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I'm a 32 year old female who's been suffering with vertigo for the past 8 weeks. I've always been healthy but everything just changed early last month. During a short business trip in early Dec 2014, I first experienced symptoms of dizziness. I was standing in the bathroom brushing my teeth when all of a sudden, the room appeared as though it was rocking sideways and moving up and down (like experiencing an earthquake/tremor). At the same time, my balance was off and could not walk in a straight line. Unfortunately, these symptoms have persisted throughout my trip and up until now. I constantly feel as though I'm in a rocking boat, while feeling pressure/tightness around the back of my head. There are certain times when I feel I'm about to faint as I'm walking and feel a lot weakness around my legs. My symptoms feel worse with motion (moving head sideways or up/down, walking up or down the stairs, standing up or sitting down), with stress and food intake.
I've seen a private ENT specialist who wasn't particularly helpful. I had an MRI scan but the radiologist could not find anything, while blood test came out all normal. He then referred me to a private neurologist to make sure all other conditions can be ruled out. The neurologist was not able to diagnose me with anything specific (aside from having vertigo) and referred me to a physiotherapist who specialises in vestibular rehabilitation. Interestingly, the diagnosis I was given by the physiotherapist is vestibular migraine. After doing a bit of digging today, things are starting to make sense, and finally believe that this is the correct diagnosis. Though what's concerning is that there's no clear treatment paradigm for this type of condition aside from avoiding certain foods and physiotherapy.
These past 8 weeks have been extremely stressful for me. For now, my GP has signed me off from work until the end of this month as these symptoms have made it impossible for me to function in a mentally/physically demanding job. What has been particularly tough though is the lack of understanding from people around me. My work colleagues and family members think that this is all in my head or making it up. I may look normal in the ouside but this condition is very real and debilitating. It has affected every aspect of my daily living and I've been extremely depressed and anxious as a result.
I'm wondering if anyone else has been diagnosed with vestibular migraine and what steps are you taking to help you recover. Thank you.
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