Hi. Sorry I cannot offer any Cure All tips to get you through the week-end. Wish I could. We could both do with some as we seem to have a lot in common.
What a timely post. I must say. I’m way away in a very rainy UK. In fact last week we had our only constantly dry (five days) period we have had since last September. Out West where I live we’ve had rain everyday and often pretty much all day for months. Wettest winter for 15 years apparently. I can well believe it. Vancouver, most particularly Vancouver Island, has been much in the television news here recently so I’ve seen your weather’s much the same but colder.
Everyone of us MAVers eventually gets to know their own version of MAV pretty well and I know you’ve been a long-time sufferer. I recognised your username instantly, so I doubt I could teach you much. I’ve no idea what might have aggravated your version of The Beast but I have been wondering about my own. Like you lately, last month or so, I’ve had a return of the head pressure you describe so accurately, on a daily basis. In my case a preventative, Propranolol, stopped that for me except on very rare occasions about 18 months ago although I suffered it constantly for about four years before that. Trying to work out why is difficult because on meds I’ve been gradually improving in many other ways still.
Having had very restricted access to outdoor exercise until a couple of weeks ago I am currently able to walk outside in a quiet (not too visually stimulating) environment again daily and I am noticing this, whilst not instigating that pressure, certainly increases it and, in my case at least, I am beginning to attribute it to light levels at this time of year. Yours in Vancouver should be very similar I’d imagine. Cyclonic gloom. It’s light but barely so. Almost dusk-like for the greater part of the day. I suspect something has triggered increased sensitivity and those low light levels which produce Contrast (Light) Sensitivity (dark foreground and featureless grey sky being only light source) one of the commonest types of Photophobia are increasing any already existent pressure. In a nutshell, it could be Photophobia. I find the farther I walk outside in this Gloom the worse I feel. My eyes appear to stop working as a pair and eventually I begin to feel drunk and if I don’t move away from the trigger disorientation will start to kick in. It’s not only outside concentrating on the computer screen can fo it too. If particularly sensitive even indoors you might find varying light levels having a similar effect.
Not sure if this will resonate with you but might be worth looking at your problem from that angle. See if it fits. If it does then maybe (stupid as it seems I know) Dark glasses outside, then look at evening up house lights etc. Might help.
Aspirin is supposed to be good for vestibular migraine. Last neurologist I saw suggested I tried Soluble Aspirin. Same neuro said the pressure is the migraine. Perhaps you should find out if it’s safe for you to up the dose temporarily. Soluble should Kick in within 20 minutes, ordinary takes 100. Helen