First acute balance issues: only during attacks
Number & duration of acute phase(s): varies
Any suspicious physical event/trauma leading up to dizziness: Head / neck injury
Start of chronic phase: difficult to say
Age at chronic onset: Mid 40s
Started medication: sumatriptan zolmitriptan
Stopped medication: sumatriptan zolmitriptan
Number & type of consultants seen to date: 3 separate GPs and 1 neurologist
Diagnoses received (one I’m “running with” first): Not Officially diagnosed with vestibular migraine but experiencing symptoms- currently under investigation.
Medications used successfully for MAV:
Failed medications for MAV:
Non-pharmalogical treatment tried which helped:
Non-pharmalogical treatment tried which didn’t seem to help :
Dietary triggers identified: none
Any hearing loss in either ear: I don’t know!
Persistent or intermittent tinnitus and character: only during an “attack”
Other chronic conditions I’m suffering from: none
Medication I’m taking for other conditions: none
Any personal history of migraines:
Any family history of migraines: none
Any history of ear problems: none
How did friends, family, and doctors react to your symptoms?: Doctors unsympathetic, best professional I’ve seen was a nurse practitioner who LISTENED and got me a referral
What’s Gone: (what symptoms you had but no longer get) visual aura
What’s Ongoing: (what symptoms you still get) Headache, dizziness, heaviness of head, nausea, vomiting, stiff neck. Dizziness and motion sickness type, a feeling of being either drunk or at sea, acute migraine symptoms periodically of nausea, vomiting, whooshing noises in ears, stiff neck and terrible crushing headache.
My Worse Day Now: (description of the worst day you get now) a few hours of dizziness followed by 10-12 hours of excruciating pain in my head, stiff neck, nausea, whooshing sound in war, vomiting and dizziness followed by hours of fatigue
First migraine suffered was during a concussion period following an accident at work. I inhaled a large concentration of hydrogen sulfide gas which caused me to black out, I fell hitting my head on the corner of a metal cabinet, and then on a concrete floor. I needed 30 stitches and experienced migraine headaches in the following three weeks. A few months following this my car was hit side on by a transit van and I suffered whiplash, My neck became a weak point that would trigger migraine- usually every three/four months I would get a “warning” which would be a visual aura in left eye - if I took over the counter medication I could lie down in a dark room and sleep it off. Apart from a period about 7 years ago where I had more regular migraine which was sorted by physio it wasn’t even an issue for me. In the last two years things started to change, I stopped getting visual aura as a warning and started instead feeling nauseous, i began vomiting during the headaches And my usual medication stopped working to help with the head pain. Then the dizzy spells started and my attacks started to increase during this time from 1 attack every three to four months to 2 or 3 attacks a week. I know find I have “spells”where I will be attack free for three or four weeks then have three or four weeks of attacks which increase in duration and severity during that time building to a massive attack which wipes me out for a few days.