Vertigo migraines

The consultant’s verdict

Yesterday was my appointment with the Ear, Nose & Throat specialist. Against my expectation, I was seen 30 minutes early. The consultant asked about my dizziness. When did it start, what’s it been like, how have I been managing. I wore these goggles that I couldn’t see through but he could, and he stuck this […]

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I am my own employee

Having stress induced vertigo migraines got me thinking about stress and standing on my feet. In thinking about my feet I’ve drawn the conclusion that mine aren’t the ugliest in the world, and that my two littlest toes are cute. In thinking about stress I’ve determined that there’s lots of it. Some of it is […]

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Vertigo Migraine — I seeeee you! (not)

It’s in my eye. I’ve got something in my eye! Ugh, and it wriggles. It’s like sickly clumps threatening to weep from my tear ducts. It’s like a bear’s come along and had a shit in my eye, mushed it in so it’s clumped around the nerve. It’s like I’m looking through water, like things […]

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Vertigo Migraine attack diary & possible triggers — 1/7 to 3/7

Saturday 1/7 — I was wobbly on my feet and a bit sick feeling but I could ignore it and help Jackie move. By the evening I was drinking alcohol and OK. The last 3 times I’ve drunk I’ve been really ill after only 2 drinks, so great improvement. Trigger? — Friday’s sick note excitement. Sunday […]

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What a carry on for a bloody go back to work fit note!

Dr Garland wanted to see me this week before the sick note ran out to discuss the Propopanol and how I’m doing on them. You may remember, my vertigo migraines are stress induced and these pills are there to slow me down in the hopes I don’t get carried away. Now getting an appointment with […]

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The Dr’s visit debrief — too long for text message

Aaaaaaaand (deep breath in)… I have been signed off work for a further 2 weeks. I have been referred to the Ear, Nose & Throat specialist, but this is a 13+ week wait. I have been prescribed a new anti-nausea pill. It is an emergency pill for when the other pills don’t work. Called Dopopomine, […]

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Vertigo ongoing — when will it end?

Today, yesterday, Friday, Tuesday, Monday — today is the worst. I haven’t felt this bad since way back when this first started. It’s been weeks and weeks, if not a month. Vertigo. Actually, vertigo’s amateur cousin. Vertigo proper is of the ear fluid while I’ve got it of the ear nerve. Apparently not as bad. Apparently […]

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A journey of weekends

A weekend of birthday cheer

It’s been my birthday!!! Exactly why I’m still excited is a mystery, but I still am; still bouncing off the walls, annoying people. People are rolling their eyes now because my birthday was last week. S’not my fault. This year I got really excited and it’s taking me a little time to get over it. […]

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A journey of weekends

A weekend in lieu of Paris

We’d booked this airbnb place with a view of the Eiffel Tower — I’d already got on the case to find out where things were, how to get there etcetera, and then vertigo’s amateur cousin (I’ve got an acronym, similar to Vestibular Neuritis) came up in here and saw the whole trip dead. Luckily Kayte (who I […]

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Would the elephant kindly leave the room & die, thank you

Ménière the elephant is a bastard. A sadistic, unsightly bastard. And he’s a bully, too. Met him? Don’t. For the last 6 weeks I have pandered and I have tolerated and I have cancelled my life for this arsehole and still he pushes me around and pummels my stomach. Well, my dear Ménière, I have only this […]

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Blood test FAIL

The nausea isn’t improving much — the dizziness is ongoing. Yesterday turned into a bit of a disaster and ended with another visit to the doctor. I’ve been prescribed new pills, Cinnarizine, signed off another week, and require a blood test to investigate further. Full blood count, glucose, liver profile, kidneys, thyroid… Blood test booked for […]

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Back to work — I survived!!!

I made it all the way through the day, I did! Very proud — touch and go, though. It wasn’t a guarantee. My day began with dry heaving, the type of dry heaving that’s actually you being sick but nothing’s coming up. An hour of it — I ate toast to give myself something to hurl but […]

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Inner ear / Stemetil update

The last Stemetil I took was on Wednesday night — the world is still a bit wobbly, still a bit sickly, but not enough for a tablet. After 4 weeks of this I can safely say that I’m done, sick of it, it can fuck off — being unsteady on my feet I can accept, can use to […]

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The hatred of my inner ear, ongoing

I got in a taxi yesterday and that was enough to set everything back off. It was like my visit to the dentist all over again, weaving down the road because I couldn’t walk straight. So to update on what my inner ear dislikes: Dentists Taxis now but I assume cars in general Phone calls […]

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Stemetil & my inner ear

So far, I’ve not started lactating, my breasts have not enlarged, I’m not knowingly impotent nor agitated, nor have I lost my menstrual period — the possible side effects of Stemetil are quite something. I still have no balance, I still rock and sway, but as long as I take a Stemetil the sickness goes away, […]

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The dentist & vertigo — not a love story

I’m signed off work — after visiting the dentist I can now very noticeably no longer walk in a straight line, nor stand in one place, nor sit without rocking, nor assure the integrity of my stomach, and all this since I stepped out onto the street after getting a scale and polish. It was a check-up and it’s part of the […]

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Ménière & me

After a week of being practically housebound with any measure of noise and movement enough to set things off I have determined that for Ménière and me, drugs are not the answer — Betahistine, specifically. No. If the doctor tries to prescribe it again I shall be politely telling him where he can shove it. For all it […]

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A journey of weekends

A weekend with my mate Ménière

Because terra firma isn’t exactly firm at the moment, more like a rolling ocean, most of my weekend was spent indoors and trying not to move too quickly for fear of throwing up. For someone who has a violent spasm every time he remembers something, measured motion isn’t easy to achieve. Besides, like whilst being […]

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