Tear duct surgery?

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mom46
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   Posted 3/4/2008 7:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Everyone,
   I have seen posts about this surgery from some members in the past. My rheumy thinks I need this procedure done. She didn't go into detail about this.
   Can anyone give me some details on this. How its done? Benefits? Recovery time, ect...   Thank you in advance.
                                                           Babs
 
Dx: Lupus,RLS,RA,Asthma,Fibro,Sjogren's,Raynaud's,Divertic, Stroke,Atherosclerosis,Seizures,Neuropathy,CAD
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JOB 5:18 For he wounds, but he also binds up; he injures, but his hands also heal.


Lynnwood
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   Posted 3/4/2008 10:01 AM (GMT -7)   
I seem to recall there were 2 kinds of surgery -- one is tear duct plugs?? but I can't remember anything about the other. Hopefully someone w/answers will come along soon!

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canuckgirl
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   Posted 3/4/2008 11:07 AM (GMT -7)   
This a widely used procedure on my sjogrensworld site. They can stick in punctual plugs that are temporary to see if you like them and how they work then after time if you like they stick more permanent ones in that last for around 6 months and disolve. From what I am told the procedure is painless done in the Dr office and they have you look to the wall and slip in it. There are about 15 -20 people on the site who have remarked on INSTANT relief within 24hours - 2weeks. If you are interested in reading more about it go ot the site I listed and there is an eyes thread with several people who have had sjogrens for years and have had this procedure. Some also have had them sugercially closed but some feel that is too extreme for them. The one common thread is the whole procedure is painless and takes minutes

Angela
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mom46
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   Posted 3/4/2008 6:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Tks Lynn and Angela,
   Tks for the info Angela, I will check out the site. It sounds like a simple procedure. I like simple... :-) . I see this new opthamologist on the 20th for an eye exam, so I guess I'll see if this needs to be done then. I do know I need some relief!!
                                                                Babs
 
Dx: Lupus,RLS,RA,Asthma,Fibro,Sjogren's,Raynaud's,Divertic, Stroke,Atherosclerosis,Seizures,Neuropathy,CAD
Meds:arava,prednisone,plavix,aspirin,protonix,,zanaflex,xanax,
mirapex,advair,foxamax,Vytorin,folicacid,lunesta,Tramadol
 
JOB 5:18 For he wounds, but he also binds up; he injures, but his hands also heal.


okie
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   Posted 3/5/2008 2:25 PM (GMT -7)   
((((((((Bab's)))))), I'm sorry you are dealing with this. I guess you are like the rest of us when it's bad enough we do somthing. I hope it fixes the problem and you won't have to suffer with this anymore.
Keep us informed
love ya carol
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AlwaysRosie
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   Posted 3/5/2008 6:42 PM (GMT -7)   
(((((((((Babs))))))))

Your eyes must have gotten much worse sis. Sorry you are having so much trouble. I just have dry, gritty eyes on occasion and I can't imagine living like that every day.

I hope you'll let us know what you decide to do and how it goes.

Hugs, prayers and blessings!

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PattyLatty
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   Posted 3/6/2008 12:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Babs, I didn't realize that you were having so much trouble with your eyes. It must be miserable. Like Rosie, I have dry gritty eyes from time to time, usually in spurts, but I do get relief with drops. You must be miserable. I'll be anxious to hear if you have the procedure and how you do afterwards. Good luck.

Love,

Pat
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mom46
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   Posted 3/7/2008 10:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Tks Carol, Rosie and Pat,
    My eyes have been bothering me for several months now. They seem to be getting alot worse lately for some reason. They are very sensitive to light, burn, sting, and my vision is getting really bad. Some days everything is just blurred. I have a hard time driving with the sensitivity to light even with dark sunglasses. It's really getting on my nerves!
    My regular Opthamologist says I have alot of dry spots on my eyes and put me on Restatis and Optive over two months ago and still no relief. I see him again on Monday and the New Opthamologist on the 20th. This one my rheumy just referred me too is suppose to be a great Opthamologist/Surgeon, so hopefully he will figure this out and I will get some relief soon.
   Thank you all for your wonderful support. You are all awesome! I will let you know how it goes. Take care and you are all in my thoughts and prayers.
                                                           Love, Babs
 
