Thank you for this post. I've tried to explain to people how vertigo is different from being dizzy. I think some people use the term vertigo when they are just dizzy. Having experienced vertigo, I KNOW the difference, but I love the description - feeling of movement. When we are dizzy, it is usually "lightheaded". Vertigo is more like after spinning around real fast and then you fall to the ground because of the inner ear. But we CALL that "dizzy" so the terms can be confusing.
My bouts of vertigo are benign -- from an inner ear thing - where the little stones that help us determine the direction of gravity get out of alignment.I get nystagmus with them.
However, when I got some other symptoms I was really afraid it had been misdiagnosed and was actually MS (Multiple Sclerosis). Luckily, it was not MS and really was what the doctor diagnosed it as (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo [BPPV]) and the newer weird neurological symptoms I was having was from deterioration in my spine -- not MS.
Luckily, my bouts of vertigo -- lasting up to 10 days at a time -- do not significantly interfere with my life, and are even funny at times.
My younger daughter used to have migraines (since age 2). She had so many different weird neurological stuff accompanying her migraines (from dilatation of blood vessels in her brain) - not all at the same time - different ones at different times. Vertigo was one. Ataxia. Falling. Aphasia. Depression. Greyness and static-y vision. Colors. Confusion.