Our expert says:
Honesty always helps, doesn't it ? In the end, when seeking any sort of expert advice, misleading the expert only guaratees you won't get the advice you need.
However, my advice is much the same as before, because I have never ever worked with Ritalin ( probably most shrinks don't happen to do so ). And so I haven't run into the sort of problem you describe, which obviously must be highly distressing for you.
Checking again on the internet, most of what I find seems to be you (!) turning up in different forums - you've been really busiy, commendably, seeking advice widely ). One site, http://www.ehealthme.com/ds/ritalin/eye+pain
seems to suggest that others have reported eye pain. It doesn't give proper references, so its not clear to be where these number originate from. And unfortunately, while at face value they seem to show that others have also complained of eye pain, they ignore the issue of treatment or relieving the pain.
The only other relevant issue I see is that Ritalin apparently ought not to be given to people with the eye disorder Glaucoma, but presumably this has been checked out by the doctors you've seen ? Glaucoma, if present, responds to very different treatment.
This doesn't sound to me like Multiple Sclerosis, but a Neurologist should have been able to tell you about that Definitely.
I haven't found any reference to actual damage to brain or nerves caused by Ritalin ; actual physical damage isn't necessary to cause unpleasant pain.
By chance, this morning at breakfast I was reading an article in the latest British Jopurnal of Psychiatry supplement The Psychiatrist, on Adult ADHD. Based on a very thorough study of all available published research, the author raises very convincing doubts as to whether Adult ADHD actually exists, whether it is at all related to childhood ADHD, and finds no good evidence that Ritalin or other drugs used to treat it in adults, actually provide any lasting help. ( Obviously, many people feel a bit better for a while on taking a stimulant, but that doesn;t mean its actually helping any condition they may be suffering from ).
Sorry you're still in so much pain, and I hope you find someone with actual experience and expertise in this field, who can help. I don't see anything more I could do to be helpful
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