During my first bout of reactive arthritis I most probably came down with Iritis. I say most probably because, despite the fact that it is a common complication of Reactive Arthritis, and despite the fact that I had textbook symptoms, the Ophthalmologist decided – based on the results of a diagnostic test – that I had some sort of scratch or a problem with cold sores instead. In all likelihood I was misdiagnosed and I spent several very, very painful and anxious days until fortunately the problem started to clear up of its own accord*.
I was lucky that my eyesight wasn’t severely damaged at the time. But it wasn’t and I still have great vision. The only thing that seemed to change is that my eyes became much more sensitive to the cold. Now, whenever I’m walking in cold air, they stream tears. I know that most people’s eyes do this a bit. But mine seem to go into overdrive.
So there I was, walking through manners mall after work today, crying a river…I wonder what it looked like to everyone else.
*WARNING: Iritis is not necessarily self limiting. And can do real damage. If you think you have it get medical attention.