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How long does optic neuritis last when there is no underlying cause? Is two weeks after diagnoses too late to start steroids?

How long does optic neuritis last when there is no underlying cause? Is two weeks after diagnoses too late to start steroids?

Get treated: There is ALWAYS a cause for optic neuritis, and it should be treated. Best approach is to use intravenous methylprednisolone, or intramuscular ACTHAR. But if not treated, your outcome is likely permanent loss of vision. See ophthalmologist or neurologist and get this addressed ASAP

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I need to know what is vestibular neuritis and how long does it take to fully recover from the symptoms?

Vestibular neuritis: Acutely, vestibular neuritis is usually treated symptomatically, meaning that medications are given for nausea and to reduce dizziness. When a herpes virus infection is strongly suspected, an antiviral medication can be used. When a circulation disturbance is suspected, an agent that reduces the likelihood of stroke may be used. It usually takes 3 weeks to recover from vestibular neuritis.

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Can labyrinthitis or Vestibular neuritis become life long chronic conditions? Most people I've spoken to with this issue have had it for months!

Not usually: The acute symptoms of vestibular neuritis are often severe and rarely last more than a few days to weeks. However the residual dizziness and sense of imbalance can take months to resolve. Most people do make a full recovery but it can take time.

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Is recovery for Vestibular neuritis long? I feel like I am improving very slow... its been 6 months. Confirmed diagnosis by ENT.

Is recovery for Vestibular neuritis long? I feel like I am improving very slow... its been 6 months. Confirmed diagnosis by ENT.

Vestibular Neuritis: Symptoms of vestibular neuritis should pretty much resolve within 4 to 6 weeks. Since you are still having problems six months out from the initial illness. I highly suggest you get back with your ENT and possibly a Referral to a Neurologist for further evaluation and treatment to rule out other conditions such as Ménière's disease, collagen vascular disease, metabolic disorders such as diabetes

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I had optic neuritis in June 2014. January 2015 MRI still shows enhancement in optic nerve. How long will will my optic nerve appear like this?

I had optic neuritis in June 2014. January 2015 MRI still shows enhancement in optic nerve. How long will will my optic nerve appear like this?

May remain forever: The MRI may stay the same. The important thing is that your vision may have improved and you have had no new episodes of visual loss or other neurological symptoms.

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Because of multiple sclerosis, I get optic neuritis every time I relapse. It normally doesn't take long to heal but I have had it now since december.?

Because of multiple sclerosis, I get optic neuritis every time I relapse. It normally doesn't take long to heal but I have had it now since december.?

Generic answer: To do this properly, suggest you schedule Concierge visit online so this can be fully analyzed. But am concerned about your basic disease modifying therapy, your current vision, and future status. All of this can be successfully treated with appropriate care.

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Diagnosed with intercostal neuritis. Prescribed neurotin and prednisone. How long until meds work will pain subside. Anything else I can do to treat?

Diagnosed with intercostal neuritis. Prescribed neurotin and prednisone. How long until meds work will pain subside. Anything else I can do to treat?

Neuritis: These meds will produce benefit in 48-72 hours, and full benefit in 7-10 days. Cool packs may help with discomfort. A pain specialist may determine that injections are needed, too.

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If someone were to have optic neuritis would their vision return 100% back to normal in time?? And if so how long? I can't see with my other eye.

If someone were to have optic neuritis would their vision return 100% back to normal in time?? And if so how long? I can't see with my other eye.

Possibly: Many people regain nearly their full vision within 12 months of a bout of optic neuritis. However, people with optic neuritis should see their doctor (usually neurologist) for follow up (and likely an MRI) as this condition is frequently associated with multiple sclerosis.

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I had Scleritis and Keratitis for 6 months last year and was treated. Now I may have Optic Neuritis and an MRI is scheduled. What can cause all 3?

I had Scleritis and Keratitis for 6 months last year and was treated. Now I may have Optic Neuritis and an MRI is scheduled. What can cause all 3?

