Gritty and painful eyes?

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champagnekindofgal
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   Posted 8/1/2010 8:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Does anyone have this ... new to me:
 
Mostly when I wake and then for a few hours, painful and gritty eyes ... like I have sand caught in them. Very red and inflammed upon waking and then they clear ...
 
I would imagine that it is just a side affect from Crohn's ...
 
Anyone experienced the same?  Ideas?
 
Thanks!
45-single mom of 18, 20 & 22-year old sons, diagnosed with Crohn's in 2004 via pill camera    6MP kicked into remission (along with modified diet) so went off in 2006. Mistake.
 
2009/2010 ileitus and hospitalization - now on 100 mg Imuran. Currently taking 5 mg prednisone until increase in Imuran kicks in following recent dx of Crohn's in esophogus and mouth. Trying gluten free diet now.
 
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Nanners
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   Posted 8/1/2010 8:24 AM (GMT -7)   
You should go see an eye doctor. Crohns can definetly affect your eyes. Good luck!
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champagnekindofgal
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   Posted 8/1/2010 8:33 AM (GMT -7)   
But what can they do? I have no insurance and I have an appt with a free clinic in 2 weeks ... okay to wait?
45-single mom of 18, 20 & 22-year old sons, diagnosed with Crohn's in 2004 via pill camera    6MP kicked into remission (along with modified diet) so went off in 2006. Mistake.
 
2009/2010 ileitus and hospitalization - now on 100 mg Imuran. Currently taking 5 mg prednisone until increase in Imuran kicks in following recent dx of Crohn's in esophogus and mouth. Trying gluten free diet now.
 
Working and trying to date online!
 
 
 

1asalsa
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   Posted 8/1/2010 9:34 AM (GMT -7)   
I have had tons of eye problems since being diagnosed w/Crohn's.. There can be many causes; iri***/uveitis was the worst.  If your eyes are painful and really sensitive to light, get to an eye doctor immediately.  Otherwise, it could be dry eyes resulting from auto immune condition or side effect from meds, or from getting near menopause..  While you are waiting for your eye doctor appt, you can try over the counter eye drops; but not the cheap kind...something like Soothe or Refresh or Theratears or Blink.  Also make sure you are drinking enough water.  If it is dry eyes, it won't hurt to wait a couple weeks, but again, if you have pain and especially photosensitivity, get to an opthamologist RIGHT AWAY..

1asalsa
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   Posted 8/1/2010 9:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Sorry, that starred word above is supposed to be iritis. If you did have that, they would prescribe a steroid eye drop (which is not expensive), to be used immediately.

GDen
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   Posted 8/1/2010 9:50 AM (GMT -7)   
I had eye problems about a year ago. My eye doc gave me free samples of steroid and lube drops I think. I looked up the steroid drops and they are pretty pricey, but there are likely cheaper ones. Anyway, the drops made my eye feel almost back to normal after a day. An eye checkup at a chain store isn't much, like $30 or so.
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Pommom
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   Posted 8/1/2010 10:24 AM (GMT -7)   
I have the exact same problem. went to eye dr. i have severe dry eyes. He put a plug in one tear duct in each eye. and also, said to use Restasis eye drops. and over the counter eye drops. Like was already mentioned,, use a good brand, not the cheap omes.I use Thera Tears and Genteel. Genteel also has a gel eye drop that are good to use at night. i use it during the day sometimes. my eyes are much better now.
 
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champagnekindofgal
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   Posted 8/1/2010 11:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks everyone ... the pain and conjuctivitis/stuff and redness is usually worse in the morning .... redness clears up usually by evening
My temple pain on left side is getting worse - I was told years ago it was from migraines.
45-single mom of 18, 20 & 22-year old sons, diagnosed with Crohn's in 2004 via pill camera    6MP kicked into remission (along with modified diet) so went off in 2006. Mistake.
 
2009/2010 ileitus and hospitalization - now on 100 mg Imuran. Currently taking 5 mg prednisone until increase in Imuran kicks in following recent dx of Crohn's in esophogus and mouth. Trying gluten free diet now.
 
