35 Symptoms of Perimenopause: Dizziness & Vertigo

by Magnolia on February 4, 2013

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Unlike hot flashes, night sweats and mood swings, dizziness and vertigo are two symptoms of perimenopause which are not discussed very often, although many women, myself included, suffer horribly with it.

During my years of perimenopause, I had several episodes of dizziness and vertigo.  One of the more memorable episodes occurred one day when my son and I were walking outside together.

Without warning, I began to get dizziness and lose my balance, stumbling sideways across the yard.  I clutched and snatched at the air – as if somehow I could save myself – trying to keep from falling.

It didn’t work.  I fell flat on my face onto the ground.

By the time my son came to my rescue, I was fine.  He helped me up, dusted me off, and it was as if it never happened.  Since then, I’ve had several episodes of serious vertigo.  The last episode occurred in 2008, and was so severe, I couldn’t walk, I was nauseous, and could only lie on the floor wailing for someone to help me.  Convinced I was having a stroke, my husband took me to the ER.

After many months of subsequent doctor visits, tests, and medications – all of which remained inconclusive – it was suggested I may have Meniere’s Disease, an inner ear condition which causes loss of balance, vertigo, and dizziness. I was given the medication Meclizine to take when the symptoms came on. It was effective in helping me manage the symptoms.  But, I still had no clear cut answers as to the actual cause.

dizziness and vertigo are symptoms associated with hypothyroidism>

The problem with both dizziness and vertigo, is that they can be traced to so many other conditions. So, when women complain of these symptoms during perimenopause, hormone imbalance is usually not thought to be the cause.

I’ve done many searches on dizziness and vertigo in perimenopause on the Internet over the years, both general, and on medical and research university websites. To date, I’ve turned up very little information. There are plenty of sources which at least acknowledge that women complain about these symptoms during perimenopause, but beyond that, they do not offer much explanation as to the source of the symptoms.

However, I ran across an E-How article recently which caught my attention. While I certainly wouldn’t make E-How my go-to site for research on perimenopause symptoms, I was intrigued by the article because of the recent posts I did last month on hypothyroidism.

According this article, which you can read right here, dizziness and vertigo are symptoms associated with hypothyroidism.  Given that so many women suffer with hypothyroidism during perimenopause, and that a lot of women also complain of dizziness and vertigo during perimenopause, could it be that hypothyroidism is the culprit?

I don’t know, but I’m asking.

The article referenced The Merck Manual of Health and Aging as a source.  I happen to have a current edition of The Merck Manual of Medical Information, but did not see any references to hypothyroidism in the dizziness and vertigo section. I remain intrigued nonetheless.

Dizziness and vertigo will be the subject of blog topics for the month of February here at The Perimenopause Blog.  Given the lack of good information available on the subject, I wasn’t quite sure how I was going to explore this topic for an entire month. However, this little E-How article has changed all of that.

I have also reached out to BodyLogicMD for their opinions on the subject.  I haven’t heard back from anyone yet.  As soon as I do, I will post their response.  In the meantime, I have a renewed interest and enthusiasm for this subject.  With so many women complaining of dizziness and vertigo in perimenopause, somebody needs to be talking more about it.

Why not me?

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Heidi April 2, 2014 at 2:20 am

Thank you for sharing. Oh my gosh Rebecca!! I am so sorry for all that you have gone through already. I know that wont get rid of your symptoms but it helps a little knowing that you are not alone. I am glad you have kind of figured out what may be the cause for you. Hormone related vertigo is my new “diagnosis”. I hope it will end soon for you and your wonderfully supportive husband. All the best to you!!

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Olga Sesiakin April 11, 2014 at 8:59 pm

Hello, ladies!
I new it!
That my sudden dizziness came two days ago with my period and it is related to hornonal flactuation. I am 44 years old. In the past 3 years have noticed a lot of changes: vaginal itching one week before my period, wheight gain, face flush.
No help from doctors. But after mny trials I treated vaginal crazy itch by taking Estrosmart once or twise daily.
But this dsudden dizziness completely caught me offguard.
Had anybody tried natural hormone treatment?

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Kelly Fraser April 11, 2014 at 5:34 pm

Glad I found this site. I am wondering if anyone has any experience with special needs young women having these symptoms. I have a 25 year old daughter with Downs Syndrome that has been having problems with imbalance the last 3 years. She has ALOT of anxiety going to medical appts. so I do not want to put her through medical testing that isn’t needed. I didn’t think of hormonal imbalance until this last month right before her period she seemed to be worse. Any natural remedies to try?
Thanks for your help.

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Zanna April 16, 2014 at 12:37 pm

Thank you for covering this topic. Now I have a clearer idea of what is going on and which direction to go.

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Emily April 17, 2014 at 2:15 pm

this was a big help! i started experiencing vertigo last year (i’m 43) and just thought it had to do with a couple of ear infections i had in recent years. but now, when i have my period i sometimes i get vertigo as well. i’m going to ask my doctor about this. thank you so much.

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Kim April 19, 2014 at 8:09 am

Interesting. I’ve been trying to find out what the connection is between hormones and physical coordination/ nerve response is. I’ve been asking doctors for years. I am partially paralysed on my left side as a result of a brain injury which occurred over 40 years ago. Right around the start of my period (for the last several years in particular) I can have very bad falls. Not tumbles or tripping—I just go down very suddenly and very hard. But no vertigo involved.

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Michelle April 24, 2014 at 9:26 am

I woke up today falling to my right. I am perimenopause and this has happened a lot in the last few years. Every time this happens, I am about to start my cycle, meaning it is starting that day. I have been told Meniere’s Disease because I have ringing in my ears. I do not think this is it, because if it was, I would have it all the time and not only when my cycle starts. There is a definitely a connection with the fluctuation of hormones.

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Rebecca June 28, 2014 at 9:25 am

I have been trying to tell my doctors FOR YEARS that hormone fluctuation is related to dizziness, but they tell me I am wrong! CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT!? I had my last baby 8/2013 and since then my periods have been out of whack. I spot for 7 days prior to my period and then bleed for 7 more days, quite heavily. THE DAY before my period starts I am hit with extreme nausea and dizziness. Meclizine is my best friend and I take at least 2 a day for 2 weeks out of the month. I stock up. I truly cannot imagine another 10 years like this as I am only 40. I freak out too…fearing a stroke or heart attack….it is scary stuff.! I am hit with extreme exhaustion as well, and cannot function 1-2 days a month. I have 4 kids at home so this is not an option. I eat right, with a few sweets before AF and don’t do caffeine, smoke or drink alcohol. Prenatal vitamins get me through for energy. THERE HAS TO BE A BETTER OPTION!!!!!! God Bless us all going through this.

