About three years ago I was at work and suddenly was hit by a dizzy spell where I felt like I was going to pass out. Ever since then I have not felt the same. My vision is off, I get tension headaches and a constant off balance/lightheaded feeling. Accompained by fatigue and a heavy head.
The first thing my doctor did when I went to him was prescribe sertraline. I started taking it and the symptoms gradually lessened, so I (stupidly) just stopped taking the sertraline. I was fine for months and then everything started to come back, much worse headaches and worse lightheadedness too aswell as my vision being off.
I went back to the doctor he gave me nortrtiptyline 10mg for the head pain and overnight it went away, leaving me with background tension headaches and the lightheadedness still.
I went back to the doctor again and was put back on sertraline 100mg again, but it made no difference this time around - could it have lost it’s effectiveness 2nd time round? Although I may not have given it long enough - 2/3 weeks.
I’ve tried everything else - accupuncture, hynotherapy, chiropractor, deep tissue massage on my neck, botox, cutting out wheat, sugar, dairy, caffeine, cheese, chocolate and citrus (the last four seem to help slightly).
I’ve also had ct scans, mris and vestibular testing which all came back normal. My hearing is fine.
My last trip to the doctors resulted in being described Seroxatine (Paxil) which is a more heavy duty AD than sertraline. First few days on it were absolutely awful, much worse dizziness, blurred vision etc so I dropped my dose from 20m to 10mg and I’m feeling back to normal (for me).
My questions to the people on this forum, which I have been reading for a long time are:
Do I definitely have MAV if I’ve never had spinning vertigo or rocking sensation? I just feel lightheaded alot and when I move my head quickly I get woozy (tried epely manouvre and doesnt help)
Does the fact that I have a family history of migraine (my mum, auntys and nan all suffer terribly but nothing constant like this) make it more likely to be MAV?
Should I up my dose of nortriptyline to try and get rid of the background headache?
Is Paxil worth staying on or should I give sertraline another go?
I’m going to my neurologist tonight… is there something he could add to the mix to take the dizziness away? Verapamil?
Thank you so much in advance for your help and sorry for the essay! I know how hard it is living with this bs and appreciate your time.