Vestibular migraine (VM) calculator

Timothy C. Hain, MD of Chicago Dizziness and Hearing•Most recent update: July 29, 2022

See also: Questionnaires for dizzinessMdDS calculatorPPPD calculator.Meniere's calculator

This calculator attempts to determine whether or not an individual has symptoms that might meet the criteria for VM, as outlined by Dr. Lempert and associates in the 2013 and 2022 articles referenced below. Material in quotes is mainly copied directly from the 2013 or 2022 articles. Vestibular migraine is the currently accepted name for Migraine Associated Vertigo (MAV). (Hain and Cherchi, 2019).

Disclaimer: The content, drawn from the "consensus" papers, does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Dr. Hain.This page is not a substitute for medical care, and by itself, it does not establish a diagnosis. It is not written for or appropriate for use in legal endeavors. Answers are not stored. If you wish to retain this result, please print it out.


Please check the boxes below, and then click "evaluate".

Have you experienced at least 5 episodes of any of the following, lasting 5 minutes to 72 hours, and of moderate or severe intensity. "moderate" means that they interfere with but do not prohibit daily activities, and "severe" if daily activities cannot be continued. You can check more than one.

"spontaneous vertigo" including "internal vertigo, a false sensation of self-motion" and external vertigo, a false sensation that "the visual surround is spinning or flowing"

Is there a "current or previous diagnosis of migraine with or without aura" ? This should be according to the ICHD criteria, but if you don't know, please just answer according to your doctor's diagnosis regarding whether or not you have migraine.

Have there been " one or more migraine features with at least 50% of the vestibular episodes." ? If there were none, don't check any of them.

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Note that according to the 2012/2022 papers referenced below, in addition to meeting the criteria above, there is one additional diagnostic criteria, which is determined by your health care provider:

This means that disorders like BPPV, MdDS, Meniere's, vestibular neuritis, SCD, bilateral vestibular loss, or PPPD can also be present but should not be a better explanation than vestibular migraine.

More about Vestibular Migraine can be found here. • We offer consultations regarding Vestibular Migraine at Chicago Dizziness and Hearing.