Hi all! I’ve been following these boards for a little over a month now. I finally figured it was finally time to register since I want to join the support group and start talking with you all. Like many others, I’m getting really frustrated and down and am wondering if any of you could shed some light on my situation.
To start, I am 22, just graduated college. This whole MAV business made the last few months of school incredibly difficult, damped my social life, and left me a complete crab! Driving is so hard as well. As I am sure you can all relate, the hardest part of MAV is not the actual dizziness, but the effect it has on your quality of life. Sometimes when I’m rocking I have a hard time concentrating on a conversation or having fun. I am ready to be a normal 22 year old again.
So my MAV journey began with a “big bang” start on March 25th 2012. I woke up and stumbled my way to the bathroom rocking on the MAV boat freaking out and crying because I knew something was wrong. Two weeks later when I still felt like I was on the boat I knew it was time to get help. I got two misdiagnoses of BPPV before I found a doctor that recognized all my visual symptoms and put the MAV diagnosis together. I have always been “a little dizzy” and this year was the most troublesome, stressful, crying, sleepless year of my life-- so I’m not surprised it led to this. As per his suggestion, I read “Healing your headache, the 1-2-3 step program”. I stopped my birth control, quit coffee, and have followed the diet almost to a T. I’ve been on the diet about a month and a half. My primary care doc has me taking ibuprofen when I get my low intensity headaches.
That said, I have seen absolutely no improvement. I have recently begun a new intense workout regimen and low cal meal plan, and I feel dizzier than ever. I assume that’s my migraine brain freaking out with the sudden lifestyle change?
If diet is not working, what is next? Medication? I’m not too proud to take medicine, just terrified of the side effects since many of my relatives have bipolar and I’m afraid an SSRI will highlight that part of me. Does anyone have any luck on the beta blockers or triptans?
Trying to remain positive and keep hope that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. I have so many things I want to do in life that MAV would interfere with so it’s got to go
Can anyone shed any light or comment on my situation? I’m so looking forward to being part of a community that completely understands what I’m talking about. Sometimes I feel like non-MAVers think I’m nuts! :shock: