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Birdlady
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   Posted 10/14/2008 11:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Everyone,
I am sorry can hardly see to type this, had to do all this stuff to sign up but since I have woken up I have this Horrible pain in my left eye that comes and goes along with what I have noticed pins and needles in both my hands but this eye pain is something else! It comes and goes around every 5 minutes or less..but is soo bad! Taken off all jewerlly so there is nothing tight on. I have also been getting alot more than usual stabbing pains in my mucsles (calfs especially) and I am not sure whether I should go to the hospital or not? ugh..OUCH You wouldn't believe this pain! I am 51 years old and have back problems, pinched nerves where my legs and arms go totally numb, have been diagnosed with Fibro and am on onxy''s 3 20's a day and Lyrica 300mg 2x daily but this eye thing is really scarying me...what is this? I am starting to think they have missed something here...? Any thoughts or help on this one please? This pain comes and goes in my eye, left inner corner...but it is soo bad I yell out. Not the type of person to panic about things as I am pretty used to some bizarre things that happen to me. Losing the loss of legs etc.
Sorry for going on but this is too much.
Thanks,
Wendy

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   Posted 10/14/2008 11:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Wendy,
I think you need to call your doctor, or an ER, immediately, or just go to the ER. You need to have that stabbing pain checked out. Call or go to the ER - now! Please! I don't want to scare you but you want to make sure to rule out a stroke, or some type of blockage, and the longer you wait on that the more damage can be caused.

PaLady

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   Posted 10/14/2008 11:33 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi  palady.../thank you for your input and answering so quickly! that is what I was thinking with this happening, all these weird things.I Hate the hospital..but it isn't going away. The stabbing pain eye but in my calves is worse on my right side though. I woke up the other morning and my "right" arm was totally dead, useless. But this eyepain I have never had before.. I don't have any jaw pain though, read about that...ok I will get ready. You should see my eyes! Just looked them now and they are all swollen up, both of them. All this stuff is really weird. Getting old! Lots of fun! not. Ok thank you..oh brother. Is the eyepain a sign though? What is this please if you know?

Wendy OUCH! LOL Not funny..


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   Posted 10/14/2008 11:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Wendy

GO TO THE ER NOW.

 

 

Eye pain like that needs to be looked at ASAP. I hate the hospital as well but you really need a doctor to look at this. I am not a doctor but waking up with limbs that won't work is a major red flag.

Put aside your hatred of the hospital and go.

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Birdlady
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   Posted 10/14/2008 11:56 AM (GMT -7)   

Ok! lol I will sorry I am just a bit freaking out now...my Dad is taking me.. he has been bugging me to go all day now but I will..yep the eye pain is something and these docs up here are Really stupid! I have been having these problems for quite awhile now and they just shrug off everything off and say there is nothing we can do. This is why I don't want to go..they are scary because some of them are sooo stupid...No kidding! They are wacked up here...free health care..yep! you only get what you pay for..ok I will shut up now and go...this is weird...and thank you so much! I will let you know what happens ok...thanks again..

Wendy

p.s. I am sorry for all the problems everyone is having here. God bless everyone and thank you for being here.


PAlady
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   Posted 10/14/2008 12:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Wendy,
I hope you're not reading this until you return from the hospital, but in case you're still hesitating remember - the longer you wait the more IRREVERSIBLE damage can happen. BUT early intervention may prevent some or all of that damage. Just tell the ER doctors this is NOT your typical pain, and make sure they check you for a stroke or some type of vascular blockage.

When you can, let us know how it went. But remember, we're not doctors!

PaLady

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   Posted 10/14/2008 7:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes, Keep us posted as to how your doing!
Prayers for you and sure hope your doing better...
Sure hope it went well at the Hospital....
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   Posted 10/14/2008 7:35 PM (GMT -7)   
I agree with all of the others, if you haven't gone already, go see a doctor asap, the ER, or your ophthalmologist of you can. I suffer from chronic severe eye pain, and one of the things that I've learned throughout my experience is that eye pain can be a sign of some serious problems. It's not something that you should put off taking care of.

I hope things go well for you!

Birdlady
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   Posted 10/15/2008 7:35 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Everyone, thank you for your replies, very kind of you.

