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Dr. Peter Glusker
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Neuritis (Overview)

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


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Definition of lumbosacral neuritis?

Definition of lumbosacral neuritis?

See below: Neuritis means inflammation of a nerve, but we would not usually describe lumbosacral nerve problems by that term. Might instead use radiculitis or radiculopathy. Not sure of what context this was introduced, but perhaps this refers to pain radiating from your spine down a leg. If occurring after back surgery, perhaps post-op scarring or arachnoiditis. ...Read more

Dr. Peter Glusker
274 Doctors shared insights

Neuritis (Overview)

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


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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?

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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What are the signs of optic neuritis?

What are the signs of optic neuritis?

Pain, visual loss: Pain is usual in the affected eye and is aggravated by eye movement. Visual loss is commonly progressive, though initially it is blurring of vision. This may progress to a field/altitudinal defect. The pupil may be dilated and sluggish to react to light. Loss of visual acuity varies from none to loss of perception of light. Good visual acuity is regained after the initial attack, with exceptions. ...Read more

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Severe optic neuritis --what do you do after diagnosis?

Severe optic neuritis --what do you do after diagnosis?

Optic neuritis: A cause for the optic neuritis needs to be determined. An MRI scan is usually needed to do this, as well as other tests that can be performed by a neurologist. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a doctor to diagnose optic neuritis just from a routine eye exam?

Is it possible for a doctor to diagnose optic neuritis just from a routine eye exam?

Yes: Some time the person may not have a severe optic neuritis, or may have a mild symptom that is over looked by the patient. On occasion, on a routine eye exam many problems could be diagnosed including old or active optic neuritis. ...Read more

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Ophtamo couldn't find anything wrong, went in cause my vision fluctuates and colors change, he did blood sugar test, even tested for optic neuritis?

Ophtamo couldn't find anything wrong, went in cause my vision fluctuates and colors change, he did blood sugar test, even tested for optic neuritis?

2nd opinion: Time to get another opinion. Some symptoms are fleeting and not easily picked up in one visit. Dr. Milne is an excellent ophthalmologist in Silver Springs, MD. ...Read more

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Lorazepam withdrawal w heart palp? 1 mg for9 mos. For vestibular neuritis. All heart tests were normal. Have reduced to. 5 now. 25. Withdrawal?

Lorazepam withdrawal w heart palp? 1 mg for9 mos. For vestibular neuritis. All heart tests were normal. Have reduced to. 5 now. 25. Withdrawal?

Not likely withdrawa: If your taper occurred from 1 mg to 0.5 mg, try adding 0.25 mg, but since you only took it once a day, withdrawal is unlikely. ...Read more

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I'm diagnosed with brachial neuritis and would like to know more about it?

I'm diagnosed with brachial neuritis and would like to know more about it?

Brachial neuritis: Brachial neuritis is an inflammation in the nerves in your shoulder that control your arm and hand function. Depending on the severity of the inflammation the symptoms can be mild with only pain to the more severe where there can be weakness and numbness in the arm and hand. ...Read more

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Can working in a steelmill cause optical neuritis be?

Probably not: Unless you have contact with toxic solvents, or in contact with drugs which cause arteritis or vasculitis, it is most likely that your work has nothing to do with the eye issue, and other causes should be considered. Have a thorough evaluation with first an ophthalmologist and later a neurologist. If an MRI of brain shows additional lesions, this may be early ms. ...Read more

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When a man has optic neuritis, what does it mean?

When a man has optic neuritis, what does it mean?

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 more

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How do you treat optic neuritis cases?

Optic neuritis: Anyone with optic neuritis should be under the care of an opthalmologist if possible. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for vestibular neuritis?

Vestibular neuritis: Usually low dose corticosteroids prednisone/methylprednisolone are used to speed recovery. To treat the vertigo, Meclizine or a benzodiazepine, like low dose diazepam, are commonly used. ...Read more

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What are diet and treatments optic neuritis?

Complex ISSUES: Optic neuritis is an acute inflammation of the optic nerve caused by multiple sclerosis in a majority of cases, but also neuromyelitis optica, viral infections, and even arteritis. Successful treatment can be achieved via oral or intravenous steroids, or acth, and no dietary measures or supplements will work. Since this condition may presage a chronic process, need to evaluate cause fully. ...Read more

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What's the cure for occipital neuritis?

I agree. But...: I inject 2% xylocaine (lidocaine) with Dexamethasone or Betamethasone suspension. I get very good results. I have never seen a person needing chemical or surgical nerve ablation! ...Read more

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What's the best treatment to get rid of optic neuritis?

What's the best treatment to get rid of optic neuritis?

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 more

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How come I have optic neuritis, but nobody else in the family has it?

How come I have optic neuritis, but nobody else in the family has it?

Isolated case: Optic neuritis, an inflammation of the optic nerve which disturbs vision in that eye, is usually from an unknown isolated cause or in association with multiple sclerosis. Most cases are isolated, individual and do not have a genetic underpinning. So it does not run in families and you cannot spread it from yourself. ...Read more

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I am terrified - how to figure out optic neuritis and multiple sclerosis (ms) risk?

I am terrified - how to figure out optic neuritis and multiple sclerosis (ms) risk?

Please be calm: If you have been diagnosed with optic neuritis and are worried about whether you already have ms, vs. The risk of developing it, these are questions to discuss formally with a neurologist. We have statistics on risk, and ways to assess for other clinically associated lab support to address this for you specifically. I know this is frightening, but please discuss with neurologist. ...Read more

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Should I still go to work if I have optic neuritis?

Should I still go to work if I have 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 more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Neuritis?

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. ...Read more

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What is mono neuritis?

Inflammation: Mono neuritis is an inflammation of the peripheral nerve. It can result from trauma, surgery or mechanical abnormality. The more common types are foot neuritis (morton's neuroma) and lower back neuritis (lumbar disc syndrome). See a neurologist or appropriate specialist in the area of the problem to help get treatment. ...Read more

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Can working in a steelmill cause optical neuritis be?

Probably not: Unless you have contact with toxic solvents, or in contact with drugs which cause arteritis or vasculitis, it is most likely that your work has nothing to do with the eye issue, and other causes should be considered. Have a thorough evaluation with first an ophthalmologist and later a neurologist. If an MRI of brain shows additional lesions, this may be early ms. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more