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Terri April 24, 2014 at 6:14 pm

I”m 50 and I’m starting to have MAJOR perimenopause symptoms. Two days prior to starting my period this month I woke up with such bad vertigo that I couldn’t get out of bed. My eyes could not focus. After a couple of minutes of sitting up straight and focusing on a horizon point the vertigo subsided. But whew… It was scary! I’m on 100mg. of Prometrium, which has helped somewhat, but I think I need a higher dosage. Also experiencing major anxiety, which isn’t like me… I absolutely think there is a relationship between hormones and vertigo, but I called my Gyno. and she blew it off. Why don’t doctors listen!!! :(

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Jennifer June 17, 2014 at 11:21 am

I have been experiencing dizziness, vertigo, and out-of-the-blue anxiety too. I recently came across a website describing a magnesium deficiency as a likely cause: http://www.mymagnesiumdeficiency.info/my-experience-with-magnesium-deficiency/. It makes sense that magnesium gets depleted with the stressors our bodies endure during perimenopause. If you try supplementing with more magnesium be sure to research the better types (some like magnesium citrate absorb better than others like magnesium oxide), and be mindful of your calcium intake which balances with magnesium (not too much or too little).

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Rebecca June 28, 2014 at 9:27 am

Terri, I have been in the same boat….they ignore you…don’t listen….AND just so you know..the Prometrium can be the biggest culprit to the anxiety as progesterone can cause anxiety big time. Maybe reconsider the higher dosage and talk to your doc or a holistic caregiver for another option. God BLess.

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Hope August 16, 2014 at 12:35 pm

I began having these small bouts of vertigo 3 years ago but also had these occurrences of what I called “mini seizures”. They would come on suddenly and last for about a minute….severe dizziness, rapid, uncontrollable eye movement and they occurred at the same time every month. 7-8 days before I began menstruation. After MRI’s, EEG/EKG, seeing multiple doctors I had no answers than it was a “possible” hormone issue. I got better and seemed to go away until 5 months ago when I had another MAJOR attack that sent me to the ER. After more doctors and wasted tests, I have recently learned from my eye specialist that he has seen these episodes in women for years, he calls them Ocular Migraines. They cause visual disturbances and are triggered by premenopausal spikes in hormones. They do not have to be accompanied by a headache and can be treated with hormone therapy. So, after 4 years of misery, countless useless doctors the one person who made sense is my eye specialist I have been seeing since I was 5. I will be 49 this year and know I am in premenopausal as well I have been on the pill for way too long, so I will be headed to a Hormone specialist next week.

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Heather April 30, 2014 at 1:41 pm

I have been experiencing dizziness, light headedness, foggy brained, vertigo stricken, forgetfgul, unable to focus, difference in my vision, unable to work out, “full left ear”, and had bouts of sadness, NON STOP, constant, all day, and no reprieve for 4weeks now. Prior to this I knew that perimenopause had set in, due to my hot flashes, mood swings, change in libido, whacko periods, heart palpatations, and anxiety. I have a friend that is a nurse and was menopausal fo 10 years, and admits, there is NO symptom that Menopause can’t have a hand in. I too, have had ALL the tests on the planet I went to my gynocologist finally yesterday, but she is convinced that this dazzy fog that I am experiencing is from my Blood Pressure medicine that i started 3weeks ago, even though I was dizzy for a week prior to starting that medicine, and the symptoms have not altered. I am not as convinced. I have tried the Epley maneuver, currently taking Black Cohosh, and just added Evening Primrose, but because of my families cancer history, and an anneurism on my heart, I am not a good candidate for hormone treatment, and Meclizine and other anti-dizzy medicine give me migraines, which are debilitating. These have been the worst 4 weeks of my life, and want to be the old me. I WAS a fit, bubbly, optimistic, energizer-bunny-type 43 yr old. I WANT that back, more than anything, and to no avail, have no relief from this fog. I am truly at a loss. Coming to work is getting more and more difficult. I am thankful to find this blog, and can only hope that something, anything will help.

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Rae May 23, 2014 at 1:52 pm

I am 49 years old and experiencing many of same symptoms including the “full left ear”. I had the heart palpatations a couple of years ago, they finally went away. I hate going to the doctors as they give me the impression I’m crazy and throw some meds to me which don’t do anything but make me feel worse. I’ve had many tests done and nothing. I haven’t had the vertigo sensation as bad as many explain, but the dizziness I have pretty much daily, mainly laying down, get the spins and first stepping out of bed. I’m glad I found this site today as i was starting to think I have a brain tumor or something.

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sandra July 13, 2014 at 4:18 pm

how strange….I am miserable with hormonal symptoms and I too have a “full left ear” and dizziness episodes. I also have bad muscle and joint pain and severe emotional issues…crying , anxiety,. I just want my old life back! No one seems to know what to do. I was on the pill for 23 YEARS at the suggestion of my gyno…probably my first mistake. Four months ago he abruptly took me off the pill and my life has been pure hell since. I am now on the last week of a pill pack after he agreed to put me back on it but nothing has stabilized yet.

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Stasi July 28, 2014 at 11:48 am

Hi Rae. hope all is well. are you still experiencing the dizziness? I don’t really experience the vertigo (I think) but what I have experienced is lightheaded or dizziness upon standing, sometimes when laying down and then when I rise out of bed and walk to the bathroom. My head feels a little foggy sometimes and sometimes a dizzy or spinning when I rise sometimes. Do you think it is the perimenopause. I am 46 and will be 47 in September. Is there anything that you are taking? I was wondering about magnesium, vitamin B- complex and vitamin D deficiencies.

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Stasi July 28, 2014 at 11:49 am

Oh, no left ear issue but my vision seems a little off

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Michelle August 7, 2014 at 11:28 am

Heather, I too am having very similar symptoms that are constant, not just around the time of my period. The fact that it is an all month thing is what makes me question is it hormones? I’m glad to hear that someone else has this as an all month, even all day occurrence (though I’m not glad you are suffering at all).

Although my symptoms that are very similar to what you describe seem to worsen during the time of mensuration, they do not go away when it’s over. It’s been since March for me and yes a change in my menstruation (becoming lighter and shorter) did accompany this. I do feel recently the symptoms have lessened in intensity just this last month after ovulation around the 20th of July. I did begin progesterone cream on the 20th for the lat two weeks stopping use on Aug. 1st. I’m awaiting my period now. It’s longer in coming then usual and maybe it’s due to the cream, maybe it’s just a coincidence and this is another hormone change.

