Hi everyone, I was just diagnosed this past Monday with Vestibular Migraine. My journey hasn’t been a very long one, but it has been awful. At the end of January this year I caught a virus, it was a standard stomach virus, but about a day into my recovery, I suddenly felt like I was going to faint. I panicked immediately, and after 30 minutes of the feeling not going away, I proceeded to the ER. There they said I was critically low on potassium and was clearly dehydrated. So, they pumped me full of Zofran (not sure why as I was no longer nauseous) and gave me IV fluids including potassium. As I was being discharged I told them that I felt no different. I still felt faint and off. Fast forward to 2 weeks later, I had another really bad episode of almost fainting. In between that time I had felt pretty dizzy and wobbly and faint in general. These episodes, however, would seemingly come out of nowhere. Back to the ER, I went. This time, they saw heart palpitations and said I was having anxiety attacks. After the second ER visit, I went to my GP, she told me “This is vertigo, and there is really nothing you can do about it. Some people have this for a very long time.”
So I am depressed and anxious about it but determined to figure out what is wrong. I tried upper cervical chiropractic, I went to a super healthy diet, started vestibular therapy, and I started talk therapy. Nothing was helping. Since then I have had about 30+ episodes. I am dizzy all the time, and I feel slightly faint all the time. But these episodes make me feel like I am dying. Now it is becoming hard for me to eat due to nausea.
I finally got into the neurotologist on Monday this past week- which was a phone call due to COVID. He diagnosed me with vestibular migraine. He prescribed Nortriptyline. 3 days later I had an appointment with a psychiatrist and he prescribed me Sertraline bc I told him I was so scared of the Nort.
I do have Ativan from my GP as well. I am so scared to take the nortriptyline because of the side effects. I am so faint and nauseous all the time that I am afraid this will make everything worse. I know people say give it time to work (about 4 weeks.) I am less afraid of the sertraline, but I don’t want to take something that isn’t going to help. I guess I am wondering if any of you have any suggestions? TIA!!!