Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms

Optic Neuritis

Optic neuritis occurs when the optic nerve, the pathway that transmits visual information to the brain, becomes inflamed and the myelin sheath becomes damaged or is destroyed.

It typically occurs in one eye at a time (70%), and the resulting vision loss is rapid and progressive, but only temporary.

Thirty percent of patients will experience optic neuritis in both eyes at the same time, and can suffer severe vision impairment or temporary blindness, although this is rare.

Nerve damage that occurs in the section of the optic nerve located behind the eye, is called retrobulbar neuritis, which is another term sometimes used for optic neuritis.

Optic neuritis sometimes causes pain, usually when the eye is moved.

Although uncomfortable, pain associated with optic neuritis tends to be less severe than that of other nerve conditions which cause pain such as trigeminal neuralgia.

 It typically consists of a sharp stabbing but fleeting type of pain immediately behind the eye.

Optic neuritis is seldom permanent although it may reoccur. The duration of an episode tends to be somewhere between 4 and 12 weeks, although arguably, this may be improved by a short course of steroid treatment.


Early Symptoms

| Early Symptoms of MS |

Arms and Legs

| Foot Drop | Paralysis | Spasticity | Tremor |

Head and Neck

| Adjustment Disorder | Balance | Brain Fog | Cognitive Problems | Concentration | Depression | Dizziness | Emotions | Euphoria | Language | L'Hermittes Sign | Memory Problems | Mental Problems | Optic Neuritis | Paranoia | Psychosis | Speech Problems | Vertigo | Vision Problems |

Body and Body as a whole

| Bladder | Bowel | Fatigue | Numbness | Pain | Sexual Dysfunction | Uhthoff's Phenomenon |


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