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hopefulmigrainer
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   Posted 11/30/2006 9:24 PM (GMT -6)   
I had several tests done because my eye pressure is high and glaucoma was suspected.  I had a follow-up appt. today and he said that I have occular hypertension.  I'm so bummed.  Isn't chronic migraine enough?  I have to be tested every 6-Mo for the rest of my life.  I asked the doc if this could be a migraine trigger and he said it is not likely.  I think it could be.  Anybody else have this?  What are your thoughts?

mysteryreader
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   Posted 12/2/2006 2:30 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi, Hopeful ~

You probably guessed I might reply :)  Have they ruled out glaucoma at this point?  What are your pressure readings?  Is there anything else you need to do about it (or specific cautions) other than your twice-a-year follow-up appointments?    It sounds just like my situation:  no glaucoma, pressures usually in the low-mid 20's (both eyes), follow-ups every 6 months for the past 14 years. . .   As my migraines are STARTING to ease up with menopause, I'm quite curious to see what happens to my eye pressure readings over the next while. . .

Hopefully this diagnosis won't effect your life much otherwise - it hasn't mine :)

 

 

 

 


hopefulmigrainer
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   Posted 12/3/2006 5:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi mystery - I forgot to update you on this, didn't I? I had to replace my keyboard. You and I have similar stories, but don't you think that is ironic? We both have "atypical pressure" meaning "high occular pressure" aka "occular hypertension" and we both suffer with chroinic migraines. My pressure readings are in the 20's. I will have to be checked every 6 months for the rest of my life. I wonder if the migraine preventative drugs "Pamelor" and "Topamax" caused this problem for me? Both list Glaucoma as a side effect. They limit it to "angular glaucoma" but I don't see a lot of studies being done about this. I happy that my eyes are not damaged but I'm not happy that I have so many things wrong with me. It's demoralizing.

mysteryreader
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   Posted 12/3/2006 6:56 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi, Hopeful ~  So glad for you that the diagnosis was NOT full-blown glaucoma!  As with you, I'm wondering if my over-use of Sudafed many years ago (when I thought my symptoms were sinus-related) may have triggered my own occular hypertension, as Sudafed is contraindicated for glaucoma patients and may have reduced the moisture in my eyes. . .   Oh well, we can't go back and change anything anyway :)   Let's keep each other posted on this situation, and see if we hear from any others with this syndrome.

 

 


Nicky (coquitlam55)
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   Posted 12/7/2006 1:01 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi hopefulmigrainer,

Congratulations and condolences on your diagnosis. I'm sorry to hear you've received another diagnosis.

I don't know anything about occular hypertension or glaucoma but something mysteryreader said interested me. A lot of my medications cause "dry mouth" and dry out my nose, eyes and mouth including Topamax. I wonder if a medications that have this drying effect might affect eyes.
 
My eyesight has gotten significantly worse since I started taking Topamax. When I ask about it everyone tells me that it's not possible that it's because of the Topamax, but I know my eyes haven't changed this much in many years and I'm not old enough yet for needing longer arms.
 
It's very interesting. Thanks for posting your results.
Nicky
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"In life you can never be too kind or too fair; everyone you meet is carrying a heavy load. When you go through your day expressing kindness and courtesy to all you meet, you leave behind a feeling of warmth and good cheer, and you help alleviate the burdens everyone is struggling with." -- Brian Tracy
 
 

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