BYeh I think I probably prefer open from close up too.
How are you talking face to face with people close up?
Driving Makes it worse really worse, in fact I think that’s what brought it on this time while travelling Canada Xmas. Problem is drivings big part of my life. I tend to have 2 week cycles of symptoms from bad to worse then bad again just can’t seem to break cycle like before.
It is a hard illness to accept… so rare and un heard of doesn’t help. I’ve had mine on and off since 20 and I’m now 34 I’m sure people think I make it up.
Hope you find a med that works. I had really good 4 yrears on Ami but not anymore some reason
That sounds good improvement. I’ve always handled background symptoms fairly well almost unnoticeable when keeping busy. However now I’m so sensitive to light and movement I can’t watch Tv (really miss the cinema) and driving always makes it worse it’s more looking at the road than the motion of the car.
Not sure if it’s related to my MAV but every few years also get head ache clusters down my left side of face (same as migraines) weird.
We’ve spoken before. Friom what I recall you saw DR S last week, yr Dad drove you, horrendously long journey. Maybe you are feeling delayed side effects. That happens to me. Didn’t Dr S change you from Ami to Nori. Straight swap? Of course that’s almost bound to have repercussions in itself. Are you feeling really rough. It wouldn’t be surprising. Is it making you doubt diagnosis? I’ve never met Dr S but read alot of his stuff. On the Welcome/Wiki section you shoukd find an archive post from abt 2012 from a ‘Jen’ I think in which she describes the Overflowing Jug theory, which is one of Dr S’s favourite ways of explaining MAV symptoms.
All those symptoms (and I must say you certainly found a good way to express them as everybody can understand exactly what you mean, and that’s not always easy) are typical MAV symptoms. I could tick all those boxes and another dozen too if I stopped to think about it. They are all symptoms that the vestibular system has ‘gone a bit hyper’, a neurologist told me. I walked in on the darkest February day wearing a hat and two pairs of glasses, top ones wraparounds! Bit light sensitive I was! The preventatives job is to bring them under control again. I have read that preventatives can stop working after long time of success. I’ve seen Ami stop for some after 4-6 years. Don’t know how common it is, and don’t think anybody knows why it might happen either.
I was extremely light and motion sensitive for years. I couldnt watch TV or any screen. Apart from preventatives when it’s so hyper I found it imperative to eliminate all triggers as much as possible. I went 8 months avoiding screens almost entirely. Helen
Hi Helen, thanks for taking the time to write message. Sounds like you’ve been to hell and back, so I’m not a lone with light sensitivety then. Dr S was great and I’m happy with diagnosis just wasn’t sure if most people had the visual symptoms I have. Literally feels like everything I look at focus on triggers MAV or makes it worse. To elimate my triggers or calm down this hyper spell as you put it, I think I literally need to stay indoors no TV or even reading books for like a month. Problem is the world we live in now it’s almost impossible to do or avoid.
Hopefully new preventitives help.
True, constant light sensitivity doesn’t seem to affect that many on here, unless they just fail to mention it. I could write a thesis on it. Much like MAV, nobody medical seems to know anything about it. Even the oto-neuro I saw said he’d had no success treating it and wouldn’t get involved in conversation about it with me. He said he didn’t know where it had come from in my case. Oh, I lived in the dark like a mole, or vampire for a year at least, curtains drawn. Couldn’t even go to hospital to see newborn niece becsuse it was July and bright blue sky and sunshine and I daren’t even walk to the car the sun made me so dizzy,
Whatever you do, don’t wear sunglasses constantly indoors. Just to get to bathroom if essential but not otherwise. The darker you keep your eyes, the more light sensitive they become. And, don’t stay indoors constantly, not even for a month. Make sure you walk outside everyday, and go for a proper walk if you can. Stay safe, be accompanied, pick your time depending on the light conditions and do wear sunglasses outside even on dark days if the sky is much brighter than the land on the horizon. Walk with a stick if it helps but you must walk outside regularly.
It’s boring and makes one miserable but it’s perfectly possible to avoid screens and reading. I did it for months myself. Try radio, audio books etc. A kind friend once brought me adult colouring books and coloured pencils. The reflected light off the glossy coloured pencils knocked me for six, but it was a kind thought. Still I can look back and laugh now, we both do, the preventatives have sorted 90% of my light sensitivity so you’ve got that to look forward to. Helen
I often have aches and stings behind my eyes. Also having a lot of trouble focusing on anyone and following camera shots on tv shows. Video games are virtually out of the question. When in an episode of vertigo, objects appear to distort visually, they might look further away or slanted or like they are rocking as well.