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Treatment for dull pain in the back of left eye - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi i have been experiencing pain behind my left eye for a couple of days now. its sharp and was on and off but now more constant. i have had a couple of small headaches today which i havnt expereinced before. no other symtoms
Doctor :   Hi
User :   hi
Doctor :   May I know your age and gender?
User :   female and 22 years old
Doctor :   Can you explain the nature of pain?
Doctor :   Is it a dull aching type or throbbing type of pain?
User :   sharp and stabbing... more throbbing
Doctor :   Do you have any blurring of vision?
User :   i had a small amount this morning that only lasted a few seconds but none since.
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Do you have any of the associated symptoms, fever, nasal congestion, sorethroat, cough, redness of eye?
User :   no
User :   small headaches today
User :   but nothing else
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Do you have double vision?
User :   no
Doctor :   Do you have history refractory errors?
Doctor :   Do you have history of diabetes/hypertension in the past?
User :   no i have reading glasses.... no always good blood pressure and no diabetes
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Let me brief you.
Doctor :   Based on your description of your symptoms, I can think of the possible conditions that may be responsible for your current problem
Doctor :   1. Aggravation of your previous chronic headaches
Doctor :   2. Refractive errror changes
Doctor :   3 Sinusitis
Doctor :   4. Rare possibilities are glaucoma, and other inflammation.
User :   i have never had chronic headaches only today... i hardly ever have head aches..
Doctor :   5. If these possibilities can be ruled out, then it may be a somatic pain secondary to psychological factors.
Doctor :   Let me suggest you few measures that should help you.
User :   ok
Doctor :   1. Good and regular sleep
Doctor :   2. Use local antiinflammatory medications such as ibuprofen 200mg stat dose and then twice daily for next 2 - 3 days
Doctor :   3. Watch out for few symptoms such as blurring of vision, severe headaches, vomiting, fever, redness of eye and so on.
Doctor :   If you notice any of such symptoms you will need to consult an ophthalmologist.
Doctor :   4. Since changes in refractory errors can also cause such symptoms, if your symptoms are persisting in the next few days,
Doctor :   I will also recommend you to get your vision checked again.
User :   so it would be the eye.. even though the pain feels as though its behind the eye
Doctor :   Refractory errors can cause muscular pain due to the straining
User :   ok
Doctor :   this strain of the muscles can occur as pain behind the eye.
Doctor :   Hence my suggestions for ophthalmic evaluation and vision tests.
User :   ok
Doctor :   Lastly, if there are stressors involved,
User :   no
Doctor :   Good stress managment and physical exercises, can help, if the causes are somatic.
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