Migraineurs often suffer from unsettling vestibular symptoms. Research has shown that dizziness and vertigo during migraine attacks can lead to serious anxiety and psychological distress.
Balci et al (Noro Psikiyatr Ars 55, 9–14 (2018)) sent patients with vestibular migraine (VM), typical migraineurs, and controls through a battery of balance and cognitive testing. Patients with VM and typical migraine performed similarly in the Stroop test. Neither migraine classification, nor the severity of vestibular symptoms predicted results in cognitive testing.
All vestibular disorders can adversely affect quality of life. In general, 50% of patients diagnosed with a vestibular disorder will miss some time at school or work. Vestibular migraine (VM), however, causes more than 60% of patients to miss such time.
Vestibular migraine symptoms like motion sensitivity and dizziness can take their toll. Ask a provider about addressing these symptoms with a course of vestibular rehabilitation therapy.