Could this be symptoms of uveitis or optic neuritis?

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pink blobs
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   Posted 4/10/2011 7:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, does anyone have any experience with either uveitis or optic neuritis.

I've been having eye symptoms for the last year, but it keeps getting worse and has gotten really bad over the past few weeks.


My symptoms are:


blurry vision

double vision

trouble focusing

episodes of mild color vision loss lasting no longer than an hour

visual snow, scotomas (floating greyish spots in my field of vision), colorful spots, blobs and zigzags in my field of vision, floaters

seeing flashes of light in the corner of my eyes

mild eye pain

twitching in eyelid

involuntary eye movements

pupil dilation

feeling like I'm starting to go blind


I don't have any redness or severe pain in my eyes, and I haven't had any episodes where I couldn't see at all. I'm having a harder time reading things. I've never had eye problems before, and my vision used to be almost perfect. My rheumatologist is worried that I could have uveitis, but wasn't sure how to diagnose it, and didn't seem to know much about optic neuritis. I'm worried because my symptoms have gotten a lot worse really quickly and I'm scared that I could go blind. I'm having other symptoms of MS and other inflammatory diseases, so I'm really on edge and unsure what to expect.

Post Edited (pink blobs) : 4/13/2011 1:41:12 PM (GMT-6)


mesea
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   Posted 7/6/2011 8:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Actually this is the symptom that I first noticed. I had a car accident many years ago and was

physically disabled b/c of a head injury. Then in the late ninties had an MRI to find out about a

pituitary tumor. I didn't think anything about the brain lesions at the time b/c of my head injury. The

years went on and I started having double-vision, pain, twitching in the eyelid & like a clear vein or

something out the corner of my eye. Again didn't think anything of it.Then in 2006 I had another MRI

of my pit gland & this was sent to a neuro who checked my eyes as well as the MRI. He said definitely

MS.He started asking questions about my vision. He said with my visual symptoms and brain lesions

there was no question. Now I'm not saying you have MS but it's something to check out. Also,

sometimes blue is easier to read. Hope this helps.

Sheila

Gretchen1
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   Posted 7/6/2011 9:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Sheila!!!

It's great to see you here!!!!
Diagnosed with MS July 2006

I have no lesions on my soul and so I live with no limits.

uh oh
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   Posted 7/16/2011 3:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Mesea---You are so right the blue print is so much easier to read.

Sparnix
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   Posted 9/5/2011 7:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey! I know this is a little late, but I just joined and was going through the forums. I was diagnosed with MS about two years ago. I have had 3 attacks, 2 of them being optic neuritis. Out of the symptoms you listed, I have experienced 9 out of the 11. I was attacked in the right eye my first time. Causing me to go entirely blind. My sight was nothing but a blanket of tan. I had a lot of pain in the eye if i looked a certain direction too fast. I got all of my sight back in this eye. However, I am now having trouble with colors and it caused a lot of contrast damage. I have a hard time reading and such. Then about a year and a half later my left eye got attacked. Lucky me!!!! In between the the two attacks I had a lot of visual problems. Not so much blurry or double vision, but I had floaters (grey and clear) constantly, little flashes of light, pain in my healing eye, twitching in my eyelid, and when I get tired my eyes like to move as if they are shaking back and forth and it takes me a second to get control of them. My left eye was not attacked as bad as my right. I only lost the center of my vision that time. However, after 8 months of it healing....it's not getting any better. Optical Neuritis is very common without having MS. Usually, there will be another lesion to go along with the optical Nueritis. I have noticed that my eyes get worse (go more blind than usual) when stressed, overheating, drinking, or around my menstrual cycle.....it always goes back to it's "normal" damaged state though....I hope this helps! I'm with Mesea.....it doesnt hurt to go get checked out!!!
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