Thanks again. I do have a couple more comments/questions. I'm sorry to keep coming back at you, but you are the only one in 16 years to give me any sort of answers and I will take your suggestions with me to my new opthamologist. I was fine for several years until, as I said, just recently - over the past year - that I have started to notice real symptoms of this vision loss such as the headaches, bulging, pain in my eye (like a bruised pain) to the touch mostly but it sometimes hurts like a throbbing when not being touched. as well as the eye wandering and poor depth perception (per tests at the optometrist).
I did have an MRI of my head/brain a few years ago related to issues that turned out to be herniated discs in my neck. They did note back then (probably three years ago) that the optic nerve was in tact and fine. Therefore, could all of this have further manifested since then? If it is not the optic nerve, then what area of the brain would be affected and what would an MRI show if it is in the brain?
Thanks again. Okay, I promise, couple more comments/questions. I have been tested for MS several times - in my 20's and 30's when pain and weekness were present without explanation. I was not dx'd with it then. However, since you responded, I have now read up on this and this very well may be the cause - MS. However, in reading about MS, I came across GCA and I do have several of the symptoms of that. I did not mention to you my other concerns along with the eye b/c I didn't think they would be related. However, I have been having alot of jaw pain, earaches (actual infections and once had mastoiditis in 2002), and neck pain - neck pain I thought is/was disc related, as well as chest pains, left arm pain/weakness (I've had this many times before but they say the heart is fine - that was several years ago and I think it is the nerves coming from my herniated disc, but now I don't know), and stomach issues. Also, and this is quite bothersome, I do have jerking sensations lately as well - usually only at night, but one occured the other day while driving - in my leg forcing the gas peddle down, but it was mild. I was dx'd with DDD three years ago as well and have had surgery on my back and neck already. However, it is the inflammation part of all of this that is concerning and with all of this bundled together, it appears something is amiss. Your final thoughts, please, would be greatly appreciated. Also, do I go see my neurosurgeon for all of this? Lastly - I am only 45 years old!
If you answer these questions, I will accept your answer. You may also use my story for research if you like; it is quite interesting. You have so much more information about my eye than any doctor who has ever looked at it; new technology and research has really come a very long way since this happened to me 16 years ago, and now I think it is time I get to the bottom of it. Thanks again.