I am pretty much down and depressed as this has been going on for 13 months. Bear with my story will keep it short. I had multiple short bursts of vertigo for a day and was diagnosed with Labrynthitis in August 2016 by my ENT. This was due to a high frequency mild hearing loss in right ear. Chronic symptoms stopped in 3 weeks after a heavy dose of Prednisone. But it came back a month afterwards with mild non-specific dizziness. It ended with continuous imbalance when i walk with tilting from side to side and the feeling like walking on foam and tinnitus in left ear.
I was told i was decompensating and send to VRT which i did diligently for 4 months. At the same time i started Zoloft i was at 80% largely due to the Zoloft and took it for 5 months. 2 months after coming off Zoloft in June this year i had blurry eyes, eye pain, headache and constant dizziness with very short vertigo spells for weeks together and i was in a constant state of pain. Went to a neuro-otologist and got my official VM diagnosis.
I started on Amitriptyline 20mg and still on it. It has helped my eye blurring, pain and headache and the short vertigo spells dont occur and i sleep really well. I still have the constant imbalance, tilting while walking and walking on foam symptoms and this is making me depressed. My Neuro-otologist has advised me start on 1/3rd of the Effexor XR.(Dr.Hain’s favourite)
Should i start the Effexor XR, as i have read bad withdrawal symptoms and side effects like insomnia. Also i am not confident that Effexor will fix my dizziness as i keep thinking something is wrong with my ear(Secondary Hydrops, Fistula etc…) . Effexor can only fix a chemical imbalance in my brain. Should i still give the Effexor a shot ? The zoloft helped the dizziness in the past so anyone thinks the Effexor could still help me ?
Any help and advice appreciated if you have tried Effexor. Also should i keep the Amitriptyline dosage the same. I am at my wits end and if not for Effexor i don’t mind going back on some SSRI(Zoloft) to help my mood as i am in the dumps right now.