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Nicaribbean
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   Posted 2/13/2008 3:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi,
 
  I have not been diagnosed with MS but I want to ask you a question. After a few eye episodes my optometrist said that the pain when moving my eyes was probably just a nerve irritation and my eyelids spasms are due to fatigue. When I asked about MS he said that I was past the standard age of 35. I just turned 37 in the end of January. What do you think?
 
                           Sincerely, Nicaribbean
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uppitycats
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   Posted 2/13/2008 3:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Nicaribbean said...
Hi,
 
  I have not been diagnosed with MS but I want to ask you a question. After a few eye episodes my optometrist said that the pain when moving my eyes was probably just a nerve irritation and my eyelids spasms are due to fatigue. When I asked about MS he said that I was past the standard age of 35. I just turned 37 in the end of January. What do you think?
 
                           Sincerely, Nicaribbean

MS most usually occurs between the ages of 20 - 45...but can (and does) occur earlier and later.  And poeple diagnosed later than 45 or so often discover that a lot of things that they just ignored earlier in their health history may well have been related to having MS. At 37 you're well within the window of "normal times" when MS might be diagnosed.
 
You say you saw an "optometrist". That's like saying, "I saw a herbologist who diagnosed my MS". If indeed you're having eye problems you need to see an OPTHAMOLOGIST who can really diagnose eye ailments, whether that's MS or something else. Optic neuritis can be readily seen even by an optometrist (or a family physican or other doctor, for that matter).
 
But given your age and eye problems, I really encourage you to go to an OPTHAMOLOGIST -- a physician with advanced training in eye DISEASE (not just mechanical malfunction, which is the training of an optometrist) to see what might be going on.
...I am not a doctor, nor health professional, and don't pretend to be one, here.....


Nicaribbean
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   Posted 2/13/2008 3:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Yeah,

I guess you are right. I wasn't asking him to diagnose me but I wanted to make him aware of all my other symptoms. I know that a lot of people diagnosed with MS had eye problems as a first symptom. I wanted to plant the seed in his head so maybe the next time I see him for my eye problems, he will take me more seriously. Don't worry though, I have a few doctors working on my case. My first eye episode was 4-5 years ago. My new optometrist didn't receive my old chart from my former optometrist (does not have a practice anymore). I don't know where my old files are. Eventually, they will figure out what's wrong with me!

Sincerely, Nicaribbean

Sincere
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uppitycats
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   Posted 2/13/2008 3:59 PM (GMT -6)   
You keep saying "optometrist". They are NOT qualified to really diagnose or treat ANY eye disorder. Depending on your "other symptoms" you need to be seeing an opthamologist, and/or a neurologist.
...I am not a doctor, nor health professional, and don't pretend to be one, here.....


mamana monster
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   Posted 2/13/2008 5:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Nicaribbean!
I too was told that normally you are dx'd with MS earlier in life, I'm 42 and recently dx'd. My GP sent me for an MRI then to neuro after having the "eye episodes", my neuro dx'd it as optic neuritis, I suspect my GP thought it was but wanted to perform more tests prior to sending me elsewhere. Do follow up with a neuro or opthamologist for a positive dx.

Cat - What you said about symptoms and how we write them off couldn't be more true for me. I have noticed more and more from reading posts that I have had many episodes that I just wrote off as "getting older" episodes. You know...the old body fallen apart kinda thing. :)

Blessings!

 

 

"Be yourself. An original is always worth more than a copy."

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