Common Dz for all 3?: There is no one single disease process that links all 3 of those problems together under one roof that I'm aware of. Scleritis and keratitis....sure, why not. But ON is a totally different entity and is really the sine qua non for demyelinating disorders such as MS and other problems; Devic's Disease, etc. Good luck.

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I had vestibular neuritis last year, it went away and now it's mildly back. Tests showed vestibular weakness, no hearing loss. Menieres disease maybe?

I had vestibular neuritis last year, it went away and now it's mildly back. Tests showed vestibular weakness, no hearing loss. Menieres disease maybe?

Well. Maybe.: For diagnosis and treatment. The first step would be looking at other nerve irritatnts (lyme, alcohol, diabetes, MS, even syphillis) Then, if no other cause is found, it fits with meniere's but regardless the right treatment would be a damper down of nerves (anti-epileptic drugs, anti-arrhythmics, perhaps sedatives ones).

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I was diagnosed with optic neuritis (possible MS) which has settled down the last few days. It not coming in my other eye. Should I see doc or wait?

Follow up: As instructed when you were originally diagnosed with optic neuritis. Its a good idea to establish with a doctor that knows you and your medical history and to keep up with your appointments. Good luck.

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Why do I need a brain and orbit MRI if I've not had optic neuritis and my last brain and spine MRI was ok? What are they looking for?

Why do I need a brain and orbit MRI if I've not had optic neuritis and my last brain and spine MRI was ok? What are they looking for?

Progression: I am assuming you are dealing with ms? If you are, then the MRI is likely to monitor progression of lesions. If you did not have any lesions prior then they may be looking for new lesions that could suggest changes in disease progression or a lack of new lesions defining response to certain treatments. While I cannot say for sure without knowing more, that would be a normal course of action.

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Should optic neuritis last over 14wks? Dr says take ibuprofen and wait for scans but my eye hurts and sight getting worse again. Lost 15% sight already

Should optic neuritis last over 14wks? Dr says take ibuprofen and wait for scans but my eye hurts and sight getting worse again. Lost 15% sight already

Optic Neuritis is: Usually treated with intravenous steroid therapy. Typically an MRI of the brain will assist with the diagnosis. Please call your Ophthalmologist regarding your continued eye pain and continued loss of vision. Therapy may stop or reverse the damage in many cases when treated in a timely fashion.

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What is cranial neuritis?

What is cranial neuritis?

Inflammation: Neuritis is a word used by physicians to explain pain and inflammation of a nerve. Cranial neuritis usually applies to a nerve exiting the skull which is specifically inflamed or painful.

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What actually causes the symptoms of neuritis?

What actually causes the symptoms of neuritis?

Neuritis not simple: An irritated nerve will produce symptoms of pain in the nerve area, and may cause weakness as well. Usually this term is used to specify a neurve related painful condition. However, sometimes the problem is in the brain and it only seems like it is in a nerve. Vestibular neuritis is a misnomer, the problem is usually in the inner ear. Brachial plexitis is also a neuritis.

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What is the definition or description of: Neuritis?

Nerve Inflammation: Neuritis refers to inflammation of a peripheral or cranial nerve. Usually involved with sensory loss and pain.

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What is vestibular neuritis?

Vertigo: Vestibular neuritis, can be a paroxysmal, single attack of vertigo, a series of attacks, or a persistent condition which diminishes over three to six weeks. It is a type of unilateral vestibular dysfunction and may be associated with nausea, vomiting, and previous upper respiratory tract infections. It generally has no auditory symptoms, unlike labyrinthitis.

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How is vestibular neuritis treated?

Vestibular neuritis: Treatment during the acute vertigo stage with steroids has shown to improve acute phase symptoms but not long term symptoms. Anti nausea, anti histamine, and benzodiazepines can treat the symptoms. Alongside medicine therapy vestibular exercises hasten recovery. Hope this helps.

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