You are correct in that valium MAY prevent compensation. However, that is in the case of when MAV is caused by trauma (such as head injury or stroke) or is unilateral as opposed to bilateral. If MAV is bilateral, there is no opportunity or an unimpacted side of the vestibular system to compensate or the impacted side since it is equal on both sides.
Also, yes here in the US, valium is frowned upon for anything these days thanks to nearly every household having it in their medicine cabinets to take when one was upset over burning dinner! (Idiots!!). But in vertigo cases, including MAV, it is used when nothing else works to help reduce the symptoms during the episode as part of compassion care. When you have exhausted all avenues like me, you are left with anything that will reduce the severity of each episode.
In terms of Dr Surenthiran, that may be one of the Dr.s I actually consulted with…if they are private (I’d have to look back over 10 years of records to see for sure). Oddly, the NHS wouldn’t allow for consultations from US citizens…for some reason they were willing to turn down the fee of $15,000 - $20,000 for them to review my records and video chat with me and my Neurologist….I had always thought the NHS was strained for funds. but who knows. I do know one of the vertigo specialists around the world I did consult with was in England, and Sweden, and Switzerland, and Italy, and Australia, and Argentina, and Canada, and everywhere in the US. One of the biggest things I learned from all of that, is there is very little that “vertigo experts” agree upon. So then it is up to use to look to message boards like this, seeing what others have tried and brining that to our doctors. I have yet to meet only 1 doctor who has ever spent time on one of these boards and that is Haines out of Chicago.
But yes, I did learn the hard way not to give in. I did that once. I’m not sure I would do it again unless it suddenly started to get worse again, and in that case, I’m not sure I have THAT much fight left in me after all these years…but one can surprise themselves!!