On July 20th, I had had enough. My eyes hurt, my head hurt. My first thought was to go to an optometrist. to make sure my eyes were healthy. They went through their tests, making sure I could see properly, and took pictures of my retina so I didn't have to dilate my eyes. The doctor then saw me, and told me it really sounded like my symptoms were just leftover from my sinus infection I had the week prior. Then she opened my retina photos. She looked at them for a moment, and the color drained from her face. "Oh Kim," was all she could say. When she finally composed herself, (somewhat) she showed me the pictures of my eyes and compared them to normal eyes. My optic nerves were swollen. Optic nerves rarely swell for any other reason except if there is "surplus matter" in the brain pushing on them. Aka...a brain tumor. This lady cried on me, seriously. She connected me with her primary care physician, she said I needed to see another doctor right away. So, she called and made me the appointment, and I went over there to see him.
In the end, I have been diagnosed with a chronic illness called Benign Intracranial Hypertension also known as Pseudotumor Cerebri. It's rare. I may never know anyone else with this condition in my life. You might not ever know anyone with this in your life. That's how rare it is. I had more of a chance of having a tumor, then I did having random pressure in my head.
I'm on some medication that's supposed to help, and it is. So hopefully I can get caught back up on sharing pictures of my vacations with you. For now it's day by day, some days I'm well enough to sit at the computer, some days I'm not.