I experienced something very similar to this 4 years ago at age 43. Symptoms then with period change were hemorrhage like, soft ball size clots that did stop or I was on my way to the ER. About a month or so prior to that hemorrhage I had weird neurology like symptoms, that were constant say in, day out. Like spasticity, in-coordination, numbness/tingling on random parts of my body, trouble swallowing, burning and tingling sensations on hands and feet, finger tips and toes, imbalance. I’d space out for a spit second or so. Example, once I drove straight through a red light. I literally just spaced out and had no idea what I was doing. I also lacked the ability to judge distance, meaning one time I missed the counter top completely when trying to return a coffee pot to it’s base. I missed the counter completely and it shattered on the floor. I’d get dizzy spells too but not this constant all day dizziness. Back then I believed I had a stroke or I had MS or something. After that hemorrhage period the symptoms subsided. I did see my OBGYN and she said “the change” could be coming and stress (which I had gone through serious stress at this time too) can cause just about anything to happen. I was anemic from the blood loss and had a bladder infection, thyroid tested normal. Blood pressure was high. My cycle was a little late in coming that month too but all in all the symptoms subsided. All that was left was the random numbness. My cycles from then on out were heavy clotting every month. The most disturbing thing that happened about 5 months after symptoms went away was slurred speech. I literally woke up and was talking like I was drunk for close to 2 months. It went away suddenly just as suddenly it came on. Again, this was during a very stressful time. I think stress and fluctuating/ lower hormone levels interact and worsen symptoms. Over the last 3 1/2 years I considered myself feeling good. At times looking back, I really thought it was a mini stroke I had suffered but because I would still get the numbness and the tingling extremities every now and again, I didn’t know what it was but I was functionable and feeing good (very much back to normal) so I didn’t worry about it too much but the tingling and numbness did have me curious. Two years later, which was about 2 years ago I did began to get this bad muscle soreness/stiffness and joint pain immediately after my period ended. I would get nausea too. That lasted maybe 4 cycles. Now 3 to 4 years down the line I’m hit with this brain fog/freeze/ wried eyes, (floaters, unable to focus, blurriness and migraine aura but no headache), vertigo, dizziness all day everyday. I can handle any symptom you throw at me but this all day dizzy, eyes thing I can not handle. The feeling like I’m on a drug that I can not come down from is the worst of all. I literally feel like I’m intoxicated or “high” floating like, and I cannot “sober up”. Crashing fatigue is extreme. Thank God after 5 month much of this has subsided (but not all the way) this last couple weeks. This time the diagnosis is peri and/or anxiety although both the psychologist and GYNO say some of the symptoms do not fit neither and sound neurological. I’m awaiting a GYNO appoint to re do a paps smear that was abnormal. Once that’s clear I can look into low dose B/C to see if this helps. I read somewhere that low progesterone / estrogen dominance can result in a abnormal paps. My hormones levels were tested and FSH was normal but estrogen was high (or at least I think that’s what was said). I also have the clogged ears/full ears. No allergy/ decongestant helps. So this is a long road for me. I feel like I have lost the last 5 to 6 month of my life and I want it this to come to an end. I had tremendous stress also during this time so I do think stress hormones out of sync contributes to this. I was given the anxiety drug (Buspar). I took it, it made me worse, not better. Meclizine does not help me either. I notice no difference. So I guess this is perimenopause. I have no idea why I can’t have the usual hot flash so I won’t question what this is or at least have all this madness be around cycle time so I can see the link. Its that it’s all day, every day with no relief that is confusing to me and makes me wonder if its something more serious.

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Karen Briggs August 8, 2014 at 11:02 am

For three years now I have been dizzy, foggy brained, vertigo stricken, unable to focus, visual issues, hot flashes,anxiety, bad sleep, experiencing disequilibrium and have progressed to daily headaches with severe migraines at least 15 days per month. I have had every test know to man and all come back “normal”. I am on BHRT therapy now with no relief – I am in my 4th month. I have tried numerous medications from Cymbalta to blood pressure meds, acupuncture, chiropractic, osteopathic, meditation, exercise, diet, etc. I have had MRIs, MRVs, CT Scans, Vestibular Tests… I still have high cholesterol, still have a constant headache (literally constant) and disequilibrium, constant upper back and neck pain, non-restful sleep, etc. I am a good weight, exercise regularly, etc. My periods are irregular to say the least. I go 100+ days and then POOF! It shows up and I have to start the countdown over. I am 50.

I am frustrated that there is NO doctor that can pinpoint this issue. I have spent thousands and thousands of dollars over the past 3-1/2 years and feel worse than I did when this all started in March 2011 with a bought of dizziness.

Karen from Arizona

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Rachel from AZ August 8, 2014 at 3:29 pm

I’m so thankful I found this site! I’m 40 years old… My vertigo and dizziness started 8 months ago, I also was under extreme stress when it began. I have the vertigo and dizziness so bad I fall down, staggered like a drunk, nauseous to the point I couldn’t eat much, have such fatigue and brain fog accompanied with the “fullness” in my head and even night sweats as described.

I went to my dr thinking it was sinus and ear infections… Dr said my sinuses were inflammed, ears looked a bit red and put me on antibiotics as a solution to the vertigo and dizziness but had no explanation for the other symptoms. This went on for three months; antibiotic after antibiotic and eventually even steroids for inflammation… No reprieve from any of it, I suffered daily with all the symptoms for four months; my Dr referred me to an ENT who did allergy tests and sinus and ear exams. I had Zero allergies and the ENT said my sinuses weren’t drawing correctly so it caused my ears to fill with fluid (even though no fluid could be seen) so I was desperate to get relief from the vertigo/dizziness/nausea/brain fog etc i had sinus surgery to widen my sinuses to allow ears and sinuses to drain proper in hopes it was my magic answer! No such luck…. Two more months went by, all my symptoms present every day. I’d barely stayed aware to make my drive to work, when I got there I was just that, there!!! No focus, no energy, no ability to hardly function…. Its was horrible!

I only recently realized the hormonal connection! Its wonderful to know I’m not the only one suffering from all this! I finally had a break from all or most my symptoms for about a month…. Then it came back full force last month, two weeks before my cycle. I had it all for those two weeks prior to my cycle… Vertigo, dizziness, nausea, severe fatigue, fullness in my head… I missed 3 days of work, its such a horrible thing to experience…

I two months ago, I started taking vitamin B Complex and additional B12, vitamin D, Chromium and DHEA supplements and they have seemed to help a bit. After reading posts here, I’m also adding vitamin E and magnesium supplements to the mix and even a better exercise program!!! I’m up for anything that can help or limit the occurrences of all this…. Getting older shouldn’t be so miserable!!!

