Posted 5/26/2018 7:14 AM (GMT -6)
It runs in the family
It will be a long post, but I need to have the opinion of other people with my problem.
Now, from when I was little, like 4-5 years old, I suffered from vertigo. It lasted 10-15 days and I had even nausea and I remitted. It's not easy to describe what I feel when I have it, let's say I can't walk because it make the vertigo worse and I have to make strange movement with my head because if I stay with my head up it's worse. Sometimes it's even hard to sleep because when I have it I wake up with a strong vertigo. The vertigo, apart 1 year when I had it 2-3 times appeared just 1 time when I was in vacation. I went to many doctors but they didn't know what was wrong with me and probably they found strange that I had this problem almost always when I was in vacation. The vertigo disappeared when I was 13 but fast forward to when I was 16 the problem comeback. When the doctor saw me was very scared, but relieved to know it was an old problem or he would have thought of something worse. Various analyses and the neurologist give me an answer. I have, that's what say the EEG, a modest irritative anomalies in the right temporal region of my brain, this is the reason of my vertigo, in some people this problem manifest as migraine in my case as vertigo. The doctor gave me depakine chrono (valproic acid) 300mg, and I'm fine for 2 years. He said that I won't need to take this medicine for all my life, just 5 or six years and that it's not a grave problem. I asked if I could enroll in the police with this problem, he said that i'm an healty girl so no problem. When I ended school, I was 18, I started to train because, y'know, to enter in the police you have to pass some physical tests. After 3-4 months I have a vertigo of 2-3 days, it's not strong. I stopped the training for some weeks but when I start again to train I have a stronger vertigo, it last 10 days, and even when the vertigo pass for some time I can't even walk too much meters because then the vertigo come back even if weaker. I go to see the doctor and he gave me a double dose of Depakine and told me I have to do lighter exercise. I asked him if I could heal from this problem and he said that it's hard to say how much time it will take but maybe in 5-6 years (didn't he say the same things the first time I saw him?) I will be able to stop to take the medicine. Now, I stopped training because I can't have the vertigo if I want to work or go to the university, because even if depakine works to prevent the vertigo the medicine to stop vertigo during the crisis don't work, they have literally no effects and I have to wait 10 or 15 days. Still, I am left with some questions.
1) the doctor say I will be able to heal, or at least I won't need to take medicine anymore at some point. But from what I get there is no healing from this problem. Maybe the doctor say this because I have a similar problem but not exactly the same? The good thing is that the anomalies in my brain from the first time I had the EEG are diminished, but the doctor said that he doesn't expect for them to get better because it's a problem that it can be healed better when one is young, or something like that.
2) training. Well, if I can't train I can't enter in the police, so the question is, will I be able to train again? Now i'm not triyng, because the last vertigo was really bad not much on the intensity but on the duration... almost 18 days at home. I'm sure training is the cause because when I was a child I had this problem in vacation because it was when I walked a long time under the sun and I was very tired after. And when I had 2-3 time in a years as child it was when I did the basket, so...
3) I searched on internet but I couldn't find no one with vertigo caused by the brain, am I rare case?
4) this problem of anomalies in the brain runs in the family. Both my brother and my sister have this problem, but without vertigo. My sister has problem because her eyes are sensible to the sun and she can't walk if the sun is strong, she get a bit better with depakine, but she had to suspend it for the side effects. My brother is fine, but the doctor said that if he start to suffer from headache or similar to go to visit. My dad... he had a stroke years ago, now he is fine but, we have the anomalies in the same part of the brain he had the stroke. We don't suffer from high pression, but we check it sometime to be sure we are fine. And here the question is: if one day I'll have children, there are good chance they'll have this brain anomalies with vertigo or similar right?
5) everyone with migraine has some brain anomalies?
Sorry for the long post... it's just that if I will never be able to enter in the police because of this problem I would prefer to know it now, not maybe 4 or 5 years from now, and get all my hopes up again.