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saintsfan
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   Posted 8/16/2010 11:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Does anyone else have trouble with it? Do you know what can be done about it?
I work for an ophthalmologist but have never come across this witha patient before and don't want to say anything to him just yet. Any advice?
Dx: Fibro, HTN, Depression

"The Lord is close to the broken hearted and He saves those whose spirits have been crushed" Psalm 34:18

puppylover
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   Posted 8/16/2010 4:11 PM (GMT -7)   
I really think it would be a good idea to ask your doctor. I had central serous retinopathy in one eye. I have lost some of the central vision in that eye. It started with blurred vision which I ignored for several weeks. I was told by several doctors that there might be a link between it and stress. I was the caregiver for my mom at that time and under lots of stress.

I don't tell this to scare you. It's just that there are so many causes for blurred vision and your eyes are so important to you.
Puppylover
 
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MinnyMouse
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   Posted 8/17/2010 12:56 AM (GMT -7)   
I too worked fof an opthomologist and they were well aware of my eyes and their issues... Bad Eyes.... They WERE NOT aware that fibro and some TRLP's are in the eyes that also cause vision problems. I took them the section in my book , The Fibromyalgia Advocate , and they read the section on what the doctor should know... completely unaware.... For me I think the flux in my vision, and it's gotten really bad, is caused by the medications I am taking now. Both the Savella and the Lyrica have warnings about vision. Some days are ok, some are horrible. Fortunantly, since I have been in the eyewear business for many years I also have many different prescriptions so I sit every morning with 12 pairs of glasses in my hands and try them on until I find the pair that's going to work the best for the day...Good thing I'm not driving anymore.
Savella, Lyrica,Mobic,Tramadol,Flexeril,Omeprezole,Vitamin D3,

saintsfan
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   Posted 8/17/2010 3:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Ha ha, yes I have several pairs of glasses also. The blurrieness, started before I was put on fibro meds. My doc is completely unaware of fibro induced blurriness but I will bring him the book I got from the library about it-The Fibro Advocate - it's a very good book if you understand medical jargon.
Dx: Fibro, HTN, Depression

"The Lord is close to the broken hearted and He saves those whose spirits have been crushed" Psalm 34:18

MsBunky
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   Posted 8/17/2010 6:40 AM (GMT -7)   
I have suffered from blurry vision for the last 3-4 years. I'm assuming it's from one (or more) of the meds I take, but I'm not sure if I can or should remove it. I've got a call in to my doctor, so we'll see what he says.

Scary stuff!

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hope4
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   Posted 8/18/2010 11:41 AM (GMT -7)   
I am interested to read these posts.

I have not heard of the book before, and I would like to see it. I have had blurred vision on and off lately. I was concerned it was from the medication, so I have stopped taking it. Yet I still have it when I am very tired.

I went to the eye dr. and he could find nothing wrong except for the very beginning of a cataract.

Has anyone found something that helps?

Hope

TheChickenPrincess
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   Posted 8/18/2010 12:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Saintsfan - how fortunate you are to have a doctor right there at work! You lucky woman. I hope you'll talk with him/her and discuss the possibilities. I've learned that we have to take advantage of the medical care opportunities when they're available, because we never know when they'll be taken away from us. So please, do ask the doc. It is the best way to go. We, here, can only guess since we haven't examined you, nor do we know your exact state of health. Give the doc a chance. *hugs*
Why my username? It is real life nickname. I love chickens. Will have my flock of hens one day! :D .............. DX'd with Fibromyalgia, chronic hives, sensitivities and allergies, migraines with auras, tmj, and IBS. Not sure what else!

saintsfan
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   Posted 8/19/2010 3:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Unfortunately, not a single doc that I work for believes in fibromyalgia(there are 9 doctors); so we shall see if I can convince them that's it is real. It's so sad that even the youngest doc we have who finished med school 2 yrs ago doesn't know anything about it either-I will be so thankful when research catches up and our doctors become more educated.
Dx: Fibro, HTN, Depression, IBS, Lupus like symptoms

"The Lord is close to the broken hearted and He saves those whose spirits have been crushed" Psalm 34:18

just_grace
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   Posted 8/19/2010 8:10 AM (GMT -7)   
I've worn glasses since I was in junior high, but my vision wasn't that bad.  I even had a few eye docs tell me they didn't think my vision was bad enough to actually need glasses if I didn't want them.
 