I am so sorry I didnt' let you know what happend right away but I was in the ER all night, ZOO! Will leave out the silly details and just tell you. They did take it seriously so that is good and put me in the major observation room. There was only one doc on but he came in and just said because my blood pressure etc. seemed ok he made a call that it wasn't a stroke! He took me right away though and put drops in my eyes and looked at my eyes under the scopes. He said I had scratches on my cornea! yikes..and that was what was causing all the pain. He put some gucky stuff in my eyes to make them feel better but seemed to dry them out and then I felt the sand feeling. ouch again. Said he didn't know how or why I had them there but I needed to see a specialist right away and give me a referral, told me to see my doc today and sent me on my way. Saw my doc today and he was dumbfounded..oh I forgot to tell you that here you are only allowed to see someone (doc) there for ONE thing...gosh Like I said my arm was falling asleep and waking up with a frozen arm and sometimes numb. Limbs..anyways I went for the eye and my doc said one thing at a time too. I was a bit upset because I have to force my arm away (open) and feels like I am tearing the muscles. I said it really hurts and feels bruised and as I said that lifted my shirt and sure enough there were bruises on my arm! that shocked me! You could actually see the bruising...I have baby birds so I need my hands and arm to handfeed in the morning otherwise I would be up in the ER with that. Maybe I should put them with my friend and go if this keeps up! gosh...I see my doc again on Sunday. Yep he is there 7 days a week due to the number of patients he has! wild huh!

I better go as I have to feed these wee ones. I have started doing this so I wouldn't go mental and to get me out of bed! It has worked that is for sure. The muscles in my legs have come back too. I have a site but won't tell unless you want me too. cockatiels but I am here to talk about our problems and asked for your help.Thank you Everyone so much! You know I met a woman in there who told me her aunt just lost her eyesite to little strokes she had that she didn't pay attention to! just the other week too. Eyepain is what she had! Freaked me right out too. Have to make that appointment myself to see the eye specialist, thought my doc would do that with my referral but didn't. Will do it tomorrow and he said get in there Right Away you don't want to mess with your eyes, it could be something bad...gosh.. Never a dull moment.  I better go now but I will come back. Thank you PaLady & everyone!

Love,

Wendy

p.s. Sorry if I seem to be in a rush, I am behind now with all of this happening..the birds keep me going that's for sure! Sometimes I feel like I can't handle it but I love them soo much and they have helped me Tremdously! I know I would be in a wheelchair without them. Small birds so it is easy to look after them. lol

Thanks and will keep you updated everyone on what he says...and thanks for your support yesterday and help. Sure means a lot to me and am sooo glad you are all here!

Hang on everyone with your pain and I will read some posts later on  


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   Posted 10/15/2008 8:31 PM (GMT -7)   
PAlady said...
Wendy,
I think you need to call your doctor, or an ER, immediately, or just go to the ER. You need to have that stabbing pain checked out. Call or go to the ER - now! Please! I don't want to scare you but you want to make sure to rule out a stroke, or some type of blockage, and the longer you wait on that the more damage can be caused.

PaLady
Sorry for chiming in here but..... is this common the eye pain and stabbing pain related to stoke?  I have both as well as awful charlie horses, nightly.  Doc has no answers.

Birdlady
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   Posted 10/15/2008 9:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Cloe,
No it isn't common I was told and yes it can be related to a Stroke for sure! Mine, eye pain was caused by something? scratches, will see what the specialist says, this guy was only saying he saw 3 or more scratches..but put down Corneal Abrassion in the referral with no ? Has your doc checked your blood pressure? They told me at the hospital that was the first thing they looked at. But no definately not is this normal to have eye pain. Like PaLady said GO TO THE ER! I can't believe your doc isn't putting the 2 together? Where are you located if you don't mind answering, just about where? U.S.?
Sorry am in the middle of something ..just checked and saw there was a post.
Wendy

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   Posted 10/15/2008 9:26 PM (GMT -7)   

I have been so busy with taken care of my best friend forever!  I did take my blood pressure at the pharmacy and it was 200 something over 200 something.  I usually run low like 111/76.  Many times my pause and BP cant be found. I haven't addressed this yet.  I have asthma so will blame it on that, this too shall pass.  I am stressed big time right now with the health issues of my friend and my daughter getting married in less then THREE WEEKS!  My fingers do go numb, is that panic or stress?  No head aches just jabs in the eyes, or just real sensitiveness.  I am also recovering from bruised ribs and that prob ups my BP as pain will do that.  I live in the Midwest.  I just saw my eye doctor due to this and my vision is the same as it was two years ago.  I think it is just a huge change in activity and stress.

