News  |  Journals  |  Conferences  |  Blogs  |  Articles  |  Forums  |  Twitter   

Doctors Lounge - Neurology Answers

"The information provided on is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a patient/site visitor and his/her physician."

Back to Neurology Answers List

Forum Name: Neurology Topics

Question: 1. Uneven pupils, why? 2. Is inversion for back pain safe?

 Maffer - Sat Jul 07, 2007 11:18 am

I've had periodically uneven pupils (my right is usually more dilated than the left during most days, but often they're both equal) for over a year, along with mild visual disturbances that come and go, while my vision remains good. I've consulted doctors who say they can't find anything wrong. So, is it possible that I just get uneven pupils and there's nothing to be worried about?

I've got a bit of neck and back pain that's muscular, and by hanging upside-down using Teeter Hang-Ups gravity boots and inversion table I can get a lot of relief from muscle pain. My plan is to hang upside-down for 5-10 minutes a day. I'm 19, very physically active (I go running around 5 miles several times a week and do a lot more exercise beside that) and skinny, and I have eased into hanging upside-down just as the product manufacturer advised. But before I make this a habit, is this safe for my brain and eyes?

Thanks in advance!
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Sat Jul 07, 2007 2:26 pm

User avatar 1) Having unequal pupils occasionally can be normal. It is referred to as anisocoria. If you have been evaluated and everything was OK I would not be worried about it.

2) I am not familiar with any contraindications for inversion. It is probably safe (but I cannot say it is 100% safe as I simply don't know). I would not recommend hanging upside down for too long at a time. The time you are suggesting is likely fine. There should be no damage to your brain or eyes.

Best wishes.
 Maffer - Mon Jul 09, 2007 10:50 am

Many thanks :)

| Check a doctor's response to similar questions
advertisement.gif (61x7 -- 0 bytes)

Are you a Doctor, Pharmacist, PA or a Nurse?

Join the Doctors Lounge online medical community

  • Editorial activities: Publish, peer review, edit online articles.

  • Ask a Doctor Teams: Respond to patient questions and discuss challenging presentations with other members.

Doctors Lounge Membership Application



Tools & Services: Follow DoctorsLounge on Twitter Follow us on Twitter | RSS News | Newsletter | Contact us

Copyright © 2001-2017
Doctors Lounge.
All rights reserved.

Medical Reference:
Diseases | Symptoms
Drugs | Labs | Procedures
Software | Tutorials

Links | Humor
Forum Archive
CME Articles

Privacy Statement
Terms & Conditions
Editorial Board
About us | Email

We subscribe to the HONcode principles of the HON Foundation. Click to verify.We subscribe to the HONcode principles.
Verify here