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after chemo, I developed what I call "head zings" which feel

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after chemo, I developed what I call "head zings" which feel like electricalshocks in my head when I move my eyes. Chemo was stopped 15 years ago. My oncologist says they are from radiation. What are these and can they be stopped or eased?

Dr. James :

Hello.

Dr. James :

What type of cancer did you have?

Dr. James :

What are you doing for you eyes now?

Customer:

I have had breast cancer twice and am not doing anything for my eyes.

Dr. James :

How often do you get the "head zings" ?

Customer:

everyday, more since I stopped antidpressants.

Dr. James :

I'd recommend you use artificial tears regularly 4-6 times a day. dsa

Dr. James :

chemotherapy can cause the tear gland (i.e. lacrimal gland) to not secrete enough tears.

Dr. James :

This can cause dry eyes and cause these sharp pains you are feeling.

Customer:

why would that help?

Dr. James :

If your eyes are dry, artificial tears help keep them lubricated.

Customer:

I don't have dry eyes

Dr. James :

How do you know?

Customer:

my eye doctor says I don't

Dr. James :

When was the last time you saw your ophthalmologist?

Customer:

Beginning of the year and will see her next month.

Dr. James :

I'd recommend you try the artificial tears.

Dr. James :

chemotherapy can affect the glands of the body and cause them to function poorly.

Dr. James :

You can ask your doctor to performa Schirmer's test the next you see her to test your tear production.

Customer:

I will ask her when I see her next month. Thank you

Dr. James :

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