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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SuzieQ August 23, 2014 at 12:52 pm

I LOVE YOU!!!!! Thank you for your blog!!!!!


karen August 25, 2014 at 10:07 pm

I was researching for my friend who at present
is having the same symptoms. The doctor are running tests to find the reasons . Reading your blog really help. Thank you


Heather August 28, 2014 at 12:18 pm

Oh Thank you for blogging about this…I too have felt dizziness and vertigo often recently.
My GP has considered blocked nasal sinuses and also am going to have an Epley Manoevre to see if this helps, but just yesterday and today my dizziness vertigo spells have came on and I simultaneously came over extremely hot and nauseous. Sometimes my vision is affected and I just have to lie down and close my eyes.
I am going to ask my GP who is very lovely and a lady herself… to see if this could help in finding me a solution..
Thank you again..oh and BTW I also have Myxoedema ( underactive Thyroid)
cheers from Heather


Carolyn August 30, 2014 at 9:04 pm

I was just talking to my daughter about this. She has had many tests for dizziness but everything comes back OK. She asked me today if I thought perimenopause could have a connection to the Vertigo. I didn’t think it had, but found this great blog which also questions the connection. My daughter thinks she is going through the early stages of perimenopause. Thank you for looking into this. She is having the FSH test soon and I will also recommend a thyroid test.


Plotus September 2, 2014 at 3:21 pm

Healthcare is such a “practice” of finding out what is the cause and there are not always clear cut answers. Doing your own research or coming across pages like this are for me, better than going to a clinic which only seems to play guessing games for the most part. Ladies, you know your bodies best. Research, ask and then do what feels right for you. I don’t think there is one answer fits all. Thank you for sharing here because it helps ease the stress. I have been experiencing vertigo for a week now. Dizzy upon laying down, upon rising. It is always present yet less when I am sitting up. I recently brought a new kitten into the house, I workout three times a week weight training and recently slipped and fell back into my bathtub, felt no injury at the time or in the week following, I also had a menstrual cycle two weeks ago after not having one for 7 or 8 months, have been in water much which could have settled in my ears causing an infection or block, I travel a lot which could have also plugged my ears. All these things just mentioned coincide with possible matches that could be at the root for the vertigo symptoms. I am typically ultra healthy so I felt a bit puzzled when it first showed up. I practice natural health so I am researching. I am not falling down, just dizzy and it is not always unmanageable. I am continuing to research holistic ideas. My intuition tells me it may be my inner ear or allergy to the kitten as I have been sneezing. I have never been sensitive to foods or animals yet I know as we age, things change.
It is such an uncomfortable feeling to be off equilibrium within our bodies. Especially when normally active. Look to other peoples experience like those here and do your own investigation. Don’t just do what you are told to do. You and your body are full of innate wisdom. Women’s bodies, Women’s wisdom by Christiane Northrup MD. is a classic and a great book to start looking at taking charge of your health. Physical and emotional. I wish the best outcome for everyone looking for their answer to be uncovered and for full relief of symptoms.
Taking Ginko Biloba and other natural hormone balancers can surely help. I normally take an oil called progessence and also dong quai that has been used for thousands of years to balance the female system. Even with what I am experiencing now, I feel these things help. I am confident this too shall pass. Thank you for the great article and for a place to share.


connie April 3, 2015 at 4:49 pm

Thank you for this.


Diane September 3, 2014 at 7:34 am

I have had at least one “episode” a month since I’ve been thrown into this wonderful cycle of life called Menopause. My worst was about 4 months ago. Identical to what you wrote…had to grab onto something to prevent me from falling, nausea and that awful bedspin feeling. It last about 30 minutes. I always wondered if it was connected to menopause. I was diagnosed years ago (the perimenopause stage) with hypothyroidism so I’m sure its all connected.
Thank you!


Jane September 3, 2014 at 9:24 pm

Thanks for writing about this! I also have been struggling with vertigo for about a year and a half. It comes and goes. I have hypothyroidism and have taken synthroid for over 25 years. I am also experiencing perimenopause. So this hormone connection makes sense. The only relieve I have found is once when a PT did the bppv maneuver to move crystals back in the right place. I have been trying to figure out what makes the crystals move out of place. After reading this I am planning on tracking when I get the vertigo. If it is at the same time each month then I have more to prove this connection. Thanks again!!


