What is it?

Vestibular migraine is a condition in which people who have a history of migraines suffer from episodes of dizziness, and not always from headaches. It is a nervous system condition, but the exact reason is not fully understood. It is more common in women, around the age of 40. The episodes typically last between 5 minutes to 72 hours, and during the episode, there is a major effect on the person’s function.

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Signs & symptoms

Symptoms include dizziness that comes and goes, nausea, vomiting, balance problems, motion sensitivity, disorientation, confusion, unsteadiness and sound sensitivity.


Diagnosis of vestibular migraines is done upon findings from medical history and physical examination. To rule out other conditions an imaging of the brain may be done.


Treatment may include medications such as triptans for the headache, vestibular suppressants such as benzodiazepines, and anti-nausea drugs like antihistamines, For prevention, calcium channel blockers may help and antidepressants.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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