Quick question - any thoughts welcome!
I developed vestibular migraine / PPPD / vestibular disorder (or whatever the f*** it is!!) at age 20.
Prior to that I had no history of migraine. Also have no family history of migraine, apart from a great aunt, who had “normal” migraine attacks. (She had a different father than my grandmother, and the assumption is that she got her migraines from her father.)
I was always highly sensitive as a child (and still am) - very sensitive to pain, cried nonstop for the first six months of my life. I had nightterrors and I sleep-walked as a child.
Also I have always been photophobic. My pupils are huge, and dilate/contract a lot… which meant that, as a child, sunlight was difficult for me. The most difficult thing was actually going to the dentist - lying back on the chair, looking at the ceiling and the bright light made my eyes water, even if I kept them shut. I eventually learned to wear sunglasses to the dentist’s!
Could any of that be seen as a migraine predictor? I still have the photophobia / large pupils… and when my VM attacks are at their worst, the photophobia becomes triply bad. Even things like traffic lights make my eyes water, and it can be painful. I’ve bought migraine glasses, also for when I look at a computer screen, and they’re relieving.
Basically I’m trying to work out if I was born with a migraine tendency, and it first randomly came out at age 20… or if I just have migraine-mimicking symptoms because of a vestibular imbalance which happened at age 20, but no underlying migraine.