"Don't do anything extreme" - drat

Ariadnula Posts: 435 Member
My optician just told me I have some swelling in my optic nerve and is referring me for checks.

So I asked if there's anything I need to be careful of, and he said I can "have a glass of wine - but don't drink too much". And weight lifting? "Well, you can do some, but don't push yourself too hard, basically don't do anything extreme until you get referral".

Doing extreme things sums up my life! So don't drink too much at Christmas, which will be interesting, and ... back off on the weights, I guess? I'm not happy! But he did think I'd get the referral soon so hopefully I'll get checked over and be fine.


  • kimiuzzell
    kimiuzzell Posts: 611 Member
    Oh no!! Fingers crossed it all gets resolved soon.

    "a glass of wine". Good luck with that one!!!
  • Ariadnula
    Ariadnula Posts: 435 Member
    Hmmmmm. I just typed 'weight lifting and optic nerve' into Google and got a whole page of results about how it can damage your eyes! Does anyone know anything about this?
    The pressure at the back of my eye is really high and my vision is distorted. Jesus. Have I brought it on, with weights?!
    I'm waiting to hear from the eye hospital, but don't know how long it'll take.
  • Llamapants86
    Llamapants86 Posts: 1,221 Member
    Oh no, hopefully they get back to you quickly!
  • Ariadnula
    Ariadnula Posts: 435 Member
    Thanks, @Llamapants86! I'm less panicked than I was earlier, but skipped the gym tonight. I'll work out a reduced programme and just have to wait to talk to the doctor.
    It looks like it's only a problem if you have glaucoma, really, and I don't. But my dad does, so .... I don't know. I'm just a bit freaked by my vision going wrong, it'll be a relief to work out what's going on....!
  • canadianlbs
    canadianlbs Posts: 5,199 Member
    must have been such a shock to hear it, but what a good thing it got caught. lighter programme definitely sounds like a good idea at least until you know where you really stand about it.
  • quiksylver296
    quiksylver296 Posts: 28,443 Member
    My hubby has really high pressure in his eyes...not sure if this is the same thing. But his doc never said not to lift. But, follow doctor's orders!
  • Ariadnula
    Ariadnula Posts: 435 Member
    edited December 2015
    Woo! I have the all clear to start lifting again :smile:
    That isn't to say there's nothing wrong - they're sending me for ultrasound and an MRI "just to check" but he said there's no reason not to lift heavy, hold my breath etc. Or, indeed drink wine, though no doctor is ever going to say 'go ahead, get rat arsed!' :smiley:
  • christch
    christch Posts: 238 Member
    That's great to hear. Let's hope that it's nothing 'major'. Go enjoy your lifting and have a couple of wines :D