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Vertigo and Migraines

My migraines turned on suddenly about three and a half years ago with an episode of vertigo and happened to be out of the country. At that time I didn’t have any head pain. Took two years to figure out it is vertiginous migraines. I was very proactive in figuring this out. Several neurologists later I happened on a group at the Cleveland clinic who specialize in migraines. Each neurologist deals with migraines and the particular aura you have. I see a neuro that only deals with a motion disturbance with migraines. after trying every med available I ended up going thru a program called Imatch. It is a comprehensive three week session five days a week 8 to 5. Did it get rid of my migraines, no. But they don’t make promises. They make sure you are not on lots of opioids and more importantly they give you tools to help give you a life again. They teach you to help yourself. To maybe find strength so you don’t live in bed.

Haven’t been able to travel but I am learning there could worse things. Going outdoors is an adventure! Stores are really difficult. Every day I work at living but never give up hope.

Currently waiting on the second injection of Aimovig. Keeping my fingers crossed.

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  • migrainenana
    8 months ago

    I completely relate to your story. My worse migraine symptoms are vertigo, dizziness, lightheadedness and light sensitivity, but when vertigo hits it’s THE worst. Sometimes the light sensitivity episodes last for a few days and it makes going outside and driving difficult at best. My attitude is similar and keeps me going-there are definitely worse things we could be going through, even though it’s easy to forget that I’m really bad days.

  • Holly Baddour moderator
    8 months ago

    Thank you so much for sharing your story with us. Hoping by now that you’ve had your second injection of Aimovig? Interesting to hear about the Imatch program. There are several headache “camps” around the country- most the ones I’ve heard of are inpatient, so it’s quite new to hear about one that is held during business days. Sounds like the goals are similar, however- self-empowerment, gaining clarity on limits- trying to redefine them so we don’t see them as negative limitations but as smart choices. So much more. Glad it sounds that you got a lot out of it.

    Please stay in touch and thanks so much for being a part of our community!

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