Posts Tagged ‘vestibular migraines’

Migraine Headaches and Dizziness- Stop the Ride, I want to get off!

Monday, November 28th, 2011


 


 

As if migraine headaches weren’t bad enough…here come headaches and dizziness to spoil your day!  Migraine vertigo can be part of your migraine symptoms, or it can signify a comorbid vestibular disorder.

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What is Migraine associated vertigo (MAV)?

Migraine attacks include a wide range of symptoms, including extreme dizziness.  A significant percentage of migraine sufferers also experience vestibular migraines- migraine headaches that come with symptoms of vertigo.

MIGRAINE HEADACHES AND DIZZINESS- STOP THE RIDE, I WANT TO GET OFF! WWW.MIGRAVENT.COM

Go Ask Alice: Migraine Auras in Wonderland

What are the symptoms of migraine associated vertigo?

It is important to use descript terms when explaining vertigo symptoms to your doctor or headache specialist, so that he will be able to differentiate between true vertigo, which is a vestibular disorder, and other conditions common with migraineurs, such as anxiety or Meniere’s disease.

Migraine patients usually describe vertigo symptoms as:

  • Severe dizziness
  • Rocking or spinning sensations
  • Light-headedness
  • Wooziness
  • Imbalance
  • Fatigue
  • Feebleness
  • Unsteadiness
  • Motion sensitivity
  • Feeling of ear fullness
  • Tinnitus, or ringing inside the ear
  • Muted hearing

Ménière’s disease and MAV

There is a high correlation between migraine illness and Meniere’s disease, as stated in this Japanese study on migraine-associated vertigo and Meniere’s disease released by PubMed.  The main difference is duration- migraine vertigo symptoms can linger for hours, day, or even years, where vertigo associated with Meniere’s disease generally lasts for 24 hours, and no longer.

Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV)

Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is the most common cause of vertigo, and usually the cause of vestibular migraines.

Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)

Small strokes, or transient ischemic attacks, are another cause of vertigo that your doctor will be able to diagnose with testing.

Motion sickness

It is worth noting that migraine patients are extremely prone to motion sickness while traveling, which is another common cause of light-headedness, headaches and dizziness.

MIGRAINE HEADACHES AND DIZZINESS- STOP THE RIDE, I WANT TO GET OFF! WWW.MIGRAVENT.COM

Fluid leaks in ear

Sometimes, vertigo and tinnitus symptoms indicate leaking fluid in your inner ear.

Anxiety attacks and depression

If you suffer from chronic migraines, then you might also experience feelings of anxiety, nervousness, depression, or panic.  Vertigo is one of many symptoms of an anxiety attack, with others being breathlessness, sweating, uncontrolled thoughts, paranoia, and heart palpitations. People who suffer from depression often experience panic disorder as well.

Treatments for migraine headache and dizziness

If headaches and dizziness are chronic, then your neurologist or other headache specialist might prescribe a migraine treatment such as Topamax, antidepressants, or beta-blockers.  Alternatively, natural therapies and ingredients for migraines that help include:

  • Exercise, including yoga, Tai Chi, and low-impact aerobics
  • Migraine prevention by diagnosing migraine triggers
  • Stress management, including guided meditation, biofeedback, and deep breathing
  • Herbs and vitamins designed for natural migraine management, such as butterbur, riboflavin, coenzyme Q10 and magnesium for migraines.

Read more about migraine symptoms:

Why do Migraines cause Nausea and Vomiting?

Sources:

Does migraine-associated vertigo share a common pathophysiology with Meniere’s disease? Study with vestibular-evoked myogenic potential- PubMed- NCBI

Epidemiology of vertigo, migraine and vestibular migraine

Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo- Mayo Clinic

Ménière’s Disease [NIDCD Health Information]

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Top 30 Most Famous Migraine Sufferers

Monday, June 20th, 2011


 


Celebrities with Chronic Headache Pain: The symptoms of migraine headaches are debilitating; stabbing head pain, nausea, stomach cramping and migraine auras can leave you feeling weak, tired, and depressed long after the migraine attack has abated. While a migraine attack can last for days, the psychological aftermath can be everlasting; many migraineurs struggle with feelings of low self-esteem, inadequacy, uncertainty and despair because of their illness.

