has anyone else felt their absolute worst when getting on the on ramp of a highway/freeway? driving is bad enough but something about going in that big circle turning the car while looking at all the traffic going by makes me feel so bad.. i know we all suffer from different things here.
So damn fed up with this 'feeling' i'm going to try to make my otologist prescribe me something next time i go back, cause this sure as heck isnt going away by itself. Also, as long as i can remember i get lots of headaches, and the past few months i've been getting them very often, like 10+ hours a day, they are not terribly bad they are just always there, i try to forget about them..also i see lots of light flashes and weird objects like when you stare at the sun... but can this be related in any way to the inner ear, brain getting confused thing? i know MAV is something.. but i dont have migraines ( i dont think) and i dont have vertigo... just that crappy 'off-stoned-drunk-lightheaded-feeling' It's brain fog to the maximum with headaches.... arghhh
I often get that crazy feeling when getting onto the freeway, especially at night when I'm driving home from work. I never know if I should focus on the posts that mark the curve or the actual road, because both make me pretty dizzy. Some days are better than others, but it does drive me nuts.
About the migraines... you may want to see your GP or a neurologist about your headache symtoms. I get ocular migraines and didn't even know that's what they were for the first 8 years I had them. I told a doctor about it when it first started happening and he looked at me like I was insane. Being young and thinking that doctors knew everything, I was scared to ever ask about it again. It wasn't until my husband started studying optometry that I finally found out the jagged, shimmery light I had been seeing for years was indeed a migraine. I don't do anything to treat it, because there has never been any pain with the aura, I just learned how to ignore it. But the flashes of light you describe may be migraine related...
I used to enjoy driving, now it's a chore. Especially night driving, driving with snow or rain, driving over bridges, and driving on turns/curves/hills. Oh heck, I'll just say "driving".
Also, the brief symptoms you've mentioned sound similiar to mine. I have been diagnosed by three specialists with MAV. FYI that you don't have to have the "classic" migraine symptoms to have MAV. But having a headache most of the day, and dealing with some visual auras (flashes) are related to MAV.
In addition, you don't have to have vertigo to have MAV. MAV can also give you disequilibrium, like how you experience when you are driving. My symptoms are more of a generalized wooziness and looking through a "fishbowl" feeling. However, I have been spinny dizzy at times as well.
MAV for some people can be treated with over-the-counter medications such as plain aspirin and Liquid Benedryl or Liquid Dimetapp (antihistamines). Also, I got great results by taking an older anti-depressant called Amitriptyline, which works on some forms of migraines. I needed to stop due to side-effects, but for the time I was on it, no symptoms.
I have to agree with Wowwweee, this sounds like MAV, I have also been diagnosed with this condition. I have alot of what you describe and alot more as well. You do not have to have a classic migraine to have MAV. JUst by your saying you have a constant dull headache most of the time is enough and sometimes people have no headache at all. I too have a mild headache most days, some days none, and rarely thank God, do I have a true whammy of a migraine yet I have the flashing, flickering, pulsing in my vision 24/7 and the off kilter/ disequillibrium pretty much all of the time too. The visula things are hard for me to cope with even more than the dizzy feeling most of the time. My eyes have been checked and they are fine. Occular or optic migraines could be another cause of your problems but if you have the constant aura as they say of a migraine I would lean more towards MAV. I am going to try what wowwweee suggested with the liquid aspirin and benadryl. I take xanax occasionally which I have to say helps trememdously but I hope you can find relief some other way because I hate being on any type of meds. Amytryptiline also has been know to work well and someone mentioned an herbal supplement called kali bach, anything is worth a try. Always talk to your doctor before taking anything though and I hope it reassures you to know many others have these same horrible symtoms and you are not alone.
Hope your feeling better soon, keep us all posted!!