What is it?

Neuromyelitis optica, also known as neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder or Devic’s disease, is a central nervous system disorder that affects the eye nerves and the spinal cord.

What are the symptoms?

Neuromyelitis optica presents as:

  • Loss of vision.
  • Painful spasms.
  • Leg or arm weakness or paralysis.
  • Loss of sensation.
  • Problems on bladder or bowel functions.

What to expect?

If you are diagnosed with neuromyelitis optica, you can consider discussing the following subjects with your doctor:

  • Do you need investigations to assess and evaluate your condition? If so, what preparations are needed prior to these tests?
  • There is no cure for neuromyelitis optic; however, medical management focuses on speeding recovery from attacks, slowing the progression of the disease and managing symptoms. What are your treatment options?
  • With the treatment provided by your doctor, you can also ask what are the possible side effects of these medications?
  • A healthy diet, quitting smoking and an active lifestyle can help improve your overall health and well-being. Which changes can you make in your lifestyle?
  • Patients with neuromyelitis optica are regularly followed-up by their health provider. How often will you need to visit your doctor?

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