Best of luck to everyone!

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Tq May 5, 2014 at 11:59 pm

I promised that I would go on as many blogs and forums I could find if I found something. I lived on these forums looking for answers. On Memorial Day 2013 I got my first Vertigo attack when I woke up and about 4 hours later when I ducked my head to put on a bathing suit. I went to an emergency clinic and was lucky to find a doctor who knew how to do the Epley Maneuver and knew that I had BPPV. I went to 2 ENTs and a dizziness specialist after that and they all said the same thing. I had BPPV and there was nothing I could do. All three doctors did the Epley on me and my eyes went wild and I had vertigo attacks and unfortunately residual dizziness that was so severe, I could not really work or do much but watch tv and do my balance exercises. I was really loosing it everyday having panic attacks that lasted all day for weeks until finally after 4 weeks I noticed that the dizziness was getting better. 2 weeks after that it was manageable and I was back at work. 2 weeks after that I had another attack. I ofcouse lost it. The vertigo came back full force with 6 weeks of residual dizziness. The first day I called the doctors again and went to all the appointments. The doctors said I had to wait it out. Frantic my family and I went back on line for answers and luckily my husband found the answer!!!! http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23245911 It was Vitamin D deficiency! I knew I had been deficient for years but always thought it was no biggie. I immediately read all there is on Vit D and went for a blood test. I was at deficient at 20ng so I began to take 5000iu and to lay out 30 min a day. I took Vit test every 30 days to make sure I was going up until I got to 50ng and now Im trying to figure out how to stay steady. I have not had any more vertigo attacks. And after the 6 weeks of residual dizziness went away I have not had any more. I hope this helps some people. Please get tested for VIt D. Please do your research on line. Check out that scientific study and be your own doctor. Good luck friends. I know how horrible this journey is but there is light at the end of this tunnel. -T

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Rama May 10, 2014 at 5:13 pm

This was such a helpful blog to fall upon. I am 44 and since last year I have been having the some of the same symptoms that the blogger and the replies have – Basically Vertigo and dizziness before my period and serious brain fog during my period that even makes me scared to drive or go in public. It was once in a while before but now more frequent and I was wondering what the heck was wrong with me or how I could deal with it. I personally think that sometimes the best medicine is knowing what is happening to you – I don’t like prescription pills so this is going to help me on my path to looking at ways I can combat this change in my life.

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Renee May 10, 2014 at 5:48 pm

OMG! I just had to comment on this and share my experience with the whole dizziness/nausea/ear issues! Everything is so familiar— A couple years ago (at the age of 44) we had just landed in New York. I had been feeling like I had an ear infection before leaving but nothing painful, just full and somewhat of a tugging feeling with my left ear. That day we were at a restaurant, and out of nowhere, such vertigo hit me I thought I was going to fall to the floor. This kept up the whole trip, vertigo, nausea, etc. We flew home and I went to the doctor, explaining it all and with a look in my ears, said they don’t “look” bad but we’ll put you antibiotics. The symptoms continued and became stronger. I could only drive on side streets because it felt like I was sitting sideways in the car, the tugging and fullness/pressure pain of my ear was constant, and I too had a hard time walking straight without falling or stirring up more nausea. I was miserable. My doctor also said it was probably Meinere’s Disease and nothing really to do about it, she gave me meclizine. The ENT said it was TMJ and offered Xanax and muscle relaxers. My dentist was perplexed and said he didn’t see any signs of TMJ and my chiropractor was confused as well. At the same time my periods started to become wonky and ovulation and menstruation became very painful. My gyno prescribed hydrocodone. It was ridiculous the drugs that were being handed to me. I even asked my gyno (which is no longer my gyno) if hormones could cause issues like these, dizziness, nausea, painful menstruation/ovulation, periods coming too soon/too late, and even heart flutters right before starting period. His answer was — “hmmm, I don’t know”. The neurologist said it wasn’t a brain tumor or MS. (thank god) He didn’t prescribe meds but did prescribe physical therapy. My dr. reluctantly tested my thyroid again after I had read some things and realized a lot of my issues could stem from hypothyroidism. It hit at the very top of the “normal range” in which she said it was all normal. I called the endocrinologist office which said that mine should not be that high and to have her refer me for an office visit. Here’s the kicker: When I called to have them refer me they said NO. Flat out NO!! I asked them why…. they said it was because It was in the normal range. I was in tears! I had been suffering with this for TWO YEARS —- two years of no relief, two years of not being able to really play with my 3 and 5 year olds, two years and I was willing to try anything to find an answer. I called the ENdo office literally crying and telling them what the doctor (a woman dr, and no longer my doctor) had said. They gave me a great pep talk and made me call them back. End of story— the endo said although normal range is .35-4.9 , it is not normal for all— some are more sensitive than others. Meaning we are not all alike therefore do not clearly fit within the “ranges” the handy dandy textbooks offer. They like to see women at around a 1 or 2 or so and mine was 4.6 He put me on levothyroxine and had to up my dose twice. I am currently on 75mg and all that dizziness, nausea, full/tugging ear feelings…..gone!!!!!! I am experiencing perimenopause symptoms but the levothyroxine has made my life so much better and I thank god everyday that I pushed and pushed until I found relief. I do not wish that uncomfortable misery on anyone!

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lisa May 10, 2014 at 9:42 pm

today when I was driving to my niece’s graduation party I almost felt like I was going to black out my vision got blurry and everything went blank for a second and my arms went numb I was wondering if it was everything I’ve looked over online something like MS or something. I was looking pnlune with but it seems like searching for answers that pre menopause is the diagnosis but its scary!

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Delores May 18, 2014 at 4:43 pm

Thank you very much for this post. I am 49 and started having dizziness around the end of last year. The latest episode was this past Friday and it was so severe that I went to the doctor. He told me it was vertigo caused by an inner ear problem. No mention was ever made of perimenopause, hormonal changes or the like. I think you are spot on and no longer have to think that something serious is wrong with me.

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Magnolia May 23, 2014 at 8:25 am

Delores,

Few physicians associate perimenopause with vertigo and dizziness. However, many, many women DO experience it during perimenopause. Unfortunately, there is just not much, if any, medical research done on it.

