Your boards have so many options related to my actual status that it was hard for me to choose one, but as I remember that Scott was an expert with antidepressants, I choose this one.
First of all to all the other members on the board, and as a personal update for Scott and the guys my status on vertigo:
After three years I conquered it. I’m not cured, I just can have a pretty normal life with it, cause it reduced its presence almost to zero, and I’m calm under attack, meaning that in one or two episodes I had, during this attacks I only have to stay calm, make some exercises, and relax. These episodes rarely last more that a day and a half, opposite to the 24/7 symptoms I’ve had when I posted on the Inner Ear board.
I have to say that I’m diagnosed with a right inner ear weakness, meaning something is damaged in there, and I’m also a migraneur, so both conditions live together in me. Both conditions are here to stay, migraine is incurable (but quite manageable), and unless the inner ear stuff is extreme (complete vestibular loss), or something progressive like Meniere’s, it’s long-term effects are almost self limited, eventually your brain can deal with it, and make you feel like if it never happened (or close to it), trust me on this.
My secret (for the Vertigo): Attitude, exercise, and (I believe this was a huge factor) an elliptical bike. When I started using it I came down both wasted and dizzy, after 5 minutes or so. I even needed to hold hard during my workout. Months later, as I gained condition and was able to endure half and hour in there, dizziness began to recede. I also became more focused in life and my personal projects, so my brain kind of decided that we can’t be dizzy any more, at least not on a 24/7 state. I believe that this is a combination of the general benefits of the exercise, and as an “indirect” vestibular rehabilitation therapy, as you move a lot up and down and have to maintain balance (kind of), during your workout (this I suspect I don’t know, but i do advice you to try it).
Time: it also heals, I’m sure that even on my elliptical, I needed this 3 year or so, for my brain to learn and adapt to the new condition.
My time ran out, so I have to split, I’ll post a new thread on my current issue later.
For my former board friends a big hello,
And to everyone else: be patient, be tough, focus and exercise, you’ll conquer vertigo, or at least you’ll take it to a very manageable level, just hang in there.