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What are the symptoms of a vestibular migraine?

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A vestibular migraine don’t always cause headaches. The main symptom is dizziness that comes and goes. Vestibular refers to the inner ear, which controls your hearing and balance. If you’re having a vestibular migraine, you may feel:

  • Dizziness that lasts more than a few minutes
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Balance problems
  • Extreme motion sensitivity -- feeling sick or dizzy when you move your head, eyes, or body
  • Feeling disoriented or confused
  • Feeling unsteady, like you’re in a rocking boat
  • Sensitivity to sound

From: Vestibular Migraines WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

UpToDate: “Vestibular migraine.”

Merriam-Webster Dictionary: "Vestibular."

Vestibular Disorders Association: "Vestibular Migraine (a.k.a. Migraine Associated Vertigo or MAV)."

UpToDate: “Pathophysiology, clinical manifestations, and diagnosis of migraine in adults.”

Stolte, B. , published online, May 20, 2014. Cephalalgia

American Hearing Research Foundation: "Migraine Associated Vertigo (MAV)."

American Hearing Research Foundation: "Meniere’s Disease."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 27, 2018

SOURCES:

UpToDate: “Vestibular migraine.”

Merriam-Webster Dictionary: "Vestibular."

Vestibular Disorders Association: "Vestibular Migraine (a.k.a. Migraine Associated Vertigo or MAV)."

UpToDate: “Pathophysiology, clinical manifestations, and diagnosis of migraine in adults.”

Stolte, B. , published online, May 20, 2014. Cephalalgia

American Hearing Research Foundation: "Migraine Associated Vertigo (MAV)."

American Hearing Research Foundation: "Meniere’s Disease."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 27, 2018

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