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Feel worse when digesting – vestibular migraine

  • By Kernow

    Hello, I’ve had vestibular migraine for some years now, but it’s been much worse the past 7 years. When I’m having an episode (which can go on for weeks), my symptoms are significantly worse after I eat and it’s not something that’s triggered by the type of food I eat.

    My symptoms, generally, are exceptional leg weakness, stiff neck, ataxia etc. I rarely get headaches. My neurologist said that the brain does funny things with digestion which didn’t really made much sense.

    Does anyone else get this as it’s putting me off eating which is clearly not a good thing.

    Thank you.

  • By Kernow

    Hello and thanks for your post. It’s not an uncomfortable stomach issue. When I eat, when I’m having a migraine episode, I can barely function; I can’t walk, nor talk very well and my nerves are on edge. My stomach on the other hand feels entirely well. It seems to drag me down to some ‘abyss’.

  • By Nancy Harris Bonk Moderator

    Hi Kernow,

    Thank you for getting back to me. A migraine attack may include many symptoms, some of which include the things you mentioned. Let me share information with you on possible migraine attack symptoms;

    If any of these symptoms are new and/or different we encourage people to talk to their doctor so he/she can make sure everything checks out.


  • By Anonymous

    I was diagnosed in February with vestibular migraines with symptoms of vertigo, double vision and mental confusion. Thankfully no head pain. In past 2 months I’ve experienced only vertigo with slight forgetfulness and exhaustion. Some of the tiredness may be caused by another med plus 10mg of amitriptyline. The vertigo varies in severity and sometimes I stagger and the room spins. Have tried magnesium, vitamin B2 and topamax. Amitriptyline does seem to be working. Haven’t noticed any digestive issues although I did try the very strict migraine diet for 3 wks. My ent and neurologist have now referred me to an otoneurologist.
    I’m at my wits end with this as these are coming daily and sometimes last for 12-14 hrs. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.