This reads like the who’s who of migraine gurus who stand behind this.
Michael von Brevern
Robert W. Baloh
Adolfo M. Bronstein
Joseph M. Furman
Peter J. Goadsby
When I read that I thought, “yeah right”.
The good news is that Baloh and colleagues have hit back with a wide range of evidence to back them up. Here’s some of what they said:
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These studies taken together leave no doubt that there is a strong link between vertigo and migraine. Menière’s disease and BPPV are two vestibular disorders frequently comorbid with migraine. Besides these classical neuro-otological disorders, vestibular migraine has emerged as a distinct clinical entity, affecting approximately 1% of the general population and manifesting with spontaneous vertigo, positional vertigo and head-motion vertigo. Vestibular migraine can be usually distinguished from Menière’s disease as hearing loss is lacking. The vestibular origin of vestibular migraine has been ascertained by the observation of pathological nystagmus during the acute phase of vestibular migraine, indicating significant central vestibular dysfunction in most cases and mild central vestibular dysfunction in the interictal phase.
These findings separate vestibular migraine from dizziness because of psychiatric disorders, side effects of antimigraine drugs, and orthostatic hypotension. Recent basic research has suggested a pathophysiological explanation for some of the features of vestibular migraine.
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In other words folks, if we do the maths, 1% of the population has migrainous vertigo. That means in the US where the population is about 300 million, at least 3 million people have MAV. In Australia that number would be approximately 220,000, in Canada about 300,000 and in the UK around 620,000. There’s millions of us stumbling around in a haze.