Vestibular Migraine

By: Kelly Warf, Au.D.
David Tojo, M.D.

Migraine associated dizziness, vestibular Meniere’s, and vertiginous migraine are just a few names you might have heard. These names are all synonymous with vestibular migraine. Similar to a headache or migraine, however, a vestibular migraine is when an individual experiences migraine symptoms along with dizziness or feeling off-balance and sensory disturbances (such as visual changes, difficulty speaking, tingling in arms and legs).

A referral to an otolaryngologist for vestibular migraines is common as symptoms overlap with inner ear and balance disorders (e.g., BPPV, Meniere’s). A neurologist may also be referred. About 50% of migraineurs go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed.

Management of vestibular migraines may include avoiding triggers (food, lifestyle and environmental modifications), medication, physical therapy (retraining the brain to common sensory triggers).

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms described above, please schedule an appointment with us today so we can determine the underlying cause and create a treatment plan. Schedule your appointment at the Ear, Nose, and Throat Center today. Call 847-685-1000.

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