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Nausea after chiropractor?

  • By Maybeso

    I saw a chiropractor yesterday about the migraines. He did neck and back adustments. The neck cracking was terrifying and really painful, but, I figured the benefits would outweigh that. It seems like it actually helped a bit already, and I was feeling optimistic about this.
    But, I did some reading and apparently having neck adjustments can cause a stroke. And that risk is higher for people with migraines. Great. Now I’m scared to go back tomorrow.
    The section on chiropractic therapy on this site says to seek immediate medical treatment if you get dizzy and nauseous after treatment. I definitely experienced that. I thought I was going to throw up and fall over. It went away, and they said it was normal, but that if it didn’t go away or got worse, to call them immediately.
    So…did I have a stroke? Should I be at the doctor right now? Even if it’s not that, should I cancel my appointment?

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  • By Nancy Harris Bonk Moderator

    Hi Maybeso,

    I’m sorry I didn’t see your post until now, but do hope you are feeling better. Many migraine/headache experts shy away from neck manipulation but are fine with low back manipulation.

    Please let me know how you made out and if it were me, no more neck treatments!

    Nancy

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  • By Anonymous

    Thank you so much for posting this. I tried going to a chiropractor last week, I went 4 times because my back & neck were aching and I thought it could help.

    I would get a treatment and leave feeling pretty good and then a few hours later my neck and back would get super stiff and painful. I kept going back because the chiropractor said he hadn’t seen chiropractic manipulation cause pain like that and he would do another adjustment. I spent almost an entire week on a migraine yo-yo, I felt fine in the morning and then I would go get a treatment and later in the day the back pain would start again with neck stiffness. Neither ice or heat would help.

    I finally took an Imitrex bc I felt real migraine symptoms starting (ringing in my ears), nausea and the neck and back pain started relaxing. Now its gone. I think the treatments were triggering migraine prodrome. I never realized neck and back stiffness were part of prodrome. No more chiropractor for me.

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  • By Nancy Harris Bonk Moderator

    Hi Snoopy10,

    I agree with you about the chiropractor and so do many migraine/headache disorder experts. Low back manipulation is OK, but they suggest none for the neck.

    To complicate things further, neck pain can be a trigger and symptom of a migraine attack! Here are a few articles on neck pain and migraine; https://migraine.com/blog/neck-pain-and-migraine/ and https://migraine.com/blog/migraine-symptom-a-stiff-neck/.

    I wonder if PT would be something to look into? Not just the kind of PT that gives you exercises to do on your own, but added “soft tissue mobilization, joint mobilization, joint manipulation and stretching to improve range of motion and flexibility.” Just at thought.

    Hang in there!
    Nancy

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    • By asta

      I have just been to a chiropractic and had three sessions. On the third session inleft feeling nauseous and dizzy and still feeling this one week on. I am worried. Went to the doctor and she said oh you probably got a bug!!!

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  • By Nancy Harris Bonk Moderator

    Hi asta,

    It certainly could be a bug and I hope by now you are feeling better. If it happens again after seeing a chiropractor, I would discuss it with him/her and adjust your treatment plan accordingly to avoid nausea and dizziness.

    Let me know how you make out,
    Nancy

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