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Can you get a good report at opthamologist and still have MS?

I went to the opthamologist my nuerologist referred me to yesterday to get a closer look at the optic nerve in my left eye.  He said he didn't see any signs of MS in either eye.  He said the floaters I have been seeing are normal with age, and should go away on their own.  And he wanted to see me in a month for a follow up.  I go back to my nuerologist on May 7th to get all of my tests results.  My question is this.....Has anyone gone to the opthamologist and them not see any signs of MS in the optic nerve, yet the MRI's come back showing lesions?  And the other neuro test showing something?  I had every possible test to test for MS except a LP.  I'm just waiting until the 7th to find out the results.  I do know when I had my EMG, the nuero said they were finding some 'things'.  But, didn't specify what exactly.  I'm just anxious like everyone else on here for answers, and upset I have to wait another week.  I keep trying to find the answers myself, but this only frustrates me more.  I just don't what else would explain numbness and tingling in my left arm, lower leg and face (my cheek mainly).  

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!

thanks!
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Sometimes you can have problems (ex. Optical Neuritis) further back on the optical nerve, where the opthamologist can't see. This can be picked up on MRI instead.

It's hard to wait, trust me, I know! Hang there just a little longer and maybe you'll get some answers.
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If you have never had a bout of Optic Neuritis, but show other signs of MS, yes you can get a diagnosis of MS based on your history, exclusions of other disorders and MRI's.  I never had O.N. with my first attack, but showed lesions in the brain, the spine and had an abnormal physical exam by the Neuro.  He gave me a diagnosis then and there, since that I had old lesions and new enhancing lesions at the time.  The older lesions showed him that I had indeed already had at least one previous attack.

The second Neuro I went to, took away my dx of MS, but was later reconfirmed by doctors that knew what they were doing.

So yes, you can have a perfectly normal eye exam showing no demyelination on the Optic Nerve, but still have MS.

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I hope you get answers soon Shell:o).

This brings up a question or two actually that I have.  I have blurred vision almost all the time now.  I went to am opthalmologist that took pictures of my eye and everything.  He showed me the pictures and said that everything looked great with my eyes except that one of my optic nerves is crooked.  He said that wasn't a big deal and that it's something I've had since birth.  He said that my eyes are not the cause of my visual issues and that my glasses are properly correcting my vision.  He said that my vision problems have to be neurological.  If it was ON, he would have been able to tell, right?  What neurologically can cause blurred vision, sometimes double vision and visual disturbances such as periodically seeing stripes and sometimes losing part of my visual field in my left eye?
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I'm not sure about the answers to your questions, but hopefully someone on here will have some kind of answers.  You may want to post that question on the eye forum on here.  Thank you for your response, however, and I pray you'll get your answers as well!

I'm having a terrible day today~numbess in my left arm, leg and face including my cheek and lip and inside my mouth.  I'm feeling really weird, but had a 'spell' like this before and went to the ER(I thought it was a stroke..lol) only to find out .....NOTHING.....and that was one reason I ended up at the nuerologist.  Anyway, it's very frustrating waiting and feeling bad.  I am so anxious to find out and treat whatever is going on with my body.  I just to a dramamine because they always seem to chill me out when I feel like I do today.  I called the nuero's office to ask about my test and if they could call me something in becuase I was feeling bad today, and she had me on hold forever, so I hung up and thought she'd call back.  Now, I'm about to curl up in my bed, pray the sx's go away ASAP, because I have to go and coach gymnastics tonight, being my girls have a state championship this weeekend.  

Oh well.

It helps having this website and all of the support on here.  I don't feel so alone with this battle.  

Thanks everyone!
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