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Does Fibro affect vision?
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Cher0208 - February 5

About a year before I started experiencing any pain my vision started getting blurry. At first it happened mid day as if my eyes were tired. (I'm 25 btw) I went to the optometrist who told me I was slightly farsighted. Now two years later I am beginning to see a pattern that when I am having flare ups my eyes are blurry. But when I start feeling really good the blurriness is very little if any. For a while I was freaking out thinking it was MS. I have a second MRI coming up but I think it may be related to fibro in which case I'd be so relieved that it isn't something much worse.


Fantod - February 5

Cher0208 - I copied this information from the "Associated Conditions" section of the this website:

When a person develops FMS, usually harmless objects can produce pain and sensitivity.

However symptoms are not homogenous and they can range from mild to severe.

FMS sufferers can for example develop sensitivity to stimuli such as fluorescent lights or to the light produced by a television set.

Contact lenses can cause pain and irritation, while wearing glasses can trigger mysofacial trigger points (TrPs) in the face and the neck. Pain can also be experienced in the ears, teeth and nose.

FMS can also lead to the production of a thick secretion, which subsequently impacts vision.

Night driving can be dangerous for those with FMS, as they often have trouble seeing the lights of oncoming cars.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is another complication associated with Fibromyalgia. People with SAD need light to ward off depression, which is another common symptom of FMS.

Sicca syndrome, which leads to irritation dryness in the eyes as well as the mouth and nose, also affects vision and can make the wearing of contacts uncomfortable.

Other symptoms of FMS-related vision problems include postural dizziness, blurred or double vision, and vertigo. FMS can also result in impaired eye-hand coordination.

Beta-carotene (an anti-oxidant and precursor to vitamin A) can be very helpful in treating light sensitivity produced by FMS.

Eye exercises are also be helpful in determining whether your vision problems are a result of FMS. Put one hand on your head above your forehead; then attempt to look at your hand. Pain indicates that your TrPs are especially sensitive. Then, continuing to look up at your hand, look out from the upper corner of each eye separately.

Medications are also usually prescribed to treat eyesight complications; guaifenesin (which liquefies mucus) is a uricosuric drug that helps the treatment of FMS because it helps expel uric acid from the body.

Many eye doctors are not aware of the complications to vision that FMS may cause. I hope that this information calms you down. Take some time to throughly read the "Associated Conditions" section of this website. Knowledge is power. Take care.


Cher0208 - February 5

Wow, thanks so much for posting that. That information is extremely comforting. I have been to several doctors and not one of them has mentioned any connection. So it's definitely true that many doctors are not aware of this. I'm going to read the Associated Condition section now. Thanks again.


George - February 15

I am surprised how nobody gave individual experience. BLURRY VISION is one of my main symptoms. I work closely with it: I am testing how I am doing... When it was very very bad, I could not see the signs on the isles in Book Shop, or supermarket. Also some mornings I cant see well type, it is blurry, then it goes away... after a day, or few, depending on how i am doing... to me this is a huge topic...


Cher0208 - February 15

Wow, George. What a relief. Even though I read what Fantod copy and pasted I still felt pretty alone on this one because no one else talks about it. You sound just like me. The blurry vision comes and goes. Yesterday was the worst. I was at work and everything seemed blurry so I start testing myself constantly trying to see what is blurry and what isn't. It's so frightening to have your vision do that. Thankfully, today it's better. The computer screen is totally clear. What do you do when it happens? Has a doctor given you any info on it? Its so weird. I almost find this more uncomfortable than the pain! I tend to put drops which helps very little but I just have to let it pass. It definitely freaks me out though.


George - February 16

HI Cher,

I know it felt better for me too when I read your response.
DOC. forget it... they don't, can't...
Don't stress it, you know that it goes away. But when it is present:
1. don't over stress yourself with anything, especially physically, like don't go to the gym, or yoga class, or take a light one. Sleep more the next day...

2. I think it is toxins related, so I go to the steam, sauna... drink wheat grass juice..

3. My partner says I have read eyes and they look shiny?... but I don't pay attention to it...

4. Also observe the day before, especially if you drink alcohol. To me it is poison, it gets blurry, after few sips, and the following day.



Cher0208 - February 17

You are so right, when I drink alcohol I can't see too well the next day. I also feel stoned like I can't answer questions or respond normally. Tomorrow makes two weeks that I haven't had a drink and I'm sticking to it. I feel a lot better without alcohol. It is poison but even more so for someone with fibro. We just can't tolerate it.

Anyway, thanks for the advice on the eyes. I will definitely take it easy on those days.

Feel good!
xoxo Cher


mylo - March 10

I agree I have been having problems with my eyes as Mom has M.S,so this scares me too.Thanks so much for the info!



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