It’s not completely clear what causes balance problems and dizziness in fibromyalgia. There are trigger points in the neck and jaw that can cause a feeling of dizziness and imbalance. This may be because they affect the nerves that tell the brain where the body is in space. If these signals do not match with the signals from the eyes, this could cause dizziness and disorientation.
People with fibromyalgia often have problems maintaining blood pressure. Particularly a drop in our blood pressure (hypotension) which causes light-headedness and feelings of faintness. Hypotension is divided into different classifications according to when your blood pressure drops:
- Orthostatic hypotension is the drop in blood pressure that occurs when you transition from sitting or lying down to standing. Orthostatic hypotension can make you feel dizzy or light-headed, and maybe even faint.
- One form of orthostatic intolerance is POTS (postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome). POTS is described as an intolerance to a change of body position, from lying down to upright. There is a dramatic increase in heart rate along with an abnormal drop in blood pressure. POTS stems from inadequate blood circulation that reduces the amount of blood getting back to the heart when rising.
- Neurally mediated hypotension is a blood pressure abnormality brought on by a nervous system reflex. It can occur after exercise, a period of standing (or even just sitting upright), exposure to a warm environment or an emotionally stressful event. Neurally mediated hypotension can cause symptoms such as chronic fatigue, light-headedness, recurrent fainting, nausea, exercise intolerance and cognitive dysfunction.
- Postprandial hypotension is the drop of blood pressure occurring directly after eating. It is more likely to occur in people who have high blood pressure or disorders that impair the brain centers controlling the autonomic nervous system (heart rate, digestion, respiratory rate). Symptoms include dizziness, light-headedness, faintness, and falls.
Other causes of light-headedness are: an illness like a cold or the flu, allergies, low blood sugar, hyperventilation, anxiety, panic attacks and anemia.
Dizziness is a problem for nearly 70% of people with fibromyalgia. When it occurs on a daily basis, like with fibromyalgia, severe dizziness can really inhibit your life. There are some things you can do to address the dizziness and balance issues. In this post, I will give you ten tips to stop dizziness
The term dizziness means different things to different people. Some people use it to describe feeling light-headed or off-balance while others use it to describe vertigo (the feeling that their surroundings are spinning).
Finding solutions for your dizziness depends on the type of dizziness you are experiencing and what is causing it. If you missed my last post, about the most common causes of dizziness and poor balance in people with fibromyalgia, you may want to read it, first.
Finding a way to stop or prevent feelings of dizziness can be a process of trial and error. Here are 10 tips to help:
If you are prone to dizziness, it is important not to make any sudden moves.
- When you get out of bed, do it in stages. First, sit up slowly. Then, put your feet on the floor. Take a moment to breathe. Slowly stand up and hold on to a stable surface. Relax a moment and breathe before you try walking.
- When moving from a sitting position to a standing position, flex your legs first. This will help get your circulation going. If you feel dizzy after standing up, focus on an eye-level spot on the wall and breathe. Don’t walk away until you feel stable. Use a cane or some type of support, if you need to.