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Hi everyone. I have been struggling with 24/7 vertigo/dizziness, brain fog, and light sensitivity for almost two months now, and wondering if anyone has had any good solutions for this. I am a 25 year old female. One time last year while my head was down, I got a 30 second attack of spinning vertigo. The whole room was spinning and my eyes were almost criss-crossed it felt. This went away and never came back. I told my doctors and they weren't concerned and sent me on my way. I am a fairly healthy and active person, so I wasn't too worried about it.
In late December of last year, I suddenly woke up and could not turn my neck to the left. It hurt so bad that I went to a doctor again who said it was a pinch nerve and threw some meds at me. I then went to a chiropractor who adjusted my neck and it seems to help after 2-3 weeks. Then, the pain when into my upper back and down my arm. This scared me, so I stopped seeing the chiropractor and took the meds. On the morning of my vertigo, I had a bad night's sleep with an extrememly stressful night before this. I woke up with a horrible headache in the back of my head (which is weird because I usualy get them in my eyes/sinus area), and my neck ache was back. I took meds to function for the rest of the day, and about 2 hours after taking the meds, all of a sudden as I was sitting and texting, I got hit and I thought I was having a stroke. My brain felt like a fishbowl, the room felt like it was moving (although not spinning), brain fog, light sensitivity, everything. My mom took me to an urgent care and they told me it was anxiety. I went home to rest and it went away until the next day upon awakening.
I then went to another urgent care, and they said it was a sinus infection. After two days on antibiotics, and nothing happening, I went to the ER. They did blood tests, CT scan, and everything was clear including my sinuses. I then scheduled with my GP. I explained to him that I had been feeling like I was on a whobbly boat/kinda drunk feeling with brain fog and light sensitivity. I never experienced any spinning. He told me it was BPPV and sent me home. I was back in two days after researching BPPV and insisted on a physical therapy referral to get the epley maneuver done. Went to PT and they said it didn't seem like BPPV and to get another doctor. I went to another doctor and they didn't know what was wrong with me and sent me for an MRI. They then sent me to a neurologist and said I had some signs of past migraines on the MRI.
While waiting for the appointment, I have been seeing a NUCCA chiropractor who has seemed to help. My C1 was out of place (even the neurologist noticed this.) I have gone from a 9 (on 1-10 scaled) to a 5. The sense of motion around has subsided imesnely, however, I still have dizziness when I move around, brain fog, a bit of pressure in my ears, and light sensitivity.
After seeing the neurologist, he has suggested that I may have vestibular migraines because I was having pretty bad and freuent headaches last year, as well because there were some spots on my MRI that suggested past migraines. He wants to try me on amitriptyline.
I'm not sure if I should stick with the NUCCA for a few more weeks or if I should try the medicine. I'm sacred to make anything worse, but I want my life back. I lost my new job because of this, and am living with my mom. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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