Hi, I am new to here but would appreciate any advice you can offer. I have had a few random problems over the years (weakness, tremor and tingling in my arms, hands, legs and feet on my right side especially which I never really bothered going to see anyone about), trigeminal neuralgia on the right side which comes and goes (saw 2 neurologists - one of which claimed it was a spasming muscle in my neck - been 6 years so doubtful and one who was not sure whether could be nerve damage of some sort or a weird form of migraine but no real tests done).
3 weeks ago had the joy of having my right eye pretty much give up on me after hurting for a couple of days. To cut a long story short - it is optic neuritis - pretty sure as was accepted onto a clinical trial about optic neuritis and they have now run all their tests (VEP, MRI, Visual fields, etc, etc) and not kicked me off. They explained the link between this condition and MS and the MRIs taken as part of the trial can be used by my doctor as well. I now have about 3 weeks to wait for the results and am rather worried - going from coping fine to really freaking out as I am a teacher and already my students have suffered by the few days I took off to get my eye looked at and for the tests to be run although I am managing to teach fine with partial vision.
I know making big decisions is probably a bad idea when things have flared up like this but think if it is MS then I may well have to reconsider my career. Any advice or help you can offer would be greatly appreciated as I really am a bit lost at the moment - I have put off tests to confirm or not the diagnosis of MS since the trigeminal neuralgia appeared as I was too scared but have done it now and am finding waiting for results very difficult.