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Apr 13, 2016 10:42 PM

So, I've had blurry vision over the last couple of months. I thought it was the Gabapentin. We ruled that out and I went to my optometrist today. After ruling out the obvious, he noticed that two things. First the pressure in my eyes was high. So I have to go in for further testing next week, something called a field test. Secondly, he can see the beginning of cataracts, which he says I'm too young for. Has anyone had eye issues, and what can cause these two issues under 50?

I joked that I didn't need new glasses, but I did need a new TV because ours was too small for me to see clearly. My husband got angry. I'm not sure if it was the diagnosis or the money aspect of yet another thing wrong with me. Now he's upstairs avoiding me and palpably sulking and I'm quietly trying not to break down. I feel, and have felt for some time, like I'm ruining his life, like I'm an obligation he has to see through. Sorry. Wow, I didn't mean for this post to turn into a whine...

Apr 14, 2016 1:29 PM

Have them check your eye stems for pappillodema or pseudo tumor cerebri. Aka as intracranial hypertension. Since they are doing the visual field test next that's a good thing. But I asked them to check for these items. Good luck

Apr 14, 2016 2:23 PM

I'll have to look those up...thank you, Csamo7. I hate going into something without some understanding of what's going on.

Apr 14, 2016 8:52 PM

May I ask if you have fibro?
I have had a nasty time with a feeling of constant eye pressure, pain, vision changes for past 3 years. So far physically there is nothing noted by eye specialist. I don't understand what it is. I wondered for me if it was fibro related but don't know. 🤔

Apr 15, 2016 10:38 AM

I have blurred vision and burning in my eyes. I also often feel extreme pressure and my eyes will tear up and get red to where it looks as though I am crying. After my Dr noticed a spot in my eye a few years back, he sent me to a neurologist who ordered a lumbar puncture after which I was diagnosed with Pseudotumor Cerebri. Seeing as they have already spotted the pressure in your eyes (which is how they now test me, rather then putting me through repetitive lumbar punctures), it is possible that is what you have. Do you get headaches often that feel as though someone is squeezing your head and as though your head is going to explode? That is seriously the best way to describe these kinds of headaches in my opinion! I imagine they will order a lumbar puncture for you, so my suggestion is that you ask for it to be done in the hospital with the fluoroscopic guidance. My neurologist first tried to do it in the office and it was a nightmare! I left there barely able to walk, my back was in severe pain and I had the worse migraine ever. But when they did it fluoroscopic... I walked out of there like nothing had ever happened! And after my diagnosis, she put me on Diamox and within a year my pressure was back to normal and I was able to get off the meds. They have yet to figure out why I still have vision problems, but then again I am just starting to think it's my fibro. Who knows?! Lol! God bless!

Apr 15, 2016 6:47 PM

BeetsRGood, I don't have a diagnosis yet, just plenty of symptoms. I'm sorry you're going through this and they haven't been able to figure it out. That seems to be the story for many of us, doesn't it? I hope they have answer for you soon.

FibroWarriorMom, yikes, that sounds like a lot to go through! Thank you for tip. I go in for more testing on Wednesday. I'll keep the lumbar puncture tip in mind and make sure I do it the less painful way. How are you doing now? Have the headaches and vision issue stayed resolved?

Apr 15, 2016 7:59 PM

dlwc, I also have pseudotumor cerebri. Yes, the visual field testing is a good next step. Also, ask them to check the optic nerve for something called papilloedema(swelling of the optic nerve). Usually a brain MRI is the next step, along with a lumbar puncture to absolutely confirm diagnosis.
Yes, lumbar puncture with fluoroscopic guidance is the best way to go. I'm also currently on Diamox but showing no signs of PTC after the spinal tap. Going back for confirmation of remission(hopefully) on May 12th. One symptom that I've experienced is random bouts of nausea and vomiting but haven't had any recently.

Apr 17, 2016 8:48 PM

Dlwc58, Due to my sjogrens my eyes start dry, burn and feel like sand constantly. But my vision has changed yearly for 10 years. Have the beginning of cataracts and I'm 54. There is a diagnosis for cataracts before age 60, but it's not the norm. Try not to worry on that issue because they can take a long time to get to the point of surgery. My doc just keeps changing my rx for glasses. As for what others are advising, I have no knowledge, but I'll keep you in my prayers.

Don't apologize for whining. We all need to now and then, because obviously this is a safe community to do so without getting into an argument with a loved one or becoming more depressed. I understand because sometimes I feel like my hubby gets tired of "something else" just buy his attitude. As good as he is, or our marriage, it's far from perfect... No fairly tale bliss! Lol. Hugs & prayers you gets answers soon! 🙂💕🙏🌼

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