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Optic Neuritis

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • September 13, 2007
  • 00:48 PM

Five months ago I went to the optometrist suffering from blurred vision and severe pain in my left eye. He was very thourough in his check up and sent me straight to an opthamologist who diagnosed with me with Acute Optic Neuritis. My next port of call was the neurologist who put me on a course of oral Prednisolone and ordered an MRI to confirm or rule out M.S. This was ruled out as nothing unusual showed up. After 2 weeks of taking medication my vision returned to about 90% however, 8 medication free days later I started losing my vision again. This time I went totally blind in my left eye. Treatment: M.R.I. (clear again), 3 doses of I.V. Pred over 3 days followed by 2 weeks oral Pred. Vision then returned to about 80%. Once again after 8 medication free days my vision went again. Doctors kept treating me with oral Pred for 2 weeks. This was to happen a total of 4 times in 4 months. Every time I went off the Prednisolone, after 8 days I would lose my vision. My G.P ordered blood test, which showed up very high levels of anti-nuclear antibodies suggesting an autoimmune disease. The haematologist I am now seeing had not heard of O.N recurring so frequently nor had any of the opthamologists I have seen. Therefore because nothing definite showed up in my blood results they have put me in a unique box and can't tell me what I have. I am now being treated with the immuno-suppressant Azathioprine, (and suffering a few unwanted side effects). This is to suppress my immune system and to stop it from attacking my optic nerve. They can only treat the symptom (optic neuritis) because they don't know the cause. I am interested to know if anyone has had O.N. as frequently as I have or if they have gone through any similar circumstances.

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  • About 5 years ago I experienced right eye failure while driving to work. This lasted a couple of minutes. Later I had left side tingling and some paralysis in arm up to forehead. Then looking at a staight line would appear like an EKG reading with a broken straight line. Had all the tests done, neuorologist, etc. etc. couldn't find anything wrong, brain clear..connectivity tests good. Waited about a year to see what eye did and had a hole inthe macula. Not macular degeneration, but a hole. Had surgery...would not do that again.Now two years after the surgery my left eye and right side did the same thing again. This time was smart enough to use some aspirin. Well aspirin and blood pressure medicine reduce the broken lines or make them go away. The right eye will always be the same with a scar tissue and 95% vision.Was just tested for and had a positive progessive systemic sclerosis test. However, do not have any of the other symptoms of this disease. I have always thought that I had thyroid disease but my thyroid tests are within the normal ranges. Maybe now with a positive test and getting ready to do more extensive tests things will be found. Suggestion: Just keep at it, because the doctors are not geniuses. Sometimes try the aspirin to see if it diminishes the symptoms.
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    • December 17, 2007
    • 03:27 AM
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