Vestibular migraines affect up to 1% of the population and are associated with debilitating vertigo. According to the ICHD-II (the second edition of the International Classification of Headache Disorders), vestibular migraines meet the following criteria:
- Current or past history of migraine with or without aura
- At least five episodes of vestibular symptoms lasting from five minutes to 72 hours
- At least 50% of vestibular episodes have one or a combination of these characteristics:
- Visual Aura
- Sensitivity to Light and Sound
- Headache with at least two of the following features: pulsating pain, one-sided head pin, moderate or severe intensity, aggravation by physical activity
- Symptoms that Cannot be Explained by Another Condition
Symptoms of Vestibular Migraines
Vestibular migraines can be very disorienting. If you experience these types of migraines, you may experience:
- Spontaneous Vertigo – When you feel like you are moving, or your surroundings are spinning.
- Positional Vertigo – When vertigo occurs due to a change in head position
- Visually-Induced Vertigo – When vertigo is caused by a large, moving visual stimulus
- Head Motion – Dizziness with nausea accompanying vertigo
While there is no clinical test to determine if a person suffers from vestibular migraines, your doctor can diagnose you by analyzing your description of the symptoms and your medical history. To help with the diagnosis, you can build a migraine profile. This will give your doctor a more detailed look at your symptoms.
First Coast Pain offers treatments for headache disorders, including BOTOX for migraines near Jacksonville, FL. Contact our office at 904.800.726 today to find relief from your pain.