Sunday, July 17, 2011

Natural Treatment for Uveitis



floatersSome of you may have noticed the longer than usual gap of time since my last posting. I had been busy with studies and work, but was also diagnosed with uveitis a few weeks ago, which is inflammation of the eye that could potentially lead to blindness.


It all started with sudden redness of the eye, almost like pinkeye but without the discharge and itchiness. A week or two after the start of it, my vision started to turn blurry or hazy, especially from light sources. There was also the emergence of numerous floaters, or blurry grayish spots in the field of vision, as is depicted in the picture above. And my pupil in the afflicted eye was significantly larger compared to the healthy eye. Based on these symptoms, I was able to diagnose myself with uveitis or iritis after researching online, though I of course was not able to pinpoint the location of the uveitis (surface of the eye or inside the eye).

So, I finally went in for a check-up with my primary care doctor. I told her that my symptoms matched that of uveitis. She, however, seemed unfamiliar with the term and instead thought that it was an infection. So, she prescribed me antibiotic eye drops, which of course in due time proved to be ineffective, as the problem was not a bacterial infection.

After a couple more weeks of no alleviation of symptoms, I decided to finally get an examination with an ophthalmologist, since I still thought that it could be uveitis. After a thorough eye examination, my notion was confirmed. And more specifically, I was diagnosed with uveitis of inside the eye, which is difficult to treat with eye drops (oral treatment and/or eye injection is needed). But, since this was indeed uveitis, I was immediately referred to a retina specialist for urgent treatment, due to the possible consequences -- as is normal protocol since uveitis is estimated to be responsible for approximately 10% of the blindness in the United States.

The retina specialist gave me what I like to call the sheep shearing treatment, or simply the sheep treatment. Basically, after an hour's wait to see him, he didn't take even 5 minutes before he sent me out of his office with a prescription for a strong steroid known as prednisone. He didn't even take time to listen to my concerns, as I wondered whether my seasonal allergies, historical asthma (now controlled), an inflamed throat that has lasted for two years and counting, and now this eye inflammation were all interrelated. But, he just quickly dismissed my notion as irrelevant and sent me on my way to the pharmacy to get this prednisone.

But, I wasn't quick to follow -- in fact, I didn't follow at all. My experience has told me that doctors are better diagnosis tools (with the help of instruments of course) than they are sources of treatment (which are mostly geared towards symptoms rather than root causes). Plus oftentimes, doctors can lack knowledge, logical reasoning, and/or sincerity to help.

After researching online, prednisone comes with a long list of potentially major side effects and could even shut down adrenal function. So, I had to choose between taking prednisone and potentially becoming incapacitated, or not taking prednisone and potentially going blind. I decided to go with the latter.

Thus, this began my research on how to naturally treat uveitis. I will not go into the details of my research here, as it would be too lengthy, but it basically builds on the theory that uveitis is an inflammatory condition with possibly an autoimmune precursor (the body's out-of-balance immune system attacking its own tissues). My research even extended to other animals who were afflicted with this disorder, like dogs, cats, and horses (where uveitis is sometimes termed as Moon Blindness). That actually provided other inferences, because you will notice that dogs, cats, and horses are today's domesticated animals. This, to me, was a big hint. Indeed, it is a modern disease with modern implications.

Long story short, though I have not yet been able to reverse the inflammation in my throat (I'm working on it), I have been able to control my uveitis (the eye inflammation) through natural means (diet modification and addition of supplements). The redness in the afflicted eye has receded. The pupil's size has improved and is almost the same size as the normal eye's. There has been a slight reduction in floaters (vitreous opacities) and haziness towards light sources, but I think these two will take the most time to improve. In fact, much literature will state that floaters will never go away (without surgical procedure, which carries its own risks), but I am optimistic that reabsorption can occur with the right nutrient intake and maintenance of a healthy diet/lifestyle.

I may take time to write a paper based on my research and treatment protocol and provide it for a small fee, if enough people are interested.

18 comments:

elmerlovesoreo said...

I hope you'll recover from the two inflammation soon. Take care always!

Manila Hot Stuff said...

Glad to know you're blogging again! Sorry about your experience with your eye doctor. One is not a reflection of all. I suggest you make a visit with another in the bigger hospitals where docs have much better experiences like PGH, St Lukes, etc. We owe a lot to the eye doctor who took care of my Lola in PGH, one day she woke up, she was already blind but the good doctor was able to restore her vision and listen to her complaints, and treat her with care with all her other heart, hypertensive and age complications. It might take you more than one visit to get diagnosed correctly.

bertN said...

