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   Posted 1/27/2007 7:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone. I've been reading for a while now, but this is my first posting here. I found out in August '06 that I have MS (after experiencing numbness on my right side), and started on Betaseron immediately. I've been doing pretty good, but have been having some problems in my left eye. Went to both the neurologist and the opthamologist, and neither could find any problems. I have pain (like someone is sticking their finger in my eye), and vision in that eye appears blurrier than normal, although doctors could not tell a difference.
I was just wondering if this sounded familiar to anyone else, and if so, was there anything you did for it.

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   Posted 1/27/2007 9:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Marchia,
    Nice to meet you and I'm happy that you decided to post after reading for a while.  What you are describing, if it's MS related, could be something called optic neuritis.  It's typically something that an opthamologist would find whether you are having problems or not, but if it's something that is very recent it could be possible for it not to show up and the eye to appear normal.  You could ask your doctors about that possibility, see what they say. 
    We do have quite a few people here with ON and I'm sure you'll be hearing from some of them soon.  Welcome to the forum, and please feel free to share, vent, or ask any questions you might have.  We'll do our best to help.  Take care and I hope it's something that resolves quickly for you.
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   Posted 1/27/2007 10:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Marchia!

Welcome to the board! I'm sorry u'r having these probs, but as Kimber said, it does sound like Optic Neuritis, but also may be other things. Did u'r doc give u any indication of other possibilities?? How long has it been going on? Not that i can tell u for certain, but i was having probs with my right eye. Severe pain and some blurriness even at times without the pain. I was seen by two eye docs and one of them was a neuro/ey doc. Couldn't find anything. Finally i'm being treated for migraines in my eye...whadda'ya know?? It works!! Maybe something to question u'r doc about. I never have had a migraine before that i'm aware of and don't have a family history of migraines, but i guess still i'm having them. Take care and let us know how u'r doing and what u find out about u'r eye. Again, welcome to the board!
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   Posted 1/28/2007 10:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi and welcome! I too, have what you describe. It feels like optic neuritis but I don't have major vision loss and no loss of color. My neuro's have called a name for it(not ON) but I cannot remember what it is. Have you been examined during this pain? If so and you continue to have it I would call and tell your optho or neuro anyway.

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   Posted 1/28/2007 2:50 PM (GMT -6)   

Thanks for the info. All either doc said was that they couldn't see any nerve damage, but no suggestions of what it might be or what I could do for it. I'll see if I can find a neuro/eye doc (the one I saw was a general opth).

I also want to say how good it is to be able to talk with others who are going thru the same things I am. It makes me feel less isolated. I have a loving family and a good support system, but since they're not experiencing the same things I am, they can't always understand what I'm dealing with (although they do try).

I'll keep you posted.


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