As an ophthalmologist, I have been aware of the effects of fibromyalgia on patients as it relates to their eyes. The eye symptoms are primarily relate to dry eyes which if not managed properly can lead to permanent damage to the vision. This dry eye condition can usually be managed successfully with proper care. The other symptoms that patient suffer make up a long list.
Many patients complain about an increased sensitivity to bright lights and odors as well as noises and touch sensitivity. Fatigue and sleep disturbances are common findings. Constipation, diarrhea, and abdominal pain and bloating which constitute a syndrome commonly referred to as irritable bowel syndrome is very common in patients with fibromyalgia. The systemic symptoms include widespread and sometimes debilitating pain. Restless leg syndrome with nighttime cramps occurs in many patients.
Headaches and facial pain as well as TMJ or temporomandibular joint dysfunction is another common finding. Other symptoms are more general and can include depression and mood changes as well as dizziness and anxiety and difficulty concentrating.
It is becoming more common for patients to be diagnosed with fibromyalgia as doctors become more familiar with the fibromyalgia. The problem in diagnosing it is increased because the symptoms can be mild in some patients and can be confused with other illnesses. The increased awareness in the public including the television spots I mentioned is helping people better understand it and get treatment to make their lives more fulfilling. There is a resource you can find here.
I am a Board Certified Ophthalmologist who has been in practice for 30 years.
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