Health Update

“The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don’t want, drink what you don’t like, and do what you’d rather not.” – Mark Twain

A blog reader wrote me privately and asked about my health issues. I wanted to respond publicly since so many of my readers wrote me in response to my plea for help post.

I am doing amazingly well. My ENT doctor put me on medication a few months back for migraine associated vertigo. This startled me as I did not feel as though I had migraine. However, never having been told I had migraine I really had no baseline. I personally thought it was sinus issues, BPPV, or other.

I am currently on an old school antidepressant that is often prescribed for migraine. My doctor felt that since I had been suffering for so long and my symptoms were so serious he chose to avoid the standard migraine approach of changing diet, abortive versus preventative meds, and opted to go right to preventative meds. (Although I have changed my diet as well).

Wow. I wanna kiss this guy. I have been virtually pain and symptom free for three months. I will see another doctor at the end of the month and return to my ENT in January. I am not keen on staying on these meds for life and would like to pursue other options. I will start that process soon. For now, however, I am stable and functioning at a higher level than I have been for quite some time.

For those that may have had vertigo related symptoms let me offer you the following description of migraine associated vertigo (MAV). Keep it in mind if you are talking to a doctor. This is what I learned.

Migraine-associated vertigo (MAV) is a syndrome consisting of dizziness and/or vertigo that is suspected to be related to migraine. Many patients diagnosed with MAV do not have headaches, or have chronic non-specific headaches that don’t fit into the migraine classification developed by the International Headache Society. The cause of this condition is unknown but progress is being made through clinical experience and genetic research. This condition was previously rarely diagnosed, but is now proving to be one of the most common causes of chronic dizziness and/or recurrent vertigo.

Sufferers often describe chronic dizziness and disequilibrium in the form of a “rocking” sensation when still, recurrent episodes of rotational vertigo, chronic daily headaches, migraine headaches, light sensitivity, poor visual acuity and other changes in vision, visual “snow”, nausea and severe motion intolerance.  Patients generally do not have all of these symptoms – in fact those with chronic dizziness have quite often not experienced acute rotational vertigo or even a migraine headache. This was not my case at all.   I had very serious positional vertigo that completely incapacitated me.  It effected every aspect of my life.

This is no longer the case.

Many thanks to all who wrote me or commented here. It is greatly appreciated.

2 Thoughts.

  1. So glad to hear you are better! I went through something similar in 1999… it took a brain MRI, CAT scan and donning the halter monitor a few times to rule out everything except migraines without pain (???). But the vertigo was very challenging. Anyways, so glad you are feeling better.

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