Atypical Migraines

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Date Joined Aug 2011
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   Posted 8/22/2011 4:42 PM (GMT -6)   

I'm 19 and for the past 8 months I've been dealing with dizzy spells, fatigue, and most recently, vision problems. The dizzy spells become worse whenever I go outside, especially when it is extremely sunny. I have been seen by a physician, ENT, cardiologist, and neurologist. The neurologist was the only one to come up with anything other than a normal diagnosis (everyone else said they can't find anything wrong). He said that my dizzy spells are actually migraines. He gave me Topomax to begin taking and that didn't work at all so he put me on Atenelol. The Atenelol cut the dizzy spells almost completely out of my life but I react very strongly to medications so I had to stop taking it. Pretty much, I know what I'm dealing with are migraines but I can't get any relief. It is becoming a serious problem to the point where it is getting in the way of my everyday life. The dizziness is NOT vertigo. I have read thousands of articles about migraines and vertigo but not many about migraines and dizzy spells. The dizzy spells almost feel like my head is swimming or floating. An almost drunk feeling, but not quite. The dizzy spells can last anywhere from several minutes to several days. I've had some that are constantly present for weeks on end before. Does anyone else have these same symptoms and what have you found to help?

Thank you so much!

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Date Joined Nov 2011
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   Posted 11/14/2011 12:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi~I know exactly how you feel! about a month ago I had this same stuff start to happen to me and it's been virtually all day, every day. The only time I don't feel anything is when I'm asleep. I'm now tired all the time and on my worst days I get depressed and weepy. I just came from the ENT who said that I'm either having atypical migraines or it's BPPV (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo). Sounds worse than it is! :) That's when the "rocks" in your head fall into your ear canal and screw with your brain's sense of balance. The ENT gave me migraine medication to see if that works (he said it should take 10 days or so to kick in) and he also wants me to make an appointment at the local hospital's balance and mobility rehab center to more tests. I hope this helps.
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