I am 47 years old. My story begins on February 17th, 2013. My monthly friend came that day and I did not protect against two known hormonal migraine triggers for me: deyhdration and hunger. My daughter had a swim meet that day so I was in a humid pool arena and did not drink enough water. Dinner was much delayed and bang–I had one of the worst hormonal migraines ever. Previous to this, I usually had one migraine a month (and I bet some months I did not have one at all) and they were very mild. I would take 3 ibuprofen and in 2-3 hours they were gone. This one took a while to go away. I should also mention, I was crazy with stress that week and the few weeks before. I have twin daughters who were deciding where to go to college. They’re top choice and our top chocie for them turned out to be the school that did not offer them any merit money. So, I was stressed about paying for college.
Two days later I was feeling better from the migraine but still blah. I had told the girls we would take the train into New York City. We did. On the drive home from the trian station, I had out of the blue panic attack about driving at night. The next day I came down with full blown sinus cold (although ENT now says he just thinks it was all part of the migraine.) I love movies and I had yet to see LIfe of Pi and the Academy Awards were the next day. So, I went to see it in 3D because that was the only offering. (I hate 3D). Fast forward, I go to doc and get antibiotics for sinus infection. I feel better from that in a few days, head to dentist for cleaning. That night, I become extremely nauseous and watching TV makes me motion sick and dizzy. I go back to Dr., fill doc gives me Zofran for nausea. That weekend my ears are so full, I pop my right ear and then have excrutiating pain in my left ear. I go back to Dr. to see if there is an infection, she says no. I am still sensitive to light, sound, movement, etc. She diagnosis Labyrnthitis and gives me meclizine. I think get my monthly friend a week early and have another migraine. Two tylenol take care of the head pain but the other symptoms intensify. Sensitivity to light, sound, dizzines, motion, etc. Next, a trip to the Neuro. He concludes it is vestibular (also orders and MRI which turns out fine). He saw a Nystagmus.
Fast forward to trip to dizzy specialist who is an ENT but runs the Dizzy and Balance Center in Hartford. After hearing test, balance test and the eye goggle test he concludes no Labs, but Vestibular Migraines. He wants me to try diet first and then see him in 3 months to see how I am doing. I am actually not doing that badly (compared to posts I have read, although it makes me worry that I could wake up and have horrible episodes.) I am still sensitive to light and sound, I can only handle maybe an hour of TV per week. I still feel ear pressure and sometimes ear pain. Nausea comes and goes. I typically have a daily dull headache that usually ges worse at night-- but not in the last few days. Could be bc Dr. gave me a medrol pack to try to break it. Competing noises are my worst enemy right now–so if there are multiple conversations going on or background music, etc. it really sets me off. My ears start throbbing and the dizzies come. I wear earplugs when I can.
However, I try to look at all the positives:
I definitely watched way too much TV (If you knew me, you’d know that this is a huge life changer for me–I am an entertainment addict–however, it is all in perspective–I wake up everyday and that is a great thing!)
I am saving money, I barely go out to shop or out to eat.
I am eating better on this diet (still learning the ins and outs of reading ingredients and trying to find that hidden MSG)
I have learned how incredibly supportive my spouse is–he has been great during this.
P.S. The reason I mention the train ride to NYC, 3D movie and Dentist visit–I am convinced that those 3 things contributed to the water going above my head. Sometimes I think if I just didn’t do those two activities maybe this would not have happened. However, hindsight is 20/20 and time to deal with the present.
Thank you all for sharing your stories and reading mine. I loved reading the success stories. I have been on other sites but this is truly the most encouraging. I had to back off the other one’s because they were making me crazy.