Posts Tagged ‘combatting nausea’

Vertigo and 3-D Movies

As posted recently by VEDA, this article written about the 3D movie Avatar has been an interesting find in the dizzy community. As the article states, watching 3D movies can cause symptoms of dizziness, nausea and headaches, similar to those symptoms of vestibular disorders.

How are these related?  Check out the article!

Vestibular Migraines

A vestibular migraine is a migraine that is associated with vestibular symptoms. Migraines usually precede the vestibular symptoms.


Symptoms include vertigo, tinnitus and possible temporary hearing loss, auras (visual disturbances that can include flashing lights or blind spots), light sensitivity and loss of balance. 

One of the best things you can do to avoid migraines is to avoid your triggers. It may take some time to adjust your life to figure out what may cause these triggers. Some common triggers include heat, stress, and lack of sleep or food. Others have noted chocolate, alcohol, smoking, artificial sweeteners, MSG, and contraceptives as triggers.

October 29, 1916

On October 29, 1916, an article was published in the NY Times that states that from the research and works of several individuals, it has been verified that vertigo (or seasickness as they call it) results from an imbalance in the inner ear. In the article it states that vertigo was often thought of as an intestinal or digestive disorder brought upon by indigestion or stomachaches.

In 1900, the relationship between vertigo and the inner ear was first established and many tests ensued. In one experiment, animals were rocked on a moving floor that simulated a rolling sea and it resulted in the animals getting seasick. The head researcher, Kreidl, then severed the eighth nerve (the acoustic/auditory nerve). The same experiment was then conducted on the moving floor and the animals did not get sick.

1916 was the beginning of the acknowledgement that vertigo was the distinct result of the “disturbance of the vestibular apparatus”.  A lot of things were proven in the years leading up to 1916, such as champagne giving relief to vertigo symptoms (see last paragraph of the article) and the causes of vertigo “no longer be[ing] regarded as vague or mysterious”.

Dizzy Patient Testimonial to Vestibular Rehabilitation

“In December ’08 when I started, I felt very unbalanced while walking even a short distance, like down a hall. I became dizzy and got headaches while driving. I would feel dizzy and floaty while sitting still sometimes. My vision made things look very jerky while moving, and shifting slightly while sitting.

In June ’09 when I finished, I feel much more confident in walking and driving. I’ve walked a mile or two with some manageable dizzy symptoms, but I didn’t have to stop…Overall I feel I have a much better quality of life after this therapy!!” – K.N.

Combatting Nausea

As the world is spinning for dizzy patients, nausea is often a side effect. Here are a few tips for combatting nausea:

1) Sit down on a chair, close your eyes and take a few slow, deep breaths. This will help with both dizziness and nausea.

2) Antiemetics (anti-nausea) medication may provide temporary relief, but please note that the side effects of these medications often include drowsiness.

3) At our clinic we always have a stash of ginger candies to hand patients – they definitely help as they soothe upset stomachs.

4) Sources point to vitamin B6 as counteracting against nausea.