Trigger points on the SCM

There are many symptoms associated with trigger points on the SCM (sternocleidomastoid), some associated with sight. Of the symptoms associated with sight, the following are often found to plague a person with FMS:

· tearing eyes

· bug-eyes

· blurred or double vision

· inability to raise the upper eyelid

· dimming of perceived light intensity

Seeing Double

Double-vision, blurry vision or changing vision can result from trigger points in any of the muscles that hold the eyeballs in place. Trigger points cause the muscles to contract, and if the muscles contract asymmetrically, that is unevenly, then sight abnormalities result.

Often, eye exercises are useful in correcting problems in situations such as this. However, overdoing it will only cause more problems, so it is important to start slowly and gently and do the exercises only once per day.

Repetitive exercising will cause a worsening of the trigger points, since the muscles are already contracted.

Those who live with fibromyalgia syndrome may find their vision is blurred often. If there are no trigger point issues, then it is possible the cause is due to the rapid change that occurs in the ability to focus.

A person may get a pair of eyeglasses to correct vision only to find the glasses are useless by the time the prescription is filled. The reason for this is that the muscle strength that allows the lens of the eye to focus, fluid in the eyes, and the lens of the eye are all affected by the thyroid and adrenal glands. As these glands fluctuate with blood sugar levels, eyesight is affected.

Dirt in the Eyes

Another common problem is "floaters"; a condition in which the lens of the eye magnifies small blood cells and it looks like debris is floating around in the eyeball, as seen from within the eye. They are generally harmless, albeit irritating.

To learn more about eye sight symptoms and treatment options, see our article on the subject in this section.

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1. Vision Effects
2. Seeing double?
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FYI: My neurologist didn't even diagnose my fibromyalgia (after many visits), my regular Dr did. And she'd never heard of blurry vision with fibro. So I'm relieved to read this.
It's amazing how far studies on fibromyalgia has come. I've suffered so long and at times I have feared that I was losing my eyesight. I'd have muscle spasms in my neck, double vision, blurry vision, dizziness and even tunnel vision. Sadly even my neurologist does't have a good grasp on the condition and tends to downplay my condition. Hopefully with more studies, education and open minded doctors, fibromyalgia patients will be treated with their conditions and with the dignity and respect they deserve.