I am hoping that someone out there may have had a similar experience to mine and can share their experience and treatment (if any).
11 months ago I gave birth to my son. During my pregnancy I developed a numb spot on my face that lasted for weeks but finally went away with acupuncture. Following the birth of my son I started to become chronically dizzy and faint feeling and sometimes it lasted for weeks. I just assumed it was due to sleep deprivation and the toll of taking care of a newborn. However, shortly after the dizziness seemed to end, the left side of my face went numb again and stayed numb. Eventually this was followed by the right side of my face going numb, buzzing in my legs and a daily headache(headache is not dibilitating just constant). This all lasted for months until I finally saw a neurologist who diagnosed me with a chronic migraine. I declined treatment at the time (last June) because I assumed that once my son and I started sleeping more that this would all resolve on its own. I never in my life have had a migraine. My facial numbness has become much less chronic and my daily headaches have lessoned but, I have had two long periods of dizziness again including the constant feeling of motion sickness and moments of complete disorientation and vertigo. Computer screens, my iphone, looking at water etc. can all set off this dizziness and when it starts I just don’t know when it will end. The numbness comes and goes. I have days where I don’t really notice it and days when it is really bad. I have also developed some numbness in my pinky finger on the right side and a tingling sensation. I have seen a chiropractor, acupuncturist, massage therapist and naturopathic doctor and I feel some improvement but it has not resolved. I went back to my neurologist who has prescribed Effexor, maxalt and frova. I am really concerned about the side affects of the drugs but I am also wondering if leaving this long term, chronic migraine untreated poses health issues. Can anyone share their experiences with chronic migraines and their treatment path? The effexor was prescribed as a daily preventative medication; the maxalt I’m to take if my face goes numb and the frova is to be taken at the onset of dizziness for 3-5 days. My neuro said that this sometimes happens after woman have children – has anyone else out there had a similar experience?