Name  Vertigo
Related to/Also known as 

Dizziness

Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Migraine
Ménière's Disease
Chiari Malformation
Brain tumour
Stroke

BPPV (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo)
Labyrinthitis and vestibular neuritis

Brain injury

Symptoms of Vertigo

"Vertigo is a symptom rather than a condition. It is defined as an illusion of movement and is a specific type of dizziness which causes the person to feel the sensation that they or their surroundings are moving, even if they are standing completely still.

"Some people describe vertigo as feeling ‘wobbly’ or the sensation of spinning, swaying and dizziness. Episodes of vertigo can vary from seconds, minutes to a couple of hours, however bouts of vertigo can last for days.

"Vertigo is a symptom of many different conditions and can happen to people of all ages. There are many causes of vertigo and other disorders of balance. It is very important to find out the cause of your dizziness and you should see your General Practitioner for advice, treatment and referral to a specialist if necessary."

Source: Ménière's Society www.menieres.org.uk/information-and-support/symptoms-and-conditions/#heading1

"Vestibular migraine (also referred to as migrainous vertigo, migraine-related dizziness, vestibular migraine or migraine with prominent vertigo) is a type of migraine where people experience a combination of vertigo, dizziness or balance problems with other migraine symptoms."

Source: The Migraine Trust www.migrainetrust.org/about-migraine/types-of-migraine/migraine-and-vertigo

Useful national contacts

Ménière's Society
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Helpline: 01306 876883
Find your local support group:
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The Migraine Trust
Tel: 020 7631 6970
Link opens in new window www.migrainetrust.org
The Migraine Trust Information service telephone line is open Tuesday and Thursday 10am – 4pm on 0203 9510 150.

Children & young people

Vertigo (Dizziness) (U.S. Children's Hospital of Philadelphia)
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Online resources

Vertigo (NHS website)
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Dizziness and Balance Problems (Brain & Spine Foundation)
Link opens in new window www.brainandspine.org.uk/our-publications/booklets/dizziness-and-balance-problems

BPPV (Brain & Spine Foundation)
Link opens in new window www.brainandspine.org.uk/resources/a-to-z/bppv-benign-paroxysmal-positional-vertigo

Dizziness (vertigo) (MS Trust)
Link opens in new window www.mstrust.org.uk/a-z/dizziness-vertigo

Balance problems after stroke (Stroke Association)
Link opens in new window www.stroke.org.uk/resources/balance-problems-after-stroke

Vestibular migraine (Migraine Trust)
Link opens in new window www.migrainetrust.org/about-migraine/types-of-migraine/migraine-and-vertigo

Balance Disorder Spectrum
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 Living with a condition (The Brain Charity)

News and events  
Our resources

The library at The BraDizziness and balance problems. Brain and Spine Foundationin Charity has a range of resources on Vertigo and on a wide range of disability related issues.

This includes the Brain & Spine Foundation's booklet "Dizziness & balance problems: A guide for patients and carers".