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by Chapps
Mon Feb 07, 2011 11:21 am
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Uveitis treatment falls short of AAO recommendations
Replies: 2
Views: 15336

Re: Uveitis treatment falls short of AAO recommendations

I'm taking both methotrexate (high dosage) *and* Humira - an anti-TNF biologic - for ankylosing spondylitis, but neither has done anything for my chronic iritis. However, Remicade kept it completely at bay the entire time that I was on that drug. Unfortunately, I had to move to Humira when Remicade ...
by Chapps
Sat Mar 20, 2010 3:38 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: HLA B27, steroid sparing treatment/Immunomodulation
Replies: 10
Views: 21746

Re: Recurrent Iritis

I have Anklosing Spondalitis and am HLAB27 pos. I get Iritis two to three times a year, with each bout lasting about 8 weeks. Currently I have it in my left eye, and have been put on Prednisone Tablets. Also had the steroid injection 2 days ago. Fixed the pain, but the vision is so hazy I couldn't ...
by Chapps
Sat Mar 20, 2010 3:24 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: FDA WARNING ABOUT TNF a blocking drugs
Replies: 2
Views: 14596

Re: FDA WARNING ABOUT TNF a blocking drugs

Even with a cancer warning (and that doesn't mean that it *will* cause cancer), I'd take Remicade without hesitation. That's just me. I had reached the end of my rope with chronic iritis, ankylosing spondilitis and psoriatic arthritis. I was in constant pain, half blind and extremely fatigued. The R...
by Chapps
Thu Jan 22, 2009 9:28 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Iritis has become chronic
Replies: 7
Views: 4334

Iritis has become chronic

Well, the long period of calm that I experienced after my first - and damaging - experience with Iritis has really come to an end. The events started coming closer together, then this year, I haven't been able to get the flareups to cease at all for several months. Thought I had it this last time, a...
by Chapps
Sat Feb 09, 2008 8:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: light flashes/pulses
Replies: 19
Views: 12726

Hey Mike -- awww, no worries. I've now had Iritis several times, and this one started pretty hard, but got resolved much quicker than the previous ones. I think it's a lifetime issue, given the severity of my other autoimmune disorders (Iritis was the canary in the coal mine). My doc has been very c...
by Chapps
Thu Jan 17, 2008 2:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: light flashes/pulses
Replies: 19
Views: 12726

Oh, this is so familar. The first time I had iritis -- about three years ago -- it was a horrible case that took agest to get under control. One of the worst parts was getting the circular flashes of light which got so bad that I was afraid to drive. Very disorienting. That has to be watched very ca...
by Chapps
Wed Mar 01, 2006 1:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Uh, oh ... the other eye now? Need help!
Replies: 3
Views: 2675

Uh, oh ... the other eye now? Need help!

Looks like my one "good" eye is possibly having an iritis flareup. It's painful and light sensitive -- those are usually the precursors in my left eye to a flareup. VERY frustrating, as I'm right in the middle of a flareup in my right eye. Message to Mike and anyone else: I've seen references to the...
by Chapps
Sat Feb 25, 2006 7:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Headache & Iritis
Replies: 5
Views: 4563

I get similar aches in the muscles of the face around my affected eye. I'm pretty sure it's from straining to keep the eye closed after taking drops, as well as keeping the eye partially closed to protect it from the light. I don't think any of the facial pain is caused from the iritis itself. Now I...
by Chapps
Sat Feb 25, 2006 7:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Iritis recurrence and carpal tunnel ... all at once
Replies: 6
Views: 3832

Iritis recurrence and carpal tunnel ... all at once

*sigh* I really hope that 2006 gets better from here on out. I had my first -- and very bad -- occurrence of iritis last year. It was only in the left eye, but the vision in that eye has never been the same since. It always perceives fuzzy halos around light sources, but it's not so bad that I reall...
by Chapps
Wed Jun 22, 2005 10:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Occasional blurred vision after iritis?
Replies: 3
Views: 3724

*sigh* Well, I'm going to visit the eye doc next week. I suppose I'm just a little discouraged because there's very little that can be done, no matter what it is. And the last visit to the doctor didn't reveal anything out of the ordinary -- he said I was recovering from iritis extremely well. The v...
by Chapps
Sat Mar 19, 2005 2:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How do I work like this??
Replies: 3
Views: 3091

I hadn't had much opportunity to log in here recently, but I thought I'd give an update. My eye doc was very happy with the way that I'd been responding to the Pred Forte (the red was entirely gone and the eye was gaining acuity), so I've been scaled back from hourly to every two hours and now just ...
by Chapps
Tue Mar 08, 2005 7:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How do I work like this??
Replies: 3
Views: 3091

How do I work like this??

Well, I'm a typical case -- I woke up with a bloody red and painful eye the Sunday before last, got it mis-diagnosed as conjunctivitis (I *told* the doc that it wasn't itchy and there was no morning "crusties"), then had it correctly diagnosed as Iritis last Friday, when I was nearly blind in the af...