Vertigo

Could this be the cause of the vomiting and the constant need to go to the loo? the whole room spinning out of control and the god awful feeling that comes over you when you are about to have a spate of diahorea. without the diahorea thats the only way I can describe the symptoms. I went into hospital recently, after 3 hours of non stop spinning dizzyness, then going to the loo followed by a real violent vomiting, by then I had called an ambulance because I was about to pass out. when the men got to my home, I was sitting on the floor at my doorstep then I had what I felt like a seizure of some kind, the ambulance man was asking me my name and i was talking, but no words would come out. I was very sick again. went into A/E, they gave me the routine checks and then sent me home after 6 hours of sleep. I can not believe that a simple case of hemiplegic migraine could have turned into this exorcist behaviour that I am experiencing. It is very out of character for me and to be honest, I'm really scared that I wont be able to function with work or with anything, being confined to the house and just having no quality of life for the rest of my life.

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  • Hi Poor you - that sounds dreadful. I don't know enough about the links between migraine and vertigo -if any - but in terms of the vertigo - Has it been diagnosed as caused by the migraine or might you have vertigo from another cause -which is then perhaps triggering a migraine?? As a sufferer from both -migraine all my life -but vertigo only the last 18/12 after a virus - I have realsised how important it is to distinguish between 'dizziness' and 'vertigo' - which is where the room spins around you even when lying down whereas dizziness is often relieved by lying down. If it is vertigo there are physical treatments based on specific movements and exercises that can be very effective. A and E won't go into the details of diagnosing -their remit is purely to make sure you are not at risk and send you home.

  • Hi there

    I've had migraine associated vertigo bouts since I was 12 years old, I'm now 43. It wasn't firmly diagnosed as vestibular migraine until this year, but I had already been diagnosed with migraine with aura and basilar migraine and it was always suggested that the vertigo bouts could be migraine. I'm a chronic migraineur.

    Yes, migraine can cause the most extreme vertigo where you are not able to stand up, move your head/eyes without setting it off, in fact when I have the most severe attack I look like I've had a stroke. Vertigo is experienced differently by everyone though, just as migraine is. Vertigo is characterised by the rotational spinning you describe. Sometimes I have to lay still and can't move my eyes without vertigo, at other times I can't lie down. Other days I find I can't bend down for any length of time or move around too quickly without rotational spin.

    It is hard to believe that migraine can do this as often the vertigo does not always come at the same time as the classic migraine symptoms. I see this as the migraine attacking my ear/balance system.

    I've not had an upset stomach with mine (but lots do from what I have read), but I do pass a lot of water when I have bad vertigo. I'm not sure why this is, but it is a real pain. Sometimes I think it is the shock and fear you experience with vertigo that makes it this way. A lot of adrenaline pumps around your body when you feel scared with vertigo.

    One thing to remember is that these really bad attacks do pass, and it is usually good to sit/lie and rest until they do. As oldtrout said above, you can practice Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy exercises which help you improve your balance and make you stronger for the future. They really do help and will help you feel more confident. It might be worth reading the information that the Vestibular Disorders Association has: vestibular.org/living-vesti... Please don't be too despondent, though I know it's difficult. The more information and support you receive, the more confident you will feel about dealing with if it, if it happened again.

    If vertigo is becoming regular then you should ask to see a neuro-otologist who specialises in balance disorders, they will help you lots.

    I really hope you feel better today.

    Take care

    Kindest

  • Hi there

    I've had migraine associated vertigo bouts since I was 12 years old, I'm now 43. It wasn't firmly diagnosed as vestibular migraine until this year, but I had already been diagnosed with migraine with aura and basilar migraine and it was always suggested that the vertigo bouts could be migraine. I'm a chronic migraineur.

    Yes, migraine can cause the most extreme vertigo where you are not able to stand up, move your head/eyes without setting it off, in fact when I have the most severe attack I look like I've had a stroke. Vertigo is experienced differently by everyone though, just as migraine is. Vertigo is characterised by the rotational spinning you describe. Sometimes I have to lay still and can't move my eyes without vertigo, at other times I can't lie down. Other days I find I can't bend down for any length of time or move around too quickly without rotational spin.

    It is hard to believe that migraine can do this as often the vertigo does not always come at the same time as the classic migraine symptoms. I see this as the migraine attacking my ear/balance system.

    I've not had an upset stomach with mine (but lots do from what I have read), but I do pass a lot of water when I have bad vertigo. I'm not sure why this is, but it is a real pain. Sometimes I think it is the shock and fear you experience with vertigo that makes it this way. A lot of adrenaline pumps around your body when you feel scared with vertigo.

    One thing to remember is that these really bad attacks do pass, and it is usually good to sit/lie and rest until they do. As oldtrout said above, you can practice Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy exercises which help you improve your balance and make you stronger for the future. They really do help and will help you feel more confident. It might be worth reading the information that the Vestibular Disorders Association has: vestibular.org/living-vesti... Please don't be too despondent, though I know it's difficult. The more information and support you receive, the more confident you will feel about dealing with if it, if it happened again.

    If vertigo is becoming regular then you should ask to see a neuro-otologist who specialises in balance disorders, they will help you lots.

    I really hope you feel better today.

    Take care

    Kindest

  • Hi there

    I've had migraine associated vertigo bouts since I was 12 years old, I'm now 43. It wasn't firmly diagnosed as vestibular migraine until this year, but I had already been diagnosed with migraine with aura and basilar migraine and it was always suggested that the vertigo bouts could be migraine. I'm a chronic migraineur.

    Yes, migraine can cause the most extreme vertigo where you are not able to stand up, move your head/eyes without setting it off, in fact when I have the most severe attack I look like I've had a stroke. Vertigo is experienced differently by everyone though, just as migraine is. Vertigo is characterised by the rotational spinning you describe. Sometimes I have to lay still and can't move my eyes without vertigo, at other times I can't lie down. Other days I find I can't bend down for any length of time or move around too quickly without rotational spin.

    It is hard to believe that migraine can do this as often the vertigo does not always come at the same time as the classic migraine symptoms. I see this as the migraine attacking my ear/balance system.

    I've not had an upset stomach/sickness with mine (but lots do from what I have read), but I do pass a lot of water when I have bad vertigo. I'm not sure why this is, but it is a real pain. Sometimes I think it is the shock and fear you experience with vertigo that makes it this way. A lot of adrenaline pumps around your body when you feel scared with vertigo.

    One thing to remember is that these really bad attacks do pass, and it is usually good to sit/lie and rest until they do. As oldtrout said above, you can practice Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy exercises which help you improve your balance and make you stronger for the future. They really do help and will help you feel more confident. It might be worth reading the information that the Vestibular Disorders Association has: vestibular.org/living-vesti... Please don't be too despondent, though I know it's difficult. The more information and support you receive, the more confident you will feel about dealing with if it, if it happened again.

    If vertigo is becoming regular then you should ask to see a neuro-otologist who specialises in balance disorders, they will help you lots.

    I really hope you feel better today.

    Take care

    Kindest

  • Ihave migrane but over the last 3 years have started having episodes very like yours. But without vertigo. The doc has no ideas except that it sounds like what happens when people with gastric bypass overeat. I am an 8st 7lb vegetarian !! I wonder if it is something like the abdominal migraine my son had as a chid ?

    Hope you get it sorted soon

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