The last 2 years, my vision has steadily gotten worse.  I can't read without my glasses and need them when driving to read the signs.  I'm on both Lyrica and Savella and am convinced they play a large part in my vision.  Have a friend who also has had her vision go to pot while on the Lyrica they last couple of years.  The only odd thing, is I cannot wear my glasses while working on the computer and see a darn thing.  *shrug*  I plan to go get my eyes rechecked in the next couple of months.  Pretty sure I'm do for a new eye script.

vestabula
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   Posted 8/19/2010 2:43 PM (GMT -7)   

My vision got blurry about a week after I started taking Lexapro.  It is a fine focus problem, like looking at the computer, reading or watching televison.  I have to wait to drive the car for about a half hour after I do one of these things as eveything is doubled and blurred.  I was told by my eye doctor that these drugs can effect the muscle that controls focus and not to return for new glasses until I have been off the drug for at least 18 months.  I have been off Lexapro for almost a year and it has not improved.  Many SSSI's and SNRI's have this lovely side effect, which is the main reason I went off!

Donna


fibro, menieres disease, RLS, anxiety disorder, disc compression, scoliosis, spinal stenosis TMJ Meds: valium Advil

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Acheybody
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   Posted 8/19/2010 4:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Here I go again repeating myself, but so many new people are here now, so I'll throw it out again - -
 
How many of you have weird visual problems, such as:
 
1.  problems looking at words written in certain color combinations, such as red on turquoise?  It makes me so disoriented because it looks like it's shimmering!
 
2.  Same thing with patterns, esp. with lots of contrast in the colors?  Same thing happens.  I can't look at it, I get so dizzy.  (This one I've read can also be because of TPRs in back of the eyes.)  Will strangeness ever cease? 
 
Debbie
 
 
...fibromyalgia, hearing loss, elevated liver enzymes, skin grafting (back), arthritis, scoliosis, lumbar disc damage, sciatica, IBS, migraines, tachycardia, cancer surgeries (face).......I take Nortriptyline & Clonopin daily, and Darvocet as needed

vestabula
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   Posted 8/19/2010 4:43 PM (GMT -7)   

Debbie...I have problems like you describe but I have Meniere's Disease and visual stimulation sometimes triggers it.  Stripes 'shimmer' and certain color combo's do also.  Not that I think you have Meniere's....many people with fibro talk about problems with eye focus, getting dizzy looking at the white stripes in the road...any kind of fast movement or stimuli.  It's such a lovely disease and so much of it has nothing to do with pain!

 

Donna


fibro, menieres disease, RLS, anxiety disorder, disc compression, scoliosis, spinal stenosis TMJ Meds: valium Advil

Reach out and touch someone. If they don't touch you back it's because you still have brownie batter on your face.

saintsfan
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   Posted 8/19/2010 6:04 PM (GMT -7)   
I get dizzy when looking at color patterns also. Sometimes when I'm sitting at a red light I feel like my car is rolling when it's not-scary feeling but I've read it's due to fibro also. Just wish there was something that could be done about it.
Dx: Fibro, HTN, Depression, IBS, Lupus like symptoms

"The Lord is close to the broken hearted and He saves those whose spirits have been crushed" Psalm 34:18

Acheybody
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   Posted 8/19/2010 7:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Donna, I may have Menieres - have been told both yes and probably no.  I do have the low-frequency hearing loss, anyway.
 
Debbie
...fibromyalgia, hearing loss, elevated liver enzymes, skin grafting (back), arthritis, scoliosis, lumbar disc damage, sciatica, IBS, migraines, tachycardia, cancer surgeries (face).......I take Nortriptyline & Clonopin daily, and Darvocet as needed
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