In 2008, singer, dancer and actress Janet Jackson – the youngest of the famous Jackson family – was forced to cancel a string of concerts during her Rock Witchu Tour. The reason? Vestibular migraines – a rare form of the condition, whereby the sufferer experiences an “aura“ prior to the severe headache in form of vertigo.
The entertainer’s representative revealed that Janet was receiving treatment and expressing and eagerness to get back on-stage, according to People magazine.
Manager Kenneth Crear said in a statement: “She’s a world-class entertainer and needs to be at the top of her game to give her fans the show they expect,“ adding, “She’s feeling much better and is ready to hit the road again“.
Around 1 in 9 individuals in the US suffer from migraines, and the condition is especially common in women. Those who experience “classic“ migraines find their headaches are preceeded by “aura“ symptoms. These may include having difficulty focusing, seeing flashes of light and feeling weak or numb. Other symptoms could be dizziness and experiencing vertigo, like Janet.
US News talked to Richard Lipton, director of the Headache Center at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City, about vestibular migraines and what causes them.
The expert commented: “We know that as with other forms of migraine, people inherit a predisposition to migraine. Subtypes of migraines run in families, and vestibular migraines may. Beyond that, we don’t know the specific cause. When people get vertigo, sometimes it’s from disease in the inner ear and sometimes it’s a problem in the brain stem.“
The symptoms can be severe and even disabling, Lipton added. During the aura stage, the sufferer may experience nausea as well as an inability to walk. The headache itself often makes the individual bed-bound for several hours and the he or she can spend several days recovering from the episode.
However, there are also an array of treatments and medication available to make the condition manageable. Janet Jackson has not let her migraines stop her. In a recent interview with Gotham magazine, the star expressed an interest in going into theatre, stating that it is something she has always wanted to do.
The 43-year-old also said she will continue to produce films, adding: “And I would like to have children,“ Digital Spy reported.
Janet will also reportedly be starring in a Jackson 5 world tour later this year, where she will be replacing her recently deceased brother, Michael Jackson, and is scheduled to make her second TV interview appearance following his death on the Tonight Show on the 18th March, according to MSNBC.
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