I’ve been coming on this forum for a few months so I thought I’d share my story. Maybe some of you guys can help me as I go through this and maybe I can help some of you along the way as well.
I’m a 37 year old internal medicine physician. I was living a pretty care free life in Hawaii when my wife got into CRNA (nurse anesthesia) school here in Phoenix AZ so we decided to move for a few years so she could finish her degree. Everything was going fine until one day this past June. I was rounding on my patients in the hospital when BOOM! The entire room felt like it just shifted and I had to grab the wall to steady myself. Luckily, the sensation became less intense after a few seconds and I was able to finish my day.
I’ve always been a pretty stoic person, so I basically just sucked it up and carried on the next few months as always despite the fact that 90% of my days were terrible. Waxing and waning vertigo, nausea, weird pressure like headaches that seem to change locations, feelings like my face and head were jumbled up. I thought it was just something that would get better so I carried on.
After 3-4 months it definitely was not getting better so I asked a neurologist friend of mine and he said it was likely Vestibular Migraine and referred me to a Dr Terry Fife here in Phoenix. Dr Fife agreed and started me on Verapamil 240 daily and Mg supplements. I’ve been on this regimen for nearly 6 months now. It does seem to have helped a little but by no means am I back to normal. In a given week I probably have 1-2 days of near normal, 3-4 days of tolerable badness and 1-2 days of near unbearable junk. It’s becoming so distressing.
I guess I have a few questions that maybe you guys can help me with. 1) Will this ever get better? What is the best that I can expect and what should be my goals? 2) Any advice on lifestyle adjustments I should make? I already eat mostly veggies, I’ve cut out my alcohol and caffeine 3) Do you guys know anyone in the Phoenix area or elsewhere that is a specialist in this condition that might be a little more reachable than Dr. Fife? He seems very knowledgeable, but he is impossible to get in touch with and if this is going to be a chronic condition that I am going to be dealing with for a long time I’d like someone that could help walk me through it a little better. 4) Any other tips or tricks or anything else that you guys can think of that you think I should know?
Thanks for listening,