In brief, my story is that my constant dizziness (swaying) and heavy-headed feeling started 4 months ago and I went from an ENT to a neuro and was diagnosed with migraine. I tried propanolol and couldn’t tolerate it almost immediately so the doctor switched me to Topamax. I’ve been taking 25 mg for just under a week and it does seem to be helping a bit already without any major side effects so far…so I know that is a good sign and that based on much of what I’ve read here I may be relatively lucky if I’ve found a med that helps so soon and also just that my symptoms haven’t been completely disabling to me so far.
BUT…I am feeling really anxious and depressed. It’s so exhausting to keep coping with this day after day. I feel like I’ve been functioning at a small percentage of myself for so long now. I have two kids who are 6 and 3 and I’m also a teacher (thankfully off for the summer right now) and it feels particularly challenging to manage this kind of thing when I am in these roles where I’m required to be so present for others so much of the time.
How have you coped with the anxiety and depression that it seems must inevitably come along with this condition? I find myself sometimes thinking that I just can’t go on like this anymore. Although of course I do, but I just feel so discouraged sometimes. I feel like I might need to start taking an antidepressant too…I have taken Celexa before for anxiety and depression and it worked well for me.
I guess I am just looking for any words of support that anyone can offer. I know things could be so much worse, but I am finding it hard to keep my spirits up right now when it seems like I still have months of this ahead of me.