Is it an Aura? Or What?


I am wondering how many also experience the symptom called orthostatic hypotension? In other words, feeling dizzy when standing? :mrgreen:

Is migraine related vertigo labelled “an aura”?

I am wondering how many also experience the symptom called orthostatic hypotension? In other words, feeling dizzy when standing? :mrgreen:

I’m not sure how many people suffer orthostatic hypotension along with MAV. I do know many people with MAV get dizzy when they stand up (or with other changes in body posture). That does not necessarily mean they have OH, though.

Is migraine related vertigo labelled “an aura”?

Not in my understanding, no … I think aura is different, though MAV sufferers can certainly experience aura. Dr. Hain (of Chicago Dizziness and Hearing) does mention “migraine with persistent aura,” however. I’m not sure exactly how this is differentiated from MAV. Hey, where’s Scott when we need him?


I’m not certain about the whole aura thing but for me I will typically get a dizzy spell lasting hours which eventually burns out and is then followed by a miserable headache. It seems to me that the dizziness in this case is an aura although I don’t think it’s strictly defined in this way. But, like clockwork, I know I’ve got a headache coming after a morning dizzy spell.

This from healthcentral:

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“Migraine auras can come in several types. Visual aura is the most common. Sensory aura with numbness or tingling is perhaps the next most common aura. Dizziness, weakness, slurred speech, or confusion can occur before or during a migraine as well, although less commonly.”

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Scott 8)

Hey, where’s Scott when you need him?
I guess I got my answer!

Yeah, what you quoted makes sense. My guess, I think MAV is generally defined as more of a continuous-dizziness thing whereas aura is episodic / occurs in “attacks,” right? To me, it looks like the whole “migraine aura” spectrum is broader, or includes a wider range of potential symptoms. It seems to me that, when diagnosing MAV, the main focus is on the existence of ongoing vertigo/dizziness – likely accompanied by other sensory abnormalities – and a lack of other reasonable explanations. After all, MAV is a diagnosis of exclusion.

I think I may have overcomplicated the matter, actually, but oh well … I am prone to doing so …

I have mild, constant orthostatic hypotension, that mostly goes unnoticed. If I have a bad migraine attack, though, it’s very noticeable! Only then do I get the blackout when standing up too fast (even if I bend down to the oven over whatever and then stand up again), which is followed by more pounding, sometimes some short-lives (seconds) spots here and there. I did get this, without the pounding, long before I got MAV, but again, it was mild and only bothered me if I literally jumped out of bed. Since then it’s second nature to get up more slowly.

[size=100]Hello from Raven and thanks for all the interest.

Unclear as to what an “aura” is – definition.
When I get MAV symptom, it lasts about four or five hours and frequently have bad headache afterwards and tendency to get another one soon.

Also, in past few years, have had the new problem of ocular migraines – vision affected for a while. :?


Hi Raven,

There are many different manifestations of migraine aura. Here is a list from

Visual disturbances are the most common feature of migraine aura. Signs and symptoms may include:

Shimmering spots or stars
Zigzag lines that gradually float across your field of vision
Loss of vision in one eye
Blurred vision
Blind spots (scotomas)
Objects in your surroundings that appear as if they are shimmering in heat
Flashes of light

Other types of sensations may accompany the visual disturbances, including:

Feelings of numbness
Tingling in parts of your body
Dizziness (vertigo)
Difficulty with speech

You can find this information as well as another link for ocular migraines at the following site: Migraine with aura - Symptoms and causes - Mayo Clinic

Does this help?

Take care,


Hi, there!

I just wanted to add that I always get much dizzier when I stand up or get up out of bed. I think it is a combination of the OH and my constant dizziness problem. I do have pretty low blood pressure, so that just makes it worse I think.

:slight_smile: Violet

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This web page could keep you busy forever, interesting site.

jen 8)