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momofltlbrat
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   Posted 10/26/2009 10:08 PM (GMT -6)   

I have not been diagnosed yet, but my doctors are looking for an autoimmune disorder, and MS is one they have neither ruled in or out. My question is in regards to blurry vision. This is a new symptom for me. It comes on suddenly, without pain. It seems like I am looking out through tears. Now I know I have very dry eyes, can't even wear contacts, so obviously this is just an explanation of what the vision is like. I blink a couple of times to clear the vision up. This has been happening more frequently and has been harder to clear away. Could this be a new symptom of an autoimmune disease, or does anyone know if this is a symptom to take to an eye doctor as I am on plaqunil. Any help would be appreciated.

Debbie

Donatella27
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   Posted 10/26/2009 10:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm not too sure exactly if blurry vision is an MS symptom, i know Optic Neuritis is often the first symptom of MS, and that is where one or both eyes starts to hurt, then go blurry, then blackness!  its bascially the optic nerve inflammed, the body attacking itself but can be rectified with IV steriods.
 
But someone might have a bit more helpful information in regards to blurry eyes and MS, good luck with it all smurf

Gretchen1
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   Posted 10/26/2009 11:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Deb,
 
I have no idea! How is that for helpful!  I am sorry.  Please keep us posted.  I hope you can get some releif.  You have had such a rough time for so long!!! 
 
Hang in there.
Gretchen  ~  diagnosed with MS July 2006
 
I have no lesions on my soul and so I will live with no limits.


nasalady
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   Posted 10/27/2009 8:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Debbie,

I haven't been diagnosed with MS (yet) although I have a lot of the symptoms; I've got almost every other autoimmune disease under the sun though (only slight exaggeration)! :)

I think optic neuritis covers the following:

Blurred vision, eye pain, loss of colour vision, blindness

(from www.mult-sclerosis.org/mssymptoms.html)

However, I was told to go to my doctor immediately if I had ANY vision changes after I started Plaquenil, because it can cause permanent eye damage! But I had blurry vision and double vision before Plaquenil, so I'm not too worried about myself.

But you should definitely ask an eye doctor....I hope you get your answers soon!

Take care,
JoAnn
Autoimmune hepatitis, Hashimoto's thyroiditis, lupus, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, celiac disease, asthma, psoriasis, Raynaud's syndrome, hypertension, osteopenia, sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, GERD.

Prednisone, Imuran, Plaquenil, Lyrica, Cymbalta, Levothyroxine, Atenolol, Cozaar, Mirapex, Zyrtec, Fosamax, Albuterol, Prilosec, CPAP


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Beau2006
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   Posted 10/28/2009 10:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi there and good morning - blurry visions..... seeing that you have not been dx yet, it is hard to say if the vision problem that you are experiencing is MS related or not.
 
However people who do have a confirmed dx of MS, usually they will tell u that one of the very first symptom that they had was something to do with vision.  Whether it be blurry, double visions, darkening sensation, etc.  Sometimes it is accompanied by pain, and other times it is not.  The length of time for this to pass depends on the severity of it, and of course on an individual bases.
 
The disorder, if it is deemed to be assocatied with MS, is likel Optic Neuritis....the optic nerve has become inflamed, and thus causing an array of vision problems.
 
In my case, it was the first symptom that I can recall, during my course of tests and the journey I took to get my dx of MS.  I had double vision, but it passed within 10 days or so.
 
Gary

Gretchen1
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   Posted 10/28/2009 11:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Deb,
 
Just to share, I am in a lovely flare with optic neuritis.  It came on and has stayed.  It is painful and I can't see much other than blur out of my right eye.  I also have lost most of the color vision.  It is a bit like looking through wax paper.  I start steroids today to try and bring it back.  What you are describing doesn't sound like optic neuritis.  I would head to an opthalmologist when you can.
Gretchen  ~  diagnosed with MS July 2006
 
I have no lesions on my soul and so I will live with no limits.


