Optic Neuritis

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What is Optic Neuritis?

Optic neuritis is the inflammation of the optic nerve that may cause a complete or partial loss of vision. It is classified as either intraocular, affecting the part of the nerve within the eyeball, or retrobulbar, affecting the portion behind the eyeball.

Common symptoms reported by people with Optic Neuritis

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with Optic Neuritis

You’ve tried
Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
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Treatment name(s)

(Solu-Medrol Infusion)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
14
Tried for
Optic Neuritis (14) Pain (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
11
Tried for
Optic Neuritis (11)
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
Depressed mood (6) Anxious mood (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
Pain (6)
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Treatment name(s)

(Nuvigil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
Fatigue (5)
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Treatment name(s)

(Provigil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
Fatigue (5)
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Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
Pain (5)
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
Pain (2) Anxious mood (1)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
Depressed mood (4) Anxious mood (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
Pain (4)

Data from patients with Optic Neuritis, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with Optic Neuritis

You’ve tried
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
How many evaluations
Tried for
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Treatment name(s)

(Solu-Medrol Infusion)
Perceived effectiveness
for Optic Neuritis (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Headaches Jittery feeling 10 more
How many evaluations
15
Tried for
Optic Neuritis (14) Pain (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Perceived effectiveness
for Optic Neuritis (4 evaluations)
Side effects
Edema (fluid retention) Weight gain 9 more
How many evaluations
7
Tried for
Optic Neuritis (11)
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Brain fog Dizziness
How many evaluations
3
Tried for
Depressed mood (6) Anxious mood (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Muscle and joint pain Nausea
How many evaluations
4
Tried for
Pain (6)
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Treatment name(s)

(Nuvigil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fatigue (6 evaluations)
Side effects
Jittery feeling
How many evaluations
6
Tried for
Fatigue (5)
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Treatment name(s)

(Provigil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fatigue (5 evaluations)
Side effects
Elevated blood pressure Gastrointestinal discomfort
How many evaluations
5
Tried for
Fatigue (5)
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Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (6 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Dizziness 4 more
How many evaluations
6
Tried for
Pain (5)
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Dry mouth Mood changes 1 more
How many evaluations
3
Tried for
Pain (2) Anxious mood (1)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea
How many evaluations
3
Tried for
Depressed mood (4) Anxious mood (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Pale
How many evaluations
2
Tried for
Pain (4)

Data from patients with Optic Neuritis, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Who has Optic Neuritis on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 3
20s 29
30s 61
40s 71
50s 53
60s 12
70+ 3

Gender

Distribution of females vs. males

87% Females
13% Males
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 15
20-29 years 50
30-39 years 41
40-49 years 39
50-59 years 6
60-69 years 1
70+ years 0

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 186
Not Diagnosed 4

These charts show data from Optic neuritis patients who have completed their condition history
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