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What signs are indicative of a vestibular migraine?

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You could be having a vestibular migraine if:

  • You have migraines or had them in the past.
  • You have at least five episodes of vertigo that make you feel like you are spinning or moving. This isn’t the same as motion sickness or feeling faint.
  • These feelings last between five minutes to 72 hours.
  • Your symptoms are moderate to severe. That means they stop you from doing everyday tasks or they’re so bad you can't do anything at all.
  • At least half of the episodes happen with one of the following migraine symptoms:
    • A headache that has two of these characteristics: is one-sided, pulsing, moderate to severe, or gets worse with activity 
    • Sensitivity to light or sound eeing shimmering or flashing lights behind your eyes (a migraine aura)

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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