I’ve been battling dizziness issues for about 10 years now. Around that time I was diagnosed a hypo-thyroid and dizziness was my #1 hypo symptom. We got my meds optimal and the dizzies kept coming back. Good stretch followed by a bad stretch. Needless to say I’m in the middle of a bad stretch. About 3 years ago a neuro finally diagnosed me with Vestibular Migraines. My GP had said she thought my issues were migraine related but I did not believe her. My head was not hurting, how could sights and sounds cause migraines? Started researching what the GP said and everything suddenly made sense. He put me on Topamax and that immediately made things 20 times worse! Gave up on that and he switched one of my blood pressure meds to Propranolol, which I think seemed to help. Since then I’ve tried to deal with it the best I can. Try to avoid triggers, and try not to get too freaked out when the dizzies set in. Not knowing what was happening was half the battle and now that I knew it was a migraine and not a stroke or heart attack and was easier to deal with.
However, I feel like this is stealing too much of my life right now. I’ve asked the Dr. to give me another med to try and she has given me Zoloft. Told me to start with 25 mg the first week and then bump up to 50 mg the second week. Said I could stay there if that seemed to help or go even higher if need be. She knows I am very med sensitive and told me the 25 mg is a small dose that would even be given to an 8 year old. She did warn me that symptoms might ramp up in the beginning when I start to take it.
So Saturday I took my first 25 mg dose and a few hours later I was having horrible diarrhea. Like barely make it to the bathroom diarrhea. I’m also still on an antibiotic for a UTI that messes with my stomach too so I decided to wait to take any more of the Zoloft until I’m done with my antibiotic.
So I’m trying to work full time while battling this disorder, but yesterday I was so dizzy that my husband had to come pick me up and take me home an hour after I got to work.
I’m thinking of taking some vacation days next Mon/Tue since I plan to start my Zoloft again on Saturday and I’m anticipating a few rough days. I contemplated breaking the pill in half and starting at 12.5 mg and then raising by 12.5 mg each week but will that just make me have worse symptoms each week? Am I better off just jumping in with the 25 mg?
Any success stories from any of you all on Zoloft is greatly appreciated, or even non-success stories if you have any experience.
Also wanted to add that I had my last Diet Coke on Feb 1 so probably going through some Aspertame withdrawals too as I have a pretty bad addiction going on. I had quit drinking it before for like 35 days to see if it helped with the dizziness, and it did not. But now I’m going off long term to see if that helps.