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sara
07-19-2006, 07:17 AM
hello there !

i wonder if any one here has faced the symptoms which i am currently facing. A few days back my left eye showed a lot of redness in the white area which went away by itself within 48 hrs but i still have a slightly gritty feeling when i make eye movements. This redness comes and goes by itself and has happened several times in past 6 weeks. The first time it happened, i rushed to an eye specialist who after examination ruled out scleritis and gave me some steroidal eye drops which helped. Now that doc has left and my GP has given me a whole list of meds including steroidal eye drops, antibacterial ointments and antibiotics to be taken but i am not comfy with so much medication specially when i am currently on homeopathy.. I would like to know wht course of treatment was followed if any one here has faced similer symptoms.


thanx

atedj
07-19-2006, 09:38 PM
Hey! I experienced similar eye problems like you are describing. It started out as an eye infection that just wouldn't go away. The doctor blamed it on allergies and told me to avoid wearing my contact lenses for now (I had worn contacts for over ten years with no problems until then). Dryness and discomfort continued and I never could stand to wear my contacts again. I was then diagnosed with Lupus and my rheumy said I also had Sjorgen's Syndrome as a secondary auto-immune disease. It basically dries up all your body's moisture-producing glands, causing dry eyes, mouth and nose. I'm on prescription eye drops and such now and it seems to help, but it is a constant battle of discomfort, especially my eyes. At night I wake up with them so dry I can barely pry them open to put drops in. I'm not trying to scare you, but if you condition worsens and you experience other symptoms like mine, you might want to ask your doctor about Sjorgen's. Anyway, hope this helps!

sara
07-19-2006, 10:07 PM
thanx for sharing the info!! i guess i need to see an eye specialist asap..and i used to gloat over the fact that i was only one in the family who had no eye ailments ever :( will let u know whatever diagnosis is made..

take care



Hey! I experienced similar eye problems like you are describing. It started out as an eye infection that just wouldn't go away. The doctor blamed it on allergies and told me to avoid wearing my contact lenses for now (I had worn contacts for over ten years with no problems until then). Dryness and discomfort continued and I never could stand to wear my contacts again. I was then diagnosed with Lupus and my rheumy said I also had Sjorgen's Syndrome as a secondary auto-immune disease. It basically dries up all your body's moisture-producing glands, causing dry eyes, mouth and nose. I'm on prescription eye drops and such now and it seems to help, but it is a constant battle of discomfort, especially my eyes. At night I wake up with them so dry I can barely pry them open to put drops in. I'm not trying to scare you, but if you condition worsens and you experience other symptoms like mine, you might want to ask your doctor about Sjorgen's. Anyway, hope this helps!

tbritt
08-08-2006, 07:07 PM
Hi Sara!
I have experienced the same thing you are going through. I was also perscribed the steroid eye drops and it cleared up for about six months only to recur. I don't wear glasses or contacts. I think you should see an opthamologist about this problem. I can't remember the diagnosis, but it was fully explained at the time, and not just swept under the allergy rug. Good luck!

sara
08-08-2006, 08:44 PM
hi tbritt !

My gp still believes that it is nthg more than an infection which keeps recurring. Since i had a sore throat and a very sore tongue along with joint pains immediately after that, i tried to explain her the possiblity of Sjogren's syndrome but she simply shut me out as if i am letting my imagination run away. However, she did put me on steroids so that if all this was being caused by lupus the symptoms will go away. With 30mg prednisone daily, my joint pains and sore tongue are ok though throat has gone from bad to worse. And nxt time eye infection reoccurs, i'll make a beeline to the ophtho rather than to her..

ButterflyRN
08-09-2006, 03:12 AM
Sara do you actually see a rhematologist or just your GP. A rheumatologist is specialized and is going to hear you out more than a GP. :D

sara
08-09-2006, 05:28 AM
i have recently moved to this new place in gulf and since this clinic seemed to have a good reputation, i decided to consult this GP. I am still trying to locate a good rheumi but since no one among my acquaintences has ever felt the need of one, i am still searching.

jaynedarcy
08-09-2006, 11:41 AM
Just something else to ask your doctor about is shingles. My mother had a very similar eye problem, redness, grittiness, and pain several months ago in her eye. When it flared down her neck and shoulder and part of her scalp, I told her to ask the doc about shingles. That was it. I was stunned. I had no idea shingles could get your eyes, but it can.

sara
08-09-2006, 08:42 PM
i doubt if its shingles coz already had an attack of it last year and docs usually say it happens once in a life time although there could be exceptions.It effected my left leg which was covered with boil like rashes and it hurt like hell . Anyway, eye problems seem to have disappeared for a while and i do hope that this awful dose of steroids is taking care of that too :lol: apart from other ailments...