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mdf34
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   Posted 7/26/2010 2:44 PM (GMT -7)   
OK, I am on the north side of 40 I know.  But more and more all of a sudden lately I am having a harder time seeing.  Vision is blurry at all ranges, like I still have sleep in my eyes kinda thing.  I have tested with perfect vision always.  20/15 both eyes.  I am also getting more and more fatigued, and I notice that when I am getting ready to have an episode and am having one, my normal dark bags under the eyes get bruised looking, literally like I got my nose broken.  Is it the meds, combo of Pentasa and Entocort.  Or is it due to age do you think.  I have a follow up with the GI Thurs and have no idea how hard to press these questions.  Oh, and I have started losing weight, not much but it is getting noticeable.  I am reduced to having episodes about every 2 weeks.  I can't get any further timewise than that.
 
Thanks for any thoughts on the matter.


Diagnosed (FINALLY) UC Sept 09/Diagnosis amended 5-3-10 to Crohn's
Taking Pentasa 500mg/8x/day
Entocort 3X/day
Bentyl as needed
1000 mg Vitamin C
Prilosec 1X/day
Flonase
 
 

Post Edited (mdf34) : 7/26/2010 3:47:43 PM (GMT-6)


dunny2
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   Posted 7/26/2010 5:45 PM (GMT -7)   
My opinion, for what it's worth, sounds like all disease to me. Probably going into a good flare. Tell your GI on Thurs.
Vicky

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grumpygi
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   Posted 7/26/2010 7:00 PM (GMT -7)   
mdf34:  Hi, Crohn's disease and eye issues are tied in:  check out the following web site.  http://www.ehow.com/about_5087412_eye-problems-typical-crohns-disease.html
Meds: Celebrex, Omeprazole, Liadla, Entocort EC 9mg/day, Vit D, Mulitvit, Omega 3's, Ambian, Neurontin.
 
 
 


mdf34
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   Posted 7/26/2010 9:12 PM (GMT -7)   
The link won't seem to work, maybe it's a work thing.
Diagnosed (FINALLY) UC Sept 09/Diagnosis amended 5-3-10 to Crohn's
Taking Pentasa 500mg/8x/day
Entocort 3X/day
Bentyl as needed
1000 mg Vitamin C
Prilosec 1X/day
Flonase
 
 


grumpygi
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   Posted 7/26/2010 10:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, copy the link into the web address and if it still doesn't work just google Crohns and eyes - ehow pops up with pretty good info.  Take care, barb
Meds: Celebrex, Omeprazole, Liadla, Entocort EC 9mg/day, Vit D, Mulitvit, Omega 3's, Ambian, Neurontin.
 
 
 


hedster
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   Posted 7/27/2010 12:06 AM (GMT -7)   
It's the disease - always been a problem of mine, though sounds new to you. Worse when I'm tired. I've actually gotten perscription drops from my eye doc for it, it helps somewhat. But yes, blurry and dry, me too. I say start with drops, it sure gives me relief.

Here's one bit of reading for you:

Uveitis is a common eye problem associated with Crohn's disease. Uveitis is an inflammation of the middle layer of the eye and can only be diagnosed by an eye doctor with an eye examination. Symptoms include pain, blurry vision, eye redness and sensitivity to light.

FROM: What Eye Problems are Typical With Crohn's Disease? | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/about_5087412_eye-problems-typical-crohns-disease.html#ixzz0urdLnsvT

mdf34
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   Posted 7/27/2010 6:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks everyone so far.
 
Grumpy, I wish I had thought of doing that on my own.  I have dealing with computer crap all week, especially last night, at work.  Silly me.
 
 
Diagnosed (FINALLY) UC Sept 09/Diagnosis amended 5-3-10 to Crohn's
Taking Pentasa 500mg/8x/day
Entocort 3X/day
Bentyl as needed
1000 mg Vitamin C
Prilosec 1X/day
Flonase
 
 


njmom
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   Posted 7/27/2010 9:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Like others, am sure it's mostly the Crohn's BUT you might want to have your iron, B12, and folic acid levels checked. The serum iron test is useless - your hemoglobin (hgb) is a better indicator, along with a Ferritin test (Ferritin is the stored form of iron in your body).  Both the meds and disease can cause nutritional deficiencies.
 
