Why Do I Feel Nauseous When I Have A Headache?

Migraines and severe headaches often go hand in hand with nausea and other stomach problems. In fact, 8 in 10 people suffering from migraines in the US say they experience nausea as a secondary symptom.

A migraine is most likely to make you feel nauseated, but other types of headaches can also cause an upset stomach. Here we look into why these symptoms occur and what you can do to ease the pain.

Why Are Migraines And Nausea Linked?

It is not entirely clear why people suffer from nausea alongside a migraine. Common thoughts among medical professionals suggest that during a migraine, sufferers are likely to experience a rapid serotonin drop. Low levels of serotonin have been linked to feelings of nausea, motion sickness and dizziness, so this could be one reason why.

Women and those susceptible to motion sickness are more likely to feel nauseated during a migraine attack. Changes in estrogen levels are also thought to play a key role in these symptoms which would explain why more women than men suffer from headaches and migraine.

How To Ease Nausea And Migraine Symptoms

There are a number of migraine and anti-nausea medications available that are FDA approved and highly effective. It is important, however, that these medications are prescribed by a qualified physician and that any other medical conditions are ruled out.

Very often, motion can cause the symptoms of a migraine with nausea to get worse. Laying down in a cool and dark room and making the least amount of movement can help to ease symptoms. Keeping hydrated and drinking peppermint tea can also be beneficial.

Expert Diagnosis And Treatment Is Only A Phone Call Away

Migraine accompanied by nausea can be debilitating and frequently, excruciatingly painful. At the National Headache Institute we treat every case on an individual basis and offer one on one diagnosis and treatment that will help you to understand your body, recognize the onset of symptoms and take the necessary action or treatment to stop an attack in its tracks.

There are many types of migraine associated with nausea:

  • Migraine with or without aura
  • Benign paroxysmal vertigo
  • Cyclic vomiting syndrome
  • Abdominal migraine

We offer a range of treatments that are designed to diagnose, prevent and treat these migraine symptoms as well as alleviate any stomach upsets and nausea you may experience.

Visit us at the National Headache Institute today for fast and effective relief. Call us at 305.440.5969 or use our contact form to book a consultation.