What is a Vestibular Migraine

Ever heard of a Vestibular migraine?  I had not until I was doing some migraine research.

The Vestibular structures allow us to keep our balance and spatial orientation.  A vestibular migraine impacts this inner ear area and some brain mechanisms that impact our hearing and balance.

As is typical with many migraine issues, they are many unanswered questions about this aspect.  In fact, they are not exactly sure how many suffer from this form of migraine, especially since it can be misdiagnosed as vertigo.

They are still trying to determine the cause but there is speculation that it may be from hyper-excitability in the vestibular structures.

Symptoms of Vestibular Migraines:

  • Vertigo
  • Imbalance
  • Dizziness
  • Unsteadiness
  • Extreme sensitivity to motion
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Vomiting
  • Eye focus problems
  • Muffled hearing
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ear)

There is no specific treatment for the vestibular migraine other than standard migraine treatments.   One addition some use to manage is an anti-nausea medicine.

If you suffer from this form of migraine, it is important to work with your doctor to get them under control.  Especially since the impact on your sight and balance could leave you at risk for other injuries.