Keri September 23, 2014 at 6:54 pm

47 years old, still having periods but VERTIGO every month starting at about the 10th day before each period. I’ve had it consistently for 3 years. It’s driving me crazy! Thanks for your article. Going to GYN doc tomorrow! I will ask for thyroid testing. I have no doubt whatsoever that it’s hormone/pre or perimenopause related.


Jackie October 6, 2014 at 11:57 am

I’ve had vertigo 24/7 for 2 1/2 years :( I can relate to all the posts I read. Its very frustrating and depressing. I’ve been to several Ent’s, neurologists, chiropractors, accupuncturists, functional medicine dr, hypnotherapist, physical therapy, Gyn, etc.
I eat the paleo diet, exercise when I can and take supplements. I’ve had an MRI, cat scan and ear evaluations. I think and feel I’ve covered all my bases, yet I cannot find relief. No one can give me a straight answer. I also suffer from migraines and hypothyroidism. If you have any advice for me, I would love the help. Thank you.


Cindy December 10, 2014 at 5:27 pm

Jackie, Given your history of migraines, you may have what I have- Migraine associated Vertigo (MAV). I have had very sporadic issues my whole life, but now it is TONS worse during perimenopause. I have begun to seek treatment for this. For now, I use my Klonopin (a benzodiazepine) that I normally take as needed for anxiety (which I have also had my whole life). The klonopin does help somewhat, but is not perfect. I am going to a neurologist, and will probably get put on Verapamil or a Beta Blocker. We’ll see. When I don’t have outright vertigo, I have ear ringing and a sense of imbalance, but that is not all the time. Also a very sore tight neck.


Lisa February 5, 2015 at 4:04 pm

I would go to chiropractor or your doctor for the Epley Maneuver Best to you.


s October 13, 2014 at 7:35 am

Ive been dealing with this for a few years now. .after exhaustive research on adrenals, hypothyroidism, sex hormones, i believe it has to do with the water BALANCE in thebody, ie aldosterone which control the sodium potassium pump, it can bind to prgesterone receltors when theres notoigh prgesterone which drops duringmenopause, premenopause. dehydration. which is actually low pot andor sodium. maybe havethose checked, shouldbe 4.2 and 142. supplument celtic salt and prescription potassium. i still havemt doind m balance yet but i HAVE in the oast but lost it due to weaning. goodluck. battling, the hadache, yet agai for over a mot staight. it is always due to bowel movement, loss of water AFTER my cycle. aldosteone rises 10 days before tour period, causing you to holsonto sodium and waste outpotassium, them drops. i think i need more flroinef or salt to het rid ofthe headhe, sick of drugging kver with imitrex. so sic i cat type straight, sorry. hope you van decipher? maybe someprogesterone? progetsreone alwaysmakes e break out. estrogen clears my skin up. testosteronemakes me have morivation. ugh, to explan this t doctors for the sceipts is another battle i say wtf? to. why so warlike for what should be simple health balancing?


Lisa January 19, 2015 at 9:04 am

I also note that my attacks are like a premenstrual timing and I have been showing signs of dehydration/constipation that is very much not normal for me. I at times take potassium to off set muscle cramps.. esp in my diabetic feet (ouch) and with my current warning signs of virtigo (rapid nausea, hot flashes and mild diziness and shortness of breath, racing heart at times) I’m very much interested in figuring this out!


aba October 16, 2014 at 2:31 pm

am hving this problem. even experience it today. dont know what it is. but am 40 years cld it be perimenopause?


Lisa January 19, 2015 at 9:05 am

I am 44 and dealing with it full blown


Linda Ford October 22, 2014 at 5:15 pm

I am 52 years old and have been experiencing perimenopause for a couple years, but it has gotton worse. I have dizzy spells, and roaring in my ears with pressure. My menstrual cycle are either 2 days long, or 10 days long. Usually with one day of extremely heavy flows. This month I’ve had 2 periods this month. I just got diagnosed with hyperthyroidism. This has really been affecting the quality of my life! I’ve had to change my work schedule because of this!


steph December 1, 2014 at 5:23 pm

I am so glad i came across this,was starting to feel like a hypochondriac,Dr fobs me off and so many different causes suggested… Light headedness’ like feel detached…sore breasts hot sweats, increased acid and heart burn, palpitations, just want to feel me again. Had partial hysterectomy done 18 months ago… Had all heart checked all fine, endoscopy showed reflux disease… Bloods tests to be done to check hormone levels, just hope something is done soon. Instead of keep offering tablets i don’t need.


