Ocular Vasospasm – Pain Behind The Eyes
After being sent myself three times to Eye Casualty, but the Drs finding no answers for the pain or increased pressure that I get. Means that I am very interested to know what and why, I get such extreme pains in and behind my eye to the point where it feels it might actually burst. Yes! Burst! That is how bad the pain is, and unbearable to cope with at times and pain relief does not always take it away.
It makes me cry in anguish, but the release of tears does not take the pain away either. In fact crying makes my tear ducts swollen, and then my eyelids inflamed, so it is all a vicious circle.
Just another of the long list of symptoms, that come with this disorder.
So I have been doing some research into it, after one of the ladies in the group mentioned that her Dr has informed her it may be “Ocular Vasospasm“, which I have never heard of it, but hey I had never heard of Dystonia or Functional Movement Disorder before either! (Both Neurological Conditions) I thought I would look into it.
After searching on the world wide web, this is some information I found:
“Vasospasm can have many different causes and can occur in a variety of diseases as well as in otherwise healthy subjects. We distinguish between primary vasospastic syndrome and secondary vasospasm. The term “vasospastic syndrome” summarizes the symptoms of patients having such a spasm to stimuli like cold or emotional stress. Patients with primary vasospastic syndrome tend to suffer from cold hands, low blood pressure, migraine and silent myocardial ischemia. The ocular vasospastic syndrome is clearly associated, among other manifestations, with glaucomatous optic neuropathy and non arteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy. The ocular vasospasm leads to a compromised autoregulation, and therefore sensitises the eye to intraocular pressure or to a decrease in blood pressure. A variation in ocular perfusion may lead to an increase in free oxygen radicals and in glutamate. This may finally induce apoptosis cascade in retinal ganglion cells. Valuable diagnostic tools are nailfold capillary microscopy and angiography, but probably the best indicator is an increased plasma level of endothelin-1. The role of calcium channel blockers, magnesium, endothelin and glutamate antagonists are discussed.”
I own up that I do not quite understand it all, but I did note where it says “The term “vasospastic syndrome” summarizes the symptoms of patients having such a spasm to stimuli like cold or emotional stress.
Here is a further piece I copied out for functional disorder, so basically where we show nothing wrong with eye testing and show no sign of glaucoma.
Patients with normal-tension-glaucoma and with visual field defects of non-known origin, often suffer from mild vasospasm in the fingers. The observation often be provocated by coldness or emotional stress and that these defects can very often be reduced by a treatment of the vasospasm led to the hypothesis that a functional dysregulation of the circulation in the visual system might occur.
The presumed ocular vasospasms provoke a variety of symptoms. Out of the large spectrum, two typical cases are described. The first case is a patient that developed visual field defect under psychological stress conditions. A drug therapy relieved the patient from the symptoms. The second case is a patient with a normal-tension-glaucoma. The treatment of the vasospasm improved the visual field markedly.”
This is a photograph showing an eye with Vasospasm
The link for where I found this information is:
It sounds like it is all to do with a circulation of blood and oxygen problem?
I think it may be something to note, and mention next time I see my Neurology Consultant. Or my Neurology Psychologist, and see what they say.
It might lead to some more tests, but if they can find out and give me something to take away the pain then every test is worth it!
Have to go now, as yes you guessed it, my left eye is really hurting due to me trying to read what I am writing!
Thanks as ever for reading folks, and catch up with you tomorrow for a fresh new day.
Always the optimist!
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