I was diagnosed with MAV about three weeks ago. My symptoms are a swimmy head, lightheadedness and it’s worse when I walk. These symptoms have been 24/7 for about two months.
I have looked into PPPD more recently and feel my symptoms are very similar to this also, as I have a history of anxiety. I have heard MAV and PPPD are treated in similar ways though. (Is MAV considered to have anxiety based roots like PPPD?).
Anyway my doctor put me on 10mg Nortriptyline for three weeks and I have an appointment on Thursday to review matters. I don’t feel a huge amount of difference since being on the tablets. Should I stick it out for a bit longer? I have heard Nori takes about 6 weeks to have an effect and I am hoping to increase my dose. What was the dose most people have had success on and how long from starting that dose have your symptoms gone down?
My side effects so far have been tiredness and constipation. My doctor gave me vitamin b2 which I take daily and I also take multivitamins and magnesium daily. The constipation is a bit annoying but am increasing my water and have started taking fibre supplements. I take my 10g of Nori at around 10pm before I go to bed. If anyone had side effects with this do they eventually go away and if so, when?
This is such a dibilitating condition, I don’t have any motivation to do anything or plan holidays as just doing simple tasks like cooking and walking causes my whole head to spin with head rush.
Any advice welcome, I am also considering asking about Zoloft as that has helped me with depression in the past. I have heard MAV responds better to Nori and PPPD to Zoloft. Can I take both?
Also worth mentioning I am cutting down caffeine, going from 3 or 4 a day to one in the morning. My doctor has also told me to avoid red wine and cheese. I am also cutting back on alcohol in general.