Hey everyone...long time lurker, first time poster!
I've had ocular migraines for the last 8 or so years. I'd probably have anywhere from 3-8 a year and they wouldn't be all that unbearable...just pretty uncomfortable for about an hour or so. I'd get that "spot" in my vision, which would develop into that zigzag aura that would just get bigger and bigger until it leaves my line of sight. It's accompanied by minor nausea and minor headache...almost like a hungover feeling. I'd then develop a weird bruising on my forehead which I always thought as odd (and it's not from rubbing my forehead...since I can't really remember doing that). Anyway, last month I had about 4 migraines in 2 weeks, one being a different type of migraine...a sudden episode of double vision that scared the life out of me. It lasted for about an hour and it was accompanied by the same migraine-like hungover feeling.
That put a scare into me, so I went to my GP. He started me on a calcium-channel blocker (Amlodipine) and ordered an MRI scan. MRI came back normal...and I have not had a migraine since going on Amlodipine. Good news...but, I also seem to have some dizziness upon standing and I've had quite a few panic attacks about a week after starting Amlodipine up thru today. I suspect it's the Amlodipine. I've had some anxiety issues in the last few years, and I think the dizziness upon standing is kinda triggering these attacks.
Has anyone had any success with preventing migraines with other meds...like a beta blocker or even an anti-depressant? The Amlodipine seems to work but this anxiety/lightheadedness has been too rough on me. I'm just wondering if anyone has any advice on how they're treating their migraines via preventative meds. Anyone using Zoloft to treat it? I say that since I've got some anxiety (social anxiety being the biggie) issues...I'm thinking an anti-depressant like that, might be worth a shot.