LIghtheadedness due to migraine?

Migra Community Member December 18, 2008
  • Has anyone experienced constant daily lightheadedness due to migraine? I was suffering from migraine for nearly 10 years . Since 10 months I have been experiencing lightheadedness and neck/base of skull soreness and pain. Have had all major tests MRI/MRA, ENG, EEG etc etc. All negative.

     

    I would like to hear from others who have had or heard of similar experiences.

     

    Thanks in advance.

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  • Nancy Harris Bonk
    Health Guide
    Dec. 18, 2008

    Hello, and welcome to MyMigraineConnection.com!

     

    Sometimes lightheadness, neck and occipital pain can accompany a Migraine attack, but I'm not sure about long term problems with it. Your best bet may be to see a Migraine specialist, an expert treating Migraines, rather than a neurologist who treats so many different conditions it is hard for them to...

    RHMLucky777

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    Hello, and welcome to MyMigraineConnection.com!

     

    Sometimes lightheadness, neck and occipital pain can accompany a Migraine attack, but I'm not sure about long term problems with it. Your best bet may be to see a Migraine specialist, an expert treating Migraines, rather than a neurologist who treats so many different conditions it is hard for them to be experts in any one area. Read Migraine and Headache Specialists -  What's So Special? and then look at our patient recommended doctor list HERE

     

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    • Migra
      Dec. 19, 2008

      Thanks very much for a quick response. I did see a Migraine specialist- author of a book on Migraine. He does think it could be a manifestation of Migraine and suggested reducing triggers by means of diet and if needed, by migraine preventive medication. But there are some questions that are not answered. IF migraine is the cause, can there be constant...

      RHMLucky777

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      Thanks very much for a quick response. I did see a Migraine specialist- author of a book on Migraine. He does think it could be a manifestation of Migraine and suggested reducing triggers by means of diet and if needed, by migraine preventive medication. But there are some questions that are not answered. IF migraine is the cause, can there be constant daily lightheadness and can it go only when the person is in horizontal position? I am looking for answers to these questions.

       

      Thanks again.

       

  • Lynne
    Feb. 26, 2009

    Hi Migra -  I have experienced some lightheadedness from adjusting to new medication, or before, during and after a severe migraine.  I recently began physical therapy for my neck for facet syndrome diagnosed by my neurologist who is a migraine specialist. I had an initial increase is dizzyness, but now that my neck movement range has increased...

    RHMLucky777

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    Hi Migra -  I have experienced some lightheadedness from adjusting to new medication, or before, during and after a severe migraine.  I recently began physical therapy for my neck for facet syndrome diagnosed by my neurologist who is a migraine specialist. I had an initial increase is dizzyness, but now that my neck movement range has increased and the area is becoming less inflamed, I have much less lightheadedness.

     

    You may benefit from a work up from your internist, to check for a number of concerns, including, but not limited to: low blood sugar, low thyroid, anemia, or low blood pressure. 

     

    Wishing you well, Lynne

     

     

    • Migra
      Feb. 27, 2009

      Thanks, Lynne. I have had all possible tests (see my first posting on this topic) and everything came negative except that my blood work showed antibodies for Lyme disease. Subsequently I was treated with 21 day anti-biotics although the spinal tap came negative. I also researched and this could be cervical dizziness and had manual physical therapy for...

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      Thanks, Lynne. I have had all possible tests (see my first posting on this topic) and everything came negative except that my blood work showed antibodies for Lyme disease. Subsequently I was treated with 21 day anti-biotics although the spinal tap came negative. I also researched and this could be cervical dizziness and had manual physical therapy for 20 sesions. Although it helps for an hour or two after treatment the dizziness comes back. I am currently trying chinese herbal medicine and will post here if it helps.

    • Lynne
      Feb. 27, 2009

      Hi Migra - My apologies - I should have read your post from the beginning. My brother had Lyme disease, is also a migraineur, and experiences light headedness, especially when he is tired. He has had some relapses of the Lymes, with subsequent antibiotic treatment. 

       

      I have not had Lymes, but find that especially when I turn my head quickly,...

      RHMLucky777

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      Hi Migra - My apologies - I should have read your post from the beginning. My brother had Lyme disease, is also a migraineur, and experiences light headedness, especially when he is tired. He has had some relapses of the Lymes, with subsequent antibiotic treatment. 

       

      I have not had Lymes, but find that especially when I turn my head quickly, I get a momentary light headedness.  The only thing that resolves this for me are antihistamines, which, ironically, can also cause some dizzyness.  I discovered this because one of the nausea reducing meds I use has a antihistamine in it.

       

      Keep us posted on your progress! Lynne

    • gurch
      Jun. 20, 2011

      Ive been getting lightheadedness for about 3 weeks after the actual migraine then it all goes away untill the next migraine. The lightheadedness begins around 2 or 3 days after the migraine. Ive had migraines for the last 10 years but only developed the lightheadedness from the last 2 migraines. 

  • leggsmalon
    Feb. 23, 2009

    i have had migraines for 20 years and i didn't start haveing lighthead till about 10 years and about 6 months my neck had been hurting but i never knew what to do about it so the just deal with it and use a heating pad at night i know that didn't help but now i know i'm not the only one out there that have the same stuff hope yu get well  lisa

    • Migra
      Feb. 23, 2009

      Thanks, Lisa. Do you also feel constant lightheadedness or once in a way? What do you take for that? Has any medication helped? 

    • leggsmalon
      Feb. 24, 2009

      i get lighthead every day through out the day but only when i'm up and moving around i just deal with it i really don't know what i could do about it sorry that didn't help but if i find something all let you know lisa

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