I have been told from a young age I have a noticeable head tilt and have seen it for myself on home movies etc. My chiropractor thought this could be a major factor in dizziness but unable to do much about it. Just wondered if this has been an issue for others and if so, can anything be done?
What exactly is a head tilt? is it the way the head is positioned on the neck or do you just hold your head at an angle?
I have slight asymmetry of my head. When I had a brain MRI scan I could see that one side of my head/brain was larger than the other. I also have scoliosis which for me is a mild curvature of the spine. I didn’t know until a physio told me, it isn’t obvious to other people. I used to blame that for my neck pain until I realised it probably was caused by migraine.
I too have a head tilt apparently. I hold my head to the left. I researched it and it was a symptom of vertical heterophorIa. Many of our symptoms are similar to this but I couldn’t find an optician to take me serious. It is basically a silent squint that causes the dizziness. These is a place in America who specialises in it. My physio said that the head tilt was common in migraine people as well as restless leg syndrome which is also something I suffer with. Isn’t it strange that mav symptoms are so varied.
Yes have had a head tilt for a long time I tilt my head to the right constantly. My vrt physio picked up on it two years ago and commented straight away I would not get better till I corrected it as my brain now thinks that’s upright if I put my head straight I feel very wonky I do try to keep straight but automatically tilt it again can’t help it xc
I always seem to tilt my head to the right. Think I did before mav as well though
The head tilt probably balances a less-noticeable tilt in the body.
I’d like to bring this topic back into conversation. I realize the above mentioned head tilt, and the whole sensation of feeling tilted, is quite common with vestibular migraine. I just wanted to see if any current members can relate to what I’ve been experiencing.
My head is tilted to the right 24/7. It wasn’t like that before the dizziness or even in the earlier stages of my vestibular migraine journey. It’s apparent in pictures, my former neurologist noticed it, and my close family notices it. If I look into a mirror and try to hold it straight I get unbearably dizzy. I’ve had a recent MRI of my cervical spine and all is normal and straight, so at least it’s not spine/vertebrae related.
In addition, I go through spells that sometimes last weeks or longer where I walk tilted. Not the type where a long hallway or sidewalk feels tilted ahead of you, I get that too, but a physical body tilt. For the past few days, just walking around my apartment has been like this: My head is tilted to the right, my left shoulder is dipped down lower than the right, but my right hip sticks out to the right. It’s like my entire body is compensating for the imbalance. To me I think it’s some type of defense mechanism against the dizziness to make me feel perhaps a little better/better able to cope with it. When I’m seated I notice my body leans to the left but the head is still tilted to the right. It ALWAYS presents with lower left back pain as well as neck pain.
My former neurologist thought the head tilt was related to stiff/tight neck muscles from holding myself so rigid to avoid the dizziness sensations. That makes sense to me. I haven’t gotten to ask my new neurologist/board certified headache specialist about this yet but plan to at my 2nd visit to her in February.
I recall reading about someone on here, I don’t think they’re an active member anymore, whose body did similar things, subconsciously, and he had to go through physical therapy to help correct it once he had the dizziness under control. If you’re still out there reading this I’d love to talk to you!
Does anyone else experience similar things? I would love to be able to fix this body tilt somehow, it makes walking and standing to do anything unbearable. A few times I had to stop and lean considerably far to the right just to not fall over.