Although most cases of chronic dizziness occur as a result of physical disorders, psychiatric issues can be a cause — or a consequence — of chronic dizziness, according to a new case report. Chronic dizziness can result from a number of underlying health problems, most commonly involving neurologic, vestibular and cardiac diseases. For patients who… Read more

What is Nystagmus?

Nystagmus is a condition of involuntary eye movement, acquired in infancy or later in life, that may result in reduced or limited vision. Due to the involuntary movement of the eye, it is often called “dancing eyes“. When the head rotates about any axis, distant visual images are sustained by rotating eyes in the opposite… Read more

Quite a few people have experienced some sort of motion sickness during travel. It’s that uneasiness and nausea; it’s the cold sweats and pale, clammy skin; dizziness and vomiting may also occur with motion sickness. While some people have hardy constitutions, others like you perhaps, may experience motion sickness to varying degrees.

Many times, it’s a matter of your brain thinking your body is going to zig when it really zags. Your equilibrium gets thrown off and as your body fights to get back that even keel, you end up experiencing motion sickness. There are some preventative tips you can try to put off motion sickness such as:

1. Avoid the alcohol and take it easy on the diet before and during your times of travel. If you don’t have a heavy meal sitting in your stomach, then there is less chance of vomiting.

Migraine Auras

Migraines come with and without auras. Neither can be said to be less painful than the other, though the aura-less may be less stressful and frightening. Although migraines are often associated with auras, in fact only about 20% of migraine sufferers actually experience any of the symptoms of aura. The aura stage is part of the complex migraine, following the prodome stage. The aura stage usually lasts less than half an hour and its symptoms and effects can vary tremendously from one migraine sufferer to the next. Depending upon how extreme these symptoms get, the aura stage can be quite frightening, like a bad dream or, worse, a movie sequence of a bad dream.

The aura is all about distortions in perception. A related type of migraine is the occular migraine, which consists only of the aura with no other symptoms. However, despite the connotation of aura as a visual component, symptoms associated with auras not limited to specifically visual distortions. Characteristics associated with auras can include:

flashing lights wavy or zigzagging lines spots or other shapes blind spots or partial loss of sight