TOP 30 MOST FAMOUS MIGRAINE SUFFERERS, WWW.MIGRAVENT.CO

Top 10 Headache Symptoms that Point to Migraines

However, many successful, vibrant personalities have suffered from chronic migraines.  Some of the most influential people throughout history have been migraine sufferers, including such movers and shakers as Einstein, John F. Kennedy, and Van Gough, whose “auras” are visible in some of his most famous works. Today, celebrity migraineurs such as Desperate Housewives’ Marcia Cross and Friends’ Lisa Kudrow contribute to migraine awareness, in the hope of one day finding a cure for migraines.

Below is our list of the 30 most famous migraine patients throughout history and today:

Film and TV Stars

Marcia Cross

Marcia Cross suffered from severe chronic migraines before 10 years before she learned to prevent migraine attacks by changing her diet, combatting stress, and getting enough sleep.  Today, she is a spokesperson for the popular migraine treatment, Imitrex.

Ben Affleck

Ben Affleck, star of The Town, spent Memorial Day, 2006 in a hospital, recovering from a migraine attack.  4 Headaches that Require Emergency Intervention

Hugh Jackman

TOP 30 MOST FAMOUS MIGRAINE SUFFERERS, WWW.MIGRAVENT.COM

Hugh Jackman, aka Wolverine, has had his bouts of migraine symptoms. 6 Migraine Myth-conceptions

Whoopi Goldberg

Whoopi Goldberg, whose claim to fame began with her starring role in Steven Spielberg’s The
Color Purple, suffers from chronic migraines.

Lisa Kudrow

Lisa Kudrow suffered childhood migraines that diminished, as she got older.  Coincidentally, her father, Lee Kudrow, is a migraine specialist, who helped with the implementation of lidocaine as a migraine treatment,

Star Jones

Star Jones, former host of The View, lost over 160 pounds after having gastric bypass surgery.  Scientists say that weight loss surgery often leads to alleviated migraine symptoms, but there has been no word from Star confirming that hypothesis. Weight Loss Surgery May Reduce Migraines

Virginia Madsen

Virginia Madsen, who co-starred with Paul Giamatti in the blockbuster, Sideways, claims that Botox injections have cured her of her migraine pain. Still on the Fence about Botox for Headache Relief? Read what Scientists and Skeptics have to Say

Kristin Chenoweth

TOP 30 MOST FAMOUS MIGRAINE SUFFERERS, WWW.MIGRAVENT.CO

Kristin Chenoweth plays Glinda the good witch on Broadway’s Wicked, but offstage, migraines and nausea leave her feeling more like the green Wicked Witch of the West.

Elle Macpherson

Supermodel Elle Macpherson tries to stay hydrated in order to avoid dry skin, in addition to thwarting migraine attacks.  15 Tricks for Staying Hydrated and Avoiding Migraines

James Cromwell

The man who played Farmer Hoggett on Babe is one of many Hollywood movie stars who suffer from frequent migraines.

Elizabeth Taylor

TOP 30 MOST FAMOUS MIGRAINE SUFFERERS, WWW.MIGRAVENT.COM

Liz Taylor suffered from chronic pain, in additional to migraines.  The much-adored superstar experienced so many debilitating and life-threatening illnesses that she required hospitalization over 70 times before passing away of heart failure in March of 2011.  Brain Tumor, Stroke and 8 other Illnesses you probably don’t have

Musicians

Elvis Presley

TOP 30 MOST FAMOUS MIGRAINE SUFFERERS, WWW.MIGRAVENT.COM

The famous crooner once known as the king of rock and roll was also a frequent pill popper, which eventually led to his demise.  Elvis suffered from numerous ailments, including migraines.

