Headaches And Motion Sickness


Asked by Holly

Headaches And Motion Sickness

Hi, I am 41 and have headaches everyday, and they are always accompanied with sensations of motion sickness that worsen whenever I move my head. The more I move my head, the worse the headache gets, so I pretty much just have to sit still looking straight ahead as much of the day as possible. Looking down will really make the pain bad. This has been going on for about ten years now. I have been to many different kinds of doctors including ENTs (all their balance and vertigo tests came up negative), Neurologists, and Allergists, but no one seems to know what is wrong or how to fix it...or even offer any ideas for relief. Does anyone have any experience with this?


Hello, Holly, Welcome to HealthCentral! Through all of this, have any of these doctors ever given you a diagnosis?

The best suggestion I have for you is to get to a headache and Migraine specialist. I can tell you from my own experience and that of many others here that getting to the right doctor can make a world of difference. It's important to note that neurologists aren't necessarily Migraine and headache specialists. Take a look at the article Migraine and Headache Specialists - What's So Special? If you need help finding a Migraine specialist, check our listing of Patient Recommended Migraine and Headache Specialists.

In the meantime, how many days a week are you taking something for your headaches? If it's more than two or three days a week, the medications you're taking coudl be making things worse by causing medication overuse headaches.

Taking Migraine abortive meds such as the triptans or ergotamines or any kind of pain medication -- prescription or over-the-counter -- more than two or three days a week can make matters worse by causing medication overuse headache (MOH), aka rebound. See Medication Overuse Headache - When the Remedy Backfires for more information on this.

I hope some of this information is helpful. Please keep in touch, and let us know how you're doing?

Welcome again,


Answered by Teri Robert