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How To Prevent Optic Neuritis
Probably: Optic neuritis is not contagious, nor is it work related or aggravated by work. If the status of the condition makes it visually difficult to do your work, you should hold off until it improves. Your work colleagues do not need to know of your condition unless the vision prevents work. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Optic neuritis is a condition in which there is swelling of the optic nerve, the main nerve in the eye. Common symptoms include having sudden reduced vision or loss of vision in the affected eye and pain upon moving the eye. Some causes of optic neuritis are various ...Read more
Steroids: We use often steroids in the acute setting. Alternatives include also ivig and plasmapheresis. A detailed work up is necessary in order to prevent optic neuritis. Multiple sclerosis is often associated with optic neuritis and a preventive treatment approach is available. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
After optic neuritis in march this year, followed my numbness, skin pain on my right side, how quickly will MS symptoms worsen?
Generic comments: Not clear to me if you truly do or do not have ms, as optic neuritis is only associated with ms about 50% of the time. You may possess an early manifestation called cis, if MRI studies are convincing, and if that is the case, suggest you receive specific meds to prevent clinically definite ms. With proper treatment, your symptoms should not worsen but improve. Find an ms specialist. ...Read more
I have had asthma so i can't take migraine medicines. I am on topamax for optic neuritis/ MS related migraines. I hateit. Which is a better medicine that i can take?
53 yo female (RN) s/p optic neuritis. MRI shows "FLAIR & T2 images show scattered punctate areas of increased signal w/I periventricular white matter"?
MS or not MS?: This kind of case will either be diagnosed as optic neuritis or as MS. Since the T2 / FLAIR lesions are small (i.e. punctate) it is a bit uncertain. If they were a bit larger, the diagnosis would be MS. For smaller lesions, perhaps it is not. A spinal tap may help to sort out the answer. The answer is important, so that future relapses can be prevented. Think about vitamin D. ...Read more
Just diagnosis with MS. 1st relapse was optic neuritis. my arms and thighs are going numb, is this another relapse. Or just part of MS. I don't understand.
MS symptoms: The numbness is your arms and thighs is likely related to your MS. If the numbness is separated in time from the optic neuritis, it may be a relapse. suggest you notify your primary care doctor and neurologist about these symptoms, as they may want to prescribe medication. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What is a good treatment for someone who has optic neuritis in 1 eye due to ms? Is MS treatment meds enough or is it best to also add another for this
2 separate category: Optic neuritis would be classified as a relapse, and is best treated with EITHER intravenous Methylprednisolone or ACTHAR. The standard disease modifying agents are designed to prevent this, and should be continued even if a relapse occurs, but the more potent the med, the less relapses you will have. Tysabri is the second most potent med on the market, currently. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Optic neuritis: Optic neuritis is inflammation of the optic nerve, the nerve that delivers the information of sight. When the optic nerve is inflamed, it may be painful to move the eye and the vision is poor. The vision cannot be corrected with lenses. Most often this condition occurs without a cause. Sometimes this is a symptom of MS. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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