Update on my Mom

@sunnflr (2767)
United States
November 4, 2008 3:58pm CST
Ok, here’s the deal with my mom. Y’all remember the eye doctor scared her to death saying she could have a brain tumor or aneurysm, because that’s two things that can cause your eye to roll back up in your head. He said she needed to get her regular doctor to do an MRI and see what the problem was because from an eye standpoint there wasn’t anything else he could do. That’s what he told my mom and her husband. She goes to her regular doctor two days later and he doesn’t understand what’s going on. He wanted to know why the eye doc didn’t run an MRI if he wanted one. Mom said because y’all were going to run one anyway for another problem and he said just to add that part onto it. So her regular doc calls the eye doc. The eye doctor told the regular doctor that he suggested an MRI because my mom was having headaches. Mom says she told the eye doc she only had headaches when her sinus stuff first started acting up, but the headaches went away with medication. She said this was all before he brought up the tumor and stuff. That was why he said it might be sinus related. He gave her some drops for her eyes because they were dry, told her to ask for an MRI from her regular doc and sent her on her way…scared shitless! Back to the regular doc. After talking with the eye doctor, he tells my mom he’s not going to do an MRI because she doesn’t want surgery for her pinched nerve. Has nothing to do with a probable brain tumor! He asked about the headaches and she tells him the same thing she told the eye doctor. So the regular doctor just takes blood work and sends her home, saying the eye doctor didn’t find anything wrong and leaving it at that. My mom was upset and she gets things mixed up anyway, so she didn’t know what was going on. She still had no idea what was causing her eye to roll up into her head every morning. I couldn’t understand why SOMEONE wasn’t finding out what was causing her eye to do this. It’s not normal for your eye to roll back into the socket! I called the eye doctors office and they said he suggested the MRI because he didn’t see anything medically that was causing her eye to do that. That the regular doc would have to check for things in her brain, sinus, or thyroid that might be causing it. They told me there was nothing else they could do except suggest she talk to her regular doctor again about doing the test. I called the regular doctors office Thursday evening. They finally called me back this morning. After two phone calls this is what I found out: The eye doctor told the regular doctor the ONLY reason he thought an MRI was necessary was because of the headaches. He said her eye was rolling back into her head because of dry eyes. That’s why the regular doctor didn’t do an MRI. He’s going off of what the eye doctor said. It’s just nobody cared to explain it fully to my mom and her husband. The regular doctor says she needs to call the eye doctor and have all her records sent over so they can look at them because the eye doc told her one thing and them another. Have any of you ever heard of dry eyes causing this? I haven’t. My mom wants to know why both eyes aren’t doing it if this is the case. I told her I have no idea. I am trying to get her to go to another doctor but she’s just fed up with all of it. Turns out her thyroid is messed up. I had told her a few weeks ago from the symptoms she was describing that I thought she’d went hyper. Turns out I was right. Not that they are doing anything about it! The doctor’s office told her to come back in three weeks for more blood work. I really don’t like these doctors! So right now Mom’s just waiting and seeing. She said she needs a break from doctors and all the worrying. I’m just hoping it is only dry eyes and not something that will get worse. Or that maybe the thyroid stuff is causing the eye problem also. There’s our mess we’ve been dealing with in a nutshell.
6 responses
@spalladino (17925)
• United States
11 Nov 08
Hi Sunnflr. Is this eye doctor an Opthamologist? If not, that might be someone your mom should see. My husband is blind in his right eye due to trauma. His eye will roll back up into his head sometimes when he's tired but he's never seen a doctor for it and it's been going on for over 20 years now. I feel so bad that your mom is being jerked around like this...I'm sure she's worried and these doctors should be doing more for her. Going to another doctor seems like a good next step and I hope you convince her to give someone else a try. Good luck to the both of you.
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@sunnflr (2767)
• United States
11 Nov 08
I belive he is an Opthamologist, but I have to ask her to be sure. I keep forgetting. She is not getting any worse which is a good sign I reckon. I hope she'll got to another doctor soon.
@spalladino (17925)
• United States
11 Nov 08
Hang in there and keep at it. It very well could be nothing but should be checked out because it's not something you hear about every day and lots of people suffer from dry eyes.
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@sunnflr (2767)
• United States
27 Nov 08
She is still doing the same. Nothing has got worse. I did find out that her eye doc is the good kind..Opthamologist, so that's something.
@Bebs08 (10689)
• United States
5 Nov 08
you know what? I feel dizzy with how the doctors did to you. It is pretty annoying why they can not give the diagnosis? and they can't even decide what the patient should do? why they keep on tossing you from one side to the other? I can understand why your mom said, she needs a break from those incompetent doctors. You can hardly find doctors who are true to their duties and really cared for their patients. I hope your mom would be alright and nothing serious is going on.
@sunnflr (2767)
• United States
5 Nov 08
It was a mess for sure. I just hope she IS ok and taking the break doesn't make anything worse. She's not having any more symptoms and her eye isn't any worse so that's all good news.
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@Bebs08 (10689)
• United States
6 Nov 08
Oh!! that's good news, she just probably need rest and proper diet. Hope she would continue to get better.
@sunnflr (2767)
• United States
11 Nov 08
She's still hanging in there so far. No change is good change in this instance I reckon. Thanks for the continued well wishes.
@PearlGrace (3172)
• United States
5 Nov 08
This situation with your mom's health sure sounds frustrating! I've not heard about dry eyes contribuing to eyes rolling back. But, of course, I'm not a doctor or a nurse. It must be pretty upsetting for your mom. It sounds like there could be a misunderstanding in there somewhere. My mom doesn't remember things well and gets the order of conversations and events all mixed up, so I pretty much have to be involved from step 1. Otherwise, I'll never know the "whole story" of what's going on with her. Good luck, Sunny. Hang in there.
@sunnflr (2767)
• United States
5 Nov 08
I would have thought she just got mixed up too if there hadn't been someone with her both times, AND I talked with both doctors offices myself and got two different answers. I wish I lived closer and could go with her to the doctor!
• Philippines
4 Nov 08
whatever it is that inflicts worries and pains to your mom, just pray for her well-being. she will be ion good hands, just stand by her along the way--since she is really afraid i guess that results might be bad.
@sunnflr (2767)
• United States
5 Nov 08
I always keep her in my prayers. She has other worries besides health concerns and I really wish things could settle down for her.
• United States
4 Nov 08
Even though those doctors don't communicate with each other doesn't mean your mom should have to go on a roller coaster ride of emotions, you either. I hope things work out with your mom.
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@sunnflr (2767)
• United States
5 Nov 08
I know! It didn't make any sense to me. It's like neither doctor knows what the other really thinks. I really hope she'll go to a totally new doctor next time.
@liquorice (3901)
4 Nov 08
Well, that must be a big worry for you with people mentioning possible brain tumours and then backtracking and not testing her, and then her being passed from one doctor to the other. Yes, sometimes doctors are infuriating and it makes you wonder what the point was of them spending all that time in medical school! I really hope that the problem is from dry eyes as well, and that you somehow get to the bottom of it.
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@sunnflr (2767)
• United States
5 Nov 08
Thank you. I hope that's all it is too. My husband said it's probably that her eyes are getting really dry at night and is "sticking" to the lid. Then when she's up for a while and moves it around it comes back into place. Hopefully that's all it is.