Take care!

Cloe

 


Post Edited (~Cloe~) : 10/15/2008 10:30:04 PM (GMT-6)


Birdlady
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   Posted 10/15/2008 9:42 PM (GMT -7)   

wow Cloe, I would go to the ER. 200/? That is near fibrilation! I would definately go and checked out Please! That is wayyyy too high and if your eyes are ok then for sure I would go.. I am not a doctor but have had soo many things go wrong...I do have my Medical secretary but that was years ago and can't remember everything...you sound like me big time, stressed over a lot of things. Please take care of yourself, it is better to be safe then sorry right!

oh sorry about the !!!! everyone. lol I get hyper sometimes.

Go and get checked out ok Cloe and let us know what they say.

All the best and take care!

Wendy


~Cloe~
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   Posted 10/15/2008 9:53 PM (GMT -7)   

I will pick up one of those check your on B/P things tomorrow.

My father had that fibrillation thing, and he got one of those B/P cuffs to use at home.  You put it on your wrist.  My sister is having bloody nose's A LOT and her B/P is off the charts.  I haven't had a bloody nose since I was knee high to a grasshopper.  No worries, this was last week and I feel better these days.  I was just wondering what the heck was happening and went to eye doc.  I may just be sun sensitive, nothing wrong with that.  IMO.

I have a hard time excepting the idea that just cause one is in pain or under stress that they would have B/P issues.

I take good care of myself.

 

 


Birdlady
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   Posted 10/15/2008 10:42 PM (GMT -7)   

That's a good idea, my dad has a lot of those bp things too!

lol Why? When you are under stress or say if you get mad don't you notice it feels like your head is going to blow up sometimes along with your beating heart? That is your bp going up, sometimes you feel nothing though, you don't know it. Bleeding noses is a Really good thing when you have high blood pressure as it releases the pressure. It is a real lifesaver sometimes. My mom gets really high blood pressure and her eyes pop blood vessels. Sounds gross but she was told that it is the same as the nose bleeds but not as messy, just looks kind of awful.

I'm sure you do take good care of yourself like we all try but we have things happen to us out of our control I suppose right! I'm surprised your doc doesn't pay more attention to your bp. If you get one, you should start a log and do it daily and see what happens throughout the day or about a week. Maybe 3 or more times a day. May help to see if there is a problem. Just an idea if you get one of those things.

That eye pain is a pretty weird thing isn't it! Mine was soo severe I just couldn't let it pass. Scary too.. strange if something did scratch it I wonder how long it has been because I don't recall anything happening in the last 3 or 4 days that might have done that or anything really. I fell asleep with my glasses on about a week ago and I woke up hurting but why would it take so long to even feel it. too strange.

 


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   Posted 10/15/2008 10:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Cloe,
Stress can affect BP and vice versa. And strokes can have a number of symptoms, but regardless that BP number is EXTREME and you should have it checked in the ER immediately. Nevermind the drug store monitors or even the wrist ones (the latter are somewhat helpful, but not as accurate as you need now and the store ones may or may not be accurate - lots of factors). Besides, this needs medical attention. And coupled with the eye pain, finger numbness (and for you Birlady that bruising is relevant) you really should not wait.

I will repeat what I said to Birdlady - these aren't things to put off, wedding or no wedding. Not even for a day. At the very least CALL an ER and speak to a nurse and tell them these symptoms. Damage can occur that is preventable if caught in the first minutes and hours of a stroke, but may be irreversible later. Is it worth the risk? The injury to your ribs could possibly have resulted in some type of clot. All these part of the puzzle need to be evaluated by medical personnel who understand the symptoms of a stroke and other vascular problems. I'm not a doc, but have worked in health care. Plus I'm in the process of getting some of these things tested for myself (not stroke symptoms, but vascular testing - because I don't want anything serious to happen).