Working and trying to date online!
 
 
 

calm-on-the-outside
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   Posted 8/1/2010 12:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I'm usually on the UC forum but saw this post.
 
I had something a couple weeks ago called blepharitis (geez, I hope I spelled that right)  It was an infection/inflammation in the membranes in my eyelids...easily fixed with eye drops. 
 
The reason what you posted rang a bell is b/c you say it's worse in the morning and that's a sign of blepharitis vs. just eye inflammation.
 
Hope all is well and you feel better soon.
Amy, 33, dx with idiopathic colitis July 2009, confirmed UC Sept 2009
Currently: In Remission since April 2010

Asacol 4 pills 2 times daily
Rowasa (slow taper, skipping every 3rd night)
Probiotic: Not taking one now, experimenting
Metamucil

grumpygi
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   Posted 8/1/2010 1:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, part of heading into menopause is dry eyes. When your eyes are dry they don't clear the proteins as well and so they are dry and scratchy due to protein buildup. . .can you tell I've been dealing with this? the eye doc recommended warm moist soak with a wash cloth for ~5 minutes each and stroking downwards on the upper eyelids (it does feel amazing post soak). . . There are a plethora of eye drops that provide moisture in over the counter format that help also that aren't horribly expensive until you can see the eye doc. Its a process of finding one that is more comfortable than others. Using something with preservatives in it too much causes its own set of problems kinda a rebound conjunctivitis (eye inflammation). But then chronic dry eyes are not only uncomfortable but can lead to eye infections as the moisture is a natural barrier that is supposed to prevent infections. So, being naive - got a viral infection in my right eye last year. Yes, there are eye problems associated with crohn's disease but this issue is very common in pre and menopausal women, statistically significant over crohn's eye issues. As far as eye drops, I avoid the ones made in china -just suspicious about quality controls I think. The eye doc did give me ophthalmic prednisilone (steroid) which i use sparingly. 62% of women have this . . .so another group of new found friends. . . . .sigh . . . .Barb

See the following reference: http://www.eyedoctorguide.com/eye_problems/dry_eyes_menopause.html
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mdf34
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   Posted 8/1/2010 2:27 PM (GMT -7)   
As I was at the GI the other day and asked very same questions.....he says it's disease related.  My opinion is it that it's OK to wait those 2 weeks to get into the eye doctor.
Diagnosed (FINALLY) UC Sept 09/Diagnosis amended 5-3-10 to Crohn's
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grumpygi
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   Posted 8/1/2010 2:33 PM (GMT -7)   
mdf34-wonder if the eye doc would agree? GI's see the world as revolving around the intestinal tract . . .+/- merit!
Meds: Celebrex, Omeprazole, Liadla, Entocort EC 9mg/day, Vit D, Mulitvit, Omega 3's, Ambian, Neurontin.
 
 
 

Zanne
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   Posted 8/2/2010 6:56 AM (GMT -7)   
I would just suggest that you make sure you are seeing an eye DOCTOR. I can never remember which is which, but an ophthalmologist vs optometrist or vise versa. Usually the ones you can just walk in to see, like in Walmart, are not Doctors, and with problems like Crohn's you want to see a Doctor who can Rx medication if needed. Also, let us know what you find out. My eyes are always a bit sandy in the morning lately too. :-)
Suzanne

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Subzeromambo
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   Posted 8/4/2010 9:38 PM (GMT -7)   
I have the same problem. Seeing an optometrist tomorrow. I have also developed left-sided headaches and eye pressure behind both eyes. I'll let you know what he finds.
Diagnosed 1988 with lower left colitis. Hospitalized many times. Worst case: mega toxic pan colitis Dec. 1999. Current meds: Citalopram, alprazolam, imuran. Colorectal abscess surgery 9/09. Bleeding kidney infection 4/10. Severe flare 6/10. Supplements: multi-vitamin, calcium citrate, vitamin D, folic acid.
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