Migraine Associated Vertigo (MAV)

How are Migraines Related to Dizziness and Vertigo?


Adult Migraine Associated Vertigo:


Migraines can be classified as with or without aura. Migraine aura can be described as symptomology that prefaces the start of a migraine. Some migraine patients experience vertigo, dizziness and/or motion intolerance as part of their migraine aura. Furthermore, vascular events associated with migraines can over time lead to unilateral vestibular weakness.


Pediatric Migraine Associated Vertigo:


Benign Paroxysmal Vertigo (BPV) is migraine experienced by children. While most adult migraines are primarily associated with headache, BPV causes episodes of dizziness and imbalance that can lead to falls, nausea and vomiting in children. The difference in migraine symptomology between pediatrics and adults can be attributed to differences in maturity of the central nervous system.


Management of Migraine Associated Vertigo:


Management of migraine associated vertigo may be two-fold:

  1. Management of migraine via medication and lifestyle alterations to avoid migraine triggers.

  2. Management of dizziness, vertigo and imbalance via vestibular rehabilitation therapy. Refer to this link for more information regarding vestibular rehabilitation therapy: http://www.fyzicalbalance.com/our-approach/howdoesitwork




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