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Hi, I'm April and I'm 24yo.

I've been experiencing occasional sharp, stabbing pain behind/around my eyeball (within my eye socket) when I look to the far left/right/up/down. This comes and goes... usually hurting for 2-3 days, sometimes 1 eye, sometimes both, and then will go away for several weeks/months. It's been happening for a couple years now. When I mentioned it to an optometrist, he said I might just have dry eyes, but even with using lubricating drops, it still happens.

I do notice that it's worse in the mornings, and by evening it feels slightly better (but worse again the following morning, until that "spell" ends).

Another eye "quirk" I've been having is the past few weeks, whenever I move my eyes (looking from one thing to another, or in turning my head), it seems everything is more blurry than it should be, and things jump around (like I'm not able to scan things smoothly like I used to be able to, it's like watching a stop/start-action film, kinda choppy ).

Also, when moving my eyes as described above, I sometimes see double of things that my eyes pass by (particularly illuminated things like lamps, street lights, the microwave display, etc.) In the same time frame, I've also been getting a little light-headed when I'm walking around (ie looking around), or if I look left to right (not moving head) several times in a row (even slowly).

The above happens regardless of whether I'm wearing my [current prescription] glasses or not.



Now, looking up painful eye movement, the one thing that keeps popping up is optic neuritis. Does what I described sounds like that (as far as location of pain and the duration/frequency)?

And reading over other early symptoms, seems like I do perhaps experience some of them, including
* loss of balance - where I'll go to walk across the room (from a standing position), and suddenly feel really lightheaded , and stumble/swerve (my husband jokingly asks if I've been drinking since I look tipsy). This isn't a sustained feeling, just randomly will happen and pass within a few seconds, and happens once every couple/few weeks.
* muscle weakness - I've noticed my arms feel weak/tired just from things like blow-drying my hair (ie holding something away from my body). I'm not overweight and I'm a fairly active person (I have 3 children, ages 4 and under, I HAVE to be active ;))... surely I'm not that out of shape?? This seems pretty consistent.
* I sometimes have trouble recalling very simple words, and even say the wrong thing without meaning to. For example, the other night I was cutting up chicken, and my husband asked from the other room what we were having. For the life of me, I could not recall the word "chicken" even though it was literally right in front of me. And after "ummmmm"ing for a minute, I yelled back "peanuts", completely unconsciously. I have NO clue why I said that, but it just came out. Immediately after it did, I knew it was wrong and a second later I was able to remember "chicken". Now, I know people joke around with bad memory and "mommy brain", but that seems a bit much. This happens once every few weeks.
* Fatigue- some days are worse than others, but I will go through days of feeling SO tired, even though I got a good night's sleep. Not so much mentally, but physically- my body feels zapped of all energy. I don't have any motivation to do anything because my body feels like lead and it takes so much inertia to get it moving.

I haven't noticed any correlation between when these things happen, but then again, I've always thought these were completely random, unrelated issues and never thought about it. I had another "pain when moving eye" spell the other day, and once again tried to find info which brought me to reading MS symptoms a bit more closely, and thinking... hmmmmm.

Any thoughts?? :confused:
[QUOTE=Mama2Peanuts;4126989]Hi, I'm April and I'm 24yo.

I've been experiencing occasional sharp, stabbing pain behind/around my eyeball (within my eye socket) when I look to the far left/right/up/down. This comes and goes... usually hurting for 2-3 days, sometimes 1 eye, sometimes both, and then will go away for several weeks/months. It's been happening for a couple years now. When I mentioned it to an optometrist, he said I might just have dry eyes, but even with using lubricating drops, it still happens.

I do notice that it's worse in the mornings, and by evening it feels slightly better (but worse again the following morning, until that "spell" ends).

Another eye "quirk" I've been having is the past few weeks, whenever I move my eyes (looking from one thing to another, or in turning my head), it seems everything is more blurry than it should be, and things jump around (like I'm not able to scan things smoothly like I used to be able to, it's like watching a stop/start-action film, kinda choppy ).

Also, when moving my eyes as described above, I sometimes see double of things that my eyes pass by (particularly illuminated things like lamps, street lights, the microwave display, etc.) In the same time frame, I've also been getting a little light-headed when I'm walking around (ie looking around), or if I look left to right (not moving head) several times in a row (even slowly).

The above happens regardless of whether I'm wearing my [current prescription] glasses or not.



Now, looking up painful eye movement, the one thing that keeps popping up is optic neuritis. Does what I described sounds like that (as far as location of pain and the duration/frequency)?

And reading over other early symptoms, seems like I do perhaps experience some of them, including
* loss of balance - where I'll go to walk across the room (from a standing position), and suddenly feel really lightheaded , and stumble/swerve (my husband jokingly asks if I've been drinking since I look tipsy). This isn't a sustained feeling, just randomly will happen and pass within a few seconds, and happens once every couple/few weeks.
* muscle weakness - I've noticed my arms feel weak/tired just from things like blow-drying my hair (ie holding something away from my body). I'm not overweight and I'm a fairly active person (I have 3 children, ages 4 and under, I HAVE to be active ;))... surely I'm not that out of shape?? This seems pretty consistent.
* I sometimes have trouble recalling very simple words, and even say the wrong thing without meaning to. For example, the other night I was cutting up chicken, and my husband asked from the other room what we were having. For the life of me, I could not recall the word "chicken" even though it was literally right in front of me. And after "ummmmm"ing for a minute, I yelled back "peanuts", completely unconsciously. I have NO clue why I said that, but it just came out. Immediately after it did, I knew it was wrong and a second later I was able to remember "chicken". Now, I know people joke around with bad memory and "mommy brain", but that seems a bit much. This happens once every few weeks.
* Fatigue- some days are worse than others, but I will go through days of feeling SO tired, even though I got a good night's sleep. Not so much mentally, but physically- my body feels zapped of all energy. I don't have any motivation to do anything because my body feels like lead and it takes so much inertia to get it moving.

I haven't noticed any correlation between when these things happen, but then again, I've always thought these were completely random, unrelated issues and never thought about it. I had another "pain when moving eye" spell the other day, and once again tried to find info which brought me to reading MS symptoms a bit more closely, and thinking... hmmmmm.

Any thoughts?? :confused:[/QUOTE]

You could be me. the order is wrong but many similar symptoms. I have had the weakness in my arms (i use the same blowdryer analagy) I also notice it in my legs when I am walking up a hill or up stairs. I have pins and needles in my hands and feet. I have had a muscle biopsy and nerve testing for those. I started have balance "attacks" that were quite violent that have now subsided to a general "offbalanceness". I have had memory problems for a few years that seem to be getting worse. The most recent is the pain behind my eyes when I move them...it can get quite bad. I have had an MRI and the neurologist said it was likey inner ear and have recent





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