Bilateral Papilledema

The condition where the optic nerves present at the back of both the eyes swell up is called bilateral papilledema. Double vision, blurred vision, temporary vision loss, and seeing flashes of light are the common symptoms seen in this condition. When the pressure in the brain increases, which can be due to traumatic head injury, anemia, fluid build-up in the brain, and brain inflammation, it can result in papilledema.

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I have been taking steroids for papilledema, but I have a headache and do not want to take steroids again. What else can I take to ease the pain and swelling of the optic nerve?

Query: Hi doctor, I was diagnosed with papilledema after suffering from bad headaches. So, I was on steroids and drinking glycerine to reduce the swelling of my optic nerve. But now I am again having headaches that mostly affect the right side of my head. As my pain is terrible, I try to reduce it by using...  Read Full »

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your case. But initially, we need to find the underlying cause of the papilledema. Here are my opinions: Your blood pressure needs to be checked. If the blood pressure is high, then start taking anti-hypertensive medicines. If any infection is also pre...  Read Full »

Is bilateral papilledema a serious one?

Query: Hi doctor, My wife was recently seen by an ophthalmologist for loss of peripheral vision in one eye and a feeling of something wrong with her eye, as though it were closed. Ophthalmologist diagnosed it as bilateral papilledema and referred to neurologist for immediate follow up. The ophthalmologist ...  Read Full »

Dr. Vaibhev Mittal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Please do not get panic. Papilledema is swelling of optic nerve head due to increase in intracranial pressure. This pressure may be high due to some tumor or blockage of sinuses or idiopathic (without cause). The investigations required are: Perimetry should be done ...  Read Full »

Even after taking treatment for cerebral venous thrombosis, I still have headaches. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I was diagnosed with cerebral venous sinus thrombosis, eight months back, after suffering severe headaches. I have never had headaches in my life, except very occasional tensions headaches. I have been taking Warfarin ever since, and I had a follow-up MRI, four months back. The radiolo...  Read Full »

Dr. Hitesh Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I would like to know some more details about your problem. Since when you started to have headaches? Which part of the head do you have these headaches? Is it same headaches as you had before, or are they different? What kind of headaches are these, heaviness,...  Read Full »

Do I need to consult a doctor for my constant headache?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 26 years old male, for the last month and a half, I feel a pressure on the back of my head. It sometimes causes mild pain in different parts of my head, like the sides of my head. It makes me feel hot sometimes as well. I also have some neck pain, but it is not much. This headache...  Read Full »

Dr. Hitesh Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I would like to know some details about your problem.  Since when you started to have these headaches? Did it start 1.5 months back or you had these headaches previously also? Which parts of the head do you have pain? How long does one episode of this headache last?...  Read Full »

My husband gets frequent headaches thrice a week. Please help us.

Query: Hello doctor,My husband is having very frequent headache problem for at least twice or thrice in a week. We have consulted eye specialist as well as an ENT specialist, but in the test everything is good. Now, we are worried about his problem. Can you suggest or guide us about the reason?  Read Full »

Dr. Hitesh Kumar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I want to ask a few questions related to your husband's headache. Since how long he have these headaches? For how much time the episode of a headache will last? Is there any associated nausea or vomiting during headaches? How is his sleep? I suggest you get an MRI of th...  Read Full »

I have a bearable headache after hospitalization. Is it due to meningoencephalitis?

Query: Hi doctor, The patient is a 28 year old male. His weight is 56 kg and height is 6 feet. He was an assistant Professor in an Engineering college. For around five days, He had a heavy unbearable headache, high fever, vomiting, loss of appetite, lost consciousness and had a single episode of seizure o...  Read Full »

Dr. Hitesh Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to As per given history and reports, it seems that the patient had meningoencephalitis. The probable cause for which may be tuberculosis. MRI also showed granulomas in the brain and the patient is currently on four drug ATT (antituberculosis treatment) with oral steroids....  Read Full »

Is OCT scan reliable in detecting pseudo-papilledema?

Query: Hello doctor, I did an OCT scan for the first time last week, but it appears that the sup / nas is slightly diluted. Well, I was born with an optic nerve abnormality they call it pseudo-papilledema. I was born with high hyperopia en strabismus (high hyperopia may be associated with blurring of the...  Read Full »

Dr. Manjunath Natarajan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through the OCT (optic coherence tomography) reports of your left eye. (attachment removed to proteect patient identity). I understand that you have been informed that you have pseudo papilloedema of your left eye. Let me explain to you in very simple w...  Read Full »

Is papilledema bilateral?

Query: Hello doctor, I have elevated optic disc with blurred edges only in the left eye, that was discovered on routine eye examination. I have developed headaches in the last few weeks. If this was papilledema would it be bilateral?  Read Full »

Dr. Rahul Vaswani

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Papilloedema is always bilateral. It is due to increased pressure in the brain. If it is unilateral, it is called papillitis, that is due to underlying inflammation.  Read Full »

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