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Is Devastating Eye Pain Real When It’s Invisible?

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Is Devastating Eye Pain Real When It’s Invisible?

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“I pray each night to be able to fall asleep and never wake up”, ‘Jane’ whispered after describing the burning, sharp, cutting and needle-like piercing pain that had found a home in her eyes during the past 4 years. The constant headaches that travel to her ears, face and occasionally to her jaws were almost an afterthought. Medicines took the “edge off” the pain but the cost they extracted in making her feel sick and clouding her thinking was too high to bear. She admitted that being the single parent of 2 young children was the only reason she was able to keep “the terrible thoughts” from taking root. I examined her in almost total darkness to minimize her eye pain and what I found was not surprising: Her eyes looked perfectly normal — which explained why she had been followed by a private detective hired by her disability insurance company.

How can such devastating eye pain be invisible? It turns out that its perceived location is an illusion. It is not produced in the eyes (or face, or head). The pain is generated in the wiring of her brain that normally carries the pain messages from her eyes. In effect, they are like short-circuits causing pain that is projected to her eyes although they feel as though they are coming from her eyes.

But nature has played another cruel trick on Jane and people like her. The malfunctioning area of her brain also controls tear production and disturbances here can reduce the tears. This means that the less tears and the eye pain are both caused by the same disease rather than dry eyes causing the eye pain. In medical/scientific terms we have been confusing association with causation. The eye pain can be made worse by reduced tears but it has a life of its own which is nurtured in the unseen depths of the brain.

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2 Responses to “Is Devastating Eye Pain Real When It’s Invisible?”

  1. Can you please assist me with some advice on what to do for my dad who has agonizingpain in his eye after having surgery and having an artificial land that is not FDA approved nor did my father sign to have it put in and was only aware of the artificial lens after coming out of surgery ,the doctor said after the surgery quote “by the way the doctor put an artificial lens in your eye” which according to my research is not FDA approved and feels like a medical malpractice case on top of medical negligence when my dad told him about the pain and he denied anything being wrong but now is suggesting that the tubes are removed but again according to my research the tubes are not the problem I believe it to be the lens

  2. Can you please assist me with some advice on what to do for my dad who has agonizingpain in his eye after having surgery and having an artificial land that is not FDA approved nor did my father sign to have it put in and was only aware of the artificial lens after coming out of surgery ,the doctor said after the surgery quote “by the way the doctor put an artificial lens in your eye” which according to my research is not FDA approved and feels like a medical malpractice case on top of medical negligence when my dad told him about the pain and he denied anything being wrong but now is suggesting that the tubes are removed but again according to my research the tubes are not the problem I believe it to be the lens

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