Sumary of Virtual Roller Coaster Ride Study Brings New Insights Into Migraine:
- By Denise Mann HealthDay ReporterTHURSDAY, July 22, 2021 — Roller coasters race up, down, over and back again at breakneck speeds, but if you are one of the millions of people who get migraines, the risks may not be worth the thrill.
- A new study by German researchers shows that folks who get migraines will more likely feel motion sickness and dizziness after a virtual roller coaster ride, compared with people who don’t get these blinding headaches.
- “Migraine patients reported more dizziness and motion sickness, as well as longer symptom duration and intensity in a virtual roller coaster ride, and the brain of migraine patients reacted differently,” said study author Dr. Arne May, a professor of neurology at the University of Hamburg.
- ” The brain’s cerebellum helps regulate balance and the frontal gyrus is responsible for visual processing.
- More than just a cautionary tale about the risks of roller coaster rides for people with a history of migraines, the new findings add to the understanding of migraine as a sensory disorder and may pave the way toward treatments that address those symptoms.
- For the study, 20 people with a history of migraine and 20 people without such a history watched videos to experience a virtual roller coaster ride while researchers used functional MRI scans to track brain activity.
- No one experienced a migraine during the virtual ride, but 65% of people with migraine experienced dizziness compared to 30% of those without a history of these headaches.
- What’s more, people with migraine also experienced symptoms for longer periods of time than their counterparts without migraine, an average of 1 minute 19 seconds compared to 27 seconds, respectively.