A Little About Me

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  1. Melissa,
    I know exactly what you’re going through. I suffered for a number of years with veritgo and dizziness and alot of the other symtons you mention…lack of focus, sensitivity to storms, feeling like I was walking at an angle, difficulty in highly visual places like shopping malls and supermarkets. etc. It is hard to explain to people how it feels, but it leaves you mentally exhusted. I also spent a lot of nights with panic attacks and crying to the Lord. And the Lord answered me. I was able to go to John Hopkins in Baltimore MD and I was diagnosed with Vestibular Migraine along with BPV. I was referred to the book “Heal Your Headache – 123 Program for Taking Charge of Your Pain” by David Buchholz (you can get it on Amazon). This book talked about so many symptoms I had over the years that I did not even know were all related to the Vestibular Migraine. Also, the Vestibular Migraine seemed to aggravate by BPV. In any case, I followed the books suggestions, which for me meant mostly changing my diet to remove alot of tigger foods and reducing stress (which reducing significantly once I got a diagnosis!). Within 6 months, a lot of my fog and “slightly off” feeling were significantly dimished and as long as I am aware of my tiggers I do very well…and bonus I have not had a eposide of BPV since I started the program. I don’t know if this will totally be your answer, but I highly recommend you look at the book. Also, John Hopkins has a website that talks about Vestibular Migraine. I wish you luck and know the Lord will be looking after you.

  2. Kathy,
    I so appreciate your comments and all that you’ve shared on this blog. I’m happy that you’ve gotten to the root of your vestibular problem and haven’t had anymore episodes of BPPV. I will continue to update my blog as this is going back to last year and will finally be caught up to present day experiences. God bless you! I know that this will help many people. Thanks for the encouragement 🙂

  3. Your words in your blog was like I was reading a blo g of my own life experience which I am still suffering…I have had so many tests and all were normal that made me want to just give up on everything. I constantly pray for healing I haven’t gotten there yet but I need to keep on trusting that I will. It gets very very hard some days and just recently this year I had a set back that has sent me back to the beginning of my problems or even worse. I have been told recently that I could have Migraine Associated Vertigo and maybe BPPV to go along with it…oh what fun! The Doctor wants to put me on some preventive medicine for the Migraines to see if it helps..even though I don’t have the headaches alot the other symptoms like dizziness and balance problems I have 24/7. The anxiety attacks that go along with it are horrible which now makes me not want to go anywhere or be around anyone. This is the most horrible disease ever!

  4. Charlene,

    Your diagnosis is the same as mine. They think I have BPPV and Migraine Associated Vertigo. I personally think that once you have BPPV for some unknown reason your risk for MAV goes up. It can be discouraging, but don’t give up! It has been over two years since my initial attack and things has gotten better. I have more better days or at least equal amounts of good days to bad. I don’t have continuous rocking or vertigo, but flair ups and disequilibrium. Right now I’m on a Migraine friendly diet, based on the book “One, Two, Three- Heal Your Headache”. I’ve been eating as migraine friendly as I can for several months now. I’ve also recently started eating gluten free to see if it helps. I take vitamins and a magnesium supplement and have recently added riboflavin to my regime. Please check with your doctor before doing any of the things I’ve mentioned. Sometimes a preventative is needed, but for me personally I’m trying to avoid that. It’s normal to feel anxious when your dizzy and off kilter so don’t beat yourself up over it. When I’m feeling really off kilter I have increased anxiety. There are natural things you can try to help you. Check out Rescue Remedy. I have the drops and it helps when I need them. I also use wrist bands or seasick bands when I feel nausea from the migraine symptoms or increased vertigo and ginger tea helps your tummy settle down.

    This really is hard to deal with and I know it’s not fun, but keep your spirits up all the ways you can. Continue prayer and meditation on God’s word. Sometimes things don’t turn out the way we want and change may or may not happen, but it always can. As with God all things are possible so keep telling yourself that better days are coming and they will.

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