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  1. Lou

    Lou Guest

    i have dry eyes, started to see floaters, when i stare at something,
    it moves (even if its not supposed to), split second vision loss (as
    if you're blinking but you know you're not). i have been to 5
    different opthalmologists and two of which asked me to have OCTs. i
    have undergone the OCT and Visual Field Test to see if i have glaucoma
    or not. the results came out normal (i still havent forwarded them to
    my opthalmologist...will do so by the end of the week), but i am a
    hypochondriac, thats why sometimes i dunno if its still my dry eyes or
    something else...my life has changed since i have been diagnosed by
    dry eyes. i am 23 and i feel im too young to have it. i have joined a
    dry eye group but im not really happy with it.

    all the things started this january of 2007. anyone there who has
    experienced the same things, please respond.

    will await you response and thanks in advance!

    Lou from the Philippines
     
    Lou, Apr 10, 2007
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  2. Lou

    Ms.Brainy Guest

    Lou,

    You have stated that you are a hypochondirac, and I think you have
    diagnosed yourself better than ahybody else can. You also stated that
    your life had changed since you were diagnosed having dry eyes. How
    so? Did the dry eyes change your life or the diagnosis? You are
    right, at age 23 you should not worry yourself about diseases you
    don't have.

    I am not an eye care professional, nor do I have personal experience
    with dry eyes. My understanding is that the condition is annoying and
    uncomfortable, but is treatable. I suggest that you get on with your
    life, find something bigger to worry about (e.g. global warming) and
    seek help for your hypochondria.
     
    Ms.Brainy, Apr 11, 2007
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  3. Lou

    Neil Brooks Guest

    You may wish to drop by the user forum at www.dryeyzone.com. Dry eye
    is annoying at BEST, and totally debilitating at WORST. The
    difference between best and worst isn't all that much, quantitatively
    or qualitatively. Millions, it seems, hang precariously in the
    balance.

    As to the Phillipines and humidity: humid areas tend to have heavily
    air conditioned buildings everywhere. Florida, for example, would be
    brutal for me.

    Dry eye is just starting to "get its due" as a real problem. I shan't
    belabor the point here, and know nothing about Lou's case, but ... if
    he's got dry eye at all--and it's easily diagnosed and quantified--
    then he'll definitely want to start exploring management options.

    Lou: check out www.dryeyezone.com. You'll find LOTS of good
    information there.

    Neil
     
    Neil Brooks, Apr 11, 2007
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  4. Lou

    Ms.Brainy Guest

    In no way did I intend to diminish the magnitude of dry eyes
    suffering. Lou has been diagnosed with the condition and is
    apparently getting the available treatment. However, his worries go
    far beyond this. He is concerned about glaucoma and "something
    else". It's not clear why he thinks that he has anything besides dry
    eyes, and he himself declared being hypochondriac.

    BTW, I live in Tucson, AZ, where the air is very dry most of the year
    and terribly hot in the summer. We live with A/C and there is A/C
    wherever we go. I know quite a few people who have dry eyes and they
    say it's manageable and "no big deal". Obviously, there are various
    degrees of the disorder and some people suffer more.

    FYI, here is an article: http://www.allaboutvision.com/conditions/dryeye.htm
     
    Ms.Brainy, Apr 11, 2007
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  5. Lou

    Lou Guest

    ms brainy, thank you so much for saying that. i am actually thinking
    that my experience have been a result of my hypochondria (which is
    psychosomatic right?)

    i shouldnt be worrying about problems i dont have (thank you so much
    for saying that out loud!) but the problem is, whenever i experience
    what i am experiencing, i feel that its not hypochondria anymore.
     
    Lou, Apr 12, 2007
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  6. Lou

    The Real Bev Guest

    The problem with hypochondria (a friend has had to stop reading articles
    about medical subjects -- halfway through the article he realizes he has the
    disease, sometimes even women's diseases) is that it distorts your judgment
    about the nature of the problems that you have regardless of their actual cause.

    Do drops and/or artificial tears do anything good for you?

    --
    Cheers,
    Bev
    /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/
    You know how dumb the average person is?
    Well, by definition, half are *even dumber*!
     
