My name is Teri Pifer and I have been a patient in Dr. Banis’ care for approximately 10 years. In October 2012, I awoke in the middle of the night with severe vertigo and nausea. My husband rushed me to the ER where physicians were puzzled. I had an MRI to confirm I had not suffered a stroke. I had pain in my left ear and was initially diagnosed with Miniere’s disease, an affliction of the middle ear which causes spinning sensations and balance issues. I went on a low sodium diet, diuretic and kept a journal to try to pin point what triggered my vertigo episodes.
It was a debilitating 6 month period of suffering vertigo attacks without warning. I chose the Videonystagmography testing to positively identify what was troubling me. Testing showed that I actually suffered from a rare condition, Vestibular Migraines.
Abbey Helton, BSN, RN C has been treating my glabella area with 12-15 units of Botox for the past several years. I noticed after my semi-annual treatment that my vertigo symptoms disappeared. I’ve read in various magazines about the use of Botox to treat migraines and put two and two together.
I can happily report that my Botox treatments not only relieve my scowl, they have allowed me to return to my normal active lifestyle, without fear of suffering from vertigo. It truly works for me.