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CHAWNIE
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   Posted 8/14/2014 9:41 PM (GMT -6)   
A few days ago, I had a strange thing happen with my vision that concerned me. I have been getting headaches almost daily (some days worse than others). I was eating lunch with a friend when all of a sudden I saw a floaty in my right eye. The floaty got bigger and eventually turned into a prism like affect (kind of like flashing rainbow lights) in my peripheral vision. I was having a really hard time focusing on conversation and kept blinking to get the prism affect to go away but it didn't work. My eyes felt sore in the back. I finally took ibuprofren due to feeling a headache coming on. The vision issues/prism affect didn't go away for about 15-20min.

Has anyone else had this happen? I was looking it up online and noticed something called ocular migraines (can be caused by an autoimmune disorder). Do auto-immune disorders cause frequent headaches and vision issues?
Chawnie
37yrs
History: 2002 positive for antiphospholipid antibody, Ectopic pregnancy. 2005 Placental Abruption with son (lost him), after birth positive for Anticardiolipin antibody. No longer positive. 2007 gave birth to beautiful daughter. 2012 miscarriage. 2013: ANA +, RNP +

Symptoms: heart palpitations, lightheaded, fatigue, body aches, headaches

couchtater
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   Posted 8/14/2014 10:59 PM (GMT -6)   
My mother experinces those kind of migraines. She has an autoimmune disease too.
You can ask your doctor for medicine for it if it gets too bad.
Joy
Lupus, Fibromyalgia, Glaucoma, Asthma, Hypothyriodism, Sleep Apnea, OA, Depression, Allergies, and benign familia tremors

When life throws you lemons....
Pick them up and throw them right back at them! :))

FW
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   Posted 8/15/2014 7:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Please see an ophthalmologist as soon as possible. about 13 months ago I experienced something similar and it turned out to be a torn retina. I had same day emergency surgery to repair it. Better to be safe than sorry.
Take care, Fran

Dx: Lupus, sjogren's, celiac, severe allergies, asthma, GERD
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acquiesce
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   Posted 8/16/2014 4:04 AM (GMT -6)   
I get migraines in my eyes but they usually don't accompany a headache it's just the flashing rainbow lights and I can't see straight. I went to the doctor when mine started a few years back. As FW suggested when something new and weird like that happens it is always best to get it checked out right away just to be on the safe side.
Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind - Dr. Seuss

CHAWNIE
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   Posted 8/25/2014 11:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you all for your responses.

I went to my eye doctor today for a regular visit. I haven't been to eye doctor for about 9yrs. She dialated my eyes for the first time ever. I have small cataracts in both eyes. I need bifocals and she noticed my left eye is larger than my right. She is suspecting glaucoma and referring me to an Opthomologist to evaluate my eyes. She said I was very young to have these issues (I am 39).

Anyone else have glaucoma at young age?

I asked about the ocular migraines and she stated they are usually due to hormonal imbalance. Anyone have hormonal imbalance cause ocular migraines?

I also have weird raised rash on my eyelids and under my eyes that is flakey and itchy. Anyone have this type rash on eyelids?
Chawnie
37yrs
History: 2002 positive for antiphospholipid antibody, Ectopic pregnancy. 2005 Placental Abruption with son (lost him), after birth positive for Anticardiolipin antibody. No longer positive. 2007 gave birth to beautiful daughter. 2012 miscarriage. 2013: ANA +, RNP +

Symptoms: heart palpitations, lightheaded, fatigue, body aches, headaches

acquiesce
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Date Joined Jan 2014
Total Posts : 360
   Posted 8/26/2014 4:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Actually since you mention it, when I started having eye migraines I was on drug induced menopause medication for my endometriosis. So hormone imbalance may have been a factor.
Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind - Dr. Seuss

couchtater
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   Posted 8/26/2014 2:04 PM (GMT -6)   
I was diagnosed with glaucoma at 35. I have small cataracts at 46. Apparently I've had the cataracts for several years too.
Joy
Lupus, Fibromyalgia, Glaucoma, Asthma, Hypothyriodism, Sleep Apnea, OA, Depression, Allergies, and benign familia tremors

When life throws you lemons....
Pick them up and throw them right back at them! :))

Barbara Lee
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   Posted 8/26/2014 10:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi I've had high eye pressures since I was like 22. Since being military I see a different eye specialist almost every time I need one. Some say yes I have glaucoma and others say no. I've been put on and taken off glaucoma medication at least 6 different times. Currently, I'm not on anything and my pressures haven't affected my optic nerve so no medications. It's in my records I have glaucoma, but it's untreated at this time.

My daughter who is 21, also has high pressures and has since she was 10. She too, has been on and off glaucoma medications. They have found that she and I have thick cornea's and that may be the reason our pressures are so high.

As to the cataracts, are you on prednisone? If so, most likely they are being caused from your steroid use. I've been on high dose steroids for over 14 years. Last summer I had my cataracts finally removed. I was 48 when they removed them, I've had them since I was 40. It's just another side effect from steroid use, once you get them they do not go away if you stop using steroids. They will no longer continue to worsen but they won't go away either.

I hope your eye appointment goes well and you don't have glaucoma and need to use eye medications. As for the migraines and your the hormonal balance, I'm not sure if mine where related or not. I had a total hysterectomy in 1997 and suffered from severe headaches for about 2 maybe 3 years and then they just stopped. I sometimes get a migraine but very rarely, I'm on no hormone replacement therapy as I've had two blood clots and you can't take hormones once you've had blood clots.

Hope that your migraines get under control soon and that you start feeling better really soon. Any other questions just ask away.

Hugs,
Barbara
DX- RA, Lupus, Fibro, LGL Leukemia, Obstructive & Central Sleep Apnea, Pulmonary Hypertension, Bells Palsy, Gastroparsis, Blood Clots, Glaucoma, Chronic Pericarditis & Pleurisy, Severe Anemia. Way to many medications to list.

CHAWNIE
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Date Joined Jun 2013
Total Posts : 30
   Posted 8/27/2014 10:18 PM (GMT -6)   
I am not on any medications for possible auto-immune issues. I see my Rheumy in November for more blood tests.

Babygirl43
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Date Joined Aug 2014
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   Posted 8/27/2014 10:25 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been experiencing fainting symptoms and nausea. They thought I was suffering from Vertigo. I have been like this since last year June.
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