologists go straight there to avoid being referred again.

Allhallowseve Sun 01-Nov-15 19:35:16

Oh and best of luck how all is well with your DS.

Allhallowseve Sun 01-Nov-15 19:35:41

*hope

jellyrolly Sun 01-Nov-15 19:39:26

I'm going to take him to the children's hospital in the morning. Thank you for replies, I just wanted to see what other parents would do as its hard to react sensibly with your own child. Advice from all medical professionals has been completely different.

Goingtobeawesome Sun 01-Nov-15 19:40:09

Listen to your instincts. Don't be put off by dismissive doctors. They generally don't have to live with any decision they make. Good luck.

jellyrolly Sun 01-Nov-15 19:44:51

My instinct is a little off. I don't feel anything serious is happening but my mother had a brain tumour, a close friend had one last year. I worry I can't make sensible decisions because of this. I don't trust the GP.

AnotherTimeMaybe Sun 01-Nov-15 19:54:10

I'd personally would take him to a&e but since you're going to the eye clinic tomorrow even better
I'm sure it's nothing but it's better if a consultant tells you that rather than us
Id personally ask for thyroid/diabetes tests done . Endocrinology issues have an impact on the eyes and considering he was eating ice cream that tells me something
Good luck x

jellyrolly Sun 01-Nov-15 19:57:06

Thank you, I will mention that tomorrow.

GloGirl Mon 02-Nov-15 08:56:49

Take him to an Eye A&E if there is one near you rather than a children's one. If you can get to Manchester there's an eye hospital here with an A&E, and it's also connected with a children's hospital should that make you feel better. In fact you could just walk from one A&E to the children's one.

Good luck today. flowers

jellyrolly Mon 02-Nov-15 17:20:48

Thank you Glogirl. I took him to A&E at the local children's hospital. He will have a scan in the next week but they didn't see anything urgent, as in emergency scan today type urgent.

GloGirl Mon 02-Nov-15 19:34:03

Great news, best of luck next week flowers

Witchend Tue 03-Nov-15 14:31:53

jelly it may be nothing to worry about.
I get mismatched pupils sometimes, particularly first thing in the morning if I'm tired. I've been checked out a couple of times and nothing has ever come up.

It can be a sign of MS, which I suspect your FIL may be thinking of. It would be very very unusual to have signs in a young boy (more common in girls and generally young adults). I was the typical age when I presented with it, and so was tested fairly carefully for that.
Well anyway, if it was, I've had no other symptoms in nearly 20 years, although I do notice my mismatched pupils occasionally, and I can tell when they are mismatched by the mismatch of light coming in. It can precede a migraine if the light is bright, and I don't know whether the mismatch of light causes the migraine, or my pupils do that when a migraine is coming.

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