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Forum Name: Headaches

Question: My Wife has eye pain


 Cowboy1978 - Mon Dec 24, 2007 12:53 pm

I have a question for my wife. She is 24 years old and for the past 6 months she has been having these popping eye pains. (that is how she describes them). She keeps getting scared that they are what they call, Mini-Stroke's, but she has this eye pain almost every day. The onlything she has ever had is hypothyroidism. But other then that Nothing that I know of. I don't really know about her family medical history, except that her mom has high blood pressure. She says the pains aren't really bad, but it scares her. SHe has never had any numbness, or anything wrong with a limb or anything like that. It has just been pain in her eyes. She had an eye exam about 3 weeks ago, and the doctor said they looked healthy. He looked for something to do with diabetes but im not sure why, but he said her eyes look healthy. Do you have any clue what these pains could be? I am sorry for the lack of information, but I just am looking for maybe some ideas so we could ask our doctor. THanks a lot

stephan
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Sun Jan 20, 2008 11:01 pm

User avatar Hi Stephan,

There are several causes of eye pain. One of the more common causes is a migraine headache. This type of pain would be unlikely to come and go quickly, though. I'm not certain but based on your description I am presuming that these pains are relatively brief.

There may be a component of eye strain causing these pains as well. This can still happen with a normal ophthalmologic exam.

Transient ischemic attacks (TIA's), or "mini-strokes" can cause eye problems but I would not expect this to be such a chronic issue with no other symptoms. It's possible but unlikely.

If these pains continue I would recommend that your wife see a neurologist for further evaluation.

Best wishes.

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