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When FMS Affects Your Eyes

June 17

I want to talk about one of the lesser discussed symptoms of FMS, eye problems.  Mornings are the worst, my eyes will burn like crazy and run with tears on and off for about three hours.  I used to think it was allergies, but it’s not seasonal.  It happens all the time now.  Don’t even get me started on my contact lenses.  I’m going online to buy a pair of eyeglasses as soon as I finish this post so I can get a little relief by not having to wear my lenses all the time.  I can feel  the lenses on my eyeballs.  It drives me crazy!  And yes, I have seen an ophthalmologist.  There’s nothing technically wrong with my eyes to be causing these problems…sooo…you know who it is….


‘Who’s a purple jerk with two thumbs and a ‘P’ for ‘pain’ tattooed on his chest….?

How fibromyalgia affects the eyes

A little snippet I found describing a few of the problems experienced from the neck up with FMS:

dizziness, imbalance, neck soreness, a swollen glands feeling, runny nose, maxillary sinus congestion, tension headaches, eye problems (tearing, bug-eyes, blurred or doublevision, inability to raise the upper eyelid, dimming of perceived light intensity),spatial disorientation, postural dizziness, vertigo, sudden falls while bending, unintentional veering while you walk, staggering walk, impaired sleep, nerve impingement, and disturbed weight perception.



(‘Bug-eyes’?)   Anyway, time to distract with things waaaayyyy more interesting than my Le Chiffre problems.  Let’s talk July 4th.  Let’s talk BBQs.  Let’s talk….POTATO SALAD!

potato1~ Rosanne Cash’s Potato Salad~

~3 lbs red skin potatoes, quartered and boiled to fork tender

~1 1/2 cups chopped dill pickles

~3 celery stalks, chopped

~small red onion, chopped

~3 hard boiled eggs, chopped

~2/3 cup mayonnaise

~1 tbsp. Dijon mustard

~1 tbsp. apple cider vineagar

~1 tbsp. fresh dill

salt and pepper to taste

Mix all ing except potatoes.(dressing can be preprared 1 week in advance, refrigerate).  Mix with potatoes and chill.  Better after 1 day.


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*See also the latest post at ALWR on Fibromyalgia and your eyes: ‘Common Fibromyalgia Eye Problems’ ~

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  • Reply Dean of Little Steps June 17 at 3:30 am

    I do hope you find a pair of glasses that will suit your needs. It took me awhile to find one that I’m comfortable with and really like, so I know that can be a pain… literally 😉 Anyway, that potato salad looks really relish. Would love to try it out! #sharewithme.

    • Reply Red June 17 at 12:12 pm

      Too true! But SO necessary! Thanks for stopping by Dean! 🙂

  • Reply Marla June 19 at 10:36 am

    Great potato salad recipe. I always love it when you leave the peelings on especially the red skin potatoes. Summertime is a great time for potato salad and this recipe sound great for a picnic or summer meal. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays. Pinned & twitted.

    • Reply Red June 19 at 10:46 am

      Your welcome Marla! Lots of good nutrients in the skins too! 😉

  • Reply All that's Jas June 19 at 12:46 pm

    Love the fresh dill in your salad! I have to try that. Hope you get some relief with the new glasses. Thanks for sharing with Thursday Favorite Things and hope you have an amazing weekend!

    • Reply Red June 19 at 1:45 pm

      Dill is one of my favorite fresh herbs, thyme being #1. Thanks for stoppin’ Jas! 🙂

  • Reply Jenny June 21 at 7:26 am

    As always what a scrumptious recipe. I never knew it affects your eyes poor you. I will have to ask and see if my sis suffers with her eyes it might be that she blamed allergies for a long time too. Fibro is such a challenge and wish I could help her more with her pain and challenges that come her way. Thanks for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme

    • Reply Red June 21 at 8:56 am

      Thank you Jenny, that’s the thing about FMS, it mimics so many other conditions. Hope your sister is doing well. Thanks for stoppin’! 🙂

  • Reply Gary McArthur June 21 at 4:54 pm

    I get incredibly dry eyes and I think fibro has affected my sight – I’ve gone from near perfect 20/20 vision in 2006 to needing lenses for distance and reading now – and the reading lenses need a new prescription as I’m struggling with the current ones. It’s just another of fibro’s wonderful menagerie of symptoms we have to contend with.

    • Reply Red June 21 at 8:25 pm

      So true Gary! It was one of the first things my Dr. told me when he diagnosed me, that FMS affects the eyes and a lot of FMS patients cannot tolerate lenses. Good thing we’re all so tough! 🙂 Thanks for stoppin’!

