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Old 10-09-2009, 12:06 PM   #16
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Re: Everyone MUST READ THIS!

Talk about two peas in a pod! Yikes - so much of what you say is stuff I've experienced myself and what I'm learning too. viz. breathing, nitric oxide et al. I've ordered a book you've recommended and others and will be going through your posts with a fine toothcomb over the next few days and will reply at length.

Short version;
Car crash 1996 - head injury, memory loss, eye damage, led to onset of regular headaches. Running a few miles every day was the only thing that helped, so I ran more and more and now running is my life. (hard runs invariably are a migraine trigger!) 2004, a doc put me on an anticonvulsant, Carbamazepine as a prophilactic for the headaches. After about a month I was getting dizzy issues same as you describe, so I stopped taking it, but the dizzy carried on as a huge problem for about two years, then gradually improved. Just recently another doc tried me on Topamax, also anticonvulsant and straight away the dizzy started up again so I stopped after 1 week of pills and this time the dizzy is going much quicker. My left eye is now lower than the right by 4mm as eye orbit is absent and there is massive double vision and uncoordinated movement between two eyes. Sight is about 10% as retina damaged too. I'm convinced this is the source of the migraine, but I can not get any surgeon to remove it because it can still see a bit. Patching it does not seem to help at all.

Like I said, this is the short version. Let me read your story more thoughly and I'll tell all. Have you any history of anticonvulsants?
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Old 02-18-2010, 01:36 AM   #17
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Re: Everyone MUST READ THIS!

I used to have severe headaches and my friend advised me to try yoga. I was living in the country and it was difficult for me to find a yoga centre that provides classes. I than began to search the net for some good & affordable yoga book. I came across many books but this particular book caught my eye.. It's called "Yoga Book For Anyone". The book guarantees perfect health.. I bought it and practised according to the book. After constant practise I now really have NO headaches at all!! This was like god’s gift to me.. I hated waking up in the morning with a heavy head and was unable to function throughout the day. Now I’m really energetic and i m making more progress.

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Old 02-19-2010, 12:01 AM   #18
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Thanks for your information. I totally agree with you. When I first started having symptoms of vertigo a doctor recommended taking up yoga, massage, meditation etc. I found an amazing yoga class that helped me tremendously. I took this class for about a month and a half and during this time I had virtually now headaches/migraines or vertigo. Then I spent the following month out of town for work, got back into my toxic relationship with my ex and everything spun out of control from there. This yoga class was 1.5 hours away from where I lived and I could no longer drive. Today, I still have driving issues but plan on going back to that class once I am completely well enough to travel long distances. Thanks again for your info. I will look into getting this book and doing yoga at home. I do some yoga from what I can remember in the class but not enough to keep a steady routine. I try to do some form of exercise daily, well on the days that I feel the best and it helps keep my headaches and dizzy spells down.

 
Old 03-12-2010, 09:05 PM   #19
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Re: Everyone MUST READ THIS!

Hi Leeshy215,
I am so well on the road to health. Thank you for recommending the book, it has and continues to help me understand not only what I must do, but also HOW to take the 3 steps to freedom from headaches.
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Old 08-19-2010, 01:54 PM   #20
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Hello Everyone!

I just wanted to give you a quick update about my health and recovery. So I have been taking medicine since June 2009, and as of today August 2010 I am almost back to myself again. I worked my way up to 75mg of nortriptyline (anti-depressant) and was also taking verapamil for about 4 months. I noticed no extra help with verapamil. As for the nortriptyline, it has really helped calm the nerves in my brain and inner ear and was the #1 drug that took away my spinning vertigo sensation after 2 weeks. I still had dizziness but at least it wasn't the spinning kind. Over the months I slowly, and I mean slowly improved. I thought I would never get to a place where I am today. With the nortriptyline, it would help keep my headaches/migraines away for a few weeks to months and then I would get a bunch of headaches again which would bring on crazy dizzy spells. I kept increasing another 10mg, then another 10mg etc. I couldn't keep doing this forever, so I stopped taking the verapamil because it was doing nothing for me and tried another recommended medication. You can be on 3 medications at a time to help control the symptoms and gradually work your way off them in the future. Prozac (anti-depressant) was another medication recommended for migraines, so I started off with 10mg. Sedation, dizziness and dry mouth were the main side effects which go away for the most part after your body gets use to the medication. I knew about this medication and I didn't want to get on it because I was told you can't be on more than one anti-depressant at a time. This is not true, you just have to make sure one of the medications is at a lower dosage. I knew this medication would probably help me because I got on it years earlier for about 6 months when I was going through some tough times and I remembered that my headaches had almost completely vanished not knowing at the time that prozac was helping with that as well. So before I got on prozac I was still getting bad headaches/migraines and dizzy spells and would get extremely irritable when I would have these attacks. Also I still had major issues with driving (motion) still could barely drive at all; only for a few minutes here and there.
After 3 months of adding prozac in with my other medication, I am almost headache free, other than around my menstrual cycle, and I can drive so much better. Also, I don't get as irritable anymore mostly because I have less frequent headaches and dizziness and even when I do feel bad I'm not anywhere as irritable as I use to be. That must be a relief for my family. I just added another 10mg (total 20mg) this month and have been going through the side effects again (more dizzy and tired) but I am still able to function more than I ever have since this illness began. I joined a co-ed softball team, and yes sometimes I get a bit dizzy from moving too fast but I am happy. The only thing that messes with me a bit is sometimes I have more blurred vision than I would like.
The last thing I would like to say with utmost importance is, when you are feeling well enough to exercise; then EXERCISE! I exercise almost every day now, and I would have to say that is the #1 best thing you can do for your body. It keeps my headaches away and helps my inner ear work with balance (especially yoga). I notice that if I sit around all day and do nothing motion wise, I start to get a headache and exercise helps get rid of it and keep it away. Get that blood & oxygen flowing to the brain.
I also take other natural supplements that are healthy for the brain and inner ear. Here is the list:
-Xango (mangosteen fruit juice) 4 ounces a day keeps pain away and gives you lots of energy. I take 2 ounces am/2pm. It is a major anti-oxidant that helps protect the body against cellular damage especially caused by medications.
-Omega 3 fish oil (1000mg) I take 4 X a day. 2am/2pm Great for brain & heart function.
-B complex (I take 1 X a day in am) Great for brain/nervous system.
Folic Acid with DHA (I take 1 X a day in am) taking before & during my menstrual cycle.
-This last one was just recommended to me by my new doctor. He said riboflavin helps decrease inner ear episodes of vertigo. The only brand I found at the drug store is called LIPO-FLAVONOID PLUS. It is a unique ear health formula that was created by an ear doctor. I take this 1 x a day in the evening because it is mostly B Vitamins.

I have noticed foods to stay away from that bring on headaches. They are pretty much anything aged/fermented. Cheeses, alcohol, yogurt etc. I slip up sometimes for cheese Also caffeine I stay away from. Oh, and don't skip meals!

Well I think that's about all I can tell you for now. I'm not 100% there just yet but feel pretty close. Maybe in another 6 months things will be fantastic, won't have any problems with motion or driving and can hopefully start reducing my medication mg.
Don't give up hope, you need to keep fighting for your life and independence. I know how frustrating it is to be dizzy, but keep doing your homework, talking to people, reading online information, books, anything and everything you can find and try everything until something works for you. Wish you all the best and let me know if you have anymore questions.

Alicia

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