Blurred/Hazy Vision Combined with Nerve Pain
On October 13, 2014, I presented pain in lower left jaw area. I was referred to an oral surgeon for a possible wisdom tooth extraction. The oral surgeon confirmed extraction of the bottom left wisdom tooth (suggesting taking out all four at the same time). On October 14th, I ended up having all four wisdom teeth removed. I was placed on antibiotics and pain medications. However, I could not hold down any food. I threw up several times dislodging the blood clot. I went back to the oral surgeon and he informed me that I developed dry socket in the lower left wisdom tooth area. I received daily treatment of clove oil at the oral surgeon’s office for five days.
On November 2, 2014, I began to notice a change in my vision. My left eye had begun to get hazy. I figured I had gotten something in my eye, therefore it was irritated. Several days went by and I had no visual improvement.
On November 10, 2014, I saw an optometrist. He performed a basic eye exam, an OCT and visual fields exam. He noticed paleness in the left eye but had no concerns and sent me on my way with no treatment. Two days later I was uneasy, at this point I had begun to have severe pain and headaches. I then got a referral to see a neuro-ophthalmologist (seen on November 13, 2014). The neuro-ophthalmologist performed a series of tests (such as an OCT, visual fields, amsler grids, color vision, near vision). She stated I had eye inflammation and it was possible optic neuritis. I was then instructed to get a brain MRI with and without contrast (MRI procedure was done on November 15, 2014) to see of potential MS. The results came back normal. No lesions were present.
I was then referred to a Rheumatologist (seen on November 25, 2014) to check for any autoimmune disorders. The Rheumatologist performed a large panel of blood work and a chest x-ray. I received a call to meet with the Rheumatologist. I had an office visit on December 8th and he stated that the results were in and everything came back normal. He also stated for the possible optic neuritis he would like for me to have 3 days of IV steroids (solu-medrol). I received IV treatment on December 10-12th, followed by 9 days of prednisone (60mg 3days, 40 mg 3 days and 20 mg 3 days). This treatment did not improve my symptoms.
I was referred back to the neuro-ophthalmologist (seen on January 5, 2015). She requested a lumbar puncture (spinal tap) and a referral to a neurologist. The lumbar puncture procedure was done on January 8, 2015. The results were sent back to the neuro-ophthalmologist and to the new neurologist.
[In the meanwhile, I was still experiencing pain in the lower left jaw area. I followed up with the Oral Surgeon again for a post operation appointment (seen on January 16, 2015). He stated the wisdom teeth extracted areas are healing well and suggested that tooth number 18(lower left tooth) may be fractured. He requested I go back to my general dentist to have a vitality test performed on the tooth/teeth. My general dentist referred me to an Endodontist. On January 19, 2015 I met with an Endodontist, she stated there was major sensitivity in tooth number 18 and would have to go in with a microscope to check/confirm for any tooth fractures because the x-rays did not reveal anything. On February 11, 2015, the Endodontist confirmed a 5ml fracture in tooth number 18 and performed/completed a root canal procedure.]
Waiting on the results of the lumbar puncture and a referral to the neurologist I was seen by a neurologist for a consultation on January 30, 2015. The neurologist reviewed the lumbar puncture results. He suggested possible MS due to a high number of oligoclonal bands. The neurologist ordered some blood work (all results came back normal) and prescribed prednisone.
On January 31, 2015 I started back on the prednisone taking 60 mg daily for 14 days (January 31- February 14th) to now currently tapered down to 40 mg a daily. The neurologist also ordered an MRA and MRI of the cervical spine (the two procedures were completed on February 20, 2015). On, February 23, 2015 the neurologist confirmed that the results from the MRI and MRA both came back normal.
To date, I am currently still in pain and having blurred/ hazy vision. My pain areas are centralized on the left side of my head and include the left side of my scalp, left eye, the area above my left eye, left ear, left jaw and left temple area. I am staying strong but I am very concerned! Does anyone have any advice or suggestions? What should I do at this point?