  • Reply Tina Muir June 22 at 9:47 am

    YUM! I never remember about potato salads, but they are a great side dish for most meals! Love that you added dill pickles in here! great idea! Thanks for linking up for meatless monday!

    • Reply Red June 22 at 5:13 pm

      Your welcome Tina! Like Nov is ‘Pie Time’, July is ‘Potato Salad Time’, wanted to get a jump on it 😉

  • Reply Meghan June 22 at 11:05 am

    Love a good potato salad recipe and this one looks divine. Perfect timing with the holiday just around the corner, too. Thanks for joining the Meatless Monday link-up!

    • Reply Red June 22 at 5:14 pm

      Exactly Meghan! Your so welcome, thanks for stoppin’! 🙂

  • Reply Gentle Joy June 24 at 2:33 am

    Yum… your potato salad looks great… we also use pickles and fresh or dried dill along with the usual ingredients… my mouth is watering and I think it is time to make some again. 🙂 Hope your symptoms lessen soon.

  • Reply Mama, My Kid Doesn't Poop Rainbows June 24 at 3:58 am

    Ouch, that sounds horrid. Hope you get some relief soon.
    Salad looks delish. Wish you could #sharewithme 🙂

  • Reply Tess June 24 at 10:21 am

    Thank you for the recipe. I can’t believe the 4th is next week!

    • Reply Red June 24 at 11:24 am

      Hi Tess! I know, right?! Time flies! 😉

  • Reply Deborah Davis June 24 at 7:49 pm

    My mother made the best potato salad when I was growing up. I can’t even touch her talent when it comes to making potato salad so I am delighted that you shared your healthy and delicious Rosanne Cash’s Potato Salad with us on the Plant-Based Potluck Party Link Up. I appreciate it and I can’t wait to try your recipe. I’m pinning and sharing.

    • Reply Red June 24 at 8:07 pm

      Potato salad is tricky! It can be awesome, or a tasteless mayonnaise mess! Definitely try this one, its great! 🙂

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  • Reply Jessica Jackson August 8 at 8:14 am

    Thanks for the note on eyes, but for the recipe – Can’t have NIGHTSHADE vegetables and that’s what potatoes are 🙁

  • Reply ANGELA September 26 at 1:44 pm

    Regarding your contact/eyes situation. My sister also has Fibro and terrible dry eye syndrome. There is now contacts for dry eye which she just got. She loves them and has helped her so very much. Check with your Optometrist if this is an option for you.

    • Reply kristine September 26 at 6:48 pm

      Thanks for the tip Angela! 😉

  • Reply Lu December 2 at 1:56 pm

    Eye problems are the worst. I suffer from extreme dry eyes and chromatic aberration. I thought you might like my tips on dry eyes that might help with your eye issues. Hope they help!

    • Reply kristine December 2 at 2:18 pm

      Thank you Lu! Great tips!!! Everyone check them out 😉

  • Reply Brett Jones December 20 at 9:01 am

    Hi, I was like you mornings and evenings, now I have eye drops from my doctor and there is a 100% improvement, don’t suffer if you don’t have to

    • Reply kristine December 20 at 10:03 am

      Thank you Brett! I will check it out 🙂

  • Reply Trudi January 3 at 11:00 pm

    Hi, I am trying to find research on fibromyalgia starting from the result of major trauma, ( After suffering a medical mishap and dying and being resuccitated, then spending 4 days in an induced coma, I think that could be classified as a traumatic experience!!). Anyway in New Zealand we can’t sue the surgeon who made the mistake as we have a government run accident compensation scheme. But now I have to prove the fibromyalgia was caused by the accident to get them to pay out which is proving extremely difficult as it would set a precedent for others to claim as well. Taking on a government department when you are already exhausted is not much fun, so if you have any suggestions on where to find research on the relationship between trauma and fibromyalgia it would be much appreciated.

    • Reply kristine January 4 at 12:23 pm

      Hi Trudi! Thank you for reaching out, and I am so sorry for all of your trouble! Wow, I tell you, that is why so many of us in the States are staunchly opposed to any Government run health care system. They always seem to have more problems than they actually solve. That being said, I am not sure what could help you as I am not familiar with NZ laws. Here are a few resources in the US that you could contact though, they may put you in the right direction. Good luck and God bless you Trudi!♥♥♥

  • Reply Mari January 18 at 5:17 pm

    thank you so much for this

    • Reply kristine January 18 at 5:54 pm

      You are very welcome Mari 🙂

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