Do Migraines Cause Dizziness?

Yes, migraines can indeed cause dizziness. Dizziness is one of the many potential symptoms that can accompany a migraine headache. This type of dizziness is often referred to as “migraine-associated vertigo” or “vestibular migraine.”

Vestibular migraine is characterized by episodes of dizziness or vertigo that can occur with or without a headache. The dizziness might feel like a spinning sensation (vertigo) or a feeling of unsteadiness and imbalance. Other symptoms that can occur alongside vestibular migraines include:

  • Nausea and Vomiting: Just like with other migraines, nausea and vomiting can also be present.
  • Visual Disturbances: Some individuals may experience visual disturbances, such as auras, flashing lights, or blind spots.
  • Sensitivity to Light and Sound: Sensitivity to light (photophobia) and sound (phonophobia) are common migraine symptoms and can occur with vestibular migraines as well.
  • Headache: While not always present, some vestibular migraines can also be accompanied by a headache.

It’s important to note that not everyone with migraines will experience dizziness, and not all cases of dizziness are due to migraines. Other medical conditions, such as inner ear disorders, can also cause similar symptoms of dizziness.

If you’re experiencing dizziness along with other symptoms like headaches, visual disturbances, and nausea, it’s a good idea to consult a healthcare provider. They can help determine whether your symptoms are related to migraines or another underlying condition and provide appropriate guidance and treatment.