Brain Somersault

Wanted to describe a symptom to see if it resonates with anyone since it kind of freaked me out. I was at the PT getting some work done on my neck as it is tight, full of trigger points, painfull, etc. He was doing some decompression on my head (near the occipital) and I had my eyes closed. I experienced what I can only describe as my brain doing like a somersault – a wave of dizziness that felt like a full circle – after which I felt anxious and “off”. Whole episode couldn’t have been more than 5-10 seconds max.

Does this sound familiar to anyone?

Thanks in advance,


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Gawd, Andy, your description is familiar enough to bring up (oo, bad image) nausea.

Sorry about that, David, but thanks for making me feel like I’m not alone.


I love your description!! It’s perfect!

Yes, the same thing happens to me too.


Kinda screws you up for a while. At least it does for me.

Thanks for the response, Molly.

Me too!

I’ve found that opening your eyes can actually help sometimes - the brain takes the visual cue that the world is not actually spinning and the sensation is less obvious.

Yep I have those but mine come with an electric voltage shock that sends a wave of pain through every nerve ending in my body at the exact same moment. Horrible. You are not alone.

Sounds very familiar to me too! :frowning:


Yes, me too. Great description. A flip flop in the brain, followed by a nauseating feeling. As I type this, I’ve had 3 of these in the last 4 hours. Would love to know what it is.

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Migraine has done this to me before and yes it’s really scary! I explained to my Neuro asif my brain had flipped upside down. Sorry you had this but you’re not alone :confounded:

One to add to the symptom wiki? Symptoms common to MAV & VM - #9 by turnitaround

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This happens to me too. A somersault in the head followed by nausea and off feeling for a few days at least

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Hi me too Andy i get this very frightening sensation in my head. I can only describe it like a mad surge in my head then i lose my focus and the room starts spinning and im sick. I feel your pain :disappointed:

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