Is this MAV

In march of this year the vertigo started. I was at the gym and boom I felt very dizzy. Went to the doctor who told me I had allergies. Started allergy meds and they made the dizziness worse. Since then I have been to numerous doctors being diagnosed with everything from a sinus infection to anxiety. I was on klonopin for months. Tried prednisone which made the vertigo go away. Recently I saw a neurotologist who performed multiple tests. I possibly have superior canal dehiscence but he said that’s not what is causing thing. My tests showed possible migraines but weren’t 100%. I am at a loss. I don’t know what to do anymore. I was wondering if others have just constant dizziness? I don’t have vertigo attacks, just constant dizziness. Pressure in head and ears and headaches some days.

Do you have a personal OR family history of migraine? If so, that makes the diagnosis of MAV much more likely. If you dont, then that still doesnt rule out the possibility of MAV.

I have heard that steroids like Prednisone can take away migraine related symptoms for a while. It seems that the majority of MAV patients experience preasure in their ears and/or head. What are your headaches like?

I would start the migraine lifestyle, diet, and medications. MAV is more likely than SCDS. Start with the simplest explanation for your symptoms first, then entertain other diagnoses.

Hi there,

It always amazes me how some doctors just throw these diagnoses out there like that … Oh it’s allergies. Yeah right.

Headaches, pressure, constant dizziness = Highly probable MAV.

Is there a family history anywhere? Do you experience sound and/or light sensitivity? If so,it’s migraine.

Scott 8)

I don’t have many problems when it comes to light and sound. I did find out recently that I have a history of migraines on my dads side. I really didn’t think it was scds because it doesn’t ever get worse with loud sounds or anything like that. I have started the diet and am on Zoloft now to see if it helps any. Thank you do much for the responses. I really appreciate it.

Recently found out that I do not have scds. So that’s one thing I can cross off. Zoloft was working to improve my mood but now it seems to be making me more dizzy and I feel depressed again. I’m going to ask the doctor about switching me to a tricyclic to see if there is any improvement with the dizziness. Has anyone had luck with tricyclics?

Many people here have had luck with Nortriptyline, and a few of the other tri’s. Its definitely a first choice med. Id try that before an SSRI like Zoloft, but Im no doctor.

Hi, zoloft made me super dizzy and upped the headaches 10 fold! I found Cymbalta to work much better, it was not my “fix” unfortunately but it was much better than zoloft.