Vestibular migraine is a form of a migraine that affects the vestibular nerve. Learn more about the symptoms, causes & most effective treatment for migraine.
A migraine is a common problem affecting nearly 10% of the population. It is seen more in females and more common between the ages of 20 and 40. A vestibular migraine is a common cause of vertigo in young and middle-aged people alike. The literature states that around 10% of the population is suffering from a migraine. A vestibular migraine occurs in 10% of migraine patients. Women are more prone to vestibular migraines than men which are similar to traditional migraine patterns. Vestibular migraines can also occur in children. This disorder affects the day to day life of patients and may lead to anxiety. (learn more)
Vestibular migraine patients usually complain of headaches before, during or after the dizzy spells. However, headaches are not seen in all patients. Sometimes, headaches occur more frequently before and the vertigo symptoms are predominant.
The chief symptom of a vestibular migraine is recurrent spells of dizziness that may last for a few seconds to days.
The following recommendation has been proposed by the International Headache Society to help doctors diagnose Vestibular migraine:
At least half of the episodes happen with one of the following migraine symptoms:
Neurologists and Neuro-otologists are specialised in diagnosing and treating vestibular migraine. Patients with a vestibular migraine require lifestyle modifications like eating and sleeping on time, reducing caffeine, salt and alcohol intake. For patients having more than three episodes in a month, migraine prophylaxis must be started with medicines like beta-blockers, calcium channel blockers, SSRI’s and antiepileptic medications. Terminating the headaches and controlling vertigo with vestibular suppressants may be necessary.
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