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    Hi,
    Before i ask my question, my background is that I have not been diagnosed with MS.
    I had questionable symptoms about 6 years ago. MRIs all clear. Never had eye issues.
    Yesterday I had a brief (15 min) loss of peripheral vision and blind spots. Then a headache for 2 days.
    Optometrist tests all good. But my visual field test was so good, they said I had a hypersensitivity. Does anyone know what this means? I'm to have a repeat test in a week.
    Today that eye hurts, and my left side is tingling and heavy again.
    I've been through all this crap (excuse me) before. I thought it was over.
    I've had lots of headaches lately. Dr just gave me meds for the nerve pain (which I didn't take).
    I'm 46.
    Thanks.
    Michelle

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    Hi,
    Before i ask my question, my background is that I have not been diagnosed with MS.
    I had questionable symptoms about 6 years ago. MRIs all clear. Never had eye issues.
    Yesterday I had a brief (15 min) loss of peripheral vision and blind spots. Then a headache for 2 days.
    Optometrist tests all good. But my visual field test was so good, they said I had a hypersensitivity. Does anyone know what this means? I'm to have a repeat test in a week.
    Today that eye hurts, and my left side is tingling and heavy again.
    I've been through all this crap (excuse me) before. I thought it was over.
    I've had lots of headaches lately. Dr just gave me meds for the nerve pain (which I didn't take).
    I'm 46.
    Thanks.
    Michelle
    Hi Michelle (PurpleTulips), and welcome!

    We're not doctors here but I'm wondering about your statement: "But my visual field test was so good, they said I had a hypersensitivity."

    I'm not clear about what you mean. If you had a normal visual field test, maybe they meant that you'd had a hypersensitivity reaction to some substance and that it had gone away by the time you had the test, or that it wouldn't have shown up on the test?

    Headaches aren't a typical MS symptom but you never know.

    When you mention your eye hurting, along with a left side tingling and heavy, it sounds a bit like optic neuritis, which can be an MS problem. There's usually a vision problem (blurring or blind spots or loss of part of the visual field) to go along with the eye pain.

    Good luck with your repeat test. I hope you'll let us know how it went, and I hope too that your problems will go away without being MS.
    MS diagnosed 1980. Avonex 2002-2005. Copaxone 6/07 - 5/10.
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    Hi Agate, thanks for your reply.
    I didn't really understand what the optometrist meant, just that the hypersensitivity wasn't usual.
    Yes, my eye hurts, but there's no visual disturbances today which is good.
    I'll see my Dr after the weekend and see what she thinks.
    I'm glad headaches aren't a typical MS symptom. :)
    Thanks again.
    Michelle

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    Not typical, but many get them.

    I would go back to the neurologist, is your Neuro an MS specialist?

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    :) Welcome to our group Michelle. I've had MS for over 50 years and I get headaches at times. Mostly when I first wake up. I hope you turn out to not have MS but if you do this is a great group. Jeanie :)

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    I had a couple of episodes of visual impairment -- blind spots, fuzzy edges, and numbness on the left side of my face (same side as the vision issues).. I was thinking I had a stroke. After an MRI, was diagnosed with migraine headaches..which can present themselves as lots of things *other* than what we typically think of -- the crushing headache.

    As someone else said, we're not doctors. It sounds like you're getting the right tests done. Do come back and tell us what the results are, when you see your doctors again.
    ...I am not a doctor nor medical professional, and don't pretend to be one, here... :o

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    I hope they get you a diagnosis, but I also hope that it is not MS. As someone said if your Neurologist is not an MS Specialist, it would be wise to try and see one. They know so much more about diagnosing MS than most Neurologist do.

    I wish you good luck. Please come back and let us know what is going on.
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    Hi everyone , thank you for your kind replies.
    Yes, the neurologist that I saw a while back is an MS specialist - she's very good.

    I used to post in here back in 2011! Is SalPal still in the group?
    I will definitely come back and let you know what happens. Thanks again,
    Michelle

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    Unfortunately Sally is in a nursing home. She doesn't post here much anymore.
    ...I am not a doctor nor medical professional, and don't pretend to be one, here... :o

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    We miss Sally and her sunny disposition. I hope she is reading.
    Virginia

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