Dx: Lupus,RLS,RA,Asthma,Fibro,Sjogren's,Raynaud's,Divertic, Stroke,Atherosclerosis,Seizures,Neuropathy,CAD
Meds:arava,prednisone,plavix,aspirin,protonix,,zanaflex,xanax,
mirapex,advair,foxamax,Vytorin,folicacid,lunesta,Tramadol
 
JOB 5:18 For he wounds, but he also binds up; he injures, but his hands also heal.


elcamino
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   Posted 3/7/2008 12:38 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Babs,

I haven't had the surgery done either, but I certainly wish you the best with it.  I know that my eyes have really been through a time of it for the past several months as well--perhaps there's something in the water?  In any case, I will be waiting with bated breath on the outcome of your opthamology appt.  My appt is not until next week.

 

Elcamino


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mom46
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   Posted 3/13/2008 7:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Elcamino,
    I saw my regular Opthamologist monday and he was useless, I don't see the other one till the 20th and I will be so glad when I do. I scratched my left on sunday with my mascara comb...ouch! I saw him on monday and he gave me some antibiotic drops that are slowing helping. After seeing this guy for years he tells me monday I have a catarac in that eye that he has been tracking for 2 years. I was ticked to say the least he never mentioned it before! I also asked him if he thought my tear ducts were blocked and he said, "well their not producing like they should, but we can't do anything about that".....Grrrrr! I can't wait till wednesday to hopefully get some answers and relief.
    I hope your appt goes well and you get the answers and relief you need as well. Eye problems are awful when you are so independent! Take care and update us. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
                                                            Babs
 
Dx: Lupus,RLS,RA,Asthma,Fibro,Sjogren's,Raynaud's,Divertic, Stroke,Atherosclerosis,Seizures,Neuropathy,CAD
Meds:arava,prednisone,plavix,aspirin,protonix,,zanaflex,xanax,
mirapex,advair,foxamax,Vytorin,folicacid,lunesta,Tramadol
 
JOB 5:18 For he wounds, but he also binds up; he injures, but his hands also heal.


Barbara Lee
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   Posted 3/14/2008 2:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Babs:

I'm so sorry to hear that your eyes are having such a hard time. I don't suffer with eye troubles so I can't offer any help with this problem. I just wanted to tell you I'm praying for you and I'm wishing you well. I hope that if you need surgery that it goes smoothly and you recover quickly. Lots of hugs to you and I love ya sis.

Love ya,
Barb
dx fibro, SLE, glaucoma, cateracts, bells palsy, depression, migraine headaches, gastreopaersis, chronic anemia, RA,MDS (Blood Cancer). Tons of meds.


mom46
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   Posted 3/14/2008 4:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Barb,
  Tks sweetie! It's just very annoying and I really struggle with asking people to do things for me still. I'm just too darn independent but, I get put in my place sometimes.... :-)  
   I guess I'm in a flare right now as well. My blood work showed it before the symptoms came. The last few days I could tell I didn't feel right and was having more symptoms. Yesterday my joints and muscles started hurting and knew it was going to rain. This morning it was worse and my rheumy's office called to tell me to start a pred taper because my labs showed my Lupus was very active. Prefect timing! She stays on top of my labs, thank goodness. Nip it in the bud, so to speak!
   Tks for your awesome support Barb. I wish I could take some of your pain and symptoms for you. You are always in my thoughts and prayers sis.
                                               Love you, Babs
 
Dx: Lupus,RLS,RA,Asthma,Fibro,Sjogren's,Raynaud's,Divertic, Stroke,Atherosclerosis,Seizures,Neuropathy,CAD
Meds:arava,prednisone,plavix,aspirin,protonix,,zanaflex,xanax,
mirapex,advair,foxamax,Vytorin,folicacid,lunesta,Tramadol
 
JOB 5:18 For he wounds, but he also binds up; he injures, but his hands also heal.

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