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Eye Issue and Problem?

So I came home from hospital on Friday and have actually been doing pretty good - I have downgraded myself to having been been hit by a semi from the former status of having been hit by a torpedo! The yesterday my husband asks me what is wrong with my eye - I look and it is badly bloodshot - doesn't seem to have any vision problems but it keeps getting redder and is feeling sore. My NS offce is closed for the weekend already and I am not sure if this is something that I should be concerned about or not. Would appreciate anyone else who has a thought sharing it - I could go to an urgent care center today yet but doubt there will be anything open after tomorrow.

Thanks!
Patti

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I'm not a doctor, but

I'm not a doctor, but watched my 75 year old neighbor have this happen after they removed some bone spurs on his spine. If I remember right, he was on blood thinners and a vein had ruptured in his eye. He never lost vision, but it took a while for the blood to leave his eye. I would hound the surgeon's office and have the doc call you back, and atleast let you know wether to go to the ER or not.

You have every right to talk to the doctor, as that's why they make the big bucks. If they wanted a 9-5 job, maybe they should not have become surgeons.

Remember who is paying who, when you call.

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I'm not a doctor, but

I'm not a doctor, but watched my 75 year old neighbor have this happen after they removed some bone spurs on his spine. If I remember right, he was on blood thinners and a vein had ruptured in his eye. He never lost vision, but it took a while for the blood to leave his eye. I would hound the surgeon's office and have the doc call you back, and atleast let you know wether to go to the ER or not.

You have every right to talk to the doctor, as that's why they make the big bucks. If they wanted a 9-5 job, maybe they should not have become surgeons.

Remember who is paying who, when you call.

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You are right Weaveman

I have a right to ask questions and they have a responsibility to have someone there to answer them! I am a pretty assertive person by nature but for some reason I don't transfer that as well to the doctor. I have placed the call the on-call doctor is supposed to get back to me - my husband says if it isn't be noon that we are just going in to get it checked out because otherwise our Christmas will be marred with worry for sure!

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Definitely ask or go to doctor

Definitely give your surgeon a call and ask the on-call staff to have them call you back. You should not be penalized just b/c you need help during the holidays.

And yes, if he doesn't call you back, go see a reputable eye doctor. You don't want to mess around with eyes or put the worry-burden on your Christmas. You've been through enough already.

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Got a call back

And a prescription for antibiotic eye drops - he doubts they are a concern, but went with better safe than sorry so I couldn't be more pleased with the reponse:)

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chemosis?

Google "pictures of chemosis" - is that how the eye looks? I had that happen two days after my ALIF - the weird thing is its only supposed to be associated with lying prone for posterior spinal surgery procedures (I didn't have it happen with my posterior procedure). Apparently its not uncommon in posterior spinal depending on what angle your head is down & how it was cushioned.
Anyway, in my case, which was mild, I verbally called a friend who happened to be an eye doc, she said that's what is was and not to worry unless it doesn't go away in a day or two or if my vision is changed in that eye (it wasn't), but of course when I googled it "Chemosis and spinal surgery" there are associations with "opthalmoplegia" and "central retinal artery occlusion" which don't sound good to me. On a little more reading from googling "chemosis and spinal surgery" it looks like its from direct pressure on the eyeball..Soo...if those pics look like your eye, call your surgeon, tell him what you think is the problem, let him know if you have vision blurriness or changes, and if you need to see an eye doc immediately or what.
If it doesn't look like that I don't know what to tell you. Antibiotics wouldn't do anything for a central artery or vein occlusion though...if the vision changes I would get an optho consult.
Good luck - with you in spirit - lying on an cold back at this very moment....

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Sorry about that. But I

Sorry about that. But I watched my neighbor-friend go to the nursing home for rehab, after his surgery for the bone spurs on his spine. I noticed the blood in the eye on the second day, but didn't say anything. When I came back on the 4th day, it was real bad and when I mentioned it to him, he said he hadn't seen a mirror since surgery. I got the nurse immediately, and she had the nerve to ask, "how did that happen?".
4 days of taking care of him and the nurse never even noticed!!! If I learned anything that day, it's that you are your only advocate in the medical field.

I'm glad that you were able to talk to the doc, and I hope you have a MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

Kevin

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OMG

Luckily that is NOTHING like what my eye looks like - my husband noticed mine yesterday and it is just kinda of bloodshot and sore. The words from the doctor echoed yours in that if I have ANY sign of vision problems, to call him immediately!

The hospital where I was were dead set on sending me to a nursing home when I was released and I thank heavens that my husband would have none of that. He came home and rearranged the house and took off work so I would have constant care and the discharge planners would get off our back! Oddly enough, our NS was never backing the nursing home plan as he has seen that we have supportive family. I am convinced that the vast improvement I have seen in the six days at home have been due to just that fact - that I am home where I am looked at and after by people who love me (even when I occasionally drive them nuts:)

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Glad

Glad to hear your doctor was responsive! And that he makes you feel comfortable to call if you have any additional symptoms.

Now you can enjoy Christmas with one less worry!

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Patti

Glad to hear all is ok. These little things sometimes freaks us out, especially when we are not ready for them. Keep a close eye on it, and dont be afraid to call the Dr if you feel uncomfortable..Merry Christmas!