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    Old 01-15-2016, 12:53 PM   #1
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    Seemingly unrelated neurological events over past year, no diagnosis

    Hi everyone.
    I am a 21 yr old female, and otherwise healthy besides a few neurological events happening in the past two years. I was wondering if anyone had advice, similar events, etc.

    In November of 2014, I had a seizure after previously never having any neurological problems. It was minor, went to a neurologist and the ER, had an MRI and an EEG and they couldn't find anything wrong with me and chalked it up to stress and sleep deprivation.

    This summer (May 2015 to about mid July 2015) I had sixth nerve palsy. My left eye was off center and I experienced some headaches and eye pain. I hadn't previously been sick, had any trauma, etc., so my doctor (after an MRI and blood test) assumed it was nothing serious and it went away on its own.

    Since about mid November 2015, I've been having headaches that start in the base of my head, and go to my left eye (same eye effected by the palsy) and forehead. They didn't last long at first, and went away with sleep and ibuprofen, but I've currently had this headache for about 3 days. This is accompanied by nausea, and pain (what feels like a pulled muscle) in the left side of my neck.

    Does anyone have any advice on what I should do? I feel like there should be something connecting all of these but no doctor has been able to figure it out so far, and none of them seem concerned about if these are connected. Thanks in advance!

     
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    Old 01-15-2016, 01:19 PM   #2
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    HI. I am not sure what type of neurologist you are seeing, but you may want to get another opinion. Some Neuros specialize in migranes, others in Strokes, then you have movement disorder specialists, for ALS and Parkinson's disease and then you have MS specialists...not all neuros are created the same.

    I have MS, and I have had optical neuritis, which can be a standalone disease or can be a precursor to MS. What it is, is inflammation of the optic nerve. It can cause massive headaches, color blindness, peripheral vision block, not being able to see out the sides of your eyes normally, and even blurry or double vision. This is treated with steroids, either IV or orally, depending on the severity of the symptoms. A good opthamologist will be able to see behind your eyes and check your optic nerve. Stay away from opticians, who make glasses and do not have medical degrees when you think there might be something wrong with your eyes.

    An MRI can usually show the damage which occurs with diseases such as MS or Parkinsons; however if they werent looking for it, they may not have orderd the tests to find it. Again, depending on what type of Neurologist you saw, or who ordered the tests, you may have been overlooked in looking for things like this.

    MS can cause seizures, although less than 5% of MSers have them...MS can also be random, coming and going with symptoms for quite a few years...muscle aches can come with MS, especially in the neck and shoulders, as this is the area which MS attacks (the spine and base of the neck and brain).

    I dont want to suggest that you might have MS, but I am here to tell you, living with it, isnt the end of the world...however, you are looking for advice, and my advice is to find a new Neurologist and take your symptoms to him/ her and ask to be tested for everything! Not knowing is tough....

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    Thank you so much! I really appreciate it. I'll definitely check in with my neurologist to see what she specializes in and what she rec commends. I haven't seen her in awhile (I saw a neuro-opthamologist over the summer for my eye) so I'll definitely schedule an appointment soon.

     
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