Need Help To Combat Running-induced Vertigo, Nausea

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Asked by ab8

Need Help To Combat Running-induced Vertigo, Nausea

For the past 3 months, whenever I try to run I get very dizzy and nauseous. When I stop, I vomit or dry heave and it feels like the world is spinning. After I lie down for an hour +,before the vertiginous feeling goes away. The feelings of nausea and dizziness last for several days afterwards. I always eat before I run and drink enough water. I have had a normal MRI. My blood pressure was normal. I am not overweight. I have never had this problem before. It happens even if I try to run for 5 minutes. My doctor gave me a motion sickness pill but it did not help. I saw a neurologist who thought that this behavior fell into the category of a migraine variant--a variation without headaches since I do not have headaches. I have no history of headaches and there is no history in my family. However, I have not been told what I can do to stop this problem. Please let me know what you advise. I do not run anymore because of this and I really miss it and do not want to give it up. Thank you.

Answer

ab8,

Migraine is genetic. That said, it's possible that it's in your family history, and you don't realize it. Many of us find people in our family history have had "sick headaches" or "sinus headaches" that were actually Migraine. That said, if you doubt the diagnosis, it's advisable that you get a second opinion.

If this turns out to be Migraine, there are different types of medications that you can try before running to avoid these episodes.

It is, however, very important that your diagnosis be correct. There are other issues that can cause you to be dizzy and nauseated when you run, including high blood pressure, cardiac issues, and others. It's possible that it's not neurological at all. Has your primary physician checked for any other causes of your symptoms?

If you discover it is Migraine and your doctor isn't able to help you, it may well be time to consult a Migraine and headache specialist. 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.

I wish I could give you more specific information, but there are too many possible causes of these episodes. Please let us know what happens?

Good luck,

Teri