Hello everyone! I’m new to the forum but have already read a lot and your issues seem to be similar to mine.
I’m 31, from Poland been living in India for the past 6 years. I’ve always been the worrying type but as I get older, it seems to only be getting worse. I have been diagnosed with GAD by 2 psychiatrists and tried Cipralex, Zoloft and Clonazepam. Clonazepam seem to be the only effective med for me but it’s highly addictive and I keep it as an SOS drug, not taking it daily. I quit Cipralex some time back and Zoloft 11 days ago. I was on 25 mg of Zoloft. I take 0.25 of clonazepam when needed. My Mom was depressed and suffered from migraines (this probably matters).
I have visited so many doctors, from psychiatrists to neurologists and ENTs. The ENT performed tests and there doesn’t seem to be any issue with my ear. Neurologists prescribed Topamax, 25 mg once daily, saying I suffer from MAV. I took it for 2 months and recently quit (11 days ago) as I wanted to be off hardcore meds and my hair started to fall.
Feeling lost, I checked my blood for any deficiencies. I have iron deficiency disorder and been taking supplements for the past 5 weeks. I have more energy now, vertigo started subsiding but it’s back now, out of nowhere! I was so happy thinking I have found the culprit but maybe it’s not the iron if vertigo is back again.
I wanted to ask what all tests you had done before blaming MAV. I can’t stop worrying that I have a serious illness and blaming anxiety/migraines. I had an MRI done 2 years ago, nothing. I regularly check my thyroid, vit D, calcium, magnesium, iron and vit B12. Currently, I only take supplements and no other meds but after quitting Topamax, I have already experience bad headaches.
Let me list all the symptoms I have:
-vertigo/dizziness (varies daily, it can be gone for a few days and then boom, comes back unexpectedly) There’s a bit of swaying, feeling off-balance. It’s not severe but I can feel it and it annoys me. Sometimes this feeling is with me the whole day, sometimes these are dizzy spells. This feeling intensifies when I move my head/eyes fast. Been like this for the past 5 months.
-ringing in one ear a few times a week
-neck and shoulders get stiff when I become anxious
-sensitive to light when I experience headaches. There’s also a bit of eye pain and nausea
-I get headaches a few times a month, not sure if they are migraines to be honest. Only once in my life I have experienced a migraine with aura. It was a horrible feeling, my hands got numb, I could not speak properly and was super dizzy afterwards.
-Brain fog and lack of focus (with iron supplements this has improved but I still seem to be a bit off)
-I sleep a lot, like 9hrs doesn’t seem to be enough
I have changed my lifestyle quite a bit - cut down on caffeine, alcohol, I eat more veggies and fruit, exercise 6-7 hrs a week, do yoga. I’m getting so fed up with these symptoms and don’t know what to do next. If you can relate to this or share some advice, please do.