• Woman feeling dizzy to show symptoms of vestibular migraine
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    Symptoms of Vestibular Migraine That You Need to Know

    Migraine is commonly thought of as a terrible headache, but it’s so much more than that. Migraine is a common and complex neurological disorder. So complex that it can present in lesser known variations that can actually occur without any head pain at all. These variations are called migraine variants. Vestibular migraine is just one of those migraine variants. Let's spend some time on the common symptoms of migraine as well as some of the less common signs.

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    The Vestibular Migraine and Meniere’s Disease Connection Explained

    Migraine disease (MD) occurs on a spectrum, so much so that even people within the same family, with the same genes experience a very different variety and severity of migraine symptoms. Dr. Michael Teixido who is an otolaryngologist with a special interest in advancing the study of conditions that affect hearing and balance, says dizziness and vertigo symptoms occur in about 25% of migraine patients. That breaks down to about 3 in 100 people. Yet, in my primary care physician’s office, I am her only patient diagnosed with vestibular migraine (VM) and I live in a very densely populated county in Florida. For me this points to a problem of…

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    The Vestibular Migraine Recovery Plan that Ended My Daily Dizziness

    Most people consider migraine to be a terrible headache that lasts a couple of hours and then the person recovers and feels better. But, that’s far from the reality of what it’s like living with migraine disease. Migraine is actually a neurological condition that along with intense head pain causes the brain to have an inappropriate response to stimuli also called triggers. Stimuli include lights, sounds, scents, hormones, weather, sleep disturbances, stress, dehydration, chemicals in foods and in the environment and so much more. These factors are easily ignored by those without migraine, but for those with migraine, it can feel like an assault to our senses and create debilitating…

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    Meniere’s Disease: Finding Hope After My Second Vestibular Diagnosis

    As an administrator of Migraine Strong Facebook Group, there is a little internal pressure to always be in control of my symptoms. I feel like it’s my job to feel good and to help others do the same. But, the truth is, I’m not always in control and I don’t always feel good.  Just like you, I am constantly fighting to suppress my vestibular migraine symptoms. There are days when I feel great and it feels easy and other days when it’s so hard I wonder if I can continue doing it. While Migraine Strong writes about the latest in migraine treatments, this is not medical advice. We are patient…

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    MAV (Vestibular Migraine) – More Than A Headache

    I often see people say “I can’t have Vestibular Migraine – I don’t get headaches”. In fact, those were the exact words I said to my ENT when I was originally diagnosed at the Mayo Clinic. But what is MAV or its updated term, vestibular migraine? What a lot of people fail to realize, myself included, is that there are many different types of migraine out there, and some of those can occur without any head pain at all. Vestibular migraine is one of the types that can occur with or without any pain. Also known as MAV or Migraine Associated Vertigo, it is a debilitating form of migraine that…

  • Jennifer discusses how she overcame chronic vestibular migraine, from diagnosis to healing and how she made it through and leads a normal life. #vestibularmigraine #vestibulardisorder #chronicillness
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    Drowning in Symptoms: How I Overcame Chronic Vestibular Migraine

    The Night That Changed My Life One perfectly normal night in April 2016 I went to bed feeling healthy. I turned over in my sleep in the middle of the night and felt hard, room spinning vertigo. I was instantly nauseous and vomited for the next few hours but, by late morning the next day, I felt mostly recovered. As long as I was upright I felt normal, but if I laid back I felt hard room spinning vertigo again. I had what seemed like textbook Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV). BPPV happens when calcium carbonate crystals located deep in the inner ear get knocked out of position. These crystals…

  • Alicia, The Dizzy Cook, discusses her journeys to ey with vestibular migraine from diagnosis to healing and how she made it through and leads a normal life. #vestibularmigraine #vestibulardisorder #chronicillness
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    My Journey with Vestibular Migraine

    I was 30 years old and on top of the world when I became completely debilitated by vestibular migraine. Just returning from a trip to Asia and getting back to work, I was barely sleeping and stressed out. I had been working really hard for the past year to get promoted to a senior product manager at a large watch company. Although I was exhausted, I couldn’t miss any more days so I powered through even when I wasn’t feeling well. I had mild dizziness, a fuzziness in my head, but it was more annoying than debilitating. First I tried my primary care doctor, who just said it was a…