baillie wrote:Hi - I'm sorry that you are going through this. That sounds the same as my first symptoms were although I was not diagnosed for quite some time after that. My symptoms were acute for about 3 months and gradually lessened but it took almost a full year for them to be completely gone. After trying many different types of medications what worked for me was a medication called Serc. It was the only thing that gave me any relief at all.
Good luck to you.
jackD wrote:Good caution.
N Engl J Med. 1992 Feb 27;326(9):581-8.
A randomized, controlled trial of corticosteroids in the treatment of acute optic neuritis.
The Optic Neuritis Study Group.
Beck RW, Cleary PA, Anderson MM Jr, Keltner JL, Shults WT, Kaufman DI, Buckley EG, Corbett JJ, Kupersmith MJ, Miller NR, et al.
SourceDepartment of Ophthalmology, University of South Florida College of Medicine, Tampa 33612.
BACKGROUND AND METHODS: The use of corticosteroids to treat optic neuritis is controversial. At 15 clinical centers, we randomly assigned 457 patients with acute optic neuritis to receive oral prednisone (1 mg per kilogram of body weight per day) for 14 days; intravenous methylprednisolone (1 g per day) for 3 days, followed by oral prednisone (1 mg per kilogram per day) for 11 days; or oral placebo for 14 days. Visual function was assessed over a six-month follow-up period.
RESULTS: Visual function recovered faster in the group receiving intravenous methylprednisolone than in the placebo group; this was particularly true for the reversal of visual-field defects (P = 0.0001). Although the differences between the groups decreased with time, at six months the group that received intravenous methylprednisolone still had slightly better visual fields (P = 0.054), contrast sensitivity (P = 0.026), and color vision (P = 0.033) but not better visual acuity (P = 0.66). The outcome in the oral-prednisone group did not differ from that in the placebo group. In addition, the rate of new episodes of optic neuritis in either eye was higher in the group receiving oral prednisone, but not the group receiving intravenous methylprednisolone, than in the placebo group (relative risk for oral prednisone vs. placebo, 1.79; 95 percent confidence interval, 1.08 to 2.95).
CONCLUSIONS: Intravenous methylprednisolone followed by oral prednisone speeds the recovery of visual loss due to optic neuritis and results in slightly better vision at six months. Oral prednisone alone, as prescribed in this study, is an ineffective treatment and increases the risk of new episodes of optic neuritis.Comment in N Engl J Med. 1992 Feb 27;326(9):634-5.
PMID:1734247[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Wow - it seems like my inner ear is not agreeing with what my eyes are saying or something. Makes it very difficult to walk around at all. And with my eyes doing what they are, I can't hardly be productive on a computer at all. Were you able to get around at all when you had it, or after three months? This is two weeks with the vertigo and it seems longer than that. I have missed two neuro appointments because of it but I am unsure anything they can do but have me wait it out.
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