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LEELEEBUGGY Posts: 2
6/30/11 4:00 P

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About a year ago, I started having my left eye white turn completely red. I was diagonsed with spinal spondylitis july 2009, but have been able to walk with a cane only. The eye doctor thought that there was nothing to worry about. -- Am I in the right team?

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5/27/11 12:30 P

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I hope you all get an eye doctor to treat your Iritis. With out treatment it can cause permanent damage to your eye.

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5/26/11 3:23 P

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I have had this happen to me a lot, especially when I travel. I make sure I keep my eyes clean, change my contacts out and wear glasses more often when I feel an onset.

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5/18/11 8:19 P

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I have known that I have had A.S. for about 15 years now! I have had Iritis before and it was with sensitivity to light. I had to wear sunglasses every time I go outside, it got so bad that I had to get my car windows tinted and still wear sunglasses! I have good and bad days with the Iritis.

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3/14/09 12:36 P

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Eye infections are common with AS. I also have Celiac Disease. I started getting recurring bouts of Iritis when I was fourteen and every 3-5 years it would come back. When I was diagnosed with both Celiac Disease and AS the ophthalmologist said that both case the recurring Iritis and other eye infections. I know that since I went gluten free that I have not had a single recurrence of the Iritis and it has been 15 years now. But this probable will not help someone unless they have a gluten sensitivity.

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2/22/09 9:34 P

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The rheumatologist only did regular x-ray.
I had a bone scan of a foot once, looking for a fracture.
Otherwise, everything in the last 10 years has either been old fashioned x-ray or MRI.
The "neuro-physiatrist" that I went to 4 or 5 years ago only did traditional x-rays of my hands and wrists. He diagnosed advanced osteoarthritis of the hands and wrist. He said that more or less confirmed that I have OA throughout my body. He was qualified to diagnose and treat fibromyalgia. On the first visit he told me he would be evaluating for that. He never mentioned it again.

I am assuming things could have changed a lot in the last 28 years. I have read that any women who is diagnosed with OA before the age of 40 should be evaluated for AkSp. I suspect that the rheumatologoist ran the tests he had available /or that insurance would pay for. MRI's were only done with prior authorization. I knew a little about bone scans back then. I didn't know it was of such high importance for this.

In addition, I have a diagnostic dye allergy. It didn't keep them from scanning my foot.[hopefully that is the kind of scan you are talking about.] But they can not scan my brain because of the dye.

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2/22/09 6:41 P

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coould they have done a bone and joint scan back then? if so, maybe it hadn't progressed into AS yet. It really sounds like that is what you have. i was told by my rheumie to go to the eye doctor once a year. flu shots once a year and pneumonia every 5 years as well.

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2/22/09 1:38 P

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HALF2EAT - you emailed me that your intro was somewhere on this forum. I haven't found it.

My daughter is on Plaquenil for Lupus. I ju8st looked it up. I also have a first cousin with RA.

What I was wondering from team members,
Do you see an ophthalmologist?
I would have to do some traveling to see one.

I saw a rheumatologist about 28 years ago. At that time, he mostly confirmed that I do have osteoarathritis, ruled out RA. He blamed my muscle spasms on the scoliosis [makes sense.]. He told me I was developing a muscle rheumatism that was related to the spasms. My family doctor tells me that term is now called fibromyalgia.


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2/16/09 1:34 P

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I take Plaquenil so I have to go once a year as well.


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2/15/09 9:40 P

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I have seen the eye Dr. regarding the same. My Eye Dr. said to stay on top of the eye inflammation by getting yearly eye exams. This way if the inflammation develops or gets worse they can act on it early.

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1/28/09 10:01 P

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My doctor asked me about eye inflammation. She said it can be a symptom of AS.

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Thanks Sheila, I will let keep posted how this turns out. I am finding out alot of things at NAS, and what to watch out for.

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Hi, Sorry you're having eye problems. I haven't experienced them so far but my Dr warned me about the possibility. It's good that you've already had it seen to. AS can screw up so many body systems. I'm having shortness of breath that will likely be related to the AS. Please let us know how the treatment does! Good luck-- emoticon
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I recently went to the eye doctor because I have been having a slight blurring of vision in one eye with a sharp pain and the eye looking bloodshot.He gave me antibiotics the first time this happened, but now he said it may be due to AS. Has anyone else had this told to them?

The pain of being overweight is soothed by the effort of exercise and eating healthy.

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