Dizzy Spell a Clue for Chronic Migraines?

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January 14, 2014

Most misdiagnosed chronic migraine conditions can be attributed to other headache varieties like tension headaches, sinus headaches, cluster headaches or even cervical spine problems that radiate pain.

So when someone suffers with odd symptoms that sometimes do not even accompany a headache at all, diagnosing a migraine condition can be way down on the list of possible causes to consider!  The longer it takes to diagnose the migraine condition, the longer it will be before the person can get appropriate migraine treatment such as medication, Botox injections or even a migraine procedure.

Migraine vertigo can accompany the headache or occur independently, which is what makes this type of chronic migraine so tricky to understand.  Vertigo is described as the sensation that the room you are in is spinning.  Other similar sensations such as dizziness, lightheadedness or feeling that your head is not right are all part of this phenomenon.

This symptom usually occurs in people who have migraine with aura, but is not actually part of the visual disturbance.   Rather, it is a consequence of an inner ear disturbance and may also include ringing, a full sensation and muffled sound.  Individuals, who suffer with migraine vertigo, tend to also be sensitive to loud sounds, which can trigger an attack.

According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, treating dizziness associated with migraines is most effective with preventative treatments such as medication, trigger avoidance, stress reduction and lifestyle enhancements.  Abortive medications are not effective in treating vertigo.  The preventative tools include calcium channel blockers, beta blockers, anti epileptic and anti depressant drugs.

If you believe that you may have a chronic migraine condition with debilitating dizzy spells, and long term medication use is not a good option for you, a migraine procedure may be a good next treatment option to explore.

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