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tracisuzanne
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My first symptom (finger tip numbness) started 8/07.

I started having floaters 10/07. I was on a backpacking trip in the Grand Canyon and visiting family in Albuquerque.

I blamed the floaters on the higher altitude and brighter blue sky in the SW, but they persist.

Now, in the past 2 weeks, my left eye feels like something is in it all the time.

Feels sort of "thick" and watery....

I also see things in my peripheral vision on and off...nothing there.

When I explain these things to my family they say "everyone has floaters" or "you have dry eyes"

I'M TIRED OF PEOPLE TRYING TO CHALK IT UP TO SOMETHING AVERAGE/EVERY DAY!!!!

Experiencing all these weird things over the past 5 months does NOT feel average/every day to me!

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Hi Tracysuzanne,

I replied to your other thread, too!

Eye issues seem to be pretty common with Lyme and/or co-infections.

I have had many different eye symptoms, ranging from dry eye to bouts of completely blurred vision.

All this from Lyme - who knew??

Anyway, your eye issues should definitely be looked into b/c lots of things could be causing them.

Just try not to freak out until you get some answers.


Take care
Jackie

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Floaters are annoying.. and can be scary. See an opthamologist to rule out retnal detachment.

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I have similar problems with my eyes, mostly in my right eye.

At times feels like there's some "goop" in there and all day I'm trying to get it out, but alas there is nothing there.

Vision gets very blurry at times, not good when you're driving.

Sometimes when I close my eyes and try to go to sleep I see what I can only describe as flashing light, like I'm going down a dark tunnel and there is a train with a flashing light moving closer and closer.

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tracisuzanne
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I don't have any diagnosis right now except "probable MS" even the though the puzzle piecesare far from fitting together.

I am not on meds.

Had lyme titer today...expecting a negative based on what I've seen on this board.

Jennyflyer- your eye "goop" is a very good description of what I feel....feels "thick"

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I don't have any diagnosis right now except "probable MS" even the though the puzzle piecesare far from fitting together.

I am not on meds.

Had lyme titer today...expecting a negative based on what I've seen on this board.

Jennyflyer- your eye "goop" is a very good description of what I feel....feels "thick"

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tracisuzanne
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I don't have any diagnosis right now except "probable MS" even the though the puzzle piecesare far from fitting together.

I am not on meds.

Had lyme titer today...expecting a negative based on what I've seen on this board.

Jennyflyer- your eye "goop" is a very good description of what I feel....feels "thick"

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Finally after 7 years of having eye problems it was explained to me last December by an eye doc that knows something about lyme & company.

Her family & herself have experiences. Her older parents are still battling. Of course this knowlegable eye doc moved from my neighborhood back to Wisc in the last year.

She told me that just like us having inflammation in the rest of our bodies, we also have inflammation in the eyes. Inflammation in the eyes cause many eye issues, including vision changes and dry eye.

Dry eye is secondary symptom caused by the major illness to the body, LYME. Maybe you can tell this eye doc a thing or two. Watery eyes are also considered part of the dry eye issue. Because the main part thingy (?) that's suppose to be putting moisture in the eye, isn't working so therefore our other part thingy(?)throws the watering parts a working.

I hope that made sense. I seen the eye doctor who replaced her just today. I seen today, he needs lyme education. Took him the ABC's of Lyme Disease brochure today, because it talks about children/young adults and effect of lyme on the eyes.

I'm not a young adult. Old(er) adult actually, but I felt for some reason he needed this great piece from New Jersey Lyme Assoc.

Retasis/lotamax for 3 mths/2 weeks greatly improved my vision issues and dry eye inflammation for 9 mths. I going to try it short term again. Well, retasis anyway. He didn't understand why she had used lotamax unless she seen some inflammation last year that she wanted to nip quickly.

He'll understand what she did for me if I have to visit him often. Poor guy. lol

Pam

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Here's some useful info about eyecare- http://www.disabled-world.com/artman/publish/eyecare.shtml
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do you have diabetes? could also be EARLLY DIABETES RETINOPATHY; beginning of blindness; that''s what happened to me 3 months ago!

good luck for better outcome! [group hug]

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I have the floaters too, they are more pronounced when looking at lighter colors.

For many yrs I got the aura headaches, with no explainations, no pain, just blinding flasihing light patterns.

Mine seem to change shapes, sometimes they are tiny dots and other times they are like fine threads.

My eyes are awfully dry. My vision seems to change minute by minute at times.

Thanks for the link, lots of good info there!
Take care, dakotasmom

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tracisuzanne -- what works for my eye problems is drinking mangosteen juice. It's an anti-inflammatory juice. I had floaters, eye muscle pain, blurred focus and light sensitivity. Within 24 hours of starting it, all eye symptoms stopped, and those results have continued ever since.

I drink the Ultra brand, with 70 minerals added. There are lots of juice blends, in healthfood stores and online. Strongest one is Xango, sold multi-level; it's too strong for me, tho others swear by it. If you try the juice, drink a lot of water with it and go slowly -- it can be powerful.

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I'm In remission for 3 years now but when I was sick with lyme disease I had horrible problems with my eyes.

How you had explained when you'd look up to a blue sky you'd see a lot of them.. I had the same exact thing.. I had so many it looked like there was a swarm of bugs in the sky.

I had the dryness and also the whole seeing something out of the side of your eye but you look and nothing is there..

I don't have floaters anymore since treatment. I know they freaked me out so stay calm and I recommend you start looking for a lyme disease specialist if you have other symptoms as well.

I hope I helped! Good luck!

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