Here is My Question:
Hi, I am a 27 year old female who has recently just been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. I went to the doctor as I suddenly became visually impaired after rubbing my left eye slightly. They admitted me and MRI scans found inflammation in various areas of my brain and the top and bottom of my spine. I suffer from small fibre neuropathy, a condition I got diagnosed with in 2015 after an injury to the nerve. I started to get pains and needles and burning in my feet and now I get it in my fingers.
My back is starting to feel some burning and I get heat flushes and chest pains and I feel like I need to urinate almost every time I drink anything. I also get sharp pains around the kidney area. There are some overlapping symptoms with MS and small fibre neuropathy but it's hard to tell if the chest problems and sweating and the visual impairment are solely due to MS? I am awaiting my CT scan results which I have had for my chest.
How do I control the burning and heat rushes? I try ice and cold packs but feel that may not always be good for my bones as I also have polyarthritis. The neurologist also suspects neurocardoisis as something which could have been the issue but then inflammation was found.
Can this condition still exist in someone that gets visually impaired temporarily and has inflammation in the brain and spine? Thank you.
Your condition sounds very complicated as you have multiple diagnoses including MS and small fiber neuropathy.
While MS can affect your vision (through optic neuritis) it is very rare for a small fiber neuropathy to have a direct affect on the quality of your vision.
You will have to work closely with your neurologist and possibly a neuro-ophthalmologist to evaluate what is causing your vision problems.
Benjamin Osborne, MD
Associate Professor of Neurology and Ophthalmology
Director, Neuromyelitis Optica (NMO) and Neuro-Ophthalmology Clinics
Associate Director of the NIH/Georgetown Neurology Residency Program
Medstar Georgetown University Hospital
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