Migraine Awareness Month

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.

Common SymptomsWoman with migraine

  • Vertigo
  • Photophobia (sensitivity to light)
  • Phonophobia (sensitivity to sound)
  • Head pain
  • Nausea and/or vomiting

Common Triggers

  • Some foods, such as aged cheese, smoked or processed meats, MSG, chocolate, alcohol, fermented foods, etc.
  • Hormonal fluctuations
  • Alicia Wolf, the Dizzy CookPressure changes
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Stress


  • Medication
  • Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy
  • Lifestyle changes

coping strategies

  • 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

Patient Spotlights

Sensory Rebalanced

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.

Check out other stories shared by vestibular migraine warriors, and share your own story.