Birdlady - good for you for getting help, but that bruising may be part of it all. I know you mention the limit on conditions you can be seen for (I'm not sure of the technicalities of this) but I would go to webmd and familiarize yourself with the symptoms of stroke and vascular disease - especially for women, and tell you doc you want all of these things ruled out.

I don't want to be an alarmist but this at big ticket items and I want you both to be ok! yeah

PaLady
BTW Cloe it may have nothing to do with not taking care of yourself; sounds like you have some genetic predispositions in your family, and that's a big part of it.

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   Posted 10/15/2008 10:51 PM (GMT -7)   

What is up with the brusing?   I am covered with them?  Not covered but have alot of them.  I hate doctors btw.

 


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   Posted 10/15/2008 11:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Cloe,
Please, have it checked. Bruising is just the external "view" of the blood underneath that's pooled for some reason. Normally, we bruise and then heal. But with a lot of bruising it's abornormal. Something is going on you need to have check out. I'm not thrilled with doctors either, but that BP alone is enough to send you to an ER. Seriously, 200? 130 and up is hypertensive. See how high yours is?

PaLady

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   Posted 10/16/2008 12:03 AM (GMT -7)   
PaLady, your right re: bruising!, remember I told you that everyone here just ignores issues? It's true. I was actually really surprised I got that far the other night/last night. Could I please get your take on something else that is very painful right through the oxy's!? My doc has been ignoring this issue for a couple of months now. He keeps saying next time..and wisks me off. about 3 months ago? I noticed because it really hurt a lump on the bottom of my index finger, on the inside of my hand/palm. I showed it to my doc and he said oh it's severe arthritis and I said, playing stupid...gee I thought it was some kind of cyst. He then sent me for an x-ray and it came back "normal with a growth" Now to me that is not arthritis and he said after I asked what should we do about it? He says "we just keep watching it" well it's been some time now and it's still there! It gets really big then calms down. Isn't this something to be looked in to?? He just keeps saying next time to everything! and it is really bugging me. I'm being polite here.
Thanks for your input. It does really hurt and I feel all the time I want it out of me!!! lol but I do feel that way. It is hard and hurts even to open a doornob almost impossible.
Birdlady aka eyepainhelp
p.s. I showed it to one of the nurses in there and she said ew it looks like it should be aspirated...I thought more like taken out surgically! It would just come back if it were just aspirated. I also asked about antiboitics one time to my doc when it was huge and he just said maybe and left it that way, ignored it.

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   Posted 10/16/2008 7:14 AM (GMT -7)   
I go to the doctor today at 1:15. Last time I went, about my ribs my B/P was borderline 138/90. If I recall correctly. The nurse said it was good. I wanted so bad to say that it usually runs 110/76 give or take a few.
Cloe

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   Posted 10/16/2008 8:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Birdlady,
You might try asking for a referral to a hand specialist. I have some bumps like that on my hands that have increased with age, and my hand surgeon (who has done 2 carpel tunnel surgeries on me over the years and cortisone injections for trigger fingers) said they were some type of cyst, but benign and kind of can go along with arthritis. But the only way you'll know is to have it checked. Please remember I'm not a doctor!!! Maybe a referral to a hand & arthritis specialist would help clarify it and ease your mind.

Cloe - I'm so glad you're going to the doctor. Yes, the 138/90 could be considered prehypertensive, but there's certainly something going on with that big of a rise from your normal. Certain medications can cause it to rise, but even that needs to be evaluated. I was on celebrex for awhile and my readings were getting regularly into the 130's and occasional 140's. Since stopping it, I'm back into my normals, right around the 110/70 range like yours. But the 200 reading - that's off the charts. And dangerous. Sure there are aberrations because of a stressful moment, or what's called white coat syndrome (nervousness in the doctors office), but you've got a lot of other symptoms and taken together if it was me I'd want it evaluated. But again, I'm not a doctor! I did buy a home blood pressure unit last year for the first time in my life. But I didn't buy a wrist unit. I investigated them and found the top recommended brand, which is the other typs that goes around the arm. That's how I was able to watch my own BP at different times of the day, after taking certain meds, etc.

