Migraine and motion sickness and dizziness often go together – that’s no secret. Many migraineurs suffered from motion sickness when they were younger, many experience it now.
That doesn’t mean that the motion sickness is going on at the same time as a typical migraine attack. Of course, nausea is a very common migraine symptom.
But migraineurs actually often experience motion sickness when they’re not having a migraine attack.
Or… are they?
Just how and how much migraine impacts all of our lives is a matter of a lot of discussion. But an interesting new study, though small, may provide another answer to that question, and it may help those migraineurs who experience extreme motion sickness.
A group of doctors in Pittsburgh, USA, ran a study to see if they could help migraineurs who had motion sickness with…
A common migraine drug.
In this case, it was rizatriptan (Maxalt), one of many triptan type drugs which are abortives for migraine.
Almost 87% of the migraineurs tested responded to the rizatriptan treatment.
So… could it be that the migraine symptoms are really more spread out in our lives that we think?
More tests need to be done (again, this was a very small study), but it looks very likely that not just Maxalt but other triptans will help patients with motion sickness.
Now, there are a couple more things you need to be aware of. First, the ultimate goal is not to have you take more and more medication. You will have to talk this over very carefully with a specialist to see if this is the answer for you.
Second, these patients were pretreated with rizatriptan. This is for patients with severe motion sickness that have unavoidable travel, to take something before they go.
Migraine is not just a once-in-a-while-headache. It has an impact on your whole life. Making the connection between migraine and motion sickness will help us understand both conditions better, and help us treat them both.