June is National Headache & Migraine Awareness Month
In June VeDA partners with the headache and migraine community to raise awareness about what it's like to live with these devastating illnesses, with a spotlight on vestibular migraine.
What is Vestibular Migraine?
Migraine, a disorder usually associated with headache, is extremely common and can cause several vestibular symptoms. Studies suggest that about 25 percent of migraineurs experience dizziness or vertigo during attacks. Vestibular migraine can occur with or without pain.
- Photophobia (sensitivity to light)
- Phonophobia (sensitivity to sound)
- Head pain
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Some foods, such as aged cheese, smoked or processed meats, MSG, chocolate, alcohol, fermented foods, etc.
- Hormonal fluctuations
- Pressure changes
- Sleep disturbance
- Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy
- Lifestyle changes
- Exercise, such as walking, yoga, and tai chi
- Diet & supplements, such as eating whole foods and taking magnesium
- Self-care, such as meditation, getting enough sleep, and massage
- Learn your triggers and manage them
Many people who suffer from vestibular dysfunction are sensitive to light, sound, and visual stimuli. Learning to recognize and manage these sensory sensitivities greatly improves their quality of life. In this video, vestibular patient Rishi B. shares his experience and coping strategies, including yoga, meditation, and use of migraine glasses.
Bridging Care Gaps in Vestibular Migraine - Interview with Drs. Habib Rizk and Monica Mallampalli