(Health Secrets) For many of us a vertigo migraine is related to lifestyle choices. This is not a criticism: it is an acceptance of reality because sometimes we do not even know which choice led to manifesting a migraine. Modern life can be toxic, especially the products of modern chemistry. Other vertigo migraine triggers include foods, stress, sensory stimuli, changes in wake-sleep pattern, physical environment factors, changes in the weather, hormonal changes, and medications.
Has there been any painting done in your home or workplace? The chemicals in the paint create a feeling of anxiety, throat and lung constriction, and blurred vision. Some people are hyper-reactive to the nitrites and sulfites used as food preservatives. You may be thinking you are drinking a glass of red wine for your health, and the next thing you know, you have a headache, blurred vision and racing heart.
Toxicity from chemicalized processed foods, and other man made environmental toxins, has an cumulative effect, especially when mixed with emotional and mental stress. It is the cumulative effect that is never or seldom scientifically researched. Each individual chemical or medication is studied on its own and this skews the information we are given on product usage, or from physicians. The cumulative effect of food sensitivities acting in the body can create the perfect storm that are my migraines.
Food and chemical sensitivities, and allergic reactions are a huge, complex, and highly individualized topic. If you have true allergic reactions, it is essential to understand these thoroughly with the help of a physician, as allergic reactions can be deadly. Many of us are aware of foods, medications, chemicals, and other issues that trigger migraines. However we also need to be aware that physical body structural issues and concerns can trigger migraines.
Migraine symptoms can be frightening. Some individuals experience extreme head pain while others do not. Others will have very odd visual experiences, such as watching the face of the person you are talking to pixilate into colored lights, or having objects disappear from my visual field. It is not unusual for one’s first reaction to be do I have a brain tumor? The best thing to do is to stay calm to avoid panic and anxiety, as these will worsen symptoms by raising your blood pressure. If you are away from home at the onset of a migraine, don’t drive and be honest enough to call family or friends for help.
Many people get nauseous and sensitive to light and sound, along with their visual disturbances. If your migraine symptoms are severe and include vertigo you may require a trip to a physician. You can learn to deal with migraine and vertigo to limit their severity.
It is thought that a migraine occurs when swollen blood vessels in the brain press on nearby nerves, causing pain. Vertigo occurs when there is a mismatch of information from two or more of the systems in the central nervous system. The central nervous system coordinates and integrates sensory input from the visual, vestibular, and proprioception systems. (Proprioception is the unconscious perception of movement and spatial orientation arising from stimuli within the body itself.)
It is important to know the difference between dizziness and vertigo. Vertigo is the feeling that you or your environment is moving or spinning. Dizziness is a disturbed sense of one’s relationship in space. To physicians, dizziness refers to problems with a variety of body systems including circulation, cardiovascular, eyes, brain, and ears. Vertigo is a hallucination of motion frequently caused by inner ear dysfunction. Unsteadiness or a sense of “falling” and may be due to problems with the ear, brain, or nerves. Light headedness typically occurs with rapid changes in position and is usually due to a circulation problem such as low blood pressure.
A vertigo migraine is simply another name for what many medical professionals call a vestibular migraine, which is ultimately a migraine that is accompanied by a sense of vertigo. Cervical vertigo is a vertigo or dizziness that is provoked by a particular neck posture. Misaligned Temporo-mandibular joints can cause migraine because of their proximity to the ear.
Manifests as a flicker in your peripheral vision, spots in your visual field or flashes of light
The room may begin to spin around you, or your surroundings may begin to tilt either up or down.
Caused by that spinning or tilting impression from the vertigo.
An overwhelming sense of instability, wobbliness, shakiness, or lack of coordination that may force to sit back down or find a chair almost immediately.
Queasiness which may result in vomiting or retching
Vertigo migraine will be the severe head pain, overarching throb or a sharp, piercing pain (not every one experiences severe head pain)
*Ringing in the ears
30% of the population will experience vertigo symptoms at sometime in their life. Vertigo can be treated with drug therapy, physical therapy, psychotherapy, hormone balancing, surgery or a combination. Because vertigo can be caused by problems in the brain or the inner ear it is important to get a specific assessment from a physician.
Natural antihistamines such as vitamins C and E, omega 3 fatty acids, or herbs such as coltsfoot, goldenseal, stinging nettle, or horny goat weed can be used to short circuit migraine and vertigo symptoms in the early stages by helping to eliminate inflammation. Papaya is another effective natural antihistamine. If the migraine is food related, try a digestive enzyme and drink plenty of water. Drinking a cup of coffee may also work.
For a migraine put your hands in hot water, as hot as you can stand, to help equalize blood circulation away from your brain, or try a hot pack on you stomach. Homeopathic treatments work quiet well but should be tailored to you as a whole person. Check with a homeopathic physician or a good homeopathic website.
For visual aura problems homeopathic Belladonna seems to work well. Cervical vertigo and misaligned Temporo-mandibular joints can be treated by a chiropractor.
Make sure you have optimal levels of magnesium. If you feel dizzy, disoriented, and clumsy this signals a vestibulo-ocular reflex issue. In this case go to the chiropractor as soon as possible to check for cervical vertigo (provoked by a particular neck posture) or misaligned temporo-mandibular joints.
During a vertigo migraine the inner ear and balance reflex may be off. Practice sitting up and walking in order to short circuit vertigo.
A natural migraine management plan might include supplemental B vitamins, Coenzyme Q10, Magnesium, Calcium, Folate, Omega 3, Vitamin D, Biotin, and Melatonin.
If you have a tendency to migraine you might try these lifestyle changes if they are appropriate to you as a unique individual.
1. Rise slowly in the morning to a sitting position at the edge of your bed. Find a spot on the nearest wall to fix your eyes on to steady any dizziness you feel. Stay in bed sitting upright until the dizziness subsides.
2. Limit your exposure to bright light and loud noises. Avoid direct sunlight during the onset of this condition.
3. Sit quietly away from noise. Sitting with your feet up, comfortably relaxing, will help abate the headache.
4 . Drink plenty of water, because hydration is a key component to recovery. Avoid alcohol consumption, which will aggravate the condition and/or lengthen your recovery period.
5 . Eat a balanced diet. Choose foods like sweet potatoes or a whole grains like brown rice, quinoa, barley and oats. Limit caffeine and chocolate intake over the three days following an acute onset of migraine vertigo.
6. Breathe in slowly and fully expand your lungs to ease the headache and the pressure. Inhale through your nose, and then exhale through your mouth five times, repeating three times or more, if needed.
7 . Move your neck slowly from side to side, shoulder to shoulder. Gently roll your head forward and around while sitting upright in a chair. Do this movement three times with 20 to 30 seconds rest in-between.
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