Your brain uses the input from four sensory systems to help maintain
balance and position in relation to your surroundings:
information about your position and motion in relationship to the rest of the
world. This is an important part of the balance mechanism and often overrides
information from the other balance-sensing systems.
Sensory nerves in the joints allow the brain to keep track of
the position of the legs, arms, and trunk. Your body is then automatically able
to make tiny changes in posture that help maintain balance
Skin pressure sensation
provides information about position and motion in relationship to
A portion of the inner ear, called
the labyrinth, which includes the semicircular canals, contains specialized
cells that detect motion and changes in position.
If there is a problem with any of the above systems, you will
probably feel dizzy (unsteady) or have vertigo (spinning) or poor
Migraines are a type of headache that tend to cause more than just head pain. The symptoms often include nausea and vision problems.
A migraine headache can last for a few hours a day to several hours. But a migraine attack that lasts for more than 72 hours is called status migrainosus. This may require hospital treatment to relieve the pain and treat dehydration from vomiting.
A typical migraine can sometimes turn into status migrainosus if:
The migraine isn't treated early in the course...
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
December 19, 2012
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