You might want to consider more effective meds and trying a dietary regimen like SCD or Maker's Diet. It's not good to let the disease fester because it is only partially controlled by meds. Pentasa doesn't do much for most Crohn's patients. Entocort works in some, but not all, but has NOT been proven to provide full remission (in other words, no symptoms, good labs AND a clean colonoscopy).

mdf34
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   Posted 7/27/2010 2:39 PM (GMT -7)   
this is actually getting depressing again. 
Diagnosed (FINALLY) UC Sept 09/Diagnosis amended 5-3-10 to Crohn's
Taking Pentasa 500mg/8x/day
Entocort 3X/day
Bentyl as needed
1000 mg Vitamin C
Prilosec 1X/day
Flonase
 
 


FunGuy
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   Posted 7/27/2010 4:56 PM (GMT -7)   
I am going to be fifty shortly. Always had great eyesight. Last year my eyes really went down hill. I don't think I have the dark cirlces though. Bottom line is I blame it on the cortisone but who knows for sure. Hell of a coincidence though that my eyes went south when I was on high cortisone meds. Now I need bifocals. Haven't bought them yet though. Sure could be my age. How about both age and cortisone????? Doctors didn't offer any insight (no pun).
 


grumpygi
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   Posted 7/27/2010 5:04 PM (GMT -7)   
FunGuy:  my vote . . .age!  You are fortunate to have made it to 50 without bifocals - average is ~ 40!  I made it a few years beyond that and just purchased my first mono-mono contacts.  One is for near vision and one is for far vision-just gotta retrain my brain!   
Meds: Celebrex, Omeprazole, Liadla, Entocort EC 9mg/day, Vit D, Mulitvit, Omega 3's, Ambian, Neurontin.
 
 
 


mdf34
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   Posted 7/27/2010 6:08 PM (GMT -7)   
And yes I was thinning on top already, but that has picked up suddenly, the hair loss I mean.  More to blame on the meds as well?
Diagnosed (FINALLY) UC Sept 09/Diagnosis amended 5-3-10 to Crohn's
Taking Pentasa 500mg/8x/day
Entocort 3X/day
Bentyl as needed
1000 mg Vitamin C
Prilosec 1X/day
Flonase
 
 


FunGuy
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   Posted 7/27/2010 7:27 PM (GMT -7)   
MY AGE!? Now you are making me grumpy too! lol

I agree but it sure is strange how quick it happened WHEN I started the prednisone last year.
 


mdf34
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   Posted 7/29/2010 5:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Talked with the GI today during my follow up.  He said all my worries and changes are due to the disease.  I guess it's a good thing I already scheduled an eye exam, cuz my vision issues are freaking me out as well.  Just thought I would pass along the answers to the questions you all were trying to help me answer.  Thanks.
Diagnosed (FINALLY) UC Sept 09/Diagnosis amended 5-3-10 to Crohn's
Taking Pentasa 500mg/8x/day
Entocort 3X/day
Bentyl as needed
1000 mg Vitamin C
Prilosec 1X/day
Flonase
 
 


dunny2
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   Posted 7/29/2010 6:10 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm so glad you got answers!!
Vicky

Too many years with CD
Two bowel resections, several obstructions.
Fibromyalgia and recently diagnosed with chronic pancreatitis and lupus.
B12 Shots bi-weekly

Laughter is the brush that sweeps the cobwebs from our hearts...


huckleberry
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   Posted 7/30/2010 5:38 PM (GMT -7)   
I have blurry vision problems too -- more at certain times of day...not all the time. But it's very pronounced when it happens -- can't read computer screen, see TV clearly etc.
Glad you're getting some answers.....Now, I'll go check on this too.
Official dx September 2007.
currently flaring (June 2010) with colitis
Medications: Pentasa, Omeprazole, Prednisone, 6MP
History of hypothyroid (dx 2004, take Levoxyl), and gall bladder surgery (1997).
47 years old; single mom to three wonderful kids, ages 12 to 18.

njmom
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   Posted 7/30/2010 5:58 PM (GMT -7)   
It could be the Prilosec, md34.  Huckleberry, you are taking Omeprazole, which is the same thing as Prilosec so maybe it is the med. Is it just coincidence you are both on the same med but report blurred vision? Hmmmm... 
 
The potential side effects below for Prilosec include blurred vision, and were not uncovered during clinical trials, but by what is called "post marketing experience" : they were identified "during post-approval use of PRILOSEC Delayed-Release Capsules. Because these reactions are voluntarily reported from a population of uncertain size, it is not always possible to reliably estimate their actual frequency or establish a causal relationship to drug exposure." This means that patients have voluntarily reported this side effect, but it hasn't been confirmed that the med actually caused the side effect.
 
Ocular: Optic atrophy, anterior ischemic optic neuropathy, optic neuritis, dry eye syndrome, ocular irritation, blurred vision, doublevision 
 
 
Fatigue was also reported in the "post approval use" population.  

