I'm new to this board and have a couple questions. I've had MD for a couple years, but only got a diagnosis earlier this year. I've only had 2 severe attacks, but they were bad. The last one was a week ago, and I had some rather dramatic vomiting, which gave me a doozy of a headache. I continue to have a severe headache now a week later. Sometimes horrid, sometimes not bad. It's especially bad as the day wears on and my neck is also very sore. Should I see a dr or is this just part of my new private hell?
Also, can anyone recommend a good menieres dr in the sf bay area. I was diagnosed at Stanford, but they were so hard to get in to, and so unhelpful. The dr handed me a brochure and ushered me out. I have no idea how to proceed, but I don't think I'll do it with them.
I think it's pretty classic Menderes. I started losing my hearing in one ear a couple years ago, and it's now pretty much gone, especially in the low frequencies. I had an MRI to rule out AN, and started having vertigo about 6 months ago. At first, just a single severe attack with vomiting, which resolved after a few hours. Then small vertigo episodes and some nausea. No headaches. And at 54' I've never had a migraine. This last vertigo attack, however, was severe and I had some violent vomiting which gave me a rip-roaring headache. That turned into a one-sided headache that persists after more than 2 weeks. I tried some imitrex which helped for a day, but then it returned. Not as bad tho.
The hearing loss certainly indicates Menieres. Migraine and MD occur together in many patients -- higher than would be expected by chance. If I were you I'd start treating migraine and you'll almost certainly see many of your symptoms improve.
That's interesting; I'll check into that.
I think I've nailed down the source of the headache; muscular. The pain has been gradually diminishing and now I can tell that it's coming from my neck and back. To confirm, I had a really good massage and bammo; it's much better. I think the forcefull vomiting caused muscle spasms that were bad enough to provoke a headache.
Thanks for the information. Great to have a place to pose questions and get answers.
Be aware that migraine causes sore muscles -- particularly in the neck and shoulders via the trigeminal nerve. Many make the mistake thinking they have neck pathology and spend thousands on a chiropractor or physio. Treat the migraine disease and the pain will vanish. I'm such a person who has been down this track. It's well known in the literature.