Sore Eye

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I have recently been diagnosed with RA. Started on Hydrochloroquine 9 days ago, and Gabapentin 3 days ago (which helped me sleep the first 2 nights... But I am now awake at 3 a.m. With pain again..) My left eye started hurting yesterday. It does not feel like it is hurting from being dry, it is not red and goes not feel like something is in it... It just aches. Could it be associated with my meds, the RA, or just a timing coincidence?

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    I had exactly the same thing happen to me when taking hydroxychloroquine, I also had lot of other awful symptoms and made the decision to stop it after 6 weeks or so.  I felt really ill to be honest.  

    I ended up going to the Opticians for another eye check as I was that worried.  They told me that the cataract which had only started about 3 months before had grown considerably (due she thought to the meds) It might be an idea to get it checked out or talk to your Rheumy.

    I hope you feel better soon.

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      If you know you have cornea disease, which I think I know what you are talking about, it is caused by dry eyes, to where they get so irritated they become distorted.  I had one eye scraped so as to remove all the distortion..  I use Muro at night because it prevents that.  But if you do use it, get the cream, not the liquid, because the liquid made my eye hurt.  I bet your eye is hurting due to the cornea.  They can develop ulcers.  Those are very paiinful.  You will need an eye specialist, like an eye surgeon to really find out what the problem is.
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      Also you may have tears, but in some cases, the quality of the tears are off and they don't really moisurize the eye properly, and are missing the oily part of the tear.  This is all part of the illness called psorgrens syndrome.  I have tear duct plugs too.  I use restasis and that can take awhile to improve your tear quality.  You need a dr. to give you a prescription for it.

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      THanks for the info. My cornea disease was not caused by dry eyes. I made an eye appt with my ophthalomologist on Friday.... I feel good just having him look! He is a great doctor! I am sure it is nothing but always will be good to have it looked at, and to see how often he will want to check my eyes since I am on Hydrochloroquine!
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