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can optic neuritis be caused by stress

A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
25 years experience Ophthalmology
Possibly: Optic neuritis has a variable course, and can be "set off" by many different factors. Stress releases certain chemicals that have multiple effects, b ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
51 years experience Ophthalmology
Probably not: Child abuse, especially the shaken baby syndrome, causes significant damage in the eye, . Mostly retinal disruption with bleeding and loss of vision. ... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marc Shomer
16 years experience Ophthalmology
No: There is no scientific evidence that this can happen from uv radiation. Focus uv radiation can cause retinal disease.
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Kalt
33 years experience Ophthalmology
Optic neuritis: Optic neuritis can be an isolated finding, but is commonly associated with ms. Ms is believed to have an autoimmune etiology. Isolated optic neuritis ... Read More
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A 59-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ari Weitzner
32 years experience Ophthalmology
Nope: Causes include infection, m.S., hardening of arteries, some inflammatory diseases.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
36 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
No: Although stress can cause the immune system to not work as well and this might lead to an increased incidence of viral illnesses, stress by itself doe ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience Rheumatology
sometimes: Subcutaneous cysts cannot. Cysts arising in or near the spine or joints can cause nerve compression.
A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Finkelstein
36 years experience Internal Medicine
Not usually: You might need steroids for treatment see your doctor for more information
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
31 years experience Psychiatry
Costochondritis: Stress can aggravate symptoms.
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Leonard Grossman
35 years experience Plastic Surgery
Yes: Diarrhea can be caused by a condition of being nervous, but it quickly disappears after the nervousness is gone.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Catherine Willner
34 years experience Neurology
No: Though optic neuritis might be the first presentation in someone who will develop ms, there are many times when it is simply optic neuritis. A thorou ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hardin
35 years experience Wound care
Yes but maybe no: Several viruses are associated with motor loss but not always a direct effect. Herpes zoster occasionally causes motor loss but only to a few dermato ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Su Fairchild
23 years experience Integrative Medicine
Not usually: I would look for other potential causes and see a good eye doctor first before attributing it to hypothyroidism.
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
51 years experience Ophthalmology
Field loss: The principal change is a diminution of the temporal field in one or both eyes due to tumor compression on the crossing point (chiasm) of the optic ne ... Read More
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A 68-year-old male asked:
Dr. Cesar Sturla
34 years experience Internal Medicine
Is congenital: Hemisacralization is a congenital condition.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amir Khan
Dr. Amir Khan answered
26 years experience Sports Medicine
Yes: Multiple fractures that generally occur with major accidents such as a motor vehicle accidents or battle field injuries can result in mulitple fractur ... Read More
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Qamar Khan
16 years experience Pain Management
Possible: However the nerve that is injured that would cause dizziness is either in the head or in the brain stem. So unless these areas were injured unlikely ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edwin Schuller
44 years experience Family Medicine
No: No.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
30 years experience Pediatric Cardiology
No: An existing brain aneurysm can rupture theoretically from stress, if stress leads to high blood pressure.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randolph Evans
42 years experience Neurology
No: No.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Rasak
32 years experience Cardiology
Possible: More common causes such as migraines , HTN , hyoglycemia , etc are usually checked out first. Input from neuro may be helpful too. If all is negative. ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
51 years experience Neurology
Not always: But, if there is but one MRI white matter lesion associated with optic neuritis, about 75% of pts have developed clinically definite ms by 14 years. ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Quang Nguyen
Specializes in Endocrinology
Yes: Many people with depression suffer from chronic pain or other physical pain. They can have headaches, back pain, chest pain, muscle/joint pain, diges ... Read More
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