Magnolia

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Linda May 19, 2014 at 2:45 pm

One must be careful when taking Vit D supplements as too much can also cause problems. I’m 56 & have been perimenopausal for awhile now. Ther vertigo, hot flashes, face flushed are just within last 3 months before my cycle. Exercise & working up good sweat help.

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Magnolia May 23, 2014 at 8:24 am

Hello, Linda, I agree. Exercise and sweating does wonders!

Magnolia

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SJ May 28, 2014 at 3:47 pm

I just turned 40 and did not have fun celebrating it because a week before that, on the first day of my cycle, I experienced my first vertigo episode. Me and my kids have to leave the school’s carnival activity because it was so debilitating and was anxious I could not drive home. I thought it was hormonal and called my endocrinologist. My appointment is today to see how my labs results are. I went to EENT and was diagnosed as having labyrinthitis. I’m planning to do Epley at home this weekend since I have to have my head upright for 48 hours and see how it works. I am scared if I will be able to overcome this. This forum helps.

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TCJ June 7, 2014 at 1:52 pm

thanks for this! I’m 38 years old, and ever since last year in June, I started having more stress in my career, and started having nightsweats. I’d wake up soaked, thinking I had a fever. Yet I felt fine in the morning to go to work. Ever since then they are have been infrequent, depending on my stress level. I have 3 boys, ages 10, 8, 6, and my eight year old has autism. Well last month, my aunt told me that her doctor told her to take 400 IU of vitamin E for her nightsweats. I started taking them, and sure enough my night sweats went away. This past week I wasn’t consistent with taking them daily, so I had 2 nights of soaking sweats, I immediately took 2 Vitamin E’s to help it from reoccuring. It did help, but this morning I woke up with vertigo/dizziness. I am sure it’s from the hormonal fluctuation from my nightsweats, I’m glad I found this site. It has confirmed my beliefs. I don’t even want to bother my doctors about this because they both haven’t been much help. My family doctor took blood work, all came back negative. My GYN says I could try the birth control pill to regulate. I just saw a commercial for “estroven”, maybe I’ll look into that to see if it could help. Anyone try it yet?
Thanks for this! I don’t feel so alone!

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kim June 14, 2014 at 9:57 am

To Heather & others. I have been treating my menopause symptoms one by one. The. First year it was hot flushes which I treated with Remifemin. Then my body changed & I was crying non stop so I went onto Promensil (amazing..i stopped crying..i take it at night as it gives me a little nausea. I balance my progesterone out with Neways harmonising cream in the morning. I also use Vagifem pessaries now & then for my vaginal tissues. Now heres the massive change..my brain went completely dead. I was getting so upset I did my own research. I increased my Magnesium to 3 a day & my brain came back. Im also going to the gym to increase weight bearing exercises. wwwwiman.Hopee this helps someone

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Jenni June 15, 2014 at 4:46 pm

Hey everybody,

I have been experiencing some of what you ladies have been describing and have also been to doctors who tell me that I am in normal ranges and there is nothing to be done. I felt backed in a corner with only my thoughts to make me depressed and sad that I don’t know what else to do. My friend introduced me to essential oils a while back and I use them now to help me manage things. While my symptoms are not gone, I do find that these help me to relieve some of my symptoms and help others to be less severe. For instance, headaches, feeling hot, sleeping, sometimes it helps with vertigo and nausea also. It is most helpful if I use the oils when symptoms begin to start… I only mention this because I believe that it is another tool to try to help that isn’t just more drugs. I do highly recommend looking into it. I use doTERRA and in full disclosure I can help you get your oils, but I really feel humbled that this is going on in my life and feel like struggles that we go through give us knowledge to share to others going through the same thing. We tend to learn the most about health when we don’t have it. :/

Essential oils are trending and I do think it is worth looking into even if it isn’t with doTERRA. Just make sure that your oils are the purest most potent available. This is a safety measure. Not all oils are created equal. Blessings to you all in your journey.
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Lisa June 16, 2014 at 1:16 pm

I just read many comments, and can relate to all of them! In my late 40′s I had several dizzy bouts, with the nausea, rolling eyes, imbalance, etc. and had to stay in bed for days. It was severa and debilitating, to say the least. Doctors couldn’t explain the why, except that calcium crystals were loose in my ear and one did the Epley removal which brought some temporary relief. My own conclusion was that it was hormone related. I had been taking sublingual progesterone (just progesteron in vitamin E oil…no additives) and I realized that when I stopped or was inconsistent the dizziness came on again, not right away but after several weeks. I had quit taking it each time, because I was feeling better and thought maybe I didn’t need it. After being consistent with the progesterone I never had any more dizziness. I did suffer from strange crawling sensations in my ears, fullness in my head, and pains in my ears. Those seemed to subside when I eliminated dairy and gluten from my diet. Now I am almost 54, still having very regular periods. Recently, however, my period was 5 days late (VERY unusual for me) and I’ve had several night sweats, so I associated these with hormones and menopause. And now, for the first time in years I am suffering with dizziness again…almost two weeks now. It must be hormone related. I missed a week or so of taking progesterone, but that has happened before without such severe results. I am thinking that with menopause near, by hormone levels must be way out of whack and I am way more sensitive. I also indulged in eating sourdough bread and butter for sveral days in a row (couldn’t resist fresh sourdough bread while in San Francisco!) just before this, so I am wondering if there’s a connection between hormones, food allergies, and I might mention not getting enough sleep (for various reasons I have not been getting proper rest). My head is feeling full again, as well, especially on the left side, which is where the dizziness is coming from..when I roll over on my left side everything starts spinning. Now I am feeling desperate and depressed, and all I know to do is up my progesterone amount, try to get more sleep and drink more water. I am getting to the point of staying in bed for days until I get some relief! Glad I found this blog!

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Nettie June 18, 2014 at 10:22 pm

I can so relate to so many of these posts! I am so glad I found this blog! It is so reassuring to know I’m not the only one that is suffering from these problems. I was beginning to think it was all in my head! I am 42 and my vertigo symptoms started 3 years ago. I had my first vertigo episode one night and I didn’t know what it was I was so terrified and I missed several days of work and was completely bedridden for days. Thank goodness my kids were old enough to help me out since my husband is a long distance truck driver and wasn’t home at the time. I stopped drinking milk and am taking iron and magnesium which seem to help a lot, now I just notice the occasional dizzy spells a few days before my period if I drink too much caffeine or have too much sugar. I read about the Epley Maneuver and the Ménière’s disease (I too have ringing in the ears and fullness in the left ear). But the whole time I was researching I felt like none of those things were really and truly the cause. I always kept coming back to hypothyroidism and perimenopause. I want to thank each of you for sharing your story and making me feel less alone.

