It appears you have not yet Signed Up with our community. To Sign Up for free, please click here....



Eye & Vision Message Board
Post New Thread   Closed Thread
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 08-06-2011, 12:03 PM   #1
Newbie
(female)
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA
Posts: 4
susansarah HB User
Salzmanns Nodules

I am scheduled to have a Salzmann's nodule removed next week in the doctor's office. My eye doctor will scrape off the nodule. How painful will it be after the procedure? Do I need to ask the doctor for pain medication? Will I be able to work on the computer the next day?

 
Old 08-08-2011, 04:18 PM   #2
Senior Member
(female)
 
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 182
Kendra01 HB UserKendra01 HB User
Re: Salzmanns Nodules

Oh, I wish someone had answered your questions. Have you had it done yet? I'm getting to have it done too! I have lots of questions. When is your scheduled?

I saw my eye surgeons partner and he told me that I would feel sore for a few days and that I would not want to read for about 5 days. He said watching tv wouldn't be a problem, but using the eye for reading might not be comfortable for about 5 days.

That's quite a bit of down time IMO. I hope it's not that bad. Please report your experience.

Last edited by Kendra01; 08-08-2011 at 04:21 PM.

 
Sponsors Lightbulb
   
Old 08-09-2011, 02:25 PM   #3
Newbie
(female)
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA
Posts: 4
susansarah HB User
Re: Salzmanns Nodules

Me,too!
Mine is set for next Monday, August 15th, at 3:15PM. I'll let you know how it goes. I am definitely anxious about this.

 
Old 08-09-2011, 02:40 PM   #4
Senior Member
(female)
 
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 182
Kendra01 HB UserKendra01 HB User
Re: Salzmanns Nodules

Quote:
Originally Posted by susansarah View Post
Me,too!
Mine is set for next Monday, August 15th, at 3:15PM. I'll let you know how it goes. I am definitely anxious about this.
I hope it goes well for you. I did some research on this site for information on the surgery. I found several threads that are now closed.

It seems as if the laser version of the procedure is called PTK. That seems to be more serious and painful than the scrapings that you and I will have done. Still, some describe it as quite painful and others say it's very simple and they didn't even need to take pain pills.

The down time is what concerns me. I can't afford to be away from my job for long. With the economy the way it is, I have to work hard to generate income. I'm self employed.

What made you decide to have this done now?

 
Old 08-09-2011, 03:27 PM   #5
Newbie
(female)
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA
Posts: 4
susansarah HB User
Re: Salzmanns Nodules

Unfortunately, there was a misdiagnosis. I moved across the country last summer. A doctor at Duke University had diagnosed my condition, but when I arrived here, three ophthalmologists said the diagnosis from the doctor at Duke was wrong. (I should have known better.) Well, I went back to one of those same ophthalmologists last week and he did an additional test and confirmed the nodule. At this point it is quite large. He showed me the picture of it. My vision has been declining rapidly and it is difficult for me to drive and to read. I work at home on the computer and I canít afford to miss time, either. Iím planning to enlarge the font on the computer so much that I will be able to go right back to work. Cross your fingers! I wish that they had not made that mistake last year because it would already be over and done.

 
Old 08-09-2011, 04:17 PM   #6
Senior Member
(female)
 
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 182
Kendra01 HB UserKendra01 HB User
Re: Salzmanns Nodules

Man, that's terrible. I have been doing research online about this condition. Your situation sounds a lot like mine.

I have been seeing an opthamologist in Raleigh, NC for years. She diagnosed by nodules many years ago when I had NO symptoms. It wasn't until a few years ago that they they started causing problems, pain, redness, and the biggest problem is EXTREME light sensitivity. It's so bad that I must sometimes wear two pair of sunglasses at once. REALLY.

I am familiar with Duke as I live in Raleigh, NC. Too bad they got it wrong. It's odd because I had something happen similar to me when I went to a different eye doctor for an emergency visit. He got it wrong, but I followed up with my regular doctor soon after and she said it was easy to misdiagose this condition, unless you are a cornea expert, which she is.

I really hope you feel like posting about how things go after your surgery. I'm sure it will go well. My doctor is VERY experienced and I feel comfortable with her. I have read on line that the results with this procedure are quite high.

Have they said anything about putting a contact in that will stay for the healing process. I read that somewhere.

 
Old 08-09-2011, 09:58 PM   #7
Newbie
(female)
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA
Posts: 4
susansarah HB User
Re: Salzmanns Nodules

Our symptoms are very similar. I also have extreme "dry eye". I might have been unclear in my previous post. My opthamologist at Duke is the one who got it right. He is an outstanding doctor and a professor at Duke as well.
It's the San Francisco doctors who got it wrong...three of them. I don't think they had the right equipment to make a correct diagnosis. Oddly enough, the opthamologist here in San Francisco who will remove the nodule next week is a former student of the Duke doctor. Small world...
I have heard of the contact bandage. The Duke opthamologist was planning on using it. He said the recovery period would be five days. He said I would be uncomfortable.
I am asking for pain pills just to be on the safe side. If I don't need them, I won't take them.
I guess I'm most worried because it's my eye and I have always said the one sense I would not want to lose is my vision. So, fingers crossed. I'll tell you about the whole procedure afterward in detail. I think it's the not knowing that makes it scary.
Thanks for responding to me,
Susan

 
The following user gives a hug of support to susansarah:
Kendra01 (08-10-2011)
Old 08-10-2011, 12:32 PM   #8
Senior Member
(female)
 
