Migraines and Vertigo – What Can You Do?

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shutterstock_10176124For many individuals who experience migraines, vertigo often accompanies the severe headache. Migraine sufferers often report that they feel like they are moving, spinning or dizzy, even while sitting or standing still. Studies show that as many as 30% of migraine suffers may experience problems with vertigo. Migraine associated vertigo is more common in individuals who experience vision problems and auras with their migraines. Physicians are still unclear what causes vertigo in patients that have migraines.

Symptoms of Migraine Associated Vertigo

Along with the general symptoms of a migraine, which include severe head pain, sensitivity to light and sound, and in some cases auras or vision changes, several other symptoms occur with migraine associated vertigo. One of the main symptoms is a sense of falling, tilting, rocking or spinning. Other common symptoms include dizzy spells, imbalance, visual motion sensitivity, sensitivity to head movement, feeling light headed, ear pressure and nausea. In some severe cases, migraine associated vertigo may make it difficult to stand or walk.

Lifestyle and Natural Remedies to Consider

If you are suffering from migraine associated vertigo, seeing a physician to find a good migraine treatment is important. However, certain natural remedies may help to alleviate some of the symptoms of vertigo you experience with your migraines. Here are some tips that may help:

Massage Therapy: Massage therapy may help to relieve some of the symptoms of migraine associated vertigo. While a full body massage may be helpful, the best relieve is often enjoyed when the massage is concentrated on the neck and head.

Avoid Jerky Movements: Jerky movements can make vertigo worse, so if you are experiencing migraine associated vertigo, avoid jerky movements, especially jerky movements of the neck or head. Avoid positions that may make the attack worse, such as looking up with the neck bent backwards.

Modified Epley Maneuver: This maneuver is often performed in a physical therapist’s or doctor’s office and involves body and head movements done while sitting and lying in bed. Patients may receive instruction on how to perform this maneuver and then be instructed to use it at home as a natural method of relieving vertigo.

Try DiVertigo: DiVertigo is an all-natural herbal oil blend, applied on the head behind the ear. It quickly calms vertigo symptoms, such as spinning, dizziness, nausea, vomiting and other equilibrium problems. It works in less than 5 minutes and can be applied even after symptoms have started.

Unfortunately, vertigo often accompanies migraines. However, natural remedies can be used to alleviate the symptoms of migraine associated vertigo, although the underlying migraine requires treatment as well.



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