Optic neuritis

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Barbieob
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   Posted 6/6/2007 3:34 PM (GMT -7)   
 
Hi again
 
I was just wanting to know, if any one can tell me about ON
and if can fluctuate through out the day?
 
Thanks
 
Barbie
 

uppitycats
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   Posted 6/6/2007 6:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Optic neuritis is an inflammation of the optic nerve.  When a doctor examines your eyes, he can see the optic nerve at the back of each eye. If you've had (or have) optic neuritis, the nerve is pale in color (paler than the other eye), and sometimes swollen in appearance.
 
Optic neuritis can cause pain in your eye, but not always. It can also cause problems with vision: loss of color vision, blurred vision, sometimes double vision, sometimes a sort of "halo" will form around objects you're trying to see.
 
When you ask, "can it fluctuate throughout the day", I'm not sure I understand what you really are asking. Optic neuritis is a condition. You either have it or you don't.   Optic neuritis doesn't "fluctuate", but it can cause vision problems which can fluctuate during the day..
 
but lots of other things can cause vision problems too, like migraines, simply bad vision, etc.
 
Why don't you describe what's happening with your vision, and we'll try to help sort it out.
 
Final thought: I'm a real wimp about my eyes.  If ANYTHING weird goes on with my eyes, I'm off to an opthamologist right away. (Opthamologist, though..not an optician, not an optometrist, but an opthamologist, who has major medical training and specialized in eye disease, not just vision problems...)  I'd suggest you do that, too.
 
...I am not a doctor, nor health professional, and don't pretend to be one, here.....


Barbieob
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   Posted 6/6/2007 6:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks so much uppity

yes thats what i mean the blurred vison fluctuates through out the day which is confusing. I also have pain in both eyes
when i look left or right or squish them closed.
Last week it was just one eye but this week its both.

Barbie

rhondab
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   Posted 6/7/2007 8:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Barbie!

O gosh...eye pain. Bad! I have pain in one eye and it's tough..i can't imagine it in both. I do feel for u and am keeping u in my prayers and thoughts. Something tho, i do notice blurry vision and other visual probs with that eye...and my doc dx'd migraines. Maybe something to consider. Hang in there friend..and see that opthamologist soon!! Please let us know how ur eyes are and how u'r doing.
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Simus
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   Posted 6/7/2007 9:51 AM (GMT -7)   
I remember the pain fluctuating throughout the day. Sometimes it was worse than others. Always bad though!

Buckeye
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   Posted 6/7/2007 5:26 PM (GMT -7)   
I have ON that was the lead in to my Dx of MS.
It is irritating and yes it does fluctuates with being tired and/or overheated.
Summer is the roughest on ON. I dress my son a little warmer so I can crank the AC in the car.
Sunglasses, Can jump for good ones. those help me out a great deal.
I have rice sacks in the freezer to put on my eyes...so nice. It puts the "fire" out.
Little tricks to make your comfortable.

Hope that helps.
Dana

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   Posted 6/7/2007 6:16 PM (GMT -7)   
uppitycats said...
 
Final thought: I'm a real wimp about my eyes.  If ANYTHING weird goes on with my eyes, I'm off to an opthamologist right away. (Opthamologist, though..not an optician, not an optometrist, but an opthamologist, who has major medical training and specialized in eye disease, not just vision problems...)  I'd suggest you do that, too.
 

Uppity I am so with you on this one.  Anything eye related freaks me right out.  Maybe you know the answer to this....
 
I am having a bit of an issue with "tracking".  Like it takes me extra time to focus on something close... the neuro noticed it with the "follow my finger" test a couple weeks ago.  Is that an eye thing, or a brain thing?
 
Thanks,
Shar
 
 
Diagnosed with MS April 2006
Longstanding anxiety and depression
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marmie
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   Posted 6/7/2007 7:40 PM (GMT -7)   
hi....i have been diagnosed since 2000. I have ON, and yes mine changes throughtout the day...I use good sunglasses, and try not to over -tax my eyes. Also I have learned that stress and heat cause me lots of trouble. One thing that really helps is to cut a raw potato in half and place each half on each eye. It sure sooths quickly.I love the rice sack idea as well!! I also stay as cool as possible during the day.

Barbieob
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   Posted 6/8/2007 2:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi every one

thanks for all the feed back

i have been to opthomologist today and he didnt really know if i have ON or not. He said we should do some tests to rule out some other things. he said need to get a cat scan ???
Thats the story of my life these days. very frustrating

when will i ever get a real answer for anything?

Thanks guys, you are great!

Barbie

i will let you know after the next visit in two weeks time.

uppitycats
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   Posted 6/8/2007 2:53 AM (GMT -7)   
photogirl1358 said...
uppitycats said...
 
Final thought: I'm a real wimp about my eyes.  If ANYTHING weird goes on with my eyes, I'm off to an opthamologist right away. (Opthamologist, though..not an optician, not an optometrist, but an opthamologist, who has major medical training and specialized in eye disease, not just vision problems...)  I'd suggest you do that, too.
 

Uppity I am so with you on this one.  Anything eye related freaks me right out.  Maybe you know the answer to this....
 
I am having a bit of an issue with "tracking".  Like it takes me extra time to focus on something close... the neuro noticed it with the "follow my finger" test a couple weeks ago.  Is that an eye thing, or a brain thing?
 
Thanks,
Shar
 
 

The tracking issue is a brain thing.  The signals from brain to eye are slowed, and that eye isn't following the other as quickly.  I get that a lot, particularly when I'm overtired.
...I am not a doctor, nor health professional, and don't pretend to be one, here.....


uppitycats
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   Posted 6/8/2007 2:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Barbieob said...
Hi every one

thanks for all the feed back

i have been to opthomologist today and he didnt really know if i have ON or not. He said we should do some tests to rule out some other things. he said need to get a cat scan ???
Thats the story of my life these days. very frustrating

when will i ever get a real answer for anything?

Thanks guys, you are great!

Barbie

i will let you know after the next visit in two weeks time.
I think he's being very thorough, making sure that there isn't something more serious going on with your vision.  The cat scan will look inside your head (it's like an MRI) to see if there is anything going on there that is causing your problems.  Generally ON is pretty obvious, but it sounds like he wants to be certain he knows what's happening before he labels it.
 
Do let us know.
...I am not a doctor, nor health professional, and don't pretend to be one, here.....

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