Shawn December 8, 2014 at 4:32 pm

I am so glad that I came across this blog … I am in my mid 40’s and have been experiencing vertigo often. I know that I am perimenopausal just because of ALL of the many symptoms, which vertigo is one. Honestly, I HATE this, as sometimes I feel so out of control. I can’t control what’s happening to my body! Thank God for this blog, I’ve gotten so many questions answered. My doctor suggested a mild anti-depressant for some of the symptoms I’ve been having, anxiety, flashes, mood swings, my body shape is changing. I was a pretty active woman, served 9 years in the US Army, so I led a pretty healthy lifestyle. Today, I am not my youthful self. Yet I am glad that this too chall pass. :)


keia December 14, 2014 at 9:05 pm

My name is Keia I am 36 I keep having servere vertigo attacks where I have to be taken to hospital and admitted. I keep get hot flashes…vomiting… Feels faintish..and headache and like the world is spinning…. can someone give me advice…its driving me crazy..


stephanie greisen December 17, 2014 at 10:48 pm

I’m so happy to have found this blog I’m 50 and have been experiencing the the same kind of headaches and dizziness. Im going to have a complete lab panel drawn to check all of my levels and will follow up with a specialist that deals with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy:) Im definitely feeling poopy:(


Charlotte December 28, 2014 at 11:43 pm

I, too, am so glad to have found this blog. I am half way through my 50th year and having very random menstrual cycles. I thought I had certainly entered menopause considering, but, recent tests show I am not quite there, yet. I also had my thyroid checked and no signs of problems there either. But, today I started my fourth cycle (this year) and am suffering from severe vertigo :( I have had vertigo episodes for most of my life, so, I am very familiar with the ‘feeling’. Though I definitely felt this episode was different as it’s onset coincided with my period. I haven’t fallen down or lost my balance – probably due to past experiences of dealing with vertigo – but, I feel absolutely horrible nonetheless. Horrible enough to do a little research, and how I happened across this blog. I have found enough relief, in reading what others have experienced, to relax a bit and just get through this. At this point, my Dr will not put me on any type of hormones so, I am seriously hopeful this will not become the “norm” until hormones are an option. I am going to research how often the thyroid should be checked when in peri and full menopause to be better educated. I never thought I would look forward to learning more about menopause (haha) though I can clearly see it is that time. If anyone has experienced problems with their thyroid after a clean bill of health, I’d be interested in reading about that as well! Thank you for being here!


Vanessa December 30, 2014 at 11:24 pm

I am 39 years old and I am experiencing dizziness. I am having problem keeping my balance. I am always dropping things and knocking them over. I have experience all the perimenspause symptoms. I have been experiencing these weird feeling for 2years. These feeling are enough to drive a peron crazy.


Maria March 25, 2015 at 5:21 pm

I too am 39. I started experiencing vertigo episodes around 12 months ago. Just can’t do anything and lying down is the worse. Just had a recent episode and experienced the falling over and general clumsiness 2 or 3 days before my period. Then as soon as I get my period here comes the vertigo and nausea. 2 days off work. Regular GP ordered a CT scan but after reading this blog I am off to my GYN for a second opinion! I can’t believe what I found when I googled : Vertigo and Period! Love those hormones! Mum didn’t experience any of these symptoms. Although she had had 4 children by the time she was 40. I have had none.


Julie January 5, 2015 at 11:53 pm

Just a point – I wouldn’t use the phrase “…that women complain about these symptoms during perimenopause,”, I would say “women REPORT these symptoms…”. Language is important, and of course the “complaining woman” stereotype which, from the comments above, is pretty common from male doctors, is one of the things that stops these sort of issues being researched. Imagine in men had to deal with the health issues we had to!! They’d be pouring money into it. ;) So a minor point in one way, but significant in another way. The lack of research into all things hormonal as far s women are concerned is a huge problem – partly stemming from the difficulties in studying and treating women of reproductive age, but more to do with lack of care from the (largely male) and underfunded medical research community. So keep REPORTING those symptoms ladies, and not just to your doctor – talk to each other too (blogs like this are great) – it helps raise awareness and helps us support each other.


