I is for Inflammation

About 12 years ago, I started seeing floaters in my eyes.  At times, it looked like black rain against a blue sky. Other times, it looked like a gray Maine Coon was sitting just to the right of my field of vision, and every time I looked up and down, it’s fluffy tail would swish across my lens, driving me to the point of  insanity (oh, look another “I”!)

I went to my ophthalmologist, Dr Craig Helm and had every eye examination and blood test done that he could think of…ultimately I they diagnosed me with intermediate uveitis, or an inflammation of the vitreous (the transparent, jelly like gob in your eye.) The “I”s have it!  Or the eyes…the puns are endless on this one, are they not?

Eyeball
This is not my eye, but a close facsimile

 

The doctor injected my eye with corticosteroids (are you now horrified? I was completely!) which helped a bit, but more than anything else, they made my eyelid droop.  I tried drops as well, which had no effect of the floaters or cat tails whatsoever. Eventually they subsided, and strangely, they were at their best when I became pregnant with the little monkey – and remained quite dormant for several years after.

There was concern at the time that these floaters were related to an auto-immune disease and I started to learn about inflammation.  Having had gestational diabetes towards the end of the little monkey’s reign over my body, I am now more susceptible to Type 2 Diabetes and chronic inflammation has been on my mind again as I approach my 40s.

I want to be healthy not just for me, but for my family and I think exploring this topic will find its way to the blog sooner than later.

Do any of you suffer from chronic inflammation or uveitis? What are the ways in which you reduce it?

 

For more on the A to Z Challenge, please go HERE.

Stay tuned during the month of April to see what other subjects I want to explore…I’ll return to my senses on May 1. To see what I might usually post on a Friday, go HERE.

 

 

 

6 comments

  1. While no chronic inflammation, I’ve gone through my own health situations as I’ve gotten older and am fascinated by the diagnostic process doctors go through. They run every test but then it comes down to what amounts to a logical game of bingo (well, it could be this but probably not that), and a leap of faith on our part as patients.

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    • That reminds me of the show House – I believe they call the bingo “differentials” 🙂 I learned something from that show! Though who knows how much of it was accurate. Thanks for reading and commenting 🙂

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  2. Just found this…and sounds so much like my story. In Nov 2008 I was walking into work and all sudden I had what I thought was something in my eye. I kept thinking it was an eyelash or mascara, no one could see anything. I dealt with it for a couple of days, then ran by the eye doctor on my lunch break. She looked around in my eye, then ran a few tests, which I had no clue why. Next thing I knew, she said I’m not sure if what I’m seeing is really what it is, you need to go to the Baptist Eye Center, I’ve already called & they are expecting you. I was immediately terrified. I called my family, my dad, my mom, and my sister were ALL out of town, so I went by myself. I was literally there for 4 and half hours and cannot tell you how many tests were done. This was the first time I had ever had my eyes dilated, which was freaking me out. Finally I was given a steroid shot in my eye, the doctor wrote down what I had and told me to research it later, and said he would be seeing me the following week. For the first 4-5 months, I was literally seeing my specialist twice a week, because they could not get it under control. I was on oral steroids, making me CRAZY, plus seeing every kind of doctor and having every kind of test ran to see what caused my uveitis…MS. Eventually, my doctor sent me to another specialist out of state to have him check me out and see what kind of medicine they could use to replace the steroids. I have been on Mycophenolate since 2009 and it seems to work!!!

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    • I’m glad you found something that worked for you! I’m not on meds for mine but I was recently pregnant again and mine is very much hormone related… Or immune-system related actually is more likely. Thanks for stopping by the blog and commenting!

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