Are You Suffering From Vestibular Migraines?

The article, Unraveling the Mystery of Migraine, by Richard Gans PH.D, states :

According to the American Academy of Neurology, nearly 28 million Americans suffer from migraine. The International Headache Society describes migraine with specific characteristics such as recurrent attacks, sensitivity to physical activity and pain that has a unilateral location, a pulsating quality and intensity sufficient to interrupt daily activities. Other associated symptoms include nausea, vomiting and hypersensitivity to light and sound.

A migraine can present itself in several different ways throughout life (migraine without aura, migraine with aura, ophthalmoplegic migraine, vestibular migraine, etc). Migraines are more common in females.

The cause of a migraine is still unknown. One theory indicates a vascular condition which cause spams in blood vessels outside of the skill, resulting in a headache. Another theory suggests a slow spreading of these spasms across the cerebral cortex of the brain, leading to visual auras. The vasospasms may spread to the peripheral sensory organs, such as the inner ear.

A vestibular migraine is a migraine variant which includes symptoms such as dizziness, vertigo, or balance disturbances with migrainous variants (sensitivity to light, motion, sounds, etc.). It can cause dizziness or imbalance with or without headache. A person with vestibular migraines almost always has a history of migraines, even if they were several years ago. Individuals with a history of migraines are 44% more likely to have a weakness in their vestibular system (balance system in inner ear).

At LAA Center for Balance, inside Lemme Audiology Associates of Altoona, we perform a comprehensive vestibular assessment. This assessment can determine if the dizziness and imbalance you may be experiencing could be a migraine variant. Once determined, we can help find the best treatment for you. If you experience vertigo, imbalance, nausea, motion intolerance, sound sensitivity and have a history of migraine, you may be experiencing a vestibular migraine.

Get back to your best you! Call (814) 941-7770 to schedule an appointment for a comprehensive vestibular evaluation to pinpoint the cause of your dizziness and imbalance issues so appropriate treatment can begin.

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