So every time we’ve played with meds, hubby’s vertigo gets worse. Recent trial of reducing flunarazine and bringing in verapamil failed. Few weeks of unable to drive, only walking about 100m etc.
We always go back to thinking that at least we have a semblance symptom control with the flunarazine/effexor combo. There’s still plenty of things he avoids/modifies lifestyle-wise, but overall, much more functional. The biggest problems are sedation and brain fog. I end up waking him multiple times a day - I woke him at 8am this morning (he went to bed about 11pm). He’s back bed asleep at 9.30am and will sleep 1-2 hours (or more if allowed). This is a very typical pattern. Does anyone else struggle with this? Any thoughts about ways to counter it?
I’ve noticed that the more he sleeps in the day, the poorer quality sleep he has at night, so if he can fight through it, it’s functionally better… but then as I imagine you’d all be familiar with, he’s fighting through a lot all the time anyway. I’m just at my wits end for how to help. I read an interesting blog from someone with narcolepsy and the behavioural measures they took to counter daytime sleep. I’ve tried getting him to go for a walk (needs to be fairly symptom free). Going out. Doing errands. Suggested doing some light weights (minimal head-movement). Our specialist suggested that it’s medication-induced sedation and as such, pretty hard to fight through.
It’s at the point that I’m having to work more to provide for the family, but I’m worried about him dropping off to sleep whilst looking after our 2 young children. Yesterday he thinks he dropped off a few times while they played. eep.
Any thoughts/ideas much appreciated.