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Living With Facial Pain

Vertigo and nausea after MVD... how long did yours last?

#1

I’m almost two weeks out from MVD / internal neurolysis - surgery was on April 3. The pain has been very manageable and I’m less tired than expected, but the vertigo / nausea is killing me. It is getting better, but very, very slowly. Until a couple days ago, I couldn’t watch TV/movies because the motion on the screen would make me sick; now I can watch maybe an hour as long as the camera angles don’t change a lot.

I’m on three meds to deal with it - zofran, meclizine, and a scopolamine patch. So I’m not puking, and I can walk without tipping over. I’m not surprised that I’m having a rough time - I’ve always been more susceptible to motion sickness than most people. But it is so hard to imagine feeling normal again. I have a post-op appointment tomorrow, the nurse has said they might give me steroids to help with the vertigo, but they put me on them while I was still in the hospital and it made me so restless that I was ready to climb the walls.

For the brain surgery veterans out there - please tell me that it will get better!

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#2

I haven’t had the surgery but maybe I can help a little? Perhaps no one has answered for so many days because they are doing so well they forget to check back in here? That’s a good thought at least I think? lol

One thing I do for nausea is to place an ice pack at the lower tip of my sternum or ‘breast bone’. It slows the rolling. A friend of mine tried it when she was going through morning sickness and I started worrying that she was going to give herself frost bite! If it will work in your case, the relief is immediate. Good luck!

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