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  • Hormones and recurrent corneal erosions

    I don't think I have dry eyes which I know can be affected by hormones, but there seems to be definite pattern in the recurrence of my erosions.

    I've had 7 erosions since December, that should be enough for it to be statistically meaningful. The number of days between episodes has been as follows:

    26
    24
    25
    48
    17
    24

    I'm no maths genius, but that seems to suggest that I have a 'danger period' of 9 days which occurs in 23/24 day cycles. Hmmmmmmmmmm. In the past 6 months I've managed to have an erosion during every 9 day danger window except one.

    In practical terms, I think this means I will competely cut out caffeine and alcohol and take special care during the 9 day danger window.

    Anyone have any support for this hormone related RCE theory?

    (Aside - yes I suppose this is related to a menstrual cycle but without going into too much unwanted detail, the contraception I use means that I don't have a normal menstrual cycle. When I did, it was 24 days)

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    Yes!

    You are not alone, Mcgoldilocks!

    We discussed this a few times, and Rebecca posted a great article about it, too:

    http://www.dryeyezone.com/talk/showthread.php?t=4860

    --Liz

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    • #3
      Have you come across this article on corneal thickness and the menstrual cycle? It says "rises in estrogen are accompanied by increases in corneal thickness."

      http://eprints.qut.edu.au/archive/00003190/

      However, I've spent most of the day puzzling it over adn I don't think I'm up to detangling the web of conflicting evidence saying you get more dehydrated before/during/after your period, whether it's oestrogen or progestogen, luteal phase or follicular phase.

      I can't even spell most of these words.

      There seems to be a pattern and that is useful to know.

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      • #4
        Maybe I should start recording colour of socks/planetary alignment/number of butterflies flapping wings in my direction to see if there are any more exciting correlations to show the doctor.

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        • #5
          Yes, mine cycle with my menstrual cycle too. I am 52 and in early stages of menopause and have not actually missed a period yet, but according to my doctor I am just on the edge of skipping months now. I wonder if anyone feels better AFTER their periods stop?

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