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SweatingBullets

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Pain behind eyes... trying to believe it's not a tumor
« on: November 30, 2013, 05:32:16 PM »
So every now and then, I'll wake up with this tension/pain that I feel behind my eyes only when I move them, and it will last for 1-2 days. My lovely mind goes straight to cancer, but my question is, could this be related to some kind of problem during my sleep? Does anyone here get this too?
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Re: Pain behind eyes... trying to believe it's not a tumor
« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2013, 01:56:21 PM »
Do you have any common vision issues (far-sighted, astigmatism, etc.) When was the last time you saw an eye doctor? Do you work on a computer all day? There are soooooooo many other things that can cause eye pain like that, the least of which is eye strain. You are giving in to the catastrophic thinking of an anxiety-ridden mind. If you had anything serious like that you would have many, many other symptoms, including vision loss!
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Re: Pain behind eyes... trying to believe it's not a tumor
« Reply #2 on: December 01, 2013, 05:42:37 PM »
I get this too. Its related to ocular migraines. A few years ago, I had that same pain behind my eyes and pressure, non stop for about a year. It was so bad, I couldn't read or use the computer because your right, it hurts worse with eye movement.
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Re: Pain behind eyes... trying to believe it's not a tumor
« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2013, 03:56:28 AM »
I get this exact thing - along with extreme light sensitivity - and it can last up to 3 months at a time. Have seen plenty of eye and neuro specialists and they say there's nothing major going on and reckon it's a form of migraine. sometimes meds help (like trepaline).

I find visits to the chiro also *sometimes* help - check out eye pain and trigger points online (not bad googling, nothing scary comes up, I promise :-) ) - if my neck is stiff and painful together with the eye pain, blurring and light sensitivity a few sessions with a good chiro can def. help ease the problem.
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Re: Pain behind eyes... trying to believe it's not a tumor
« Reply #4 on: December 02, 2013, 06:37:13 AM »
This is the current concern i still occasionally suffer... pain/tension/pressure behind the eyes. Last year during a routine eye checkup they found out i had higher than normal eye pressure figures. I ended up suffering a panic attack there and then because my instant reaction was everything could only be explained by a brain tumor, but thankfully the optician also suffered from anxiety issues and he understood completely how to help me out!

I was given all sorts of tests i'd never had before, designed to discover if there was anything behind my eyes responsible, ie. tumors. They all came back clean. I was eventually told that the high eye pressure ran in my family so they'd keep an eye on it but was nothing for me to worry about. As for the eye pain/tension/pressure at the back of my eyes, it wasn't linked to the higher than average figures and was most likely due to stress/migraines. I was given the all clear. Not only that - my vision had actually slightly improved since my last eye test, and if i'd really had a tumor growing behind my eyes that would definitely have not been the case. Its nice to be given a thorough check over and be reassured i didn't have a tumor or anything, but every now and then when my anxiety flares up i ruminate on what could be causing my higher than normal eye pressure figures, then of course the eye pain/tension behind my eyes starts or gets worse than it already is... and i begin to scare myself by linking the two. They end up feeding off of one another to fuel my anxiety.

Sometimes it seems that not only are artificial lights unusually bright, but that subtitles on tv are blurry. Or like i'm seeing them in slight double vision. That concerned me so much that i went back to my optician, who again checked me over and reassured me i was okay. I also have astigmatism and am short sighted, so i guess that doesn't help! ::) Like mermaid and JunoX, i find that the pain/tension can be ongoing for long periods of time. All i can do is not focus on it unduly otherwise it does feel worse.

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Re: Pain behind eyes... trying to believe it's not a tumor
« Reply #5 on: December 02, 2013, 06:47:36 AM »
Could also be eye strain. Do you spend a lot of time at a computer or do you use a smartphone/tablet a lot? Also dry eye can make your eyes hurt and it can even feel like it's "behind" the eyes, but it's the eye itself being inflamed and dry. Soothing eyedrops and breaks from screens help a lot! Hope you find some relief
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Re: Pain behind eyes... trying to believe it's not a tumor
« Reply #6 on: December 02, 2013, 08:31:58 AM »
Start with getting your eyes checked by an optometrist. Vision problems are a very common cause of the pain you describe. As can too much time looking at a screen, computer or TV, as previous poster suggested.
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