I am more than ever convinced that you have a gifted mind. Don't underutilize it. Why don't you go back to 'tate, finished your education there; then settle for good in 'pinas, if that where you think you are happiest.

Yrrag said...

as you have writtern, where are you studying now? have you try to study forex trading?

Coconuter said...

@elmerlovesoreo: Thanks!

@Manila Hot Stuff: Thanks also, am glad to be back! I did not mean to discredit doctors, but from my experiences, doctors seem to have more worth when it comes to surgical procedures, treating symptoms, and diagnosis confirmation (thanks to medical instruments/technology as well, of course). However, doctors do poorly in treating root causes/problems, and part of that reason is the way they are trained in medical school and the way the medical process is set up -- which is to prescribe drugs backed by big pharmaceutical companies, which in turn provide doctors with kickbacks and incentives. Thus, it's even arguable that most conventional doctors are greedy and not really looking out for their patients' welfare.

@bertN: Salamat kuya. Actually, I am actually in the midst of finishing up my studies. I will be graduating in May 2012.

@Yrrag: I am in a special capstone program with Florida State University that provides me with the flexibility that I need. No, I haven't yet tried to study forex trading. If you are an expert, maybe you could offer me some tips/guidance and resources.

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Coconuter said...

hahaha, sige bili ako niyan, yung extra piece gagawin kong make-shift eye patch pangtakip sa mata para mabilisan yung pang-galing. LOL

jun said...

salamat naman at nagpopost ka na uli...sana tuloy tuloy na although you're busy with work and studies as u said...sorry to learn of ur eye troubles and other health concerns...marami ka palang health issues na iniinda..but it's also good to hear that may improvement na. i'm praying na maalis na lahat yang mga health problems mo...di kaya tama yung isang reader mo at ipinakulam ka talaga ng fusion excel..hahaha

Anonymous said...

mas ok nga siguro natural treatment kahit anong sakit...i took also prednisone for asthma pero pinahinto ng brother ko...kaya eto side effects sa stomach ko...hirap akong magtravel...my other bro advised me to take boiled guyabano leaves...mukhang ok naman...would you do a research on this guyabano leaves?,,,ok ...monch

Anonymous said...

Last year, nagkaroon ako ng similar case - swollen and red eye, blurry vision that lasted for 2 weeks. Pero it was keratitis rather than uveitis. Malabo yung vision ko dahil sa white spots that block my pupil (pero hindi kita ng naked eye). I had to undergo treatment for two weeks more, and fortunately, gumaling naman. - JP

Ciara Abella said...

Please take care of yourself David, hope you get well asap, you look physically okay but so sad to hear that from you.

ely said...

hi, im currently here in saudi arabia, i was diagnosed with uveitis as well, but do to ignorance on medications, hindi ko alam ang long term effect ng prednisolone.
im interested in the natural way you did. please send me the information @ kakirou02@yahoo.com. asahan ko.thanks

Rosannawhittle said...

Hi there Ely.  I just wondering whether you got that information on the natrual way to treat uveitis as I would really like it as having problems to.  Could you please send it to rosannawhittle@hotmail.co.uk

charles rey britos said...

good day! im charles from bukidnon.. i was diagnosed with uveitis as well and during my last check up, i was advised for an emergency operation kasi kumakalat na daw ang nana sa aking mata.. at first, akala ko sore eyes lang and ginawa ko ang sabi ng doctor na mglagay ng eye drops but a week after my vision is becoming blurry.. are there natural treatments for my disease? pls po pki email sa bluezuppie_0202@yahoo.com. salamat po!

Rita Wong said...

Hi n good day!  I am Rita from Sydney... I was diagnosed with uveitis and cataracts.. The opthamologist has prescribed me with predisone, hycor and homatropine. In regards to the cataracts the eye specialist was keen to measure my lens so he could do surgery on my cataracts. As much as possible, I would try to avoid any surgery especially on my eyes, as the thoughts of someone cutting my eyes has freaked me out, not only that, complications may arise on a later date. He also said that at some stage, I need to get the uveitis surgery done. I have just started using cataract-dissolved for my cataracts, hopefully that will do the job. What a nightmare, being diagnosed with two different eye diseases. I would really appreciate if you can share your natural treatment for uveitis. Please email me on rhwong@optusnet.com.au  Thank you kindly

Britt Bissing said...

L-lysine supplements by mouth and colloidal silver drops in eye

Senthil Kumar said...

Greetings!!! .... am senthilkumar, still suffering with uveties for last 5 years. please let me know how the natural way of getting this cured. you can mail me senthil.v83@gmail.com

patricio vilas said...

Please, provide me with this information. you will help me since I am very scared

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