UGH why is it when you have a life long illness everything that you experience is down to that by the doctors.
I suffer with Optical Neuritis. when i have a flare of this it can make my eye ball painful and also gives me blurred vision, and other odd things. However, for months now I have been back and forth with the doctor mentioning the irritated pain in my eye. Oh its your MS blah blah blah. Not once did she look in my eye but kept saying you need to discuss with MS nurse etc.
Now i saw MS nurse and i told her it wasn’t my MS as i know the difference now between an ON attack. Its different that is pain hurting pain this was like you have something in it irritating pain. Not even this person checked my eye.
I used several bottles of optrex thinking perhaps it was dry eye. Nope made no difference.
It got so bad i found it harder and harder to work on my computer as every time i moved my eye ball it felt like a red hot poker. I knew it wasn’t my MS, and finally in desperation i thought i would see the optician just to make sure. I explained to her what had been going on. i said my eyesight was fine, i know my ON signs but this is different its starting to drive me nuts and i can barely see the computer screen as every time i blink it hurts which it wouldn’t do with ON.
Well first off she checked for pressure which was perfect.
Then she used some other gadget magnifier i think. She said oh well that was easy to sort out you poor thing no wonder why you have been in pain you have 3 ingrowing eyelashes scratching your eyeball One is enough but 3 is 2 too many she said. She was almost laughing and by then so was I with relief.
It took seconds with special tweezer to pluck the 3 offending lashes out.
Result. INSTANT relief from pain and irritation. The relief was just amazing. Months and months of it, being blamed on my MS, i knew it wasn’t down to that as i know the pain is totally different. I came out of her office almost singing and could have hugged her we went and bought her some flowers as she actually took me seriously. I couldn’t believe the difference it was like just mind blowing. I hadn’t realised just how much pain them darn things were causing me. I have to come back in six weeks as they can regrow back. I hope not. She said although common if left they can cause problems like ulcers and the inside of my lid was showing signs it wasn’t happy. The last few days have been great. I feel in a better mood, not so tired as it was getting harder and harder to want to read anything.
I was bad tempered because of this constant silly pain.
Doctors need to stop being so lazy really and look outside the box. Now i can write this without wanting to scream. You wait until i see her again. I am not happy. The fact she never even bothered to check my eye was unforgivable as she would have seen what was happening.
Its not always the MS.