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Appointment with Rheumatologist yesterday

Jun 09, 2016 9:59 AM

Had my appointment with my Rheumatologist yesterday (first appointment) I have to go see a eye surgeon to see about the dry eye's and to see if my eye's will hold up to a certain type of medication. It kinda freaks me out, just the statement to see if my eye's will hold up to the medication! What's it going to do make me blind?! He also did more blood work to see if the disease has progressed anymore, and I am due back to see him in 6 week's, enough time for the eye doctors results to come in and the new blood work results. please pray for me. Love Hug's Prayer's to my pain family! 🙏💕🌻🌹🌞

Jun 09, 2016 3:31 PM

Moparmom, was the medication plaquenil? If so my eye doc said in all her years of treating sjogrens patients, she has not had a single patient to have negative results from the use of the plaquenil, no damage to their eyes. I hope this has put your mind at ease if it's about plaquenil. Hugs & prayers everything works out just fine! 🙂💕🙏🌼

Jun 09, 2016 6:10 PM

I just looked at the info on the pamphlet and it is in fact Plaquenil, I just frightened me because my eye site has been bad as a child and I already have no line bifocals got those when I was 19 and since then the bifocals got stronger and stronger each year.

Jun 09, 2016 7:42 PM

I totally understand. I've worn glasses since 1978, went to bifocals around 2004, then trifocals in 2008-2009 I think. My eyesight has changed yearly since 2007, about 12-14 mod apart. This past change occurred in 8-9 mos which was a little concerning to me. But my close up vision improved while my distance visions got worse, and my hips eye worsened more than my bad eye. I just figure it's because I'm starting at a tablet or phone or tv screen or book all day, instead of working. 😉

Jun 09, 2016 7:49 PM

Oops, darn memory... New glasses yearly since 2005, bifocals 2006, trifocals 2008. My hubby corrected me! Lol

Jun 09, 2016 8:51 PM

Lol! It's okay! I told my husband tonight with my memory slipping and his shot we needed to bring my camera cordrer and film the Dr's appointment's so we can remember what he said for us to do, especially if there is a procedure upcoming!😂💕

Question! Is the procedure for the dry eye testing painful?? I know we experience pain on a daily basis but I'm trying to avoid more pain lol!!

Jun 10, 2016 7:21 AM

Lol maybe I should use a video instead of having my hubby go with me!

No, it's basically a more in depth test, with dilation and looking into several different machines. It's too get a baseline of where your vision is now, so that when you follow up next time (& times after) they will know if the med had caused problems. And it's too make sure you can start the med. Not long after I started the plaquenil I had to use an eye drop for red irritation, I think called pilocarpine. But after 2 wk recheck I didn't need it. She told me it's common to get irritation on now& then, just because our eyes are so dry. I use basic moisture drops 3-4x day and then the gel drops are bedtime. I'm using systems now, but I've used Theaters & another I can't remember. Visine she said to stay away from.

Jun 10, 2016 7:28 AM

You will need to wear sunglasses after, especially outside. They had to put dilation drops in my eyes twice and the light made me squint badly.

Jun 10, 2016 10:55 PM

Thank You! I am just trying to find out what I'm getting into when it comes to the testing on the eye's right now as that is all he ordered so far, we will see what the blood work say's when it comes back. Flappys your a saint! Thank You!!😘😘🌞

Jun 12, 2016 5:18 PM

I dont think I'd fit the "saint" character, but I'm glad to be your friend! 😚 It's good to be concerned and educated about possibilities, so I'm glad to help. I'm glad you now know some of what to expect.👍 Hugs & prayers you'll be fine! 🙂💕🙏🌼

Jun 12, 2016 5:30 PM

MoparMom, I hope the test goes well and helps to find answers. Remember your sunglasses and a brimmed hat if you have 😎.
Beets.

Jun 12, 2016 5:47 PM

Thank You Beets, I most definitely have a big white brimmed hat like what Scarlett O'Hare wore lol, I don't do anywhere without it!

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