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Eye issues ruining my life. TMS?

Discussion in 'Support Subforum' started by yoyo12, May 19, 2017.

  1. EileenS

    EileenS Well known member

    Yoyo12, remind yourself of how much you have improved when you feel anxious and remind yourself of outcome independence.
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  2. Roxygirl577

    Roxygirl577 Peer Supporter

    That's great news Yoyo! For me, the anxiety and obsessions had to go away first before I started to see physical improvement, so keep it up and don't let yourself get discouraged. Can I ask what kind of drops you are using for your eyes?
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  3. yoyo12

    yoyo12 Peer Supporter

    Thank you Roxy! That's very encouraging to hear! :) I decided to not use the drops anymore since a few days ago as my eyes start to feel comfortable enough and as I read that using medication and aids only enforces the idea there's something physically wrong with you. Like @EileenS I used these preservative-free saline solution drops, only available at the pharmacist (I've spent soooo much money on them!). It was the only thing my eyes could handle, any other kind drops would make them more irritated.
  4. yoyo12

    yoyo12 Peer Supporter

    Hi everyone, a little update! So I've very much improved, my eyes don't hurt anymore! From time to time i'll get a little stabbing sensation in my eye but that's about it pain-wise. The red veins are still there, though their appearance has improved and I've been able to wear a little make up every now and then as well. I hope I'll be able to wear full mascara and eyeliner again soon if I keep up the work and that those unsightly veins will disappear as well! (it still rivets my mind, so maybe it will be the last symptom to go?). I know I'm on the right track but I'm having a little mental setback though, every time I make a big leap forward my mind starts rebelling telling me i'll never be the same again. But hey, I've come this far. Thanks for all of your support xoxo
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  5. SammyT

    SammyT Newcomer

    Hi Yoyo12,

    I wanted to get in touch to let you know that when I was 20, I developed very similar issues to what you have been having with your eyes. I also developed large red veins in my eyes in my early 20s. Today, I also believe that it was caused by TMS, but at the time I wasn't aware. Unfortunately, you might find that the veins don't go away -- that has been the case with me. I think what happens is that the brain shuts down oxygen to them (just like in muscles) and the veins appear, as they were "fighting" to get the oxygen to the eyes. Unfortunately, it's hard to reverse once that has happened. I haven't found a cure yet (and please don't do "IBrite" surgery -- there have been people reporting horrible, horrible complications from it.

    I say all this not to upset you, but to tell you that honestly, you're the only one who really notices the veins, and the trick now is just to do your best to ignore it and go on with your life. They may subside in time (I hope so, for you!) but if they don't, don't let it run your life. That's exactly what the subconscious mind wants -- it wants to keep you fixated. So, do your best to mentally overcome it....and let us know how you are doing. I'm 40 now and have had prominent red veins all my adult life. Probably only three or four people have ever said anything about it. I don't love getting my photo taken, but that's what photoshop is for, haha (I just "whiten" my eyes where/when I want to).

    Hang in there!
  6. AC45

    AC45 Well known member

    Hi All,

    Thank you so much for this thread! I've recovered from or reduced the severity of several TMS symptoms. My eyes have been red for months - even though I am sleeping better. I went to the eye doctor yesterday and she could not find anything wrong. I didn't know that red / bloodshot / tired looking eyes was a common TMS symptom!

    I needed to see this today.

    Thank you!

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