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Very Mild Optic Neuritis - brain lesions

I am a 38 year old female that was just diagnosed with very mild optic neuritis in my left eye (eye pain, haziness, etc.)  I have seen a neurologist about an MRI that showed brain lesions - I am also a migraine sufferer for the past 3 years.  He feels my lesions were due to Migraines, even though I had some numbness and tingling in my left arm and foot (that eventually went away).  Since I had the tingling, he tested me for MS with the muscle/electro test. He felt he could rule out MS at that time due to the fact that my migraines kept getting worse, etc and I showed no other signs of MS.   At that time I had no vision problems.  Now with this diagnosis of a very mild case of ON, do I need to think again about MS, or play the waiting game to see if I show any other symptoms.   My migraines are better since I saw the neuro and he put me on Inderol to try and prevent them.   Could this all be related to Migraines?  Thank you for your help.

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okay let me preface this by saying that i am not a neurologist.

but no, there is no way your ON is related in any way to a diagnosis of migraines.

i am not going to tell you that you do or do not have MS.  i'll leave that up to your neurologist.

but i will tell you that ON combined with suspect white lesions on MRI...that sure sounds like MS to me.

i have found that a lot of neurologists are very hesitant to tell patients that they "might" have MS.  they either say they have ruled it out for now, or if you have an obvious raging case, they'll diagnose it.  but if you're iffy/borderline...they're not going to tell you that you have MS.  even if they suspect that you do.
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kiminCO:

Optic neuritis can be caused by Lyme Disease.
Lyme Disease can cause brain lesions, migraines, and numbness and tingling in different parts of the body.

Have your doctors considered this?

Carol

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Symptoms of Lyme


    *   The Tick Bite (fewer than 50% recall a tick bite or get/see the rash)

   1. Rash at site of bite
   2. Rashes on other parts of your body
   3. Rash basically circular and spreading out (or generalized)
   4. Raised rash, disappearing and recurring


          * Head, Face, Neck

   5. Unexplained hair loss
   6. Headache, mild or severe, Seizures
   7. Pressure in Head, White Matter Lesions in Head (MRI)
   8. Twitching of facial or other muscles
   9. Facial paralysis (Bell's Palsy)
  10. Tingling of nose, (tip of) tongue, cheek or facial flushing
  11. Stiff or painful neck
  12. Jaw pain or stiffness
  13. Dental problems (unexplained)
  14. Sore throat, clearing throat a lot, phlegm ( flem (phlegm) ), hoarseness, runny nose


          * Eyes/Vision

  15. Double or blurry vision
  16. Increased floating spots
  17. Pain in eyes, or swelling around eyes
  18. Oversensitivity to light
  19. Flashing lights/Peripheral waves/phantom images in corner of eyes


          * Ears/Hearing

  20. Decreased hearing in one or both ears, plugged ears
  21. Buzzing in ears
  22. Pain in ears, oversensitivity to sounds
  23. Ringing in one or both ears


          * Digestive and Excretory Systems

  24. Diarrhea
  25. Constipation
  26. Irritable bladder (trouble starting, stopping) or Interstitial cystitis
  27. Upset stomach (nausea or pain) or GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease)


          * Musculoskeletal System

  28. Bone pain, joint pain or swelling, carpal tunnel syndrome
  29. Stiffness of joints, back, neck, tennis elbow
  30. Muscle pain or cramps, (Fibromyalgia)


          * Respiratory and Circulatory Systems

  31. Shortness of breath, can't get full/satisfying breath, cough
  32. Chest pain or rib soreness
  33. Night sweats or unexplained chills
  34. Heart palpitations or extra beats
  35. Endocarditis, Heart blockage


          * Neurologic System

  36. Tremors or unexplained shaking
  37. Burning or stabbing sensations in the body
  38. Fatigue, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Weakness, peripheral neuropathy or partial paralysis
  39. Pressure in the head
  40. Numbness in body, tingling, pinpricks
  41. Poor balance, dizziness, difficulty walking
  42. Increased motion sickness
  43. Lightheadedness, wooziness


          * Psychological well-being

  44. Mood swings, irritability, bi-polar disorder
  45. Unusual depression
  46. Disorientation (getting or feeling lost)
  47. Feeling as if you are losing your mind
  48. Over-emotional reactions, crying easily
  49. Too much sleep, or insomnia
  50. Difficulty falling or staying asleep
  51. Narcolepsy, sleep apnea
  52. Panic attacks, anxiety


          * Mental Capability

  53. Memory loss (short or long term)
  54. Confusion, difficulty in thinking
  55. Difficulty with concentration or reading
  56. Going to the wrong place
  57. Speech difficulty (slurred or slow)
  58. Stammering speech
  59. Forgetting how to perform simple tasks


          * Reproduction and Sexuality

  60. Loss of sex drive
  61. Sexual dysfunction
  62. Unexplained menstral pain, irregularity
  63. Unexplained breast pain, discharge
  64. Testicular or pelvic pain


          * General Well-being

  65. Unexplained weight gain, loss
  66. Extreme fatigue
  67. Swollen glands/lymph nodes
  68. Unexplained fevers (high or low grade)
  69. Continual infections (sinus, kidney, eye, etc.)
  70. Symptoms seem to change, come and go
  71. Pain migrates (moves) to different body parts
  72. Early on, experienced a "flu-like" illness, after which you have not since felt well.
  73. Low body temperature
  74. Allergies/Chemical sensitivities
  75. Increased affect from alcohol and possible worse hangover
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