I usually post over at the chronic pain board. To give you a very brief run down, I have been having severe pain, as well as visual & functional disturbances in one of my eyes following a traumatic injury just over two years ago. No one has been able to identify the source of the pain, nor other symptoms, although we do have some pieces of the puzzle, including a recent MRI which revealed a gross enlargement of the optic nerve of my affected eye. The MRI was done back in January. Previous MRI's had not showed anything, but they were also done on less sensitive machines. The MRI also included a full scan of the brain, and at that time, did not show any lesions. However, in the last several weeks, the function of my eye has gotten drastically worse. I am having major tracking & pursuit problems in the eye, as well as problems moving the one eye in general. My ophthalmologist said that all these recent symptoms are signs of brain stem involvement. He is concerned about MS, although he said that it would be an atypical presentation (due to the pain), and the fact that I do not have any other symptoms & my most recent MRI was clean. He has been concerned about MS in the past as well, but we had ruled it out. I did see my neurologist again, who did not think that it was MS, because the rest of my neurological exam was okay -- only the neurological exam for that one eye is abnormal -- & my MRI was okay (although, I am wondering if something hasn't changed within the last month, because the functional issues all came about so suddenly). But she also said that she could not tell me much because she did not know enough about my specific neurological eye problems. I need to see another neuro-ophthalmologist, however, I did see another doc today, with a lot of background in neurology (although not a neurologist), and after review pretty much my entire life's history, he feels that it IS in fact an illness of the "MS family" -- probably not one of the classic types of MS, but another variant.
I'm pretty scared & concerned (I'm only 21) and am not sure what to do. My neurological problems in my eye do seem to be worsening as well, and I have a call into my ophthalmologist. I suppose I'm just wondering whether any of this sounds like MS to you? I know that the functional difficulties that I have been having with my eye, are pretty characteristic of early symptoms of MS, but I don't know that the rest of my problems really fit into that category. I know you are all not doctors, but you do, unfortunately, have experience with MS, so I thought perhaps your thoughts might help me! Thanks.