Janet Jackson's Vestibular Migraines: FAQ
Questions and Answers About Jackson's Vestibular Migraines
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What causes vestibular migraine?
"It used to be thought to be due to a loss of circulation to the back of
the brain, but now we believe it's a neurologic abnormality in the functioning
of the back of your brain," says Diamond.
How are vestibular migraines treated?
No drug specifically treats vestibular migraines, but there are drugs that
can treat vertigo and migraine separately.
Diamond says taking preventative migraine drugs may help curb vestibular
migraines. But Maizels says it's possible for vestibular migraine patients to
still get vertigo symptoms if they're only taking migraine drugs.
"I've found folks with vestibular migraines are more difficult to
treat," says Maizels.
How common are vestibular migraines?
Vestibular migraines are "uncommon," says Maizels. Diamond calls
them "rare" and estimates that only one or two in a thousand migraine
patients have vestibular migraines.
Is there an age when vestibular migraines typically start?
Most people are diagnosed in their late teens or early 20s, "but it can
happen later on in life," says Diamond. No information is available on
whether Jackson's vestibular migraines are new or a flare-up of an existing
"If this suddenly occurs out of the blue and you're over 40, you need to
be seen by your doctor and they need to make sure that there's nothing else
going on," says Diamond.