I’ve been suffering with balance issues for nearly 8 months now and was finally diagnosed by a good ENT with Vestibular Migraine a few days ago. It hasn’t been confirmed by my Nuerologist but after a few days of reading online it certainly sounds similar.I thought I’d see what people thought about my symptoms here.
Late last year i came off cymbalta after ten years and moved to Pristiq(basically Effexor) to combat anxiety and moved up to a dose of 250mg when one night i was hit with a massive wave of nausea. Coming off the pristiq made the nausea go away but i was stuck with a sense of feeling off balance and leaning to the left 24/7. I then tried Paxil and found any dose above the minimum made the nausea come back and my sense of balance and leaning left feel worse, and this has continued to this day on every tablet i’ve tried. I’ve even tried no tablets at all for a few weeks, and after initially feeling better began to feel worse. Interestingly Nortriptyline was the tablet i found most tolerable and the only one i could stay consistently on, but still at very low doses- 10-20mg.
Initially i didn’t feel like i had vertigo or any eye problems but in the last few months i’ve found myself having worse headaches and my eyes are definitely not normal. I use to be able to use the computer and read much easier but have found it harder lately. I get a slight sense of things moving, like the road when stopped in the car, objects if i stare, and a general sense of swaying like being on a ship. I’ve had the hearing test where they use hot and cold to induce vertigo and the only time i truly feel close to that bad is with my eyes shut. My eyes seem to roll around trying to orient me. I notice this especially when walking. If i look up and my eyes cannot see the ground the feeling of off balance and nausea instantly increases.
I’m only 28 and this has all been pretty devastating to me but my ENT was adamant that it is treatable and I just need to find the right balance of tablets and maybe do some VRT after.