Many people notice a link between caffeine and vertigo. For some people, caffeine can be a vertigo trigger. Other people may feel that caffeine is a relieving factor. This blog discusses some links between caffeine and vertigo.
Aggravating Factors for Dizziness or Vertigo
Caffeine can sometimes be an aggravating factor for certain conditions that cause vertigo. I will share four specific examples. For people with true Meniere’s disease, caffeine can trigger a vertigo attack.
So these episodes may be linked to people with diagnoses like Meniere’s disease and vestibular migraines. If someone has anxiety-related dizziness, caffeine can heighten anxiety and worsen baseline dizziness.
Caffeine is also a diuretic, so it can cause dehydration. In turn, dehydration can cause dizziness or even precede vertigo. So caffeine and dizziness may be linked for people with anxiety-related dizziness or dehydration.
Relieving Factors for Dizziness or Vertigo
For other types of migraines, caffeine may provide relief from a headache. For some migraine patients, caffeine can even stop a migraine attack in advance. So caffeine can both trigger and relieve a migraine, depending on the patient.
You are Unique
You can discuss your situation with your doctor or a nutritionist to decide how much caffeine is appropriate for you to consume on a daily basis, if any.
This blog is provided for informational purposes only. The content and any comments by Dr. Kim Bell, DPT are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. The details of any case mentioned in this post represent a typical patient that Dr. Bell might see and do not describe the circumstances of a specific individual.