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petpuppy
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   Posted 1/7/2009 9:57 AM (GMT -6)   
I have been experiencing blurred vision for a couple of years. Recently it has gotten worse. When I met with my neurologist he always asks if I have double vision which I do not and then goes onto the next question. I went for an eye exam. It's not optic and i was prescribed stronger glasses. does anyone else experience blurred vision.

Beau2006
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   Posted 1/7/2009 10:59 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi there and good morning. Blurrred vision can be contributed to a variety of things, which u should explore with your doctor.  If you are asking if this on a MS perspective, the answer is yes. Likely the reason why your doctor is asking if you have ever had "double vision", is he is likley attempting to determine if your condition is Optic Neuritis associated, which does have the tendency of being associated with MS, and can be one of the first symptoms one will notice along the path of a MS dx.

Again, your blurrred vision could be a number of things that are causing this, from blood sugar issues, to thyroid, vit B12 deficiency, and so on. Sounds like you need a good deal of blood work to be done to assist with coming up with a dx for you. Stress and anxiety can bring on blurrred vision symptoms as well, and something just a simple changing of your prescription on your glasses may be all it is as well.

Anyow, good luck with this, and have a great day

Gary


Conquer MS
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   Posted 1/7/2009 1:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello:



Blurred Vision was my pronounced symptom when I first learned that I had MS. It was later determined through a MRI that I indeed had MS. Be persistant with your doctor, and if you don't feel that your getting the answers that you need search out another one. There's no rule that we have to accept "everything" a doctor says.



Robert Groth

Post Edited By Moderator (Gretchen1) : 2/26/2009 1:35:16 PM (GMT-7)


jirish
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   Posted 1/7/2009 3:46 PM (GMT -6)   
I have blurred vision often-sometimes it feels like there is a film over my eyes-it's very annoying and it does make you panic a bit.

Beau2006
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   Posted 1/7/2009 4:00 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi there, absolutely - a film over the eyes does describe it. I had optic neuritis back in feb of 2004 - the doctor said that it was just nerve problem - ummmmm - yes.....I had double vision for two or three weeks, but went away.  That would have been the start of all the MS stuff that I would learn three years later.......now from time to time I have problems focussing, I am quite light sensative, and sometimes it is just blurring like as you said, a film over my eyes.  I find that it seems to come when I am too tired, and does go away when I take the time to lay down and nap - when ever that is possible....

It seems that most of my symptoms all flair when I am fatigued, which I now understand - and at first, including the vision thing, when it happened, I got panicky too - but now that I understand - the panic does not seem to creep up on me like before.....

As I once posted, I thought MS was a disorder that effected mobility only - man was I out of touch - now I under stand it to be more of a brain disorder than anything else, that effects mood, anxiety, depression, vision, balance, and heaven knows what else......

In addition to the copaxone that I take, I also take ativan - which is primarily used for anxiety. It does target the CNS, and acts as a muscle relaxant, so when I get the vision thing going on, or that dizzy, head fog feeling that does not go away with rest, etc etc...I pop one of these pills and it does take away alot of these symptoms.....besides it relaxes me too, which has been a good thing...

Gary


petpuppy
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   Posted 1/9/2009 2:44 PM (GMT -6)   
I was dx with MS in '98. I have been through a lot. The recommended medications (avonex, copaxone) are not an option b/c of allergic reactions. I take cellcept, 500mg 1x daily since Jan. 08. When i get a flair i take prednisone. Fortunately, my vision has never been an issue - until now.
I am tired of researching symptoms, doctor visits, dealing with old and new symptoms, fear, blah blah
 
I don't jive with my neuro and have to again pound the pavement while working a job its hard to get the time off.
 
I feel like I have to be a movie star to get decent treatment as far as monitoring my condition, respecting what i say as fact and going out of their way to fully inform me. I don't want to hear 'we don't know the course of action' for fear of a lawsuit. i want to hear this is the majority but cases are different. i think i can handle that! JHS
 
 

Beau2006
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   Posted 1/9/2009 2:52 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi there, and I do hear your frustrations.  Reactions to copaxone, what kind of reactions, and is there anything that can be taken in conjuntion with this that could offset the problems with this. I do beleive and I am a definate advocate that these meds do assist with the symptoms and the progress of MS...

As far as giving you a definative answer as to the progress or where you are going with the disease is a milion to one guess, for all of us, whether on treatment or not, so with them just giving you the generic answers - I can kind of see where they are going. Its frustrating I know.

Any questions that you do have and wish to share them with us here at HW, I am sure someone can guide u in the right direction. Everyone here is here to help each other, and certainly do invite you to ask any question that you have

Gary


MOMOF6ANGLES
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   Posted 1/9/2009 4:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Petpuppy,

I also have blurred vision, but just every once in a while. It gets really frustrating, but I also have thyroid issues, so who knows what it could be? Hang in there! Hopefully your doctor can help find a cause and maybe help you out.

Tammie

Steph57
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   Posted 1/10/2009 7:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Ditto to all of the previous posts.
 
My eyes often feel "filmy," and I go back and forth between reading and "regular" eyeglasses much more often. I have experienced double-vision, but only when my MS flashes are really intense. I've always been myopic, but the last fews years of vision de-hancement really is quite annoying, as I love to both read and take photos. I think it's mostly MS, but it also could be aging. Whatever. At least I'm not blind . . .
Steph57 yeah
 

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