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bellajulz
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Post by bellajulz » Mon Aug 04, 2008 11:12 am

I am wondering if weather plays any role in causing or agitating iritis? I live in Arizona and have had Iritis since jan. 2007 since then I have had it in both eyes, at times at the same time. I tend to get my outbreaks about every 6-8 weeks like clockwork. So far all tests are negative for most common causes of the disease and I have turned down the chemo pills. At this time I am trying to see a Uveitis specialist in California, though my insurance won't approve it. :lol:

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Post by Mike Bartolatz » Mon Aug 04, 2008 12:22 pm

Tuscon, Arizona Support Group

Meeting: first Tuesday of each month
Time: 2-3pm
Location: University Medical Center, 1501 North Campbell Avenue, Tucson, Arizona
Support Group Contact: 626-3346 or Tuscon Calender
Faculty Sponsors: Dr. Robert Park (opthamologist) and Dr. David Yocum(rheumatologist


please see my response to your introduction.
Arizona is one of the states where Valley fever is present. have you been tested for this. please read about this in our related conditons forum.
if this isn't caused by a pathogen, autoimmune disease is often the cause. if no underyling systemic disease is present uveitis can be autoimmune in nature as well. systemic medications are a must to stop an out of whack immune system attacking your eyes by mistake. if you don't stop this chronic uveitis, you risk permanent loss of vision. the sooner immunomodulation is used, the better your outcome. waiting until your vision is permanently damaged to start this type of treatment risks even further errosion with a reduced benefit from the immunomodulation.

do you have symptoms of arthritis anywhere in your body? was this preceeded by an infection such as a sinus or GI tract infection etc?
your headaches should be investigated too. they aren't normally a symptom of uveitis but they can be related to vascular disease that can be autoimmune in nature.

Wish you the very best,
Mike
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