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 182
Kendra01 HB UserKendra01 HB User
Re: Salzmanns Nodules

Quote:
Originally Posted by susansarah View Post
Our symptoms are very similar. I also have extreme "dry eye". I might have been unclear in my previous post. My opthamologist at Duke is the one who got it right. He is an outstanding doctor and a professor at Duke as well.
It's the San Francisco doctors who got it wrong...three of them. I don't think they had the right equipment to make a correct diagnosis. Oddly enough, the opthamologist here in San Francisco who will remove the nodule next week is a former student of the Duke doctor. Small world...
I have heard of the contact bandage. The Duke opthamologist was planning on using it. He said the recovery period would be five days. He said I would be uncomfortable.
I am asking for pain pills just to be on the safe side. If I don't need them, I won't take them.
I guess I'm most worried because it's my eye and I have always said the one sense I would not want to lose is my vision. So, fingers crossed. I'll tell you about the whole procedure afterward in detail. I think it's the not knowing that makes it scary.
Thanks for responding to me,
Susan
I'm glad the Duke doctor got it right. I know someone who has being treated by Duke for the last couple of years, and she swears that are wonderful. She's had a couple of surgeries. Not what we have though.

Good luck and I wish you the best.

Take care.

 
Old 09-25-2011, 02:43 AM   #9
Member
(female)
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: San Jose, California, USA
Posts: 66
thinkfast HB User
Re: Salzmanns Nodules

Quote:
Originally Posted by susansarah View Post
Our symptoms are very similar. I also have extreme "dry eye". I might have been unclear in my previous post. My opthamologist at Duke is the one who got it right. He is an outstanding doctor and a professor at Duke as well.
It's the San Francisco doctors who got it wrong...three of them. I don't think they had the right equipment to make a correct diagnosis. Oddly enough, the opthamologist here in San Francisco who will remove the nodule next week is a former student of the Duke doctor. Small world...
I have heard of the contact bandage. The Duke opthamologist was planning on using it. He said the recovery period would be five days. He said I would be uncomfortable.
I am asking for pain pills just to be on the safe side. If I don't need them, I won't take them.
I guess I'm most worried because it's my eye and I have always said the one sense I would not want to lose is my vision. So, fingers crossed. I'll tell you about the whole procedure afterward in detail. I think it's the not knowing that makes it scary.
Thanks for responding to me,
Susan
Hello, Susan--

I was wondering how your Salzmann's Nodules surgery went. Was your procedure painful and how was the recovery? I had Salzmann's nodules removed from both eyes several months apart over the past year. I was to the point where I had light sensitivity as well as a large amount of uncorrectable astigmatism as well as very poor night vision. I was almost unable to drive at night.

I found that the worst part of the recovery process was that I ended up feeling like I had acute sinus infection/headcold symptoms of runny nose and burning eyes. But it wasn't particularly painful. The bandage contact was wonderful and really helped the healing process. It has taken me seven months to heal after each procedure and I had several nodules removed from both eyes.

I have recently been getting fitted for new contact lenses since now my vision has changed (improved) so much since the surgeries. One eye still has some comets on bright lights at night, but it is sooooooo much better than it was pre surgery. The other eye is nearly comet-free at night, which is wonderful. My vision is back to 20/20, too. Please let us know how you are doing. I hope you are doing well.

 
Old 04-10-2012, 04:22 PM   #10
Senior Veteran
(female)
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Ohio
Posts: 1,114
dolysods HB User
Re: Salzmanns Nodules

How are all of you doing now? Susan, did your nodules cause the extreme dry eye? My optometrist wants to send me to another specialist, she thinks i have a couple nodules. I told her i'm game for anything that would give me relief. Part of me wonders if i've just grown accustomed to a lot of the symptoms?

thank you for any feedback!

 
Old 04-17-2012, 12:42 PM   #11
Senior Member
(female)
 
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 182
Kendra01 HB UserKendra01 HB User
Re: Salzmanns Nodules

I have been wondering the same thing.

 
Closed Thread

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Board Replies Last Post
Salzmann Nodulectomy Results question thinkfast Eye & Vision 3 04-17-2012 12:39 PM
nodulectomy on my left eye IamSuperMom Eye & Vision 4 01-09-2011 12:18 AM
Salzmann's Nodules Treatment Success? thinkfast Eye & Vision 0 11-26-2010 01:13 AM
salzman nodules questions mcnana Eye & Vision 5 02-05-2010 03:35 PM
sometimes better, sometimes worse, always bizarre mamaad Eye & Vision 1 04-17-2009 08:46 PM




Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off




Join Our Newsletter

Stay healthy through tips curated by our health experts.

Whoops,

There was a problem adding your email Try again

Thank You

Your email has been added








TOP THANKED CONTRIBUTORS



tubint (11), JodieJ (11), Bleue (9), TopGeek (8), senior41 (8), Laura1000 (8), esker (7), Eagle (7), earthworm88 (7), ladybud (6)

Site Wide Totals

teteri66 (1166), MSJayhawk (999), Apollo123 (898), Titchou (833), janewhite1 (823), Gabriel (758), ladybud (747), sammy64 (667), midwest1 (665), BlueSkies14 (610)



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 06:38 AM.



Site owned and operated by HealthBoards.comô
Terms of Use © 1998-2014 HealthBoards.comô All rights reserved.
Do not copy or redistribute in any form!