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Everytime i bend over i get a pain behind my left eye as soon as i stand up it goes away. I also have a swollen optic nerve in the eye. What is wrong?

Everytime i bend over i get a pain behind my left eye as soon as i stand up it goes away. I also have a swollen optic nerve in the eye. What is wrong?

Intracranial HTN: Seems like you may have high intracranial pressure. Lying down, bending down raises the pressure, standing lowers it. Papilledema is classic for high icp. You need to be seen by an ophthalmologist to determine cause... Oral contraceptives, hormones, obesity, vitamins, steroids, tumors can all lead to high icp. ...Read more

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Nerve (Definition)

The brain and spinal cord communicates with what is occurring in the internal organs and limbs by nerve fibers where are like electrical wires with insulation (myelin) and the "copper" (axon). Within brain and spinal cord these nerves connect to other nerves via synapses on both axons and dendrites. A nerve can carry information regarding sensations, and ...Read more


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Hi i've been in roaccutane for 2 months and my vision has gone blurry in my right eye and I have a swollen optic nerve! i don't want to stop taking it?

Hi i've been in roaccutane for 2 months and my vision has gone blurry in my right eye and I have a swollen optic nerve! i don't want to stop taking it?

Stop medication : Optic neuritis is a potential side effect of Accutane (roaccutane). Although it is rare (<0.1%), if it occurs you should stop the medication ; see your eye doctor immediately. Optic neuritis is inflammation of the optic nerve, the nerve that controls your vision. If you continue the medication you could develop permanent vision loss. Your dermatologist can offer other options instead of accutane. ...Read more

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Both of my optic nerve in my eyes use to be swollen, i was wondering if i can start any kind of birth control or will the swell again?

Both of my optic nerve in my eyes use to be swollen, i was wondering if i can start any kind of birth control or will the swell again?

Depends on cause: Discuss this very important question with the md (neurologist) who treated you during this time. I presume you had increased intracranial pressure which can be caused by many things, including oral contraceptives. The optic nerve edema can result in irreversible vision damage, so it is important not to precipitate this problem again. ...Read more

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Went 2 the eye dr.was told my optic nerve was swollen. Had an MRI the other day which turned out 2 be fine. Buy empty space it seemed. Follow up 1 mth?

Went 2 the eye dr.was told my optic nerve was swollen. Had an MRI the other day which turned out 2 be fine. Buy empty space it seemed. Follow up 1 mth?

Sounds right: Your eye doctor wants to follow up to see if any changes occur in the next month. Sounds like you are lucky that MRI doesn't show changes but OCT imaging may show more. So each step leads to the next step in your management. Not sure what you meant by 'buy empty space?' Please clarify. Thanks! ...Read more

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They found pressure in my brain and I have an optic nerve swollen behind my right eye..how serious can this get if its not treated asap?

They found pressure in my brain and I have an optic nerve swollen behind my right eye..how serious can this get if its not treated asap?

Optic Nerve Edema: Increased intracranial pressure can result in papilledema or swollen optic nerve heads secondary to elevated intracranial pressure. Generally this is a bilateral process due to the pressure being distributed to both optic nerves. If it's unilateral this may indicate direct compression of the optic nerve. This should be addressed sooner than later to avoid optic nerve atrophy and visual loss. ...Read more

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47 yrs old eye doc said mayb tumor on optic nerve got these results back on blood work fsh 112.98 miu/ llh 62.8 also a swollen neck some vision lost ?

47 yrs old eye doc said mayb tumor on optic nerve  got these results back on blood work fsh	112.98 miu/ llh 62.8 also a swollen neck some vision lost ?

Menopause: Hi. Both that FSH & LH are consistent with menopause. It would be vanishingly rare for them to be from a pituitary tumor. Have you lost part of your visual fields? You may have a pituitary tumor, but seems unlikely with high gonadotropins. Pituitary MRI would resolve that. Where in your neck are you swollen? See what your ophthalmologist recommends and talk with your primary doctor. Referral? ...Read more

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Can sinusitis be a cause of swollen optic nerves in both eyes? Scheduled for an MRI but very nervous hoping its not a brain tumor. Thanks!

Highly unlikely: In rare cases, very severe sinusitis could affect the blood supply or blood drainage of the optic nerves. However, a person with this problem would likely have other symptoms as well, such as severe headache, other cranial nerve palsies or frank meningitis. ...Read more

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Dr said swollen left eye optical nerve caused loss of vision in my lower left eye. After 5 months the swelling is gone and he says the damage is perma?

Dr said swollen left eye optical nerve caused loss of vision in my lower left eye. After 5 months the swelling is gone and he says the damage is perma?

Ischemic optic nerve: You most likely had ischemic optic neuropathy, a condition in which there is a disturbance in blood flow to the optic nerve which causes the optic disk to become swollen and is associated with loss of peripheral vision. 40% of patients get some improvement in vision as the optic nerve swelling improves/resolves. Common risk factors are hypertension, diabetes and high cholesterol/lipids. ...Read more

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If the optic nerve seen as normal and not swell without to put drops to dilate the eyes can that change if drops was used to dilate the eyes?

If the optic nerve seen as normal and not swell without to put drops to dilate the eyes can that change if drops was used to dilate the eyes?

No: If the nerve can be seen clearly without dilation, then the evaluation of the nerve is adequate. Dilating the eye just gives a better view into the back of the eye. ...Read more

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