Was diagnosed with MAV/VM by Dr Furman, University of Pittsburgh in October 2016. At the time, I had been suffering with dizziness/vertigo, BPPV, imbalance, photophobia, tinnitus, etc. for a couple of years (more, really), and continued to suffer for 1.5 more years. UNTIL! My eye doctor, who was treating me for chronic dry eyes and frequent corneal abrasions, referred me to a Rheumatologist— that was July 2016. After lots and lots (and LOTS) of testing (blood work, scans, MRIs…) I was diagnosed with autoimmune disease (still undetermined exactly which one— but the labs don’t lie). So I was started on low dose prednisone, and miraculously, my dizziness of 3+ years has significantly decreased— if not completely disappeared! Prior to that, I had tried, seemingly, every drug for migraine available. My neurologist was amazed and thrilled.
Anywho, just thought I’d share my experience, in the hopes that it might help someone out there. Having autoimmune disease is NOT a bonus, but being rid of the chronic daily battle of vertigo is.