Jennifer Husak

Be Still and know that I am God ~ Psalm 46:10

Age: 39

Diagnosis: Vestibular Migraine

I have been dealing with vestibular imbalances for 3 years now and was recently diagnosed with Vestibular Migraines. I’ve done all testing for BPPV, VN, and others and was first diagnosed with Menieres Disease. After trying the low sodium diet and still having no luck with random severe dizzy spells to a constant state of imbalance I was then sent to a specialist. During my initial testing, my ENT could see that my right vestibular nerve is barely functioning causing my left nerve to compensate for the right. The injury is most likely due to the multitude of migraines. Nerves do not heal themselves so this will always be an issue. I’ve noticed that I get tired quicker, weight gain from having spouts of sinus infections, viruses, and then just being dizzy & afraid to go to the gym. I have been put on anti migraine medication, and then medication for when I feel dizzy that I take throughout the day. Both help immensely assuming the weather doesn’t go from 45 degrees to 0 degrees Fahrenheit in a day. If that happens then I’m prepared to relax for a day or so.

Vestibular Migraines is one of the most debilitating chronic disorders in the U.S. They can occur with or without headache pain (occular migraine). Some more severe episodes turn into a full blown painful migraine accompanied with full dizzy spin vertigo attacks. In most cases, though my episodes are moderate where the feeling keeps me from being able to drive, walk straight, I feel uneasy, anxious, and once the spell is over I’m exhausted. I’ve noticed my triggers are changes in barometric pressure (weather), stress, and I don’t enjoy jumping much anymore. However, I’m learning to embrace this new challenge. I spend a lot of time talking to the Lord, studying the Bible, reading devotional books, and studying about my disease. I’m starting to return to the gym just this week. I keep asking the Lord to remove my fear, keep me steady, & give me strength. He is always there, always willing, & the best medicine you can ask for.