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How long have you had rheumatoid arthritis? Were you diagnsosed as a child?
From you post, correct me if I'm wrong, it seems you have a uveitis? This is either an acute or chronic inflamation inside the eye. Uveitis has a laudry list of diagnoses. Let's try to narrow this down?
1. Is it in both eyes?
2. Has this been going on for years, months or days?
3. Is it painful?
4. Does the inflamation alternate eyes?
5. Are your eye's different colors (ie one blue one brown etc)
6. Any medical history of systemic disease like lupus, sarcoidosis?
7. Any recent eye surgery? trauma?
8. Any preceding symptoms or eye findings like conjuctivitis?
9. Have you travelled to areas that are high risk for tick bites, tb exposure etc?
10. Pets at home.. kittens, dogs?
I assume you are being treated by an eye physician. Do you happen to know if that eye doctor is a eye inflammation specialist? (they are called Uveitis specialist) I know of at least 5 uveitis specialist in L.A.. Most of them are at Jules Stein UCLA and one is in Orange County area. Do you live closer to UCLA or Orange County?
Okay, so a posterior uveitis is probable. However I can't be sure as I'd have to see you in the clinic. Anyway, posterior uveitis (inflammation) is typically due to some identifiable cause. I recommend you schedule an appointment with a Uveitis specialist. If you'd like I can recommend one for you. I thorough eye exam by someone whose specialty is in uveitis will be most useful for you. This chronic inflammation needs to be addressed as it can lead more eye problems and eventually harm your vision more. Would you like for me to find a contact for you?
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Since all the test have been negative for TB, then it's unlikely the right diagnosis. I agree with the eye steroid but question using TB medicines without a more confident diagnosis. I recommend either of these physicians.
Wishing all the best.
I've sent contacts for three physicians, a uveitis inflammation questionnaire for you to fill out prior to seeing them and some comments on the current diagnosis. I hope this helps. I wish I could see you in clinic so I could be more specific. But the diagnosis of eye inflammation is easy. It is the cause that is so difficult to make with out doing blood test such as (ana, rf, ace, lysozyme, lyme titer, vdrl, rpr) and neuroimaging. All these test are based on the evaluation in the clinic.
Take the completed questionnaire to one of the specialist below. They will be able to render an opinion after a complete examination and necessary test.
Wishing all the best. It's been great chatting with you.
It was my pleasure. It is my sincere hope that they can find the cause, and even better improve your visual quality.