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Anyone else get an 'earthquake' of vertigo ?

Sometimes I get shaky & dizziness that's sudden and lasts maybe 20 seconds. Feels like I'm going to fall on the floor; even when I'm sitting down. The room gets one big shaky/lurch and then it's gone. This is usually prior to a migraine attack. Accompanied by dizziness. I've no idea what it is. Catches me by surprise 🙁 Not a horrible symptom, just jolting and uncomfortable.

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  1. Hi petmigraine,

    That sounds a bit uncomfortable. Have you had a chance to mention this to the doctor? If not I would encourage you to as it's important to share new and different symptoms and/or patterns with him or her.

    I have issues with BPPV (benign paroxysmal positional vertigo) if I switch positions in bed or get up too quickly. In fact, I've had a few treatments (not sure what to call them) to help with this from PT. I think it was called the Epley maneuver.

    Keep me posted!
    Nancy

    1. Yes, they seem to think it's just another migraine symptom to deal with. Luckily, it's not lasting or bad~ Just rather shocking.
      I'm sorry you deal with vertigo..I've had bouts of that, too and it's no fun ! My Dr. tried the positioning maneuver a couple times but it didn't help. I found relief with OTC meclizine (motion sickness section at the drug store). Best wishes~

  2. I get objective vertigo in which the environment seems to "spin" , sometimes like a fast blurry swish left and right and sometimes a persistant spin to one direction.

    I also get subjective vertigo where it feels like I am the one moving in a steady environment. This often feels like a swaying/rolling earthquake or like being on a boat.

    Either can effect me in motion or being still. Even laying down with my eyes closed.

    Some of my worst subjective vertigo is when trying to lay down.

    1. Ugh~ vertigo is the pits 🙁 Sorry you're dealing with that !

  3. Yes, I've suffered from regular vertigo with my migraines for years but in the past year or so I've started getting what you have described. I actually fell June 7th and broke my leg during an episode.

    1. Wow~ that's terrible ! Vertigo is hard to live with. Your mind tries to adjust to it but can't 🙁

  4. Yes I do get this 'earthquake' feeling. No lurching, but a brief shaking. Usually accompanied by a disturbance from tinitis. It's what I describe as a bag of aquarium rocks shifting in a wine glass making resonant frequency. I can't concentrate on anything.

    1. , I’m sorry to hear that you are having such disturbing symptoms. I hope you aren’t living with this frequently. There are doctors that specialize in balance and dizziness. It might be worth being checked out. ~ Peggy (Migraine.com Team)

    2. Good description ! Tinnitus is not a fun addition to the mixed bag of migraine side-effects 😛 Sorry~

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