Yes, those DO sound like typical MAV symptoms and you happen to be in the best of hands. Dr. Hain is very well thought of within the MAV world. I am also a Hain patient, by telephone consult and i would take his word on it.
It doesn’t sound like you can do much reading, or i would suggest that you read some stories of other posters and see how similar your symtoms are.
I had classical migraine as a young adult but have absolutely no pain now, just rocking, which was violent a year ago - i was bedridden from it. my balance was so bad i felt like the scarecrow.
That rollercoaster sensation, i have never heard of, has anybody else? that must be horrible! But nothing is outside the reaches of this MAV monster, nothing!
Crowded places and loud noises - typical. A year ago i would try to hide in a closet to try to get away from the noises, until figured out even closets were noisy. the sounds of my husband walking across the floor would send my head from one side of the pillow to the other, as if someone had slapped me across the face.
MSG is a BIG no-no with migraineurs.
we are ALL babies when it comes to meds. I have never taken the full dose prescribed to me. I cut the Topamax into 1/4 and titrated up that way, instead of the full table prescribed. Dr. hain told me that we have over-excitable brains, so of course we are over-sensitive to meds.
A year ago I thought I would die in that bed for not even being able to eat, i even considered suicide because of the agony i was in - the environment was whipping around so quickly i would keep my eyes closed all day, the floor beneath my feet was moving so fast I could barely stand - it was a life not worth living and i was only getting worse, by the day. I woke each morning thinking, Sh-t, what horrible thing is going to happen today, and i would count the hours until it was time to drug myself to sleep again.
I have gone from being bedridden to walking 3+ miles a day. I am up all day. I can read
I go to sleep naturally, wake up refreshed and look forward to each day, even though I am far from cured. I am still limited to being mostly in the house. I can drive only short distances and i do take a hit from it. But i take joy from the things I CAN do. And what a new perspective on life! Take a look at page 5 on this forum, the thread: Has MAV taught you a new way?
Anyway, I hope I haven’t digressed too much. In short, it is my humble opinion that you are at the right place, and you have a GREAT doctor! So, WELCOME! Good luck with your verapamil. Has Dr.Hain suggested any other preventatives?
P.S. Besides being one of the nicest men i’ve ever met, Dr. Hain is easily the best doctor I’ve ever had the privilege of being a patient of.