Carly Simon

Famous singer/songwriter Carly Simon learned how to decrease the frequency of her migraine attacks by cutting out certain food triggers, such as coffee, from her diet.  Wine, Cheese, Perfume, and other Headache Triggers

Loretta Lynn

Country music legend Loretta Lynn revealed in her book, Coal Miner’s Daughter, that she began suffering from migraines since the age of seventeen and that her father was also a migraine sufferer.

Janet Jackson

TOP 30 MOST FAMOUS MIGRAINE SUFFERERS, WWW.MIGRAVENT.CO

Janet Jackson had to cancel a few shows back in 2008 when she started feeling head pain and vertigo from vestibular migraines.

In Sports

Dwyane Wade

NBA star Dwyane wade has had his issues with migraines on and off the basketball court.  While wearing tinted glasses help to relieve some of the pain symptoms during an attack, his teammates have expressed displeasure at the Miami Heat player’s pattern of wearing eyewear during a game, claiming that it puts other players at a disadvantage. Migraines Caused by Eye Strain? Tinted Glasses can Help

Percy Harvin

The Vikings’ Percy Harvin had to miss a lot of team practice due to chronic migraine attacks, but he claims that his doctors have cured him of his pain symptoms and that he hasn’t felt better in years.  He attributes his well-being to weaning off certain headache triggers in his diet and physical therapy.

Freddie Ljungberg

Swedish soccer player Freddie Ljungerb had to be carried off the field when he started experiencing a severe migraine attack during a match. 5 Sports-Related Migraines You Never Heard Of

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Legendary NBA star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar announced in 2009 that he has leukemia, in addition to being a chronic migraine sufferer.

Serena Williams

Tennis star Serena Williams, who experiences frequent migraine headaches, is a spokesperson for the “RALLY for Menstrual Migraine” campaign.  Treatments for Menstrual Migraines

Terrell Davis

Terrel Davis didn’t let migraines stop him from performing in the 1998 Super Bowl XXXII.  He played his best, despite throbbing head pain and visual distortions.

Historical Figures

Vincent Van Gogh
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Had Vincent Van Gogh not suffered from migraines with aura, would he have ever painted the infamous Starry Nights?  Migraines with Aura may Signal Birth Defect in Heart

John F. Kennedy

In addition to battling the beginnings of the Cold War, former president of the USA John F. Kennedy also had his battles with migraines.

Napoleon Bonaparte

French conqueror Napoleon Bonaparte might have been a man of peace had he not suffered from migraine headaches, perhaps.  Migraine Sufferer to World: It’s not just a Headache, People!

Charles Darwin

Charles Darwin’s theory of natural selection proves that migraine patients are as vital and capable as non-headache sufferers are, seeing as he, himself, was a chronic migraineur.

Lewis Carroll

TOP 30 MOST FAMOUS MIGRAINE SUFFERERS, WWW.MIGRAVENT.COM

Was the famed “Alice in Wonderland” novelist daydreaming of little white rabbits and lazy caterpillars while recovering from a migraine attack?

Thomas Jefferson

Jefferson, who was one of the United States’ founding fathers and 3rd president, experienced severe migraine headaches throughout his lifetime.

Robert E. Lee

General Robert E. Lee led our country through one of its bloodiest battles while suffering his own battles with migraines.

Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar, the Roman general whose exploits inspired history’s greatest artists and playwrights, would have benefited from using a migraine diary, had he known of its benefits for preventing migraine attacks.   10 Clues your should Include in your Headache Diary Today

Sigmund Freud

Sigmund Freud knew that sometimes, a headache is not just a headache; it can be a debilitating migraine headache.

Read more about migraine prevention:

6 Migraine Myth-conceptions

5 Sports-Related Migraines You Never Heard Of

Strange but True: Migraines can Give You a British Accent

Sources:

Kristin Chenoweth’s Migraine Puts Pause On Emmys Celebration

You Are In Good Company! Famous Migraineurs

Celebs Who Cope With Migraines

Migraine Publicity

Migraine Celebrities

How Actress Virginia Madsen Found Migraine Relief | Lifescript.com