I’m a guy, fairly fit and active, in his late 40s. Recently, after riding on a fairground ride I developed chronic vertigo and mild headaches. When it didn’t go away after two months I went to the doc. They suspected Menieres (there is family history of this) or a non-malignant tumour in the vestibular region.
I had an MRI and complex balance tests, which ruled out both. This took a couple of months and by this time I was getting headaches at least every 2nd day. Sometimes they’d come in episodes of dizzyness making my eyes flicker giving me complete head fog. On a bad day the episodes would hit almost constantly for up to an hour or two. I couldn’t drive.
The hospital decided to go with a tentative diagnosis of ‘vestibular migraine’, which I’d never heard of. Again, a couple of months had elapsed to get to this point. We are now 6 months in from my first visit to the doctor. Headaches every day, for pretty much the entire day. Soluble Aspirin + paracetemol just taking the edge off, but I’m still dizzy and brain is fogged.
Hospital and doc are trying treatment with amitriptilyne and then maybe beta blockers.
I started on 10mg of amitriptilyne 4 days ago, no effect so upped it to 20mg last night. Today I have the stiff neck, dizzy and my brain is foggy but not really aching. Ironically I could ignore the headache as long as I could think clearly! My job requires me to be able to think clearly.