Nanners
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   Posted 7/31/2010 8:03 AM (GMT -7)   
After 40 years old most folks tend to have changes in their vision. I always had excellent eye sight and could see things many others couldn't. But after 40 my eyes have slowly gotten worse. Also, the computer can affect your eyes alot and I have been working on computers for years and my eyes are continually getting worse. Sucks but its just part of aging. The disease can add to the probs too.
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Crohn's Disease for over 34 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium, Vit D, and Xanax prn. Resections in 2002 & 2005. Also diagnosed w/ Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, & Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
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njmom
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   Posted 7/31/2010 8:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Dang, it looks like Flonase can cause blurred vision, too. I didn't google every med on the list of meds you are taking, but if you google flonase blurred vision you will see this for Flonase:
 
- Blurred vision is listed as a possible side effect on the site drugstore.com:
 
Possible side effects
SIDE EFFECTS that may occur while using Flonase 50mcg/act Suspension include dizziness; headache; nasal irritation or burning; nausea; nosebleeds; sore throat; or vomiting. If they continue or are bothersome, check with your doctor. CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY if you experience blurred vision or other vision changes... http://www.drugstore.com/qxn00173045301_333181_sespider/flonase/flonase.htm
 
- And this is what three patients have reported on the web site askapatient.com:  
 

I could not figure out why all of a sudden I had very blurred vision. I also have been having trouble sleeping because my muscles ache so bad at night, and I have had to get up to use the restroom 4-5 times a night. I also take Claritin D, so I wasn't sure what was causing the symptoms so today I got on line and looked up serveral sites and have decided that it has to be the Flonase. I called my doctor and her response was she didn't feel that my symptoms had anything to do with the Flonase. I'm thinking she might be well advised to read this site to see that these symptoms are real and valid. I will say that Flonase worked great on what it was intended to treat - I have had little allergy symptoms of the nasal kind, but the side effects are not worth it to me.

 My husband almost took me to the ER. I am having anxiety, irritability, blurred vision, and sleep disturbance as well, all within 4 days!!! I'm throwing this stuff out!! I'm glad I came across this site because it reassures me that I'm not crazy.

 Anxiety, sore tight throat feeling. Feels like i,m breathing through a straw that has holes in it.Blurry vision, bloated feeling.http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:CdG63n4m46gJ:www.askapatient.com/viewrating.asp%3Fdrug%3D20121%26name%3DFLONASE+flonase+blurred+vision&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us

 

Post Edited (njmom) : 7/31/2010 9:09:31 AM (GMT-6)


mdf34
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   Posted 7/31/2010 1:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Yeah, I know.  I am still going to the eye doctor anyway.  It's probably been 5-6 years since my last eye check for work.  At least on the flonase I am not using it uselessly.  I like the help it gives.  Prilosec?  I didn't really want to take that anyways.  But I have a birth defect apparently that was causing my middle of the night acid burps that would wake me choking and gagging.  The flap to my stomach is wrong, so I was given the prilosec to keep the acid from bubbling up and out of the stomach while laying asleep in bed.
Diagnosed (FINALLY) UC Sept 09/Diagnosis amended 5-3-10 to Crohn's
Taking Pentasa 500mg/8x/day
Entocort 3X/day
Bentyl as needed
1000 mg Vitamin C
Prilosec 1X/day
Flonase
 
 

FunGuy
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   Posted 7/31/2010 10:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Finally picked up my first pair of bi-focals today. I nearly fell down the stairs. This will take some getting used to. Was nice to see my wife clearly for the first time in a while. Bad part was seeing things around the house run down that need fixing.
 

grumpygi
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   Posted 8/1/2010 1:43 AM (GMT -7)   
see . . . ignorance is bliss! 
Meds: Celebrex, Omeprazole, Liadla, Entocort EC 9mg/day, Vit D, Mulitvit, Omega 3's, Ambian, Neurontin.
 
 
 

FunGuy
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   Posted 8/1/2010 7:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Was that a pun? "see" ignorance is bliss.
At least I can take off the glasses and everything looks like new again! No LASIK for me until I get this house painted!

So when are you coming over with a paint brush and spackle grumpy? lol
 

njmom
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   Posted 8/1/2010 9:23 AM (GMT -7)   
mdf34, the eye doctor idea sounds good. Sounds like you are thinking the benefits outweigh the risks...and you might be right,  since these meds are helping so much.

mdf34
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   Posted 8/2/2010 1:55 AM (GMT -7)   
I can't remember what the first to go was supposed to be as we get older?  At least I still hear pretty well!
What dear?
 
 NJmom, I have lists of side effects at home for all the stuff I am taking.  Tried to do a bit of spread sheet if you will to see what drugs had the same side effects as a curiosity.
Diagnosed (FINALLY) UC Sept 09/Diagnosis amended 5-3-10 to Crohn's
Taking Pentasa 500mg/8x/day
Entocort 3X/day
Bentyl as needed
1000 mg Vitamin C
Prilosec 1X/day
Flonase
 
 

Post Edited (mdf34) : 8/2/2010 2:59:58 AM (GMT-6)

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