Do you suffer from the rollercoaster migraine (vestibular migraine)?

Vertigo can be a really unsettling experience and can sometimes be a symptom of migraine aura. But some migraine sufferers have what is known as vestibular migraine in which the dominant symptom is the imbalance.

That is, there isn’t a headache at the same time as the dizziness. We can only be grateful for small mercies I hear you say, but why is it called a vestibular migraine if there is no headache?

vestibular migraine

Well, scientists believe that the pathways that cause pain in a classic migraine are similar to the pathways that cause dizziness in a person with a vestibular migraine. Also, the majority of those who suffer from vestibular migraines also have a history of migraines or migraines with auras.

According to the classification criteria of the second edition of the International Classification of Headache Disorder (ICHD-II), symptoms of vestibular migraine include:

  • A current or past history of migraine with or without aura
  • At least 5 episodes of vestibular symptoms with moderate to severe intensity lasting from 5 minutes to 72 hours
  • At least 50% of the episodes have one or more of these characteristics

–  visual aura

– sensitivity to light and sound

– headache with at least two of the following features: one-sided head pain,   pulsating, moderate or severe intensity, aggravation by routine physical activity.

  • Symptoms are not explained by another medical condition

If you suffer from episodic vertigo with or without a headache, review your symptoms with your doctor to rule out other causes of dizziness. If a diagnosis of vestibular migraine is made, you are not alone, and there are lots of treatment options out there.

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