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Carol June 17, 2014 at 11:07 am

I am another one who is experiencing the vertigo and dizziness. I am 43 and have been suffering with it for 2 years now. I’ve started tracking most of my spells and it is generally a week before my period that it happens, sometimes a week after. I have only began to black out once (while driving no less), but the dizziness and vertigo still come and go like clockwork most times. It was so bad yesterday I couldn’t walk without holding onto something and I just feel ‘off’…like my head just wants to fall off my neck, I don’t know how else to explain it. It sometimes gets to a point where I have a panic attack which only worsens it! I get afraid to drive, I get afraid to go in public places in fear I’m going to pass out or fall down, it literally controls my life. I have eliminated sugar and breads of all kinds from my diet, I have minimal caffeine and still get it…I have tried essential oils to calm me down when this happens, which do help to some extent. The only thing that has helped alleviate the symptoms for the most part is chiropractic care. It is almost as though the dizziness gets released when I get adjusted.

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Lucia June 23, 2014 at 10:55 am

Hi there! Thank you for this! I’ve just rushed off 2 my nearest chemist clinic to have my blood pressure tested as I was sure that’s the cause of my dizziness. Being 40 and overweight, with several menstrual cycle-related issues, I also suspected sugar/diabetes, but I have a feeling that this is a better fit for me. On my next Gyne appointment I’m going to discuss this with my doctor to confirm. … I’ve been feeling like a crab all day long, the ground almost pulling me to the left, even while seated at my desk behind the computer. I’ve been having other pre-menopausal symptoms as well… looks like this is what’s instore for me. Good luck to all of you ladies!

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Brit June 26, 2014 at 8:26 am

I’ve been suffering with dizziness and ear ringing and vision disturbances for about 3 months now and it’s becoming debilitating. My bp is raised the last few months so I started taking meds about 6 weeks ago though I had the dizzies before I started the meds.
I’m 43 now but about 5 years ago I had a thorough hormone panel done, and was told by the nurse that I was perimenopausal. Last year I had one ovary and tube removed due to a huge flu-filled abscess (yes, that’s right, flu!) that was covering them. In December I had the mirena inserted because I can’t take the pill due to my bp being higher, and I have to control the endo on my right ovary as we don’t want to lose that one too!
I am wondering more and more if the dizzies etc are hormonal. My MD and neuro disregard that theory. I do have my annual in September with my wonderful gyn and I’m hoping that she will listen to me. I have started having night sweats the last few weeks as well. Just hoping that it may be something as ‘simple’ as this and we can get to the bottom of it.

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Paula June 26, 2014 at 9:47 pm

Wow I can’t believe how many woman are suffering with this. I started on July 23 of last yr with extreme vertigo and it sent me to the hospital because I couldn’t walk and everything was spinning so fast. It made me sick. since then I am still suffering with being off balance and hard to explain symptoms. When trying to walk sometimes I have to stop and regroup and start to walk again. I feel like my legs are disconnected at times when walking through large spaces. I have had every test under the sun done on me and they are coming up with nothing except that maybe I had an inner ear virus or maybe absent migraines, not one Dr. has said that maybe it could be due to peri-menopause. I was 48 when it happened. I am really frustrated and would love to have my life back to normal.

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Lee August 3, 2014 at 12:24 am

Wow, I’m not alone. I started with the room spinning whilst in bed in Oct 2013. My partner turned upside down and I let out a scream. Whilst I can now manage these spins when lying down or turning over in bed, it is scary and makes you feel nausea. Dr has sent me for all blood tests, neck x-ray, physio where they say it is BPV (Benign Posteral Vertigo). They sit you in an upright position and then hold your head and throw you down horizontal. The crystals in your ear is out of whack!!
Three times this therapy and still no change. Eye tests, blood pressure you name it and nothing has change. I myself have noticed that this daily spinning was when I had irregular periods. At age 52 I guess it is all the changes. Co-incidentally when I had my periods for 3 months straight, no spinning. Missed again in July and guess what I have again this week. Have a well woman Dr appt in two weeks, will discuss again my theory and options for a natural cure.

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Tia June 29, 2014 at 6:53 pm

Hello ladies…I am 34 years old and am experiencing what you all have and are experiencing, for the first time. I was taking a prenatal vit once a day, vit e 2x a day, calcium 2x a day and hair/skin/nails vit 3 (2x a day)…thought it may have been too much so I stopped, a week later a day before my cycle I got extremely light headed, I’m hoping after my cycle it will go away…but I may need to continue to take the vitamins

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Dee July 2, 2014 at 9:05 am

Hi I am 54 and have had vertigo on and off for about the last ten years. Maybe once every 2 years. This year my son took me to the Emergency room and Dr did something that made the vertigo disappear. Now months later I had vertigo again but have found my memory is gone, even simple things I am trying to list in my head are hard to do and this week I am extremely tired and feeling off balance when I get up. I was put on hormone replacement and took myself off after 4 months because I started getting breast pain. I feel like I am falling apart. The Doctors really don’t give you anytime or really listen. I am sick of Doctors. Last time I went to my Doctor I had a bladder infection and mentioned I can’t remember anything. He gave me meds for my Bladder and said hope you feel better. I need something, don’t even know what Doctor to see.

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Lara July 7, 2014 at 4:16 am

Thank you so much to all of you for your posts. I am 45. I felt like I was the only one feeling this wAy. Had bad vertigo 3 years ago scared the life out of me was bed ridden for 2 weeks. Get giddy on daily basis constant ringing in ear lack of clarity of mind and always scared vertigo will come back – no way to live. Can’t have hrt due to past dvt. Just started taking Harmony pray this will help. Have thyroid goitre but levels are very good. It is our hormones because anything serious and we would all be dead by now! ! Drs please listen to us. Best of luck to you all

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Erica July 8, 2014 at 6:48 pm

I just had my first vertigo episode last night. Dr said it was probably dehydration but I think it is related to peri menopause. I also have been experiencing itchiness and mood changes. Thanks y’all for sharing. Nice to know I’m not alone

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Kathleen July 9, 2014 at 3:08 pm

Thank you thank you for this article! And I am here to join voices with the other women on this site and attest to the FACT that perimenopause and onset of menopause DO connect with vertigo. I am 49 and for the last 2 years have struggled with vertigo mightily! I have also been poo pooed about the connection to perimenopause but am here to tell those who will listen that on the first day of what is meant to by my cycle, I spin. Literally spin, the room flips like a movie which breaks on a reel. I can’t walk, drive or eat, as I literally vomit most of that day if I dare to move at all. Any change in my position from vertical to horizontal causes severe dizziness. This is most certainly a topic which requires more attention from our medical community as the symptoms, while they may be more nuisance than harmful, are overwhelming, debilitating and extremely frightening. Thanks for your work on this!

