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General discussion / Re: Retinal Vessel Occlusion
« Last post by Pattidevans on Today at 09:30:15 AM »
Hi BBarb, sorry to hear your news.  A while ago one of our members had to have injections in the eye and she was terrified but in the event it turned out to be quite painless and did a lot of good.  I think Himtoo also had to have injections in his eye.  I'll see if he can pop in to reassure you.


All I can do is wish you luck, but I am sure it won't be as fearsome As you think.

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General discussion / Re: Getting Depressed
« Last post by Pattidevans on Today at 09:26:46 AM »
Well, of course it's a vicious circle.  Any stress raises BG and in turn you feel under the weather and less able to deal with the cause of the stress.


Right now I am under considerable stress myself and, it seems, unable to get BGs under about 9 - 10 which in itself it making me feel lethargic and ill.
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General discussion / Re: Retinal Vessel Occlusion
« Last post by Venomous on Yesterday at 07:09:13 PM »
I don't have anything helpful to add, but I'm thinking of you and hope it all goes well. Also if you are able, when you've had the procedure come back and leave details of your experience for anyone else who might go through it in future. When do you go to have it done?
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General discussion / Re: Getting Depressed
« Last post by Venomous on Yesterday at 07:05:50 PM »
I know what you mean. I get in so much pain and think... just gotta hang on, surgery soon, and the crisis passes for now.... but it's torturous!!
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General discussion / Re: Retinal Vessel Occlusion
« Last post by Liam on Yesterday at 02:07:51 PM »
So sorry to hear this and I hope all goes well. Like Dr DeEath I think it is shocking they haven't given you more information about it. Then again maybe they have and you just want some 'real' info from people that have had the treatment? I've never had it so can't give you that sort of knowledge, I've been luck and my small bleed has been stable and well away from the 'sight' area. 
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General discussion / Re: Getting Depressed
« Last post by Dr DeEath on Yesterday at 01:46:39 PM »
It all moves very slowly!

Which all adds to the unavoidable stress. Every appointment I am told to dial 999 if I become really ill but have never been told what really is! Then weeks pass with nothing happenng!
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General discussion / Re: Retinal Vessel Occlusion
« Last post by Dr DeEath on Yesterday at 01:43:02 PM »
Strangely, well for me, a non-diabetic friend suffered this two weeks before I had my retinal bleed. The blood does clear slowly but a small area around the clot was damaged leaving him with a blind spot. Apparently the injection was painless as they use anesthetic drops. He said it was a weird sensation and there was some slight discomfort as the anesthetic wore off but a couple of paracetamol settled it. You need to be careful for a week to ten days after to minimise infection the most common complication  and make sure you use the eye drops exactly as directed.

I actually think the failure to give patients clear and full information adds significantly to the worry.

My bleed caused total loss of vision in the affected eye and was quite scary! Mine is being treated by laser but when I was in the opthalmology department some people did have injections. I know someone who had injections for age related macular degeneration at 93 and he coped well - and the treatment worked! Hope it goes well!
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General discussion / Retinal Vessel Occlusion
« Last post by BBarb on Yesterday at 11:40:43 AM »
I have RVO which is a posh way of saying a vein is blocked on the retina and is leaking into the eye fluid, causing sight loss. 
I have to go into hospital for injections into the eye and I'm frankly terrified.  Has anyone had this procedure and if so could you explain it to me?  How much does it hurt?  Is it painful after the anesthetic wears off?   How long will the treatment take? 
Its the not knowing that's so frightening!  (and I'm not even diabetic just my diabetic husband's slave).
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General discussion / Re: Getting Depressed
« Last post by Venomous on 15 August 2017, 06:31:48 PM »
It all moves very slowly!
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General discussion / Re: Allergy testing
« Last post by Venomous on 15 August 2017, 06:30:47 PM »
Thanks DrD. I don't have any problems with the contrast dye fortunately, I think it has some form of iodine in it as that was the only thing they asked if I was allergic to!
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