Hope to hear back positive news from you!

PaLady

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   Posted 10/16/2008 12:30 PM (GMT -7)   

Thanks PaLady, yes that helps.. I really wish he would do something because it is annoying thing to have this and it is a pain especially when you are just trying to do normal things like open a door! geesh. When I see him Sunday I am going to insist this time he does "something" or send me to someone like you suggest. I don't know why they put things off. I guess they want to watch to see if they go away but not like this. That is what the gp is there for, to referr you to a specialist with these type of problems right! ok thanks. oh I forgot to mention I am on 2x daily 7.5mg of meloxicam for arthritis and it works very well! Especially for my knees. If I didn't have that I wouldn't be able to function with the adema and pain. Works very well for me. When I was at the hospital they noticed that my lower legs were very swollen. That has been happening a lot lately. I also have chronic achilles tendonitis in both feet and have to wear special shoes and braces for my ankles and legs. Looks Lovely in a Summer dress! But they sure help me walk normal! My life has gone down the tubes since that car accident but what can you do. I am glad everyone is here to talk about these things as my friends listen but it isn't fair to them really and seems to scare them away. Amazing though through the birds at how many people and just lately I have met that have been diagnosed with MS and Lupus, etc! Terrible and scary. Birds seem to help everyone like this and they do. Sounds like you have been through your fair share of doctors and problems too PaLady and I know I probably don't know even half of it. Thanks for being here, everyone!

p.s. My brother looks at (lump on hand) and says oh..that's cancer..geesh like I need to hear that, went through that for about 3 years but am ok now. But better to rule out that!

Cloe I am glad also that you are going to the doctor. Thinking of you and hope that you get some answers and help. Yep I Totally agree that 200 is wayyy off the charts! My mom had that and was rushed to the hospital. Even if you see that once! Oh I wanted to say that my dad's doc didn't like him buying all these gadgets too on his own, PB kits and had him bring the best one in. He checked it and gave the ok so if you do that maybe that might be ok to do, can't hurt and maybe they are good to have around! I know I have used my dad's a few times. Good Luck! and try to get your stress down at least a bit, I know I have to watch that too.

Looking forward to some good news Cloe!

Wen (birdlady)


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   Posted 10/16/2008 12:47 PM (GMT -7)   
My doctor appointment went well. My B/P was 138/87 and for me that is high. My doc said he was willing to put me on a low dose of BP medication but first he wanted to check my blood. I have a genetic disease called hemochromatosis(iron overload disease) He is wanting to check my ferritin and iron levels. My need to go see the GI as I haven't been taking care of this malady.
Hope all is doing good today!
Cloe

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   Posted 10/16/2008 1:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Good Stuff Cloe! I am sorry to hear of your condition though. Funny how we put these things off though isn't it..we need each other to give each other a good Push! go now! Right? lol Am waiting for my appointment.

ok now The doctor I was to see (referral) won''t be there until Tuesday and they told me to call back the doc at the ER and see if there is another doc that I can see. So I just called my GP because they were telling me yesterday that they have a doctor right there in the same building. The woman said this needs to be treated right away and shouldn't be left at all, so..hopefully I can just go to my GP's eye specialist. Weird how all this works with these doctors. We are short of doctors here. All the good ones up and moved to the States! lol True.
Birdlady
p.s. Glad for your Cloe that you having things on the go now..

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   Posted 10/16/2008 2:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Cloe & Birdlady,
I'm relieved to hear you're both getting medical attention! Some things we can put off, but others are too risky. It's hard to know the difference when we all have so much going on. You're right, birdlady, I've got my list of docs, too! Just came from my PT visit.

Seeing a hand specialist can at least have anything serious ruled out with your hand, and maybe if it is arthritis you could get some PT for your hand. I know I did for awhile to learn to finger exercises, etc. And I bought a small parafin bath (the wax thing) to have at home because that's soothing for arthritis, but I haven't used it in a while. I have so many devices and pills around here it makes my head spin! rolleyes

PaLady
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