I had my first episode last spring and my second one in the fall. They each lasted two and a half weeks. I don’t get the headache, thank god. Its fatigue, blurred vision like the world is moving, vertigo, nausea, numbness in my hands and face, light sensitivity and I get really startled by loud noises. Sometimes my balance is really off and I stumble around like I am drunk. I get really motion sick when I walk, especially out side, so I am constantly dry heaving. I cannot work at all when I have an episode. I am a 36 year old female landscaper and before this was active and healthy.
This year it came back again in spring, so I assume its weather related. That one lasted two and a half months with out any relief. I didn’t do anything different from the first two times. I have seen 8 doctors. They looked at my eyes, ears, did an MRI on my brain and all is normal. They came to the conclusion that I have vestibular migraine with aura. I got better for about six weeks but by that time it was time for the fall one to strike, and it did. Here I am again. It hit me Sep 19 and I am still sick today. Its even worse this time around. Now I am getting more nausea every time I eat anything, and trigger foods are giving me morning headaches. They never did before.
Here are my questions, do they usually get worse with every episode?
How long can they possibly last?
I have been on topiramate and it has not helped. Has any one gone from that to an anti-depressant and found it more effective?
I have cut out msg, dairy, eggs, beans, gluten, chocolate, bananas, all pickled foods, peanuts. Is there something else I need to quit? I am still drinking a little coffee.
Anything you can think of that may help get rid of this would be great. Thanks