Anyone else see floaters?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by JewelRA, Sep 1, 2006.

  1. JewelRA

    JewelRA New Member

    I have been seeing floaters or waves in front of my eyes for about a month or so now. Sometimes it is worse than others? I wonder if this is from trying to go off my Paxil, or if it is one of my other medications, or is it a symtom of FM? (The 64 million dollar question, right?)

    Is this a typical FM symptom? Withdrawal symptom? What meds do you know that may cause it? TIA.
  2. Bruinz

    Bruinz New Member

    I am not on any meds but have floaters all the time.

  3. Scapper

    Scapper New Member

    I have them now in both eyes, more in my right.

    Mine started this past Spring, I've yet to see the eye doctor. I'm not sure what they can do about them, if anything, but I know I have to get there. They're driving me crazy!!

    Reading on the computer is very difficult with these!

    I've had fibromyalgia for almost 16 years and I never had these. I personally do not think floaters are associated w/ FMS.

    Let us know what your doc says......scapper
  4. kirbycat

    kirbycat New Member

    Dear Jewel,
    I have floaters pretty regularly and sometimes flashes of light. Who knows if it is Fibro/CFIDS or what.
    What I have noticed in this year that I have been diagnosed, is dry eyes. They stay red and gritty.

    I just saw the eye doctor for my regular exam. He said that "well, we are getting older". While that is true, I never had it before. Actually, I had very moist eyes. Tearing alittle too much. So, who knows.

    I know too that a drop in blood sugars will cause severe floaters, kinda like looking though a window with rain running down in your peripheral vision.

    Hope you get to feeling better,

    [This Message was Edited on 09/01/2006]
  5. Marta608

    Marta608 Member

    Floaters, according to my eye surgeon, occur when vitreous fluid separates from the retina. It happens with aging but at 34, I'd see my eye doc, Jewel, just to be safe.

    Flashes of light can be a sign of a detached retina. Anyone seeing flashes of light should get an eye exam as soon as possible.

    When I had cataract surgery this past month, more floaters than ever appeared in my left eye and are interferring with my vision now. In fact, during the operation on that eye, I recall hearing the surgeon say to the nurse, What happened to the vitreous? so I know something was more visible to him during the surgery although he hasn't admitted it.

    Whether from the surgery or just happenstance my left eye will require further surgery before I can see well again. Meanwhile I have loaner glasses for reading and the computer, neither which are that helpful. Very frustrating!

    I guess you didn't ask for my case history but I am up on my eye health issue questions!

  6. I have had them in the past, Check your blood Pressure. When I was 16 had my first child I had them all the time. MY blood presure was bad, They stayed with me till I get mit under control about 4 years later. Ruthie
  7. justjanelle

    justjanelle New Member

    I've got them. And when the FM flares up it does seem like I see an increase in the number and darkness of the floaters. I've asked the optometrist and the opthamologist both about them, but neither one seems to think it's important.

    Best wishes,
  8. victoria

    victoria New Member

    Floaters and light changes can also be symptoms of Lyme and Bartonella. I did not even know my son was seeing them until he was dx'd at 17 yo 15 months ago (blood tests positive for Lyme

    He had all the symptoms of fibromyalgia, by the way, and while all the standard blood tests were normal, he'd lost 10# for no reason and had a pulse of 48, low BP, extremely fatigued, bad memory, migrating aches/pains in joints, numbness etc in limbs, etc - more than I listed here.

    Also, when he did a trial on abx this past June that specifically targets bartonella (a disease that tends to really cause brain fog too), he had so many floaters it almost totally obscured his vision, he couldn't even drive.

    Before that it was not enough to worry about. Also had light alterations/fluctuations from lighter to darker. When he took a break from the abx, these symptoms disappeared.

    My daughter's BF had lyme also several years ago, his doctor realized it when his vision suddenly blurred... he took a month's worth of abx and it cleared up, altho in the opinion of LLMDs ('Lyme-Literate MD's), a month is not really enough since the replication cycle is 28 days and the Lyme spirochete can hide out for longer.

    With the number of people dx'd with FM/CFIDS who are showing up with Lyme and/or associated co-infections, it might be worthwhile to be tested for them or better, try a trial of abx to see if you get a die-off reaction.

    Best thing to do is to find an LLMD. or Lyme Literate eye-doctor, at least to rule it out. There is a lyme board here, also is a good place to go for info and to find where you can get referrals.

    all the best,
  9. Aeronsmom

    Aeronsmom New Member

    I do to and it really bugs the heck out of me coz i keep looking at them.

    love, Ann
  10. kaymac

    kaymac New Member

    Floaters are more bothersome than they are harmful. I work in Optometry and we see dozens of folks every week with floaters. There really isn't a connection with just FM, because the majority we see don't have FM.

