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blurry vison and numb arm

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  • Posted By: karnina
  • August 7, 2008
  • 04:23 PM


I have a hard time getting a diagnosis, and not sure what to do.
several month ago, i woke up one day seeing blurry with my left eye, went to the ER, and got checked by an ophthalmologist. Nothing wrong or abnormal. later that day, i started feeling numb in my left arm, no pain, normal strength and sensation, just numbness and pins and needles. Fearing a stroke, i went back to the ER, had a full check up, EKG, MRI, ect, and again, nothing.

I had several follow up visits, and pretty much all the conditions that could cause these symptoms have been eliminated. (diabetes, MS, brain tumor, stroke). so I'm happy i don't have any of these, but still don't have an answer, and has been asked to come back in a year.

symptoms are still present, but come and go.
does anyone have any idea what could cause that?

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  • It sounds Neurological to me- perhaps something pressing on a nerve? I'd try a Neurologist next.
    dizzy lizzie 192 Replies Flag this Response
  • what sort of tests did you have to 'rule out' MS?Generally, MS can not be diagnosed without more than 1 episode or flare up.Upont a second 'flare' doctors will then do a Spinal tap to check protein levels as well as a follow up MRI. Because MS can exhibit itself in so many different ways, and lesions can show up in either the brain or spinal cord it is not diagnosed or ruled out easily.I had very similar symptoms in 2003, numbness and tingling in 1 leg only, (still functional, no loss of use, just tingling, and very low sensation), and a 'dimness' to my vision, along with some fatigue. This followed a severe cold, and my doctor at the time told me 'I wouldn't worry about it". I specifically asked if it could be MS, because after researching symptoms I knew these 'looked' similar to MS symptoms.I had the symptoms on and off for a couple of months, and then everything was back to normal. IN 2004 I woke up to find my sight was again very dim, and I was having problems reading, I thought I needed new contacts. In fact, what I had was optic neuritis, diagnosed by an optic neurologist. This second episode charged my DR to order the correct tests, Spinal tap, complete MRI with contrast and MS was diagnosed.Make sure your DR is using the right criteria if they are ruling out MS.
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