A migraine is a neurological condition often described as a really bad headache, but it can have other symptoms as well. Migraines are more common in women than in men, but anyone can get them and they tend to run in families. For decades researchers have worked to understand what causes migraines.
Doctors once thought that the vessel dilation people experience during an episode was causing the pain. They now believe that migraines are a result of an abnormal stimulation of the trigeminal nerve. This nerve is responsible for warning your brain with pain signals when something is harming your face. A migraine headache may be an overreaction on the part of this nerve.
Even if a neurological abnormality is causing the migraine, the headache itself appears to alter the chemistry of the brain.
What Does a Vestibular Migraine Feel Like?
Vestibular migraines are related to the inner ear, which helps us maintain our balance. A vestibular migraine causes dizziness or vertigo and may not occur with pain in the head. People with these migraines may have difficulty with their balance, or feel like they are rocking in a boat.