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Kate July 14, 2014 at 5:54 am

Hi
It’s so good to find this blog and identify with so much that is written here.
I am 48 and am in peri menopause….I have a long history of headaches and have experienced severe vertigo a couple of times over the past 8 years. This year I have been diagnosed with cluster headaches and anxiety and have managed to generally get both under control, with the exception of dizziness/disequilibrium that seems to occur in conjunction with a headache at the onset or a day before the week of my menstrual cycle. My vision can be affected and I can generally have the feeling of a full head. After the headache intensity lessens I can be left with the dizziness and loss of balance. It has left me wondering if there is a connection to these symptoms and a hormone imbalance. Looks like it is going to be a long journey!! Any comments are most welcome and would be much appreciated. :-)

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Kerstin July 17, 2014 at 1:05 pm

Thank you so much for this article!
I’m 48 and started suffering on and off from vertigo and dizziness four years ago. Add to that left ear fullness, head pressure, stiff neck, anxiety disorder, including full blown panic attacks, and blood pressure spikes when anxious. Heart palpitations when anxious, or even when exercising really hard.

Oh, and two years ago, my hands and feet started itching. Usually at night, when they get warm, or when I apply any kind of pressure, like opening a jar, or walking barefoot on a hard surface.

My doctor has sent me for an MRI for the vertigo. Nothing wrong with my ears or brain. Blood panel was excellent except I did have a mild case of hypothyroidism, for which I was put on levothyroxine.
I’ve managed to pinpoint the onset of dizziness to a few days before my period. All other perimenopause symptoms, such as the itching and anxiety are ongoing.

It is incredibly frustrating to have to go through all of this and nobody can help, really. My doctor already thinks I’m a hypochondriac, which isn’t too far off the mark, really. When I have anxiety attacks out of the blue and have no idea why, I tend to think the worst, obviously.

I really don’t mind getting older. That’s part of life. But does it have to involve this misery? And how long is is going to last? I want to just be my regular self again.

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Davie August 18, 2014 at 9:04 pm

I am 47 and have almost the same exact story. Frustrating. I tried a bootcamp to exercise and lost nothing and gained high BP. LOL. Got to laugh it off…Looking here because I am just starting my period and had a huge dizzy spell and dizziness all day long today. Already diagnosed with very low vitamin d and ferritin (iron stores) and hypothyroidism too.

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Faye July 26, 2014 at 10:13 am

I thank you for clearing this up, I though I was going mad. On 07/25/2014 I had heaviness/dizzy like I was going to fall and lose consciousness. It lasted for 3 hours that morning from 8 am to 11 am and I went to the bathroom and found I started to spot. I drank a lot of water around 40 to 43 ounces yesterday, the rest of the day I felt fine like it never happened then that evening it felt like someone stuffed cotton in my ears, it was like being under water, it lasted for a few minutes then I was fine. I watched a movie and half way through I wasn’t feeling well like I was feeling heavy/dizzy, but lasted for a few minutes and I went to bed. Today 07/26/2014 I feel normal even though having very light menses, sometimes barely a spot. I am 51 and been in perimenopause for the past 9 years, I am tired of it already, I want to go through the thresh hold of menopause.
I am wondering if it is possible to get meniere’s disease since the bodies hormones are wacky.

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Lora July 29, 2014 at 3:00 am

I’m dizzy, help!

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Carlina Montolbano July 29, 2014 at 3:59 pm

Thank you so much for this. I have just started experiencing this dizziness about 4 days ago. Glad to know (but not) that this is due to hormones. I am going to my doctor tomorrow but I am definitely going the route of acupuncture and herbs as well. I have found that for all kinds of conditions acupuncture is next to miraculous. Good luck ladies!

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Ruby July 31, 2014 at 10:26 am

I just want to say thank you everyone for your information. I have been told over a week ago that I am in pre menapausal. I knew what that meant, but I didn’t know that I would be feeling like this. I am having dizzy spells and I am scared. I have seen that people want to start feeling like their self and so do I . I just want to say that you have helped me and I thank you. I will be talking to my doctor so that I can get ahold of this so that I don’t have to suffer to long. You would think that as long as women have been having menapause they would be more equip then this. I want each and every one of you to keep your head up and lets do what we have to, to get through this one day at a time. May God bless you and us while we go through this .

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Jules August 1, 2014 at 12:40 am

I’m glad I found this blog. My periods are ruining my life. I suffer so bad. It begins a week before, lasts a week and then I need a few days after to ‘recover’ so I have one good week per month. If I have a cold or flu, them I’m sick for a a month. It’s depressing. I am 44 and been feeling hormonal for about 3 years. Headaches, dizziness, irritable, fatigue, bad cramps, pains in head and ears, body aches, horrible almost debilitating anxiety , insomnia hot flashes , eye pain, vision getting worse and mental fog. Thank god my kids are older as I don’t think I would be able to take care of little ones. I have been anemic off and on due to heavy menses and have been on the pill for about a year. Bleeding is lighter but headache and fatigue get worse and worse. 1 year ago Had labs done and hormones were post menopausal range so dr said I shouldn’t be having any bleeding! She freaked me out and ordered a biopsy. It came back normal and ultrasound found 1 small fibroid. So she put me on the pill and said bye bye. I have been suffering and dr offers no relief. Perhaps I should just have a hysterectomy and be done with it.

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donna from pa August 2, 2014 at 2:19 pm

OH Sisters! I am not alone. I almost feel like crying. I am 50 and still have full on cycles. This past year the vertigo has started. The first “attack” of vertigo happened about six months ago, and I attributed it to a bad head cold I had. Never putting 2 and 2 together, my period came two days later. I have horrible migraines, sinus problems, vertigo and anxiety. I really think most of the anxiety comes from me being frightened if I am going to have vertigo and fall over someplace in public. Almost immediately, once my period begins, the head ache, vertigo, etc. seem to disappear. Oh did I mention, I still get my period for 8 days just like when I started at the age of 13. Thanks all for sharing and I hope everyone gets well and finds strength. I am hoping homeopathic route with help, :)

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Madeline from Il August 4, 2014 at 7:01 pm

I so appreciate everyone who has posted comments. I am 45 and two days ago I woke up dizzy and nauseous. It lasted for a couple of hours. It was very unusual for me. ( I do normally have low blood pressure and can get lightheaded if I get up too quickly, but it goes away right after.). Today (two days later) my menstrual cycle began. I find it hard to believe that this would just be coincindental that all these women are experiencing these same systems. I thought that perhaps it was related to a change in blood pressure.

