Migraine Term of the Day: Vertigo

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Writer’s note: 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,” on a regular basis. If there are terms you’d like to have defined, please leave a comment below.

When we’re given migraine and headache information, whether from our doctor, a book, or an online article, we sometimes come across medical terms that can be confusing. While it’s easy enough to substitute another word or a short phrase for the medical term, there are times when substituting doesn’t quite convey the same meaning.

Vertigo is one of those terms. 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 Medical Terms Glossary Index.

Sources: Webster’s Medical Dictionary