Thanks for the replies. I’m thankful that my issues are as “minimal” as they are. Though they can be life altering at times, they are not life threatening and sometimes dysautonomic dysfunctions, and migraine itself can cause dramatic life changing shifts in people. Thankfully, though I have certain things I know I cannot do/tolerate–I am able to be mostly ‘normal’ where the fainting stuff is concerned.
The migraine issues, which in hindsight, I think I’ve had mild issues with in the past, has affected me pretty seriously over the past 18 months. Thankfully I have not had to quit my job, and I haven’t lost my husband or my family over it. I think I can count my blessings that I am a persistant and stubborn woman who doesn’t listen to doctors who tell her it is all in her head, or that she’s having anxiety attacks (that’s what they said the fainting was too, until a doctor actually SAW ME DO IT, couldn’t find my pulse and thought I’d died right there in front of him, all because he’d removed a mole from my thigh–scared the royal Beelzebub out of him!!! :lol: served him right as far as I was concerned). Anyway, I found a doctor who figured out that I was experiencing migraine and has helped me learn to manage them–though I’m not back to “normal” my current “normal” is getting closer.
I just wonder how much of all of this is related, and whether or not there is any research out there trying to find out. But, see, it is all fairly rare, and non-life threatening in terms of actual DEATH–so not a lot of money going into it I suppose.
On the glass half full side–20 years ago there was NOTHING out there for people like us. NOTHING. No knowledge, no internet, no forum, no research, no topamax.
I was reading another thread on here the other day, and it made me wonder something else too–it was alcohol related. Many said that alcohol tended to dull the sensations of dizziness and migraine…I wonder, how many of us have or had alcoholic parents or grandparents? My grandfather was a raging alcoholic–and my father always felt that he was self medicating due to anxiety–I wonder now–might he have also been self medicating something else???
Just the thoughts of an MAV wanderer–and wonderer…onward all.
have a good, and spin free day…