Beau2006
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   Posted 10/28/2009 11:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Oh gretch, sorry to hear this - hope that it passes quickly for u - its gotta be some annoying - thinking of u
 
Gary

momofltlbrat
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   Posted 10/28/2009 7:10 PM (GMT -6)   
G,

You poor thing. I know you hate to be down. I did you see your post on another site and wondered what had caused the doc to recommend the IV steroids. I hope they work. I have read that ON causes pain, and symptoms different than what I have so I didn't think it was that, was the blurriness comes, hangs for awhile, leaves for wahile, comes back. This is all on a daily basis, but at least it goes away and I don't have pain. I have an MRI which was already scheduled for this Friday because of the muscle spasms and pains that I have been having. So I am going to see what that brings, and might need to call the eye doc.

Feel better soon G and keep us posted.

Debbie

dianna30
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   Posted 10/28/2009 11:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Debbie,
 
You said that your vision becomes blurry on a daily basis-have you noticed whether there is a certain time that this happens?  For example, I have vision problems when I get tired, so pretty much every night.  I am not sure whether it is from the MS or fibromyalgia, as they can both cause blurry vision.  If you do notice a pattern you should mention it to your doc, it could be helpful in determining the cause.

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer (Romans 12:12).

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Gretchen1
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   Posted 10/28/2009 11:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey all,
 
thanks for the kind thoughts.  Deb, it is fairly painful.  I tend to wake up and it is not horrible but it get pretty bad as the day wears on and I am tired and have used my eyes a lot.  It hurts like you are pushing on the eye and more so with lots of movement.  I started the 'roids today.  Gosh I hate those............ack.  So hoping for improvement soon.  I am actually getting used to it too however which is a good thing in case this doesn't resolve.
Gretchen  ~  diagnosed with MS July 2006
 
I have no lesions on my soul and so I will live with no limits.


Beau2006
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   Posted 10/29/2009 9:29 AM (GMT -6)   
God morning Dianna - you hit the button spot on - your vision goes blurry when you get tired at night - absolutely - when you get tired, or fatigue kicks in, an array of symptoms can surface, in my case vision like your self, my fingers go numb and tingly, a bit dizzy sometimes, so when this starts to happen, I know that it one of two things (or at times maybe both) - too warm and too tired....
 
Gary

urgencyoverload
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   Posted 11/7/2009 4:16 PM (GMT -6)   

I too was diagnosed with MS in 2002 and my first symptom was optic neuritis.  I am having an exacerbation now and the doc said it was optic neuritis (again).  It started in June and has been ongoing until now.  I describe my vision as if I am looking into a flashlight.  Everything is kinda bright white and blurry.  Good times.  Other than that I've never had any problems with MS and have actually stated that I don't believe the diagnosis.  Its a very strange disease that is for sure. 

I am curious if others here on this forum have other autoimmune diseases.  I am also diagnosed with Thyroidism and Ulcerative Colitis.  I swear I'm the healthiest unhealthy person.  LOL

 


nasalady
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   Posted 11/7/2009 5:04 PM (GMT -6)   
urgencyoverload said...

I am curious if others here on this forum have other autoimmune diseases. I am also diagnosed with Thyroidism and Ulcerative Colitis. I swear I'm the healthiest unhealthy person. LOL


Hi,

Good for you that you feel so well with so much going on!

I haven't been actually diagnosed with MS yet, but my neurologist is testing me (MRI next week).

I have a TON of other autoimmune diseases (Hashimoto's thyroiditis, autoimmune hepatitis, rheumatoid arthritis, SLE lupus, celiac disease and psoriasis), and I know there are lots of others on this forum who have two or more AI diseases as well. Just having one AI disease makes it much more likely that you will develop another one. There are even AI diseases like celiac disease which actually "open the door" for other autoimmune disorders to develop www.umm.edu/news/releases/zonulin.htm.

So anyway, you're not alone....there are many of us here that have multiple AI disorders!

Take care,
JoAnn
Autoimmune hepatitis, Hashimoto's thyroiditis, lupus, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, celiac disease, asthma, psoriasis, Raynaud's syndrome, hypertension, osteopenia, sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, GERD.

Prednisone, Imuran, Plaquenil, Lyrica, Cymbalta, Levothyroxine, Atenolol, Cozaar, Mirapex, Zyrtec, Fosamax, Albuterol, Prilosec, CPAP


autoimmunediseasesgfliving.blogspot.com

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