Spinning sensation, nausea, headache at 5:30pm every day?

HI All

I wanted to ask if any of you can relate to these new symptoms. Every day at about 5:30 pm out of no where I will start to notice a headache come on accompanied by nausea and a spinning sensation in my head (like the type when you get off a amusement park ride that goes round and round very fast, can;t remember what you call that ride). Or when you feel sea sick or car sick. This happens every day at about the same time 5:30pm. I could be sitting at home avoiding all triggers all day and it would happen. This sensation continues until I have dinner and after dinner it goes away. I can understand if it happens during days when I am out all day at work or out doing things on weekends (even if they are unstressful things) that make me tired. But this happens even if I am sitting down on my couch all day chilling out. Its wierd

What do you think this could be?

Anybody have any idea what this could be? Scott?

If dinner makes it go away, could it be hunger that sets it off? Wonder if it’s been a long time since your last food? Or how about mild dehydration - do you go a long time without fluids, and is dinner the first time in a few hours that you drink anything?

I don’t know, but I do remember that during my worst years (of what I later self-diagnosed as MAV), there was a CLEAR “circadian rhythm” to my symptoms. It went like this:

–About 7:00 a.m.: Wake up a bit woozy at first, but not too bad.
–About 8:30 or 9:00 a.m.: WHAM! The fog hits–woozy and lightheaded.
–About 11:00 or 11:30 a.m.: It eases up and I can concentrate a little.
–1:30 p.m.: The second wave of woozy-fog hits. Not quite as bad as the first.
–4:00 p.m.: The fog lifts suddenly, within literally a minute or two, and I feel like a veil has been lifted and I can THINK. I feel great!
–About 5:30: The third wave of woozy-fog arrives, but slowly and not too bad.
–After about 9:00 p.m.: I feel fine, and stay feeling quite good and productive til late at night.

I never had spinning and nausea like you, just a full/light-headed, pressury, woozy, dizzy, foggy sensation. But that 4:00 p.m.“lifting of the veil” was so dramatic it was really amazing.

I don’t know why it happened, but with no answers from doctors, I attributed it to time-of-day spikes in hormones, probably cortisol. Stimulants have always made me feel better.

So–could your 5:30 pm symptoms be due to some sudden hormone spike in your “circadian rhythm”? I think it’s a great theory. Either that, or if you’ve noticed that eating makes it better, maybe it IS a blood-sugar issue, as Mary Alice suggests?



Circadian rhythm could be it. Or as Mary says, maybe its time for me to eat a snack. I dont think its dehydration because I drink ample amount of fluids daily.

Am gonna watch for a few days and try to work this out. Maybe I will buy a fresh juice around this time daily to see what happens. I am confident that will take care of the nausea but the spinning and headache not sure.I feel like crap by the time I get home until i have my dinner.

Get a glucose meter, test for blood sugar levels at that time. If below 70, might just be hypoglycemia.

Have you looked up alarm clock head aches? Or cluster headaches?
What you describe is not unusual. My vertigo problems began everyday for two hours at 5pm … over time the duration lasted longer sadly…

A year and a half ago, I had a migraine headache everyday for 45 days in a row and it started between 3 and 330 PM

Its really weird. I suffer from imbalance and disequilibrium 24/7 but at exactly between 5 and 5:30 pm the headache, nausea and spinning sensation gets worst. The once I have dinner, the dizziness, imbalance and disequilibrium remains.