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    Old 12-30-2006, 07:07 PM   #1
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    vision problems???MEDS????

    I am not sure if its the Topomax 50mg 4 times a day morphine 60 mg 3 times a day, morphine 30 mg instant release 2x a day zanaflex 2x a day
    but I am really getting some blurred vision since I broke my back and developed this RSD in both legs.
    Does anyone else have vision problems on any of these meds

    thanks in advance for your input
    Lisa

     
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    Old 12-30-2006, 09:18 PM   #2
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    Re: vision problems???MEDS????

    Hi Lisa

    I've had vision problems since RSD, and I'm on morphine 60 mg. time 3 a day, Xanax x 3 aday, soma x 3 a day, percocet x5 a day, remeron x 1 a day. My RSD also started with a neck injury, and depending where it is in the neck can effect a whole lot of body parts. I also have alot of myofacial pain, but am afraid to go to the dentist. Every year my eyesight changes, sometimes better, but mostly worse, and I have to get new eyeglasses. But what's weird is, some days when I'm having a bad day, a differnt pair of my glasses gives me less headaches. Go figure. My vision problems started before the morphine. I hope this helps. Have a Happy New Year. Skooze

     
    Old 12-30-2006, 09:35 PM   #3
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    Re: vision problems???MEDS????

    Hi Lisa....

    I have vision problems since RSD...but I can't relate it to any of the medications. My vision gets so blurry I can't function at all. But this comes and goes... last for 30 minutes to up to 3 hours. The reason I can say I don't relate to medication...is because at the beginning I wasn't on any. My Doctor does tell me that some complain of vision problems. I have been to my eye Dr. and my eye glass prescription has not changed....but some days I know it is different. So I think RSD is a big factor in vision problems. Dee

     
    Old 12-30-2006, 09:48 PM   #4
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    Re: vision problems???MEDS????

    dee_navymom mine was the same as yours. my doctors said they didnt think it was my medication. i was having to have all my schoolwork blownup to at least 18 font just to be able to read it. she said she didnt think it had anything to do and to go to my eye doctor and had everything checked and nothing is wrong. so shes still not sure whats going on.

     
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    Hi Ladies!

    So this makes sense now. It has to be with something in the way your posture or neck is involved with the central nervous system misfiring. It's sporadic, and maybe that's why I wear different glasses on different days depending on how bad my RSD is??? Just a thought. Do any of you experience headaches during this time?? This really is curious isn't it?? Hopefully someone else can help us. Aloha Skooze

     
    Old 12-31-2006, 01:25 PM   #6
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    Hi Skooze,

    I do have headaches...but I don't relate them to the vision. When my pain gets so bad is when my head starts to hurts. I do agree with the with posture and neck causing problems with central nervous system misfiring.

    The vision problem is so scary.. I still drive...but most of the time I can tell when my vision is going to go crazy....I would just have to pull over and call my hubby from cell phone. I never go far from home. I haven't had to call him yet. I don't drive much...holding my arms up hurts to much. Plus with all the medications I take...I'm not to safe to drive.

    How often is everyone dealing with vision problems. Mine are 4 to 6 times a week. But I have had weeks where it is everyday for 4 days straight and happening 2-3 in a day.

    Hope everyone has a GREAT NEW YEAR!! Dee

     
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    Re: vision problems???MEDS????

    My vision problems varies. My rsd in both legs not hte upper body so I cant see how the rsd causes it but what do I know it causes everything else to act up.
    I just know all of the medicine is killing me.I am going to my eye doctor on Wed and will give an update on her opinion.
    The funny thing with doctors is that you can go to ten and they will all have a different opinion and when I am with that doctor what they say makes perfect sense at the time even though it totally differs from what the last doc said. That is the frustrating thing. However I deal with much more than RSD I have had two failed fusion with alot of hardware in the spine and a Spinal cord stimulator in place along with Fibromyalgia and a common occurance of kidney stones (12 times) along with a host of other problems too much to list so I have a slew of doctors who all think they have the answers but so far they just confuse me and throw more meds my way.

    Take care and thanks for the imput
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    Yes i have headaches with them. I usually get headaches all the time but they get worse when my vision gets blurry.

     
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    Re: vision problems???MEDS????

    I think some of this problem is directly related to the actual sympathetic damage that caused the rsd did to create in the first place.i have a horners syndrome in my L eye that is a direct result of my SNS being damaged,this happened about 16 days of my spinal cord injury,it just popped in one night while i was in the rehab hosp.my vision has become steadily worse over the past three years since my actual surgery.my RSD set in about two months post op in my R knee.the sympathetic ganglion is actually located within the neck so who knows just how much of the actual SNS damage actually affects the vision part of things.but my vision is much worse in the horners eye,definitely.i also found out that any of the anti siezure meds we normally take for our types of pain really do affect my vision for some reason.this happened with the lyrica i tried?it was the first time my vision was definitely affected just by a med,and now,i simply cannot take any of those types of meds anymore,they all do what the lyrica did to my eyes.i think lyrica actually affected and changed something within my brain now.i even went back to neurontin since when i had been on this med before for over two years,i NEVER ever experienced even the slightest side effect from it what so ever,just nothing.but a few weeks ago,when other anti S meds were all giving me that same vision and gait problems,we decided to just go back onto something that never bothered me before in the past,even at 3200mgs.well,you guessed it,the same dang thing happened to me,even with a med that i had taken for two years withoutthe slightest problesm.i have no clue as to why this all has occured now.but i know something has changed within my brain somehow ever since the lyrica nightmare.i just don't know what it is exactly.

    the cerebellum is what is kind of responsible for vision and gait,so i know that the cerebellum IS effected with most ani S meds.the4r is also a condition called cerebellar syndrome that stems from lyrica itself.if you want to read about it just look it up.this is also listed in the Rxing lit that comes along with lyrica.it mostly has to do with ataxia type problems,but just seeing that this actually affects the cerebellum,well,it does hold the possibility that it can also affect vision and gait.i actually felt,in my legs like i had just consumed a six pack or something when my lyrica had been in my system for a few hours.my vision would double and my walking just sucked.no matter how much i tried,i kept walking to the left and was bouncing off my hallway walls like a freakin pinball or something.it was really kind of scarey.needless to say,we got off that crap rather quickly.

    sorry to ramble.but there can be certain vision problems with certain meds.in order to really know for sure,just look up the Rxing lit on whatever meds you take.i always read everything now.also the SNS damage that we all have that started or triggered the RSD,well that can also be an issue too.you just kind of need to know tho where your particular problems came from in order to rule out another possible cause.alot of things,including nerve damage can affect the eyes in some way.i'am done now.i promise,marcia
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    Hi Marcia

    I just wanted to say that the nerotten and lyrica are made by the same company and with similar side efeects as you mentioned. I tried Lyrica for about 3 days, but to me it was worse than the nerotten. I felt like I was drunk on the nerotten, walking into walls and slurring my words. I guess too my vision was messed up, (it's been 3 years ago), because I quit reading books then. But with the Lyrica, I couldn't even walk, & I barely could keep my eyes open. Now to me that was worse. It's a shame what we have to go thru to try and get relief. 3200 mgs. of nerotten is enough to put a horse down. Glad you got off of it. But thanks for the informative insight to the anti seziure meds. Aloha Skooze

     
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