Migraine-associated vertigo is dizziness that is associated with a migraine headache condition. Dizziness is one of the most common reasons people present to the doctor. Migraines are common as well. The job of the diagnostician is to determine whether the dizziness and headache are related and then, whether the dizziness is a manifestation of migraine, or whether they co-exist by chance.
SYMPTOMS OF MIGRAINE-ASSOCIATED VERTIGO
Published, peer-reviewed journal articles will describe migraine-associated vertigo using words including: episodic rotational vertigo with or without nausea and vomiting, positional vertigo, constant imbalance, movement-associated disequilibrium, illusory self or object motion, head motion intolerance, and/or light-headedness, photophobia, phonophobia, osmophobia, and/or visual or other auras.
A HEADACHE IS NOT REQUIRED TO MAKE A DIAGNOSIS OF MIGRAINE-ASSOCIATED VERTIGO.
Having suffered with migraine-associated vertigo myself, and having been connected with other suffers, let me put this into plain language. A migraine can cause too many bizarre symptoms to list. MAVers typically report the following: Symptoms may go on 24/7 for many years. I know a woman who has had migraine-associated vertigo for 23 years. Common are crushing fatigue, brain fog, surrealism, as if looking through a coke bottle, visual snow so dense it’s hard to make out people’s faces. Then there are the symptoms related to dizziness: rocking motion, true vertigo, bed swings, feeling as if the floor or bed is moving, and floor drops.
This is a wicked illness to live with – it’s not just dizziness, which would be bad enough – it is a debilitating, life-robbing illness.
What’s frustrating is that friends and family think you are just dizzy. They don’t understand why you “won’t” eat the chocolate cake they made you, or “won’t” get out of bed and get some sunshine and meet you for lunch.
HOW TO TREAT MIGRAINE-ASSOCIATED VERTIGO
Prophylaxis is the ONLY way to treat migraine-associated vertigo, otherwise you will get rebound. First line prophylactic approach is strict adherence to the “Migraine Diet.” David Buchholz, M.D., formerly of Johns Hopkins, in his Book, Heal Your Headache, gives a comprehensive version of the diet.
If after three months, there is no clear difference in your migraine-associated vertigo, the patient will move onto the next step. If, however, there is significant help with the removal of trigger foods, the job is to add back foods, one at a time, to find out which food(s) is the culprit. Most people find definite food triggers which make a big difference in how they feel.
The best alternative treatment I’ve come across is Laminine. It has been reported on American Health Journal and broadcast on PBS. Let me explain.
Our body has pathways to heal itself. Problem is, we live in a toxic environment and eat toxic foods. Out natural pathways are too sick to work. Thus, we live longer, but sicker lives.
A medical doctor in Canada discovered a way to extract the ‘life-essence’ of a nine day old fertilized avian egg. Through research, it was found that on exactly the ninth day, all the ingredients necessary to create life are at its highest level. In fact, the life-giving proteins are so potent at this stage that a live chick is hatched a mere two weeks thereafter. This method of extraction and freeze-drying processes proved to be a historical monumental success for this medical doctor’s patients. The product has been patented and is being sold around the world under the name Laminine.
Bottom line, the product works at the level of our body’s stem cells. Stem cells can turn into any cell of the body that is needed. In a healthy body, if you have corrupted nerve cells, they would die and new stem cells turn into nerve cells to replace them, etc. Laminine feeds us those stem cells and opens our healing pathways again.
It doesn’t matter what your diagnosis is: physical, psychological, mental – Laminine will allow your body to bring it back into homeostasis. There have been dozens of clinical studies I can direct you too as well as incredible testimonials.
Laminine feeds the body so that our natural healing pathways can work again. It’s simple as that. Our bodies return to a state of homeostasis. Corrupted cells die, as they are intended to, and new healthy cells are replicated.
Another GREAT alternative treatment is Enzacta’s Alfa PXP. It works on the premise as above and I put my name behind it. However, it is more expensive than Laminine, but it does do the job.
NEXT STEP: MIGRAINE-ASSOCIATED VERTIGO PROPHYLAXIS
CSD Blockers: Anticonvulsants
Topiramate is about 75% effective for migraine-associated vertigo. The starting dose is 25 mg and therecommendation is to titrate as needed, in weekly 25 increments, up to 150 mg. Side effects include, but are not limited to, weight loss, hair loss, speech disturbance, difficulty in word-finding and tingling in the hands and feet.
Neurochemical modulators: antidepressants
Venlafaxine (Effexor) is 80% effective for migraine-associated vertigo. Mechanism is notvery clear. Effexor is an SNRI and SSRI. It is very useful in managing the sensory amplifications seen in migraine. It is inexpensive. The starting dose is 12.5 mg, increasing slowly to a maximum of 75 mg. Side effects are minor.
In sum, this horrific illness will not go away, it only gets worse. There are ways to ease your suffering so immediate action is necessary. If you are dizzy, go to a neurologist, who will do extensive testing (they love to do tests because they get paid a lot of money to do them). After that is out of the way, go to a neuro-otologist. If you suffer from migraine-associated vertigo, and if he’s good (try to find one who is associated with a university) he’ll see migraine-associated vertigo all over you and get you started back to health right away.
But first you need to make the choice to get out the door and take action!
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