My fiance was diagnosed with optic neuritis - could it be MS

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My fiance was diagnosed with optic neuritis - could it be MS

Post by istria » Mon May 06, 2013 6:52 pm

My fiance has been having pain in his left eye when he moves it. He also has blurry vision and says that things appear to move that actually aren't moving. This has been happening for 3-4 days. He went to the ophthalmologist today and was diagnosed with optic neuritis, pending an MRI that will hopefully happen this week.

He is otherwise a healthy 27 year old guy. His only other eye issue was a battle with strabismus as a child (he has fully recovered from it in that he no longer has a crossed eye, though his vision in his right eye is terrible and he has very little depth perception).

What is the likelihood that he has MS? I know that only an MRI can really tell us if we need to worry, but I am so worried about him and would love any information you could provide.

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Post by jimmylegs » Mon May 06, 2013 7:13 pm

i had a quick hunt around and it looks like 50-60% of ppl with an isolated case of ON go on to develop MS. i'd see what you can find out about reducing systemic inflammation and supporting a balanced healthy immune system.

Nutrition and optic nerve disease.
The syndrome characterized by papillomacular bundle damage, central or cecocentral scotoma, and reduction of color vision can be produced by toxic, nutritional, or hereditary causes. Patients who present with such a picture should be evaluated for toxic sources such as tobacco or alcohol use. Nutritional deficiencies must be considered and a good family history should be obtained to explore hereditary factors. DNA mutation analysis is available to detect genetic abnormalities. A trial of nutritional replacement may be advisable even in the face of normal laboratory values. Previous reports have shown dramatic visual improvement with intramuscular hydroxocobalamin and other oral vitamin B complexes, even when specific deficiencies are not found.

i can help with nutrition stuff if you like.

more reading on the various, often quite manageable things that can be linked to ON, besides MS..: ... optica.pdf
take control of your own health
pursue optimal self care at least as actively as a diagnosis
ask for referrals to preventive health care specialists eg dietitians
don't let suboptimal self care muddy any underlying diagnostic picture!

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Post by LR1234 » Wed May 08, 2013 3:11 pm

Hi just wanted to say I also had strabismus as a child but thankfully my right eye is functional but weaker if I cover over my dominant left eye i can use it, Unfortunately my left eye has been attacked by ON a few times and as its my main eye makes my vision a bit rubbish:(
Hopefully your fiancé will recover from this first attack of ON and wont have another attack xx

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