Lisa January 19, 2015 at 8:55 am

I have endured 3 bouts of virtigo. Two Mild cases and one that landed me in the hospital for 10 days with a heart attack because it was so intense and unending!

I am in perimenapause and I also have hypothyroid. Allergies also seem to be a factor although not a direct cause because I can have allergy attacks without dizziness. However when the deadly mixture of low energy from hormones usually that time of month, physical exertion and allergies affecting my ears combine. Bam! … the world spins out of orbit and where she stops nobody knows. Dr’s have no solution and barely a theory on what causes virtigo. My last Dr looked at me helplessly and said she suffed from it too and told me to let her know if I found out anything!!! The way I cope is the motion sickness meds and as much rest as possible. I also monitor my BP meds closely during these times because just the stress of “what if I spin again” will stress you the heck out… Thanks for doing this page. I hope we get answers!


martina January 24, 2015 at 7:17 am

I am suffering from b12 deficiency and peri menopause.. I went to the doctor yesterday to tell him I’m lightheaded he checked my ears there was lots of wax.. he syringed them.. I hoped this morning the lightheaded would be gone but it’s still there..


Tammi January 28, 2015 at 8:50 am

I thought I was going crazy. I have been tested for different things,all come back normal. I still suffer at least once per week and when stressed more often.
Thank You for this.


Karen February 1, 2015 at 8:36 pm

Hello. I’m 38yrs old. Not sure if that’s too young for perimenopause. Over the past three years I have been experiencing the symptoms of vertigo, nausea, loss of balance, headache, dizzying episodes. No falls thankfully. The symptoms are always the same and predictable. Not so much as to when it should occur but the slight initial feel of dizziness I feel when I lay down and close my eyes. It is however an inconsistent experience. It occurs usually 2 or three times in a year since the initial occurrence. The only thing that helps are salt and salty foods. Which are normally not part of my diet. But it’s my cure. It usually lasts for one to two days. When coming out of this state, I ususlly feel exhausted and can only sleep. A somewhat post ictal state. Like the recovery of a person having a seizure. Only I am aware of it. I was told by an ENT MD that I may have Menieres. But this is too inconsistent to be that Dx. I’m glad to know there are others who can offer insight into what may be causing this awful experience. The most recent experience began on 1/30/15 and just subsided about 85% today 2/1/15. Thankyou for the opportunity to share.


Vania March 12, 2015 at 1:00 am

Hi Karen,
I feel the same way. When I lay down and close my eyes I fell dizzy, sometimes keep me up. I already spent so much money to figure out the cause of my dizziness and all the tests that I had done came negative.


Carolyn February 3, 2015 at 7:48 pm

So glad to find this blog. I thought I must be going crazy with these extreme symptoms of vertigo. I have been experiencing varying degrees of vertigo for almost a month now. I am still able to function and go to work, but feel horrible in the process. It’s truly the feeling of having stepped off a horrible roller coaster ride, feel naseous, off balance. I have a history of this and upon my initial attack 8 years ago a brain aneurysm was found with an MRI. I then had surgery to clip the aneurysm, but the dizziness never really went away. I was tested for EVERYTHING from Mineures, MS, Epiliepsy … and went through numerous unpleasant tests … only to prove everything was OK. About 4 years after my surgery I was diagnosed with variant migraines and given imitrex. In the past 4 years the vertigo has pretty much been on a monthly basis right before my period and I was able to keep it under control with imitrex. In the past 2 months however things have gotten worse and the vertigo is present to varying degrees on a daily basis almost. I seem to have more bad days than good. I also noticed my heart was beating faster. I called my surgeon (aneurysm) and he ordered an MRI just to make sure I was OK. All is well on that end. My GP ordered a holter monitor test to make sure my heart is ok, and it’s fine. I also recently pulled my IUD out thinking it may have been hormonal, but there has been no change since then. Just visited with a chiropractor today hoping for some sort of relief! and have a nuerologist appointment in 3 weeks. I am 44 so this makes sense that it could be perimenopause. Will be following this blog in hopes of finding some sort of relief. I just want to feel normal again, but I am also thankful that so far I am able to fake it and go about my day. I’m just getting used to feeling lousy doing it.