    The Real Bev, Apr 12, 2007
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  7. Lou

    Ms.Brainy Guest

    Found on the Internet:

    WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF HYPOCHONDRIASIS?


    * Preoccupation with bodily functions
    * Preoccupation with minor physical complaints
    * Preoccupation with vague and ambiguous physical sensations
    * Numerous complaints about pain
    * Hypersensitive to any small physical changes in their body
    * Concern with having a deadly disease such as AIDS or cancer
    * Seeking repeated physical examinations, diagnostic tests, and
    reassurance from physicians
    * Physician reassurance and medical tests do not decrease the concern
    * Being alarmed if friends or family are diagnosed with a disease
    * Seeking reassurance from friends and family about their physical
    symptoms
    * Doing extensive research on the disease, such as reading medical
    journals
    * "Doctor-shopping"-Visiting numerous doctors who will "correctly"
    identify and treat them.
    * Complaints that doctors and specialists were not good or were unable
    to find the problem.
    * Repeatedly checking own body for signs of disease
    * Avoiding certain foods or activities thought to cause the disease.
     
    Ms.Brainy, Apr 12, 2007
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  8. Lou

    The Real Bev Guest

    Yes, but some paranoids actually have enemies and some hypochondriacs
    actually get sick.

    --
    Cheers,
    Bev
    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
    "If anyone disagrees with anything I say, I am quite prepared
    not only to retract it, but also to deny under oath that I
    ever said it." -- T. Lehrer
     
    The Real Bev, Apr 13, 2007
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  9. Lou

    Lou Guest

    Ms Brainy, Bev and Dr Stacy

    i just got back from my opthalmologist...my results are normal...he
    asks me to come every three months for routine check ups. i started
    using systane but it was quite strong then shifted to genteal...my new
    doctor advised me to try a new brand...will try it out next week...

    Ms Brainy, the syptoms of hypochondriac you typed here are what i
    have...thank you so much!!!

    Bev, the info u provided is beneficial too...thanks for asking what
    drops i used...

    U guys are so helpful...the last forum i have joined (i wont say the
    name but is a very popular forum) hasnt helped me as much as you
    do...i hope we all be well...God Bless us all

    Lou
     
    Lou, Apr 13, 2007
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  10. Lou

    Ms.Brainy Guest

    Lou,

    I must compliment you for your honesty and sincerety. I think you are
    in better shape than you imagine, because you recognize your problem
    and are not in denial. This is the first, and most important, step
    for dealing with your situation.

    I am not a mental health professional, but will give you something
    that might help you want to get the therapy you seem to need.

    Ask yourself: Am I enjoying my problems or do I suffer? Do I gain
    anything having these worries? I believe you are suffering rather
    than enjoying them. You don't really want to be sick, but you are
    seeking assurances that you are sick and refuse to accept the "normal"
    results of your tests. Most people would be very happy with such
    results, but apparently you are not. On the other hand, you would be
    miserable if the tests results confirm your anxieties. So you are in
    a no-win situation, since nothing will satisfy you.

    Imagine that you can get rid of the constant anxieties, what a
    liberation will it be! If you have real physical issues you will
    simply deal with them and keep a positive attitude. Wouldn't it be
    nice?

    I know that it's easy said but hard to do, but with your honesty and
    recognition I believe you can get there. I wish you the best.
     
    Ms.Brainy, Apr 13, 2007
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  11. Lou

    Don W Guest

    I think I have run across this very same list in a recent Journal of
    Hypochondria.

    Don W.
     
    Don W, Apr 13, 2007
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  12. Lou

    Ms.Brainy Guest

    Lou,

    Your name is Lou-Ann and you are a female, correct?
    I apologize for relating to you as "he", assuming you are a male...
     
    Ms.Brainy, Apr 13, 2007
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  13. Lou

    Lou Guest

    haha, no problem ms. brainy...

    thank you so much, you described my situation to perfection! and also,
    yes i am actually becoming miserable because test results came out
    normal, still, i exprience many things...

    but another question, has anybody here experienced seeing people being
    followed by halos or silhouettes? its as if there passing in front of
    you and they are followed by their own silhoutte...there are still
    other things but i find it difficult to explain...

    anyway, my doctor has told me to come every three months...yihee...

    thanks again!
     
    Lou, Apr 16, 2007
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