My third eyelear injection is scheduled for Thursday and I am already a bag of nerves. Its not the actual injection itself (although this is painful its very short lived) its the following days of excruciating writhing pain for the following 48hrs I'm finding difficult to cope with. The response from medical staff was very offhand when I explained at my last appointment 'no-one else has any pain at all' doesn't help me - I don't care what everyone else experiences - I only care about me!
The macular society were very sympathetic and suggested it was the iodine in the cleansing wash, if I ask my consultant will she agree to use something else this time? My GP has no answers although she has given me a letter to hand to the consultant, along with the comment 'its usually a pain free operation' (can anyone tell me HOW this helps?). The suggestion to take paracetamol when I'm already on co-codamol doesn't help either. I asked for some self administered anesthetic eye drops but was refused on the grounds that I may damage my eye by rubbing it, why would I damage my own eye?
Viscotears help for about 30 minutes but the effect wears off just as you're dropping off to sleep - if only I could sleep. I have asked our local Boots to get me some thealoz duo which was recommended by my optician but they can't get it in before my appointment at the hospital. These preparations are for dry-eye however, and I'm not sure this is my problem, but I'll try anything even to the point of asking some random teenager to get me some cocaine. All I want is to be out of it for a couple of days.
HOW can I convince the medics that this is agony?