Cami February 6, 2015 at 6:43 pm

i am 53 and am experiencing so many different perimenopausal symptoms dizzy anxious fatigue weight gain you name it I got it and I can not forget the ANXIETY if I stand up at times feels as if the room is spinning and I’m going down for the count I am not letting this get the best of me truly the hardest thing I have gone through cant wait till it’s over


Beth February 9, 2015 at 7:29 pm

Thank you! I suffer from dizziness during my period as well. I’m 48 and have lots of peri menopause symptoms. I love your blog! You are positive and real:)


s shankar February 11, 2015 at 10:46 am

I am going through the same.
My first time. 2 days back when I got up everything started spinning. Never felt like this before. Its spinning since then. Taking vertin 16 twice daily for 2 days. No relief yet. Went to my physician and ent specialist.
They said it didn’t seem like neurological. They said its psychosomatic. …I had this feeling its because of perimenopause. ….. my periods are supposed to start within 1 or 2 days. With sharp ache at the back of my head. ……….but i know ño doc would agree…….thank god I found this blog. ……….thanks. ….I am 46 years old.


Jeanna February 14, 2015 at 3:21 am

Thank you so much. I’m having the exact same issues. I turn 43 on Monday and I also have PCOS. The vertigo has been coming on about once a month. Both times while I was driving! Scared the crap out of me! I also have hypothyroidism and recently had my levothyroxine increased. Reading this has helped me feel so much better. It’s bad enough to feel like the world is spinning, but to feel anxious on top of it is awful. Thank you for the article, and thank you to everyone who has replied, giving me even more reassurance :)


Michelle March 27, 2015 at 3:20 pm

wow Jenna Your Birthday is February 9th. so crazy I feel the exact anxiety while diving when pms ing and experience dizziness. I have to travel to work, at this time of month it scares the hell out of me. I am too born February 9th. I can be anxious but this time of month is so different. Thank you for Sharing. I dont feel like Im going crazy now. Going to the Doctor s to check this out. Thanks again


Mel February 16, 2015 at 6:40 pm

Hi interesting reading. I was diagnosed with fibroids 3 years ago but after acupuncture for a few months all my symptoms disappeared (worst being v heavy periods and cramps).
Last year I started to experience dizzyness where I felt I had to hold on to my desk or furniture , that seemed to occur continuously for ages but then disappeared, I then had a spell when driving which scared me to deat. Long story short, I have been to acupuncture who believe that muscles tightening and stress particularly in back may be causing and I also have MRI appt. I stopped drinking coffee thinking it was that but although it was reduced it didn’t stop so I have the odd coffee and I have started to log and definitely this month it started around day 10 of cycle,,,,with headaches across front of forehead and eyes and whilst I still have headaches (now day 25 and day 2 of period), the dizzyness is slight and mostly behind eyes. I haven’t taken any painkillers but I am going to try ibuprofen and see if that helps.
I really do think its hormone related. I’m 46.


Janette February 20, 2015 at 5:11 pm

I just got off the phone with the doctor’s office again. That is what prompted me to research hormones and vertigo. I have been dealing with this for 1 1/2 years now. I have been to Audiologist and had the complete work up. I have been to the Neurologist and had the same. I have had CAT Scans, 2 MRI’s and tons of blood work. If the vertigo was just a minor thing, I would just go on. But I cannot. It is really disruptive to my lifestyle. I have to pull over when driving often and hang on when coming downstairs. I have only had one episode so bad I couldn’t stand up and was nauseous. All this began at age 46. I will turn 48 this August – 2 years after my first episode. I know because of other issues I am perimenopausal. Just wondering how many more years of this ‘joy’ I get.


