Postpartum vertigo/MAV

by AEBD
(CT)

I got pregnant last summer with my first baby and immediately, even before a test, could pick it up. I felt like I was foggy, walking on a boat, along with noise and light sensitivity. I was highly anxious. They even gave me a cat scan and then chalked it up to hormones and anxiety.

Mid pregnancy, closer to end of second, it went away and I chalked it up to Drs. being right it was just pregnancy. Felt amazing rest of pregnancy and first 6 weeks. Then the same things came back. I was told it’s just hormones and anxiety again. I stopped breastfeeding which kills me because I was told it would help my hormones. Well it didn’t help and he’s now 7 months. I went to ent and they are pretty sure it’s vestibular migraines but I have to get some vestibular testing done and hearing test to make sure.

I started magnesium and b2 and migraine diet yesterday. Also have been working with a naturopathic dr. who wants me to also try some progesterone cream as I had read people having luck with that. I do that testing in a few weeks for my vestibular system but they were pretty sure this is what was going on. My Vit D was a 46 in May and now it’s a 35 so I started taking 4000 iu a day again.. I joined the vestibular migraine support online and had to leave because it was horror story after horror story and I am already scared of never getting relief.

Last month my first pp period came and I felt an improvement in some symptoms for one week, then the next week I felt normal finally! Had my life back it felt like. Then I got my period and on day 4 of my period when things lightened up everything came back. The all familiar 24/7 vertigo feeling. My nd felt ovulation and progesterone helped me somehow.

This month I anxiously awaited to see the same pattern but it never came. I took ovulation tests twice a day all month. I got 3 positives 3 days in a row on cycle days 30-33 and then got my period only 2 days after that so I question if it was anovulatory?

My nd has to order more natural progesterone cream. She recommended 1/4 teaspoon a day. Is that enough? Does this sound like I might benefit from this? I want my life back and to enjoy my little one again instead of living in this 24/7 dizzy off balance.

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Oct 30, 2018
Postpartum vertigo/MAV
by: Joy

Hi AEBD

Most women feel great when pregnant as the body produces a lot of progesterone then. Stopping breastfeeding also has an affect on hormones and takes time to settle down. Progesterone will help you but not at the amount suggested to you. Between 100-200mg progesterone cream is needed, anything less will cause Estrogen Dominance symptoms. Please read How to use Progesterone Cream. Excess estrogen can also cause vertigo/dizziness. Please read the page on Dizziness.

You vitamin D3 level is low, optimal range is between 70-100ng/mL. Nothing less than 5,000iu's is needed daily. Co-factors are needed when taking D3, magnesium and vitamin K2 with no soy are the important ones.

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