I’ve been lurking for a long time, but finally decided to make an account and join the conversation! Y’all can call me Joanne, and like the username suggests, I’m a proud corgi mom
I was diagnosed with vestibular migraine around this time last year at the age of 28, but it’s taken me a long while to fully accept both my diagnosis and how it has affected my life. By the time I saw my third ENT, I was convinced I had MS, so hearing that my symptoms were actually from a form of migraine didn’t seem right and my doctor didn’t really have much information on VM for me. It was actually after finding this forum that I started to understand that “migraine” is much more nuanced and complex than I had believed.
I’ve been on 10mg of Nortriptyline for a year now, which has helped reduce the number of bad days and minimized general dizziness. The biggest trigger I’ve found has been stress, and changing jobs earlier this year was a big relief for me, as I was in an extremely toxic environment and worked in a high-rise building with an open floor plan. Not having to deal with gaslighting or commuting an hour each way anymore has been fantastic.
Now that I’m out of that toxic job, I find my worst symptoms are brain fog and feelings of derealization. Has anyone had any success minimizing these symptoms? It’s been a struggle coming to terms with the fact that I can’t do everything I used to be able to even after reducing the dizziness and vertigo, and some days my brain just feels totally fried. I’ve been looking into going back to taking supplements and adjusting my diet, but my partner has some gastro issues that don’t mesh well with the HYH diet so still thinking through some ideas there.
Thanks for reading!