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Optic it a first symptom?!

Hi I had optic neuritis mid feb, I lost a lot of vision but It has come back now. My colour isn't perfect but it's definitely better than it was!

but since the hospital telling me It's ON, I'm reading all about MS symptoms and it's like a checklist. 
I'm going back end of April to see the eye dr again but im Wondering what will happen. Will my eye just be back to

Normal or will I have to go for tests?

I hate not knowing and Iv seen diagnosis can take years! 


Hi, ON was my first symptom although at the time MS was never mentioned and it was so long ago there was no internet to look it up on!  Like you I lost colour vision then most vision from one eye. The eye hospital diagnosed it and said it would come back in about six weeks which it did. I could drive again a couple of weeks after that. I had no medication for it and it's never happened again although I am aware of it when I get tired. I also never had any follow up appointments about it but things are different now.

I had no other recognisable symptoms for another twelve years when I was diagnosed but they did tell me then that ON is a common first presentation of MS. They also said it was common in old people and alcoholics!

Hope your vision returns and all goes well.

It can be.  I remember many years ago the neurologist remarking that, 'MS finds the optic nerve particularly tasty.'  Another thing he said to me around the same time - I had had my first attack (not ON, by the way) - was to remember that there was no such disease as single sclerosis.  In my case, time revealed that it was the start of RRMS, but many people get one clinically isolated incident of something that might by MS-related, but never have any further trouble.  LEt's hope you're one of them.



Hi, I've had spinal PPMS for 23 years but never had any eye or vision problems at all.

Maybe that's due to me not having any lesions on my brain.

As you've not been diagnosed with MS, there is a chance it could be something else. Try not to get too focussed on MS chick.

Let the docs do their job and hope for the best.


A question please....... Can MS related optic neuritis be caused by spinal lesions or is it always brain lesions?