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I need some advice please


#1

Hi everyone I was diagnosed with VM 2 years ago after having the most horrendous vertigo I was prescribed topamax for the VM and I was already on Lexapro for long term anxiety and depression. So this year we decided to maybe have our 3rd child and i need to come off topamax to do that so dr suggested Effexor as a drug that could do both basically. Well I had headaches ear fullness and general unwel feeling the whole 7 weeks I took it so she decided to should come off it and try endep. I was meant to take one every second day for 4 days then no effexor for 3 days then start endep. Well I missed the second day and then thought what the hell I’ll just kee going. Now day 5 of no effexor I feel like death warmed up and I have no want to try endep I’m terrified. I am feeling zaps in my head, extreme vertigo and disorientation, nausea there is probably more. I guess what I’m asking is will the withdrawal go away soon? Is there another treatment I could take for VM that’s safe when pregnant? And I need a little hope. I’m feeling like the worst partner and worst mum right now oh and I’m from Australia.


#2

Hi Mum2two, I am in the same predicament. I would like to start trying for a baby this summer with my husband (it would be my first) - and I got VM 4 years ago btw. I tried meds but am doing well on St johns wort (3 pills a day), 400-800mg of magnesium a day, and 200-400mg of CoQ10. I think these are safer than meds, but I don’t think I’m supposed to take St Johns Wort ideally. Nor Feverfew which was my second choice after SJW. So, I guess I’ll try just taking magnesium and CoQ10- they both have been really helpful on their own but sometimes not enough when I’m full time working under fluorescents; maybe it’s the problem with my diet day to day I really don’t know. Some days I feel cured sometimes anxiety creeps in but I am overall doing much better. I’ll let you know if this works out ultimately. Keep me posted about your progress too please! xx


#3

Hi liv85 thanks for your reply. So you don’t take anything for the vertigo other than natural supplements? I’m so anxious of not having anything I’ve had times where I can’t move my head without throwing up let alone look after my kids.
I didn’t have VM for either of my pregnancies my children are 8 and 5 but I did have depression/anxiety. My first pregnancy i thought I would be best without any meds and had terrible trouble bonding with my daughter and very bad post natal depression which is why I was put back on antidepressants for my second and have been since. I have never had this kind of withdrawal from anything though and surely there had to be other options? I wish you well on your journey too xx


#4

Hi there, No I don’t take anything but supplements anymore. I do pretty well on them alone as long as I take them at high enough levels. I have had the best days when I take up to 800mg of magnesium glycinate but sometimes that triggers GI issues. So I try to stay below 600mg usually just 400mg a day. CoQ10 and SJW have also helped a lot, as has feverfew when I’m not on SJW. I’d give a high dose of magnesium a try. It definitely helps relax the nerves. xx

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#5

Ok thanks Liv85 I’ll look into the magnesium idea I do have some tummy issues (fructose malabsorption) so will have to see how that affects me. Xx


#6

Taking magnesium at 800mg today again really helped me. The anxiety is always worse when I have a bit of a stressful few months…it’s been very stressful this spring with wedding planning and teaching full time. :frowning: But I can’t wait for the summer! I took 400mg of mag glycinate (KAL brand) this morning at 8am and last night at the same time. (that’s it - didn’t take anything else today) Worked wonders when I was under fluorescents and I had a little GI discomfort in the morning nothing serious though. I might try to see if 600mg can cut it for me. Seems like 800 is my magic number maybe because my body is so saturated with magnesium! I really don’t know whether it’s safe to take that high a dose of mag. in pregnancy… gah! I hope so. Hope you had a good day! xx


#7

Hi there, I saw my dr yesterday and she really wants me to try endep I’m scared out of my brain but my depression is getting a hold of me, I can’t stop crying and my anxiety is huge. Doesn’t help that I’m very anxious about my youngest starting school and having a lot of trouble settling. Also feeling anxious about getting a terrible bout of vertigo whilst not taking anything. The magnesium I think is far too high during pregnancy but I could be wrong :grimacing: It’s hard to find a happy medium.