After a long and very hard (by my standards…) workout, I’ve had a delayed increase in overall dizziness, and it’s lingering into the third day now. I’d like to know if anyone can relate.
Detail: I’ve known for a long time that even fairly mild exercise usually sets me off – wears me out quickly, and tends to raise the degree of dizziness / unsteadiness I feel, for a while.
On Friday eve I did something far tougher anything I’ve done before – I and a friend went walking – up a stairwell (inside), multiple times. In total, we walked up 40 floors of stairs in maybe 70, 80 minutes. Won’t go into the “why” right now but there was a reason.
Not one with much stamina, I got winded a number of times, and it was hard, but at the time, my head was actually doing a pretty OK job handling it (not normal in itself). Felt pretty okay the rest of the night. … But come Saturday, then the dizziness ramped up, and it still persists.
Anyone here done something that physically pushed you way beyond what you’re used to doing – and then have a delayed dizziness that begins the day after? … And is there any way to “gauge” how long I could expect the increase to last?
Thanks for any input,
I am very exercise intolerant - so much so that I now hardly do any.
My physio recommended I join a gym and started exercising, but this only made me a lot worse.
The dizziness would be delayed for me until the day after and would ordinarily last 3 or 4 days. Sometimes as long as a week. As with everything about MAV, your mileage may vary.
Depending on what I do, I sometimes feel symptoms as soon as I"m finished w/ a workout, or an hour or so thereafter. Other times it does seem to hit the next day. I can do things like walk stairs, take walks or bike rides and generally dn’t have trouble, but a weight/aerobic workout will sometimes trigger dizziness/trouble–because I exert more doing that.
Obviously we are pushing our limits w/ exertion, hence the dizziness, etc get worse…but I still think in the long run, my myself, it’s best to try to continue to exercise … I cannot let my vestibular disorder ruin my life anymore than it already has, and thankfully I am mostly functional (but almost all of the time, I have uncomfortable symptoms)…so I think the best way to retrain my brain, etc is to push and keep doing things.
My ENT has diagnosed me w/ MAV, However he did not do any testing or scans (yet) so I’m not sure of the diagnosis.
I find that when I push too hard (e.g. during circuit training) then the dizziness can start to ramp up. Dr. S says to avoid pushing too hard during exercise - mild exercise is ok, but anaerobic is not. And, based on experience, I think he’s right - pushing too hard really does seem to aggravate the MAV. Others may find they’re OK…?
I find that something that really depletes my stamina in a bad way - for example, keep pushing when you know you’re body is saying no! Makes me feel bad.
I have CFS too so I’ve been used to pacing myself for many years. I do aerobic exercise such as Zumba, but as it’s danced based to music there are small intervals to get your breath back. I always make sure I’m well hydrated and have eaten prior to it and continue to drink during and then have a meal within an hour afterwards.
I realise I’m resurrecting a two month old thread but I’m really interested in whether delayed onset dizziness after exercise is a common MAV symptom. I visited a friend over the weekend and walked approximately 2 miles on Saturday and 2 miles on Sunday. I felt bad yesterday but today (Tuesday) I feel terrible - my dizziest day in months. It’ll probably now take me several days to reach baseline again.
Yes! I haven’t been able to without since last September. I’ve always loved to run, but it got to the point where once I finished my run I would have to lie down for 30-45 minutes to let my head settle. Then I would feel bad the rest of the evening. I just had to quit, which has been such a bummer for so many reasons!! I keep hoping that I will take a turn for the better any day now…I’ve never had a spell that lasted months on end like this. I need to exercise to help me deal with the frustration of feeling so bad so often, so not being able to without feeling terrible after is a huge bummer!! After 10 years of symptoms, I finally just went to Duke Medical Center and had multiple tests done in the audiology and vestibular department. After being told for years that I had hydrops and migraine issues, I’ve now been told that my inner ears are not to blame at all and that it’s all migraine related. I am to start 10 mg of Amitriptyline at night to see if it helps. ??? At any rate, I feel your frustration and just wanted you to know you’re not alone. I’m a 39 year old mother of 2 young children, and have been battling this for what feels like forever now. I always tell myself that other people are suffering from so much worse, but there are definitely days where this thing just leaves me wiped out. Good luck to you!!
Hi there! I find I have to be very careful when I work out. I used to work out pretty hard and have really had to tone it down. In the past if I didn’t feel too good, some exercise would always leave me feeling energised and good to go. Not now. Now if I’m not so great I know it’ll wipe me out for the rest of the day-and maybe the next day. I also have young children so think just day to day life requires plenty of activity so I need tp watch what I’m doing on top. Mentally I’ll feel rubbish if I don’t do something so I’m learning how far to push myself. On crappy days I find yoga helps a lot. It can get your heart going going just a bit and muscles working, but also the deep breathing etc really helps. I believe we all need to be doing some degree of exercise to help the condition.
@MrHeathcliff. Reading your recent post brought this thread to mind. It seems true MAVers do experience delayed reactions to strenuous exercise. As @turnitaround says Dr S recommends no undue exertion and I read many times various consultants stating both migraine and MAV brains prefer everything to remain constant/unchanged, ie the regular meals, regular routine, contistent levels of exercise. Helen