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Should I go for a walk or not?

Considering I’m still undiagnosed and my only and most aggravating symptom is head motion sensitivity, will it be a good idea to go for a walk? From what I’ve read so far being outside and doing some exercise no matter how little helps. The community park is just a walk down the sidewalk from my house and the trail isn’t that big. I’m just tired of being stuck in the house

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It’s really repeating what has been said before. There are lots of existing Topics on this.

But absolutely yes. (caveat: obviously impossible if in the middle of a major migraine attack but irrelevant if you don’t suffer from those)

You’ve been staying in the house since this all started?! That’s ok for weeks but definitely not ok for months.

Avoidance behaviour is common with this condition.

The more you avoid the bigger the trepidation, the more you lose social contact and normality, and the bigger the impact will be on your life and those close to you.

The only risk is being nauseous or at extremes falling over. It doesn’t seem many people are so bad as to have a significant risk of falling over (caveat: a small minority are, but some people take a stick, but imho that’s super controversial as you want to force your brain to compensate and walk normally). For most people it’s just uncomfortable and that tends to improve the longer the walk. It’s a judgement call but don’t use it as an excuse not to challenge yourself (imho)

You really need to seek professional help before this overwhelms your life completely. You might find that simply taking some low level antidepressant is all the tweak you need to get rid of the worst of your symptoms. We covered that in another topic so let’s not elaborate on that here.


I’ve rephrased the title as a question. This generally works better and it’s a better summary of what you are asking.

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A truer sentence was rarely written. The resultant mood alterations arising from VM can have far reaching consequences. Much better never to let it get that far advanced. Just the fact that by choosing to stay in you are, in a passive way, ‘avoiding’ going outside and that can quickly escalate in the mind into an actual fear of leaving the house, agoraphobia. Providing you feel able to walk safely (take a cane, umbrella or other support if you think it necessary), pick the quietest time and get out in the fresh air for a short while each day. The fresh air is good for us all. Looking at a distance does works for the eyes by extending their focal reach. Walking outside is good for the spirit and a walk breaks up the day and should make for a better night’s sleep too. Go for it.


Hi, I fully agree with James and Helens advice. I waited 2 years before I took action with meds, it has turned my life around. You don’t need any fancy walking stick, I picked up a hiking stick online for €8 and I still use it to this day, best thing ever. I find it gives me the confidence to get out even when I’m having an off balance day. Take care and definitely get some medical intervention, don’t let the mav beast take over.


@PricklessCacti, Here is a link to a walking poll you might find interesting:

WALKING PART TWO: How much would you RECOMMEND someone walked per day??

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Believe it or not I actually do have a walking/hiking stick (not due to my issues but for the snow we had back in February) and have tried walking with it in the living room (I have hardwood flooring) and it did keep me stable but not by a lot. Maybe I wasn’t using it right I don’t know. As to what @turnitaround and @Onandon03 have said about the risk of agoraphobia due to this I agree especially considering I’ve been agoraphobic for almost 6 years. My biggest issue is me being able to really enjoy myself. I just feel so disconnected from my environment all the time.

I walked arm in arm with someone so as not to feel that I was going to fall or that the earth swallowed me, it is scary and sometimes the depression does not leave you but the best thing is to go out a little

I’m back from my walk. Managed to last 3 hours. It did feel great to get out course I nearly cried a couple of times.


Well done! Not so bad, huh?

Definitely not as bad. But it was annoying that I couldn’t really take in the scenery due to the dizziness.

This should improve. I made myself go on walk mostly every day at my worst. Look at a tree and keep focus on it as you walk past. This is a bit of VRT at its best. It gets better with time and should improve you overall.

Walking is simply the very best. Studies show that just being in nature improves your well-being. I’m assuming you have a nice walking track and not an inner city block.

Make it a priority. Hope it helps


My community park has a very small trail with lots of trees and a playground. I think my main problem is just enjoying it as with anything else I do.

You probably start enjoying it once you get better. I find that the more I walk (within reason), the better I feel. Keep it up!

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This is what I did too. My only caveat is to avoid crossing roads where you have to look left and right quickly. On my walks now I take an interest in identifying the native birdlife and watching where they are flying to and what they are doing in the trees. So the walk becomes very good training for my balance. Added bonus is I have a greater appreciation of the variety of birdlife in the suburbs.

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