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Tonice August 5, 2014 at 1:28 pm

October 2013 was the first time I felt dizzy. I was on a switchback while hiking Whitetop Mountain in VA. Took me by surprise. I came home and the Dr. said nothing was wrong with me. Looking at my calendar from October, my period began the same week I was hiking in VA!

This week (August 2014) the dizzy spells in the middle of the night when I visit the restroom having me staggering sideways. I am perimenopause and my period should begin this week.

Thanks for sharing. I will begin monitoring the dates of my dizzy spells. I feel much better knowing this is related to perimenopause.

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alison August 9, 2014 at 7:10 am

I have just found this blog and so glad I have. My vertigo started this week while hanging some washing out , I felt so sick I had to leave everything and go to bed . It calmed down a bit, but today it has returned, I have never felt as frightened thinking all manner of things. I am mid cycle and usually feel great this time of month , sadly not this month, I feel for you all going through this xx

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Shirley August 9, 2014 at 7:06 pm

Oh my goodness,thank you so much for giving out this information for us who didn’t know,well last night it happened to me when I woke up from a couch when I felt dizzy and nauseous,when I stood up and tried to walk I couldn’t balance and I fell on the ground then my ears suddenly blocked then after 5 minutes that’s when I felt my ears ringing,it was so horrifying cause I didn’t know what was happening to me.

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Shirley August 9, 2014 at 7:09 pm

And I’m only 21 years old,I don’t know if that’s normal cause I also have problems with menopause

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Shirley August 9, 2014 at 7:10 pm

And I’m only 21 years old,I don’t know if that’s normal cause I also have problems with hot flushes

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Shirley August 9, 2014 at 7:14 pm

So sorry people I meant I have a problem with hot flushes not menopause

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Ana August 11, 2014 at 3:29 pm

Hello everybody,

I am a 41 y.o. who always struggled with anxiety and some form of hormonal imbalance. But now, all of a sudden, for the past 4 days, I have just been very dizzy. Something new. i never experienced this before and I am around ‘that time of the month’. I am on Yaz, Premarin 4 days a month and Spironolactone to control my hormonal acne. Is this going to last for 10 years. Will we all be ok? :-) At least we’ve got each other to share experiences with. Doctors tend to dismiss everything…with an extra pill!

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alison simpson August 13, 2014 at 12:39 am

Thank you all so much for sharing! I am 42 yrs old and i had my first (of many) vertigo attacks 6 moths ago. I was diagnosed with Meniere’s disease which simply means the doctors have no explanation for my clogged ear canal and dizziness. I thought it may be related to my hormones, i have 4 children from 3yrs to 19yrs and have been nursing or pregnant for 13 years without a break in-between. After tracking my symptoms i think all my symptoms are related to hormone imbalance. Please let me know how any of you have found relief. I don’t take meclizene, however I take advil for migraines which i get around my period. My ear and subsequent dizziness are worse before and during my period and during ovulation. I am planning to try bio-identical hormones. If anyone has positive or negative experience with them I would appreciate a comment. I keep praying to find an answer and I’m hoping we can help each other.

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Rob simpson August 13, 2014 at 7:32 pm

Has anyone tried a diuretic?

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Me in NC August 16, 2014 at 2:53 am

I’m soon to turn 44, and I’ve been having a rotten time for about a year or two, definitely at the start of my period, and now also a few days before that sometimes. I have endometriosis and migraines to start with, so period time was never fun. However, the intense nausea, vision disturbances, exhaustion, anxiety and depression are new symptoms. They are cyclical, so I’m convinced it’s hormonal or ToM related.

I got anemia from having heavy periods, so I thought it was that. Well, I don’t feel better after my hemoglobin has been great for 6 months now (iron treatment), so it wasn’t the anemia doing it. The symptoms come on before the bleeding starts, so it’s not actual blood loss.

I do have a better time after 9 months of Prometrium (bio-identical, oral progesterone), and I might ask for that dose to be upped. I also take DGL licorice (760mg every day) and that helps some, noticeably. I’d take 2 a day if I knew it were safe enough. Also, drinking soy-heavy beverages or soy nut butter, etc. seems to help when it kicks in, like the first two days. I have a feeling it’s the crash in hormones that does it to me. I hope we all find relief!

I did go the herb route after a lot of research on clinical trials of herbs that increase or lower certain hormones. Unfortunately, what I found that gives some relief is not necessarily what will work for others. My gynecologist was able to let me know that I produce too much estrogen and little progesterone, so that was a starting point. I add the estrogen-receptor ‘fix’ of soy purely because the quick drop in estrogen before my flow seems to cause bad symptoms (the nausea and migraines get better with soy), not that I need estrogen overall. I prefer soy to taking any form of real estrogen, since blocking the receptors works well and should be safer, in theory at least. I only do that two days a month.

I hope this helps somebody! It’s all very complicated stuff, and one size does not fit all like many doctors think (imho). I do best using certain things at specific times in my cycle and find that brings a level of relief no doctor could recommend for me. The addition of Prometrium overall to better balance my estrogen is something I do every day, and I do thank my good gyno for that part! :) So many just put women on the pill, which contains estrogen! I also have a family history of estrogen-sensitive cancers.

OTOH, perimenopause in many women may involve estrogen levels that are too low, also causing symptoms, so you have to have an idea of how your own balance goes.

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Diana August 16, 2014 at 9:46 pm

Thank you ladies… I’m glad I’m not going crazy!
I had vertigo last year for the first time and it lasted three weeks then it just disappeared
I’ve had it occasionally here and there but nothing major. Today it came back full force. It’s weird because I was fine all day and when I got home from work it started. I wondered if it could be hormonal since I just started my cycle. It’s been erratic for the past year . I just turned 50 so I’m sure things are changing .It’s terrifying and triggers panic attacks. I hope when our changes are over we can get our lives back !!!

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Tami August 18, 2014 at 8:01 pm

I am 50 and I suffer from horrible migraines and heavy periods but a couple of times in these past months I have had this weird like shock type feeling coming from the back of my head up with dizziness and blurred vision. It only last about 30 seconds but of course I panic and think I am having a stroke or an aneurysm because it is such a scary feeling

Tami
California

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