    But your doctor and eyedoctor both need to be aware you have them and if they ever increase or change, you need to notify them.

    Eyes can hurt with FM because our eyes use muscles to turn in every which direction. Try it...looking straight up as far as you can hurts like heck if you have FM. Sometimes my eyes will hurt just moving them around.

    As far as someone mentioning dry eye, that has alot to do with our enviroment, the lighting, computer use, and our medications. Most hormones, allergy meds, and anti depressants cause dry eye.

    Hope this helps
  11. carebelle

    carebelle New Member

    yes I do . Sometimes they are white sometimes black .I get these when I am really feeling bad. They also tell me when I am going to get a migraine. I've had these for years so I do not know what may have come first FM or Floaters.Or if there is really any connection.

  12. JewelRA

    JewelRA New Member

    It could be so many things, I see, after reading all your posts! Thank you so much for your replies! I am DEFINITELY making an eye doctor appointment Monday. I just don't know who to see. I have been going just to Walmart, to an optometrist to get my prescription done and contact lenses/glasses. I know I need to see a real doctor.

    I saw a "real" doctor last year some time, a very highly acclaimed specialist at the Eye Foundation who my rheumy referred me to. I was (and still am) having very red, dry, gritty, irritated eyes. He was so arrogant and spent about 2 seconds with me and said he couldn't find anything wrong with me. So, it's just normal to have red, gritty, dry eyes???? Oh, and then I asked him, "Well, should I come back later this year for a full eye exam?" and he responded defensively, "Well, I did 90% of what an eye exam would consist of". What?? Sit there and look at me and say you can't find anything wrong?? Grrrr... I won't be going back to him. Any recommendations for the Birmingham, AL area?

    BTW, I did the "moving your eyes test" that someone (I'm sorry I forget who posted it!) mentioned, and yes, it hurts like heck! I guess those eye muscles get affected by the FM too! :(
    [This Message was Edited on 09/02/2006]
  13. barbinindiana

    barbinindiana New Member

    I've had Fm for 25 years and CFS for 8, and I've had floaters for years now.

    The thing that really concerns me is I sometimes get this kind of wavy thing going on with the vision in my right eye. I've only been doing that for less than a year.

    I've never brought it up to a doctor. With so many other problems, I've just never thought about it at the right time.

    I wonder if anyone here experiences this?

  14. apl

    apl New Member

    I am curious what the difference is between spots and floaters, or if there is a difference?

    For as long as I can remember, I have had the occassional sparkly-type floating points, usually when my blood pressure drops or my blood sugar is low. They generally go away after a few minutes.

    Then there are the times when I see darker small shapes floating across my eye(s) - something I never bothered to worry about, as I just assumed it was detritus in the eye that was normal, and it always went away.

    About 2 years ago, I got something new, which was a SPOT, right in the center of my field of vision in my left eye. The Opthalmologist could not discern anything wrong with my vision or the eye itself, and told me that it was most likely a part of my eye that had detached as normal aging process (I was 31 when it appeared), and would eventually deteriorate and disappear. As yet, it is still there.

    A month ago, I had a flash in the same eye (the left), to the left peripheral, and then got a much larger dark spot that has not gone away. About a week ago I got another large dark spot in the peripheral at the top of my left eye.

    Are all of these considered "floaters" or am I having other issues? My eyesight is a big paranoia for me; beyond the obvious disturbing nature for anyone losing visual clarity, I am an artist, and it is very important to me to be able to see clearly.

    Do any of you in the eye-care field have any advice or knowledge to share about what I am experiencing?

    Any help would be very appreciated! [This Message was Edited on 09/03/2006]
  15. carebelle

    carebelle New Member

    spots are like from the sun but floaters look more like smoke going up in your eyes or a spot with a tail lol
  16. ulala

    ulala New Member

    immediately. Floaters may mean nothing or they can be uveitis which if left untreated can lead to blindness.

    Floaters are small black dots floating in and out of your visual field. The doctr will give you Predforte eye drops, which are drops containing prednisone which stops or slows inflammation.

    Everyone is different so have your eyes checked. Better to be safe than sorry. Bright flashes can mean that the retina is detaching. This has to be fixed immediately!

    Please be safe and not sorry. Don't see an optometrist, see an opthamologist!

    Best wishes!

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