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Snowbird

Droopy eyelids

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Hi all

 

Me, curious yet again. Has anyone noticed any droopy eyelids with additional puffiness in them happening? One of mine is puffier than the other and has been for some time now. In the morning it's especially lovely and I really mean not! I also noticed if I have anything salty the night before it's even worse in the morning so I discovered that adds to the swelling as well. It never fully goes away. I am wondering if that is just part of normal aging? Thoughts?


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Hi Snowbird,

 

Well, I've got a tendency to have a bit of puffiness under my eyes in the mornings. I'm pretty sure that isn't related to Sclero though; sadly I think it's because I'm no longer in the first flush of youth!! ;) :(

 

It does improve slightly throughout the day and I think your observation about the salt intake making things worse is true, as it does with swelling in other parts of the body. I'm always very careful when I remove eye makeup not to rub away at the delicate skin around my eyes because I think that can make the problem worse.


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Hello Snowbird,

 

I haven't noticed that happening to me (yet). At times I do get puffy eyes in the morning and I've used some anti-puffiness gel (message me and I'll tell you what brand) or a cool wash cloth. My mom has even tried cucumbers and tea bags for her morning puffiness.

 

Chopper


Limited Scleroderma, Hashimotos Thyroiditis, Celiac, Gastroparesis, GERD, and Gastritis.

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Hello Snowbird

 

I have had episodes of puffy eyelids and found that if I regularly use eye drops for dry eyes the puffy eyelids go. Maybe coincidence but the eye drops seem to keep my puffy eyelids at bay.

 

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Both puffy eyelids and puffy bags under the eyes. Gotta like that part of aging gracefully, don't we? If only we could find that big old fountain of youth :lol:

 

Chopper, I'll PM you. I'm curious about it.

 

Thanks everybody.


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Hi Snowbird

 

I have puffy eyelids and I'm sure it's from the scleroderma. When I first got sclero it was really bad and every morning I would put cold teabags on them. Now over 4 years later they are still a bit that way(I don't think they will ever go back to normal), but nowhere near as bad as they were. I don't have bags under my eyes as the sclero has taken away most of my wrinkles...I think I would rather have the wrinkles though.

 

Helen

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Hello all-

 

I searched "puffy eyelids" and this thread came up.  I am hanging with a probable early scleroderma diagnosis that cannot be confirmed because my skin doesn't seem to be affected yet.  I have noticed that along with puffy fingers, hands, and feet, now I'm also finding that my eyelids get puffy and sort of burn.  They look like I've been crying the night before and my eyes feel a little hard to keep open fully.  I was just curious if anyone else had experienced this.  Thanks for sharing and caring for others!

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Hi Houck,

 

As it happens, puffy eyelids can be caused by many things. Try doing a search for "eyelid edema" and look for trustworthy sources, especially research abstracts.  Puffy eyelids can be caused by simple things including dehydration, allergies, and lack of sleep. But they can also sometimes be a tip-off to more serious issues, including lung, heart, liver, and kidney problems.

 

If your swelling varies, I'd recommend taking a photo when your eyes are at their worst.  That way if your eyes happen to be entirely normal the next time you see your doctor, you have solid proof that you aren't fibbing about it.

 

If you're like most of us when we were going through diagnosis, though, you are probably trying to find that one "bingo!" clue that will help your doctors leap to a trusted diagnosis. Unfortunately puffy eyelids would not be in that category at all, as they are not unique to scleroderma and scleroderma would be among the least likely causes anyway (since it is so rare to begin with).

 

So to my reasoning (and please keep in mind that I am not a doctor and have no medical training at all), your puffy fingers would be more likely to eventually lead to a diagnosis of something or another, when combined with other symptoms or test results.

 

Just hang in there, okay?  Diagnosis of many things, including scleroderma, can be a very long and winding road.

 

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Snowbird,

 

I had a droopy eyelid that was apparently due to thyroid problems.  If I remember my "droopy" was if my top eyelid fell below the top of my iris.  You might want to inquire on your thyroid.

 

KD


Diffuse Scleroderma Diagnosed March 2009

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