Vestibular Migraine

Vestibular Migraine is an area of research interest for Dr. Cohen, and he has seen hundreds of patients with this rare condition as The Headache Institute and Adolescent Headache Center has become a referral center for this syndrome. Vestibular Migraine is a sub-type of migraine where in addition to headaches, patients suffer from a variety of "dizzy" symptoms. These symptoms may include lightheadedness, dysequilibrium, a sensation of spinning, feeling off-balance, a sensation of being on a rocking boat, or even true vertigo. Dizzy symptoms may come with headache or be separate from it, and a subset of these patients may have a history of headaches in the past which then resolved and they develop dizziness years later without any headaches. The dizzy symptoms may be precipitated or exacerbated in a variety of activating settings including large crowds of people, long narrow hallways, bright of flickering lights, riding on or watching a train, and busy patterns on carpeting. The syndrome may be extremely debilitating, especially for patients who have dizzy symptoms all the time, but luckily patients respond well to a variety of migraine therapies. To learn more about Vestibular Migraine, you can read Dr. Cohen's publication on this topic in the journal Headache:

Cohen, JM, Bigal, M, Newman, L. "Migraine and Vestibular Symptoms - Identifying Clinical Features that Predict 'Vestibular Migraine.'" Headache 2011; 51: 1393-1397