I have felt a very steady, extremely slow improvement for months (hence why i was able to give up medication).
I believe I can roughly guess when the condition peaked and its been downhill for many many months since. I think the condition worsened for the first year, remained at its most rubbish for about another 6 months then started to improve VERY VERY VERY slowly. I think finally getting rid of imbalance is just part of that journey.
I’ve done nothing special expect keeping moderately active, haven’t avoided ANY environments (except loud places), kept positive and patient. I did STOP running, but I’m not sure if that’s helped. It might have even slowed my recovery?
I have generally stayed away from alcohol and I’ve drunk A LOT of herbal tea and generally kept my fluids well up.
Diet-wise I’ve not stopped myself eating anything … in fact I have chocolate and milk in my porridge EVERY MORNING! I eat a lot of vegetarian food, so I’ve had some really good nutrition. Diet-wise I’ve probably broken every migraine diet rule in the book. There have been times when I’ve noticed not being careful with chocolate and caffeine has worsened my symptoms, but its only been an increase in discomfort, mildly, and its never actually brought on a migraine.
The 3 pillow thing may have helped. Definitely seemed to have reduced vertigo at night. Not sure its a cure though.
i’ve avoided STRESS. I try to avoid arguments or defuse them. I’ve walked away from conflict. I’ve been out of work for a while and this has definitely helped, though is a luxury some can’t afford (I didn’t have much option initially, the company dinged me).
So its really hard to say …
Basically it ‘seems’ like the swelling I believe I have in my inner ear has been essentially decreasing steadily with time … this spells itself out in a host of symptoms - less tinnitus (hardly ever get pulsative tinnitus now, certainly not as much as I used to get after meals, less tinnitus when straining), less imbalance, less discomfort in artificial or mixed lighting, less fluid in middle ear, less vertigo.
I still have symptoms of course, so its not over yet, but I can function pretty much 100% now, though I’d say i’m 95%-98% of the guy I was … which is pretty good I suppose …
Much that I grumbled about my neuro - she dismissed my symptoms being down to an ear injury (something my more recent doctor is sure about), she did get one thing right - this thing is slowly disappearing into the background like she said it would. More evidence to me that MAV & SEH may be very closely related or simply the same thing.