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Is vibration a trigger for your migraine?

The vacuum is a massive trigger for me and I’ve been trying to understand why. First was the noise, I wore ear protection but I would still get a migraine. Then it was the dust. I would wear a mask, take a shower, and change clothes but still a migraine.

Got a small vacuum and no migraine. Now I have a small carpet cleaner, and even after wearing ear protection again after and dealing will the onset symptoms for several days, I got a migraine. This brings me to the vibration of these bigger machines. A lot like I can drive my truck but I get a migraine in my housemates. Or when the vibration is turned on, on the PS4 it tends to make me feel nausea. Next time I use the big machines I’m going to try to wear thick gloves to try to ease some of the vibrations on my body but I’m not sure if it will help or not.

Has anyone else had this kind of trigger or any advice on how I might be able to test/deal with it?

  1. Hi, Solusumbra, sorry for your pain!


    I'm not sure this is the same thing, exactly. But I noticed many years ago that I would experience unusually intense migraines when I rode on roller coasters, so I stopped. I sometimes get migraines if I ride my bike on a bumpy route, like a sidewalk. Recently, my husband bought a jeep, and that also triggers a migraine on a bumpy route, like a campground road.


    I think that if you already have some damage to some tissues in your body, like veins or nerves, and you subject them to bumps or vibrations that seem like they should be tolerable, you could still trigger an inflammatory response, which will lead to pain and other symptoms of migraine.


    Maybe try a carpet sweeper!


    Take care.

    1. Hi there, -- cool name, by the way. Sorry that vibrations are giving you such a hard time! It's definitely something we've heard other members talk about in the past, but there doesn't seem to be a common thread among them. Have you talked to your doctor about it? There are so many nerves in the body that might trigger migraine if aggravated. Sorry that I don't have anything specific for you. Trial and error really is key when dealing with triggers. We're here for you! -Melissa, migraine.com team

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