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Why does dark chocolate cause vertigo (not merely dizzy or lightheadedness) whenever i eat it? i can eat milk and semi-sweet chocolate w/o incidence?

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Dr. Mark Fisher
Neurology 34 years experience
Chocolate & vertigo: The answer is obvious: Dark chocolate contains something, or more of something, the causes your vertigo. What that is, I have no idea. Tyramine, maybe. The problem could be in the vestibular apparatus, cranial nerve VIII, or in the brainstem itself. You might narrow it down by comparing detailed chemical analyses of different chocolates, but knowing what it is won't change anything.

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