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.
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.
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?
====== 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
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
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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