Surviving Migraines that Come with Vertigo Attacks

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Dr. Tymothy Flory has been a migraine chiropractor in Carmel for quite a while and has come across several patients who also experience vertigo during their episodes. So, he’s no stranger to hearing stories of dizzying spells, spinning sensations, and pulsating headaches. If you have a similar experience, you might find it helpful to read through our guide on surviving migraine-associated vertigo episodes.


Defining Migraine-associated Vertigo, a.k.a Vestibular Migraine

Doctors refer to migraine-associated vertigo as vestibular migraine. Essentially, this type of migraine doesn’t trigger throbbing or pulsating headaches but causes spinning sensations. 

According to a study, vestibular migraines are one of the leading causes of spontaneous and recurring vertigo episodes. It can interfere with your brain’s ability to detect balance or orientation changes or cause your vestibular organs to overreact to stimuli and perceive false spinning sensations. 

Besides the disorienting vertigo episodes, you can expect to experience other symptoms, including:

  • Ataxia (uncoordinated body movements)
  • Dizziness
  • Loss of balance
  • Difficulty focusing the eyes
  • Vomiting and nausea
  • Sound sensitivity 
  • Ringing in the ears or tinnitus
  • Neck pain accompanied by muscle spasms 
  • Anxiety, stress, and depression
  • Impaired cognition

Doctors, neurologists, and researchers remain clueless as to why the symptoms occur in the first place. So far, studies theorize that it might be due to cervical subluxation, a common effect of neck or head trauma. On the one hand, others associate the onset of the symptoms with a defective vestibular system.

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How to Survive Vestibular Migraines

Vestibular migraines can come and go several times a month. It can also linger for days, depending on pre-existing health problems like brainstem tumors, cervical subluxation, and vestibular system defects. Thankfully, you can try doing a couple of things to improve your symptoms and avoid suffering from a crippling episode. Some examples of these include: 

Making sure that you have vestibular migraines 

You would not want to tap into a course of treatment or seek a remedy that doesn’t work for your condition. So, we strongly recommend getting a thorough diagnosis from your physician. Find out if your symptoms do not indicate other health conditions, such as:

  • Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo
  • Mini stroke or transient ischemic attack
  • Meniere’s disease

Avoiding migraine triggers

Like other crippling symptoms and health problems, vestibular migraines also have several triggers. Knowing about these will help you curb your episodes and improve your well-being. 

  • Processed or cured meats
  • Aged dairy products 
  • Excessive consumption of coffee, tea, chocolate, and cola 
  • Increased alcohol intake
  • Excessive consumption of artificial sweeteners and MSG
  • Pea pods and broad beans 
  • Nuts, seeds, and peanuts spread
  • Onions, olives, and pickles 
  • Loud sounds, bright lights, and overwhelming scents
  • Stress or anxiety attacks
  • Hormonal imbalance 
  • Certain medications
  • Lack of restful sleep 
  • Sudden temperature and weather changes

Taking the right medications

Because the medical community has yet to find the root cause of vestibular migraines, an effective “cure” for the symptoms remains elusive. So, instead of prescribing one medication, doctors suggest taking a combination of drugs to manage the varying symptoms of a vestibular migraine attack. Below are some of the popular medicines that migraineurs use to cope:

  • Vestibular suppressants
  • Serotonin inhibitors
  • Calcium channel blockers
  • Topiramate
  • Triptans 
  • Anti-seizure medications
  • Antidepressants
  • Beta-blockers
  • Blood pressure medications
  • CGRP inhibitors

Taking food supplements like magnesium and riboflavin

Caring for your health can help you address chronic problems like a vestibular migraine. So, if you suspect vitamin or nutrient deficiency, we strongly suggest taking food supplements. A case study found that taking riboflavin can lower the risk for vertigo-causing diseases or disorders. Meanwhile, magnesium appears to be extra handy in calming and protecting the nervous system. 

Be sure to talk to your clinician or dietician about how much food supplement you need to take. This will help you avoid overdosing and experiencing unwanted side effects. 

Going to a migraine chiropractor in Carmel regularly

Thousands of patients turn to alternative migraine remedies like NUCCA chiropractic. That’s because case studies have long proven the NUCCA technique's effectiveness in eliminating signal interferences that disrupt natural nervous system processes. Here are the top things you should expect when receiving the NUCCA procedure: 

  • A thorough examination of your C1 and C2 bones and how they align with your head 
  • Analysis of your medical history and present comorbidities 
  • Gait or leg length test to check the extent of your spinal misalignment
  • Other necessary tests to confirm or assess nerve damage or other factors that might worsen your vestibular migraines

Your first visit to our migraine chiropractor in Carmel will help you understand the benefits of chiropractic adjustments, particularly the NUCCA method. It will also help you appreciate the value of having and maintaining good posture. 

If you’re tired of dealing with migraine-associated vertigo attacks, we suggest tapping into the power of gentle neck bone adjustments. It’s a scientifically proven approach that has turned things around for many sick and suffering patients. So, we strongly recommend exploring this option or using it with other remedies that already work for you.

Learn more about how our migraine chiropractor in Carmel can help resolve migraine attacks with vertigo symptoms. Feel free to visit You may also book your appointment ahead of time by calling (463) 243-0300. Walk-ins are allowed to our practice located at 12289 Hancock St Suite 35, Carmel, IN.


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