Migraine Term of the Day: Vertigo

Teri Robert @trobert Health Guide
  • When we're looking at Migraine and headache information, whether it's from our doctor, a book, or an online article, we sometimes come across medical terms that can be confusing.


    Sometimes, it's easy enough to substitute another word or a short phrase for the medical term. At other times, substituting just doesn't convey quite the same meaning or takes more than a few words.


    Some of you have expressed an interest in learning more of the medical terminology that comes up when discussing Migraine disease and other headache disorders. So, I'll be posting a "term of the day," probably a couple of times a week. If there are terms you'd like to have defined, please leave a comment to let me know what it is.

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    Today's term: Vertigo.


    Vertigo is the sensation of spinning or whirling. Vertigo is not the same as light-headedness or dizziness. People with vertigo feel as though they are actually spinning or moving, or that the world is spinning around them.


    Vertigo can be a symptom of Migraine, particularly Migraine aura. Vertigo is particularly common in Alice in Wonderland Syndrome, a rare form of Migraine aura.

    You can read more about Vertigo in:

    For more terms, see our Migraine and Headache Glossary.


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    Medical review by John Claude Krusz, PhD, MD.


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    Last updated February 3, 2010

Published On: February 03, 2010