Deanna February 26, 2015 at 2:07 pm

I am going through perimenopause (51 yr old), and have hypothyroidism too. Ever since my hot flushes started 1 1/2 months ago, I get dizzy. Especially when bending down. It happened for a short time last year, then everything normal until right after my last period in January til now (over two weeks late for my period). Your article seems to ring true for me. Hypothyroidism+perimenopause = dizziness! Thank you! :)


Helga March 5, 2015 at 9:29 am

I am so glad I found you ladies. I felt like I was going a bit ga ga and nobody seemed to understand. This dizzyness and headache started for me in January. I was walking along and the pavement started spinning. I had to rush into a shop and grap the counter to stop myself falling over. Since then I have the sensation of the floor dropping away from me when I walk, Heavy muzzy head, Quick sideways tilting sensation in my head, my eyes are light sensative and I get a squeezing in my scalp and pressure behind my eyes.nose. I want to cry sometimes but am trying to man up! When I scroll on my pc a wavy feeling comes over me. The whole thing is getting me down. I’ve had an MRI on my head and all ok. They now think it may be neck related but I’m not sure. I had a hysterectomy 3 years ago (i’m now 51) so not sure if this is an age related thing. Just wish somebody could diagnose what this is. I will go for a hormone check but I feel like I have to ask for this and my doctor doesnt even think it could be my age…. like its sinus related or something which is not the case at all. The MRI proved that. I just want to feel normal again.


Magnolia March 6, 2015 at 10:00 am

Hello Helga,

I’m glad you found this site too. Dizziness and vertigo during perimenopause are two symptoms that seem to befuddle most physicians. They just don’t see it as a symptom. But, many, many women complain of it during perimenopause, so it’s a common symptom. Contrary to what they might think.



Claire March 16, 2015 at 12:49 pm

Helga, your symptoms are exactly what I am going through right now! It started with a bad migraine 2/2/15. I had numbness in my hand, face and foot. Since then I have had a heavy fuzzy head, lightheadedness, dizziness, nausea. Just moving my head back and forth, looking up with just my eyes and also scrolling on my PC makes me sick and dizzy. I have seen 4 docs, 2 neurologists, ER visit, 911 call with an ambulance ride to the hospital. All my blood work comes back perfect, CAT scan good. Waiting for an MRI appt. But no one can figure out what’s going on! I am 47 with a 12 and a 10 year old! This has been the most debilitating thing that has ever happened to me! After reading this blog, I am pretty certain this is all hormonal. I have also had a history of pituitary problems too! Keeping my fingers crossed for all of us ladies on here that there is help for us! Normal, yes, I want to feel normal and participate in life again!


Wendy March 24, 2015 at 5:56 pm

I’m going through it too. But mine feels like i’m dizzy when i get up in the morning and it stays with me all day and for the last 4 days. I have had a hysterectomy but still have my ovaries. My hot flashes seem to leave me when i ovulate some months. Then the dizzy spells come. I think it must have to do with hormones. Then the hot flashes return and and the dizziness seems to go away. I would also like to feel normal again. Going for an MRI on Thursday.


tammy March 27, 2015 at 3:06 pm

Hello, I get the heavy head and pressure feeling a lot, for the last 3 weeks its been in the back of my skull.Sometimes it even feels like my scalp is contracting and moving around..Do you ever feel this?


Claire April 6, 2015 at 1:43 pm

I get this!! I sometimes I can’t lay down to sleep because of the pressure in the back of my head, it’s so painful.


Asli March 8, 2015 at 3:24 pm

Hi Helga.
I have very similar symptoms and am diagnosed with Migraine Associated Vertigo (MAV) (vestibular migraine ). Read info on it at: vestibular. Org. There was an excellent forum: mvertigo.org that now got moved to another website (it’ll redirect you from the old address) , if you are patient to browse through that website, you’ll get lots of info. Look up Dr. Nicholas Silver in the UK, he gives great info on it online. You DONT have to have typical “migraines”, I don’t. Just eye pressure, buzz in the head, light sensitivity, sensitivity to head motion, etc as well as history of car sickness as a child. Read about it. If it turns out you have it, treatment is the same as regular migraines, a daily migraine preventive medication. All the best to you!
Ps: the feeling that comes over you when on the PC could be one of MAV sx called “visual vertigo”.


sutha March 18, 2015 at 11:16 pm

Hi… Me too experience the same few days before my periods. Even I had fear of some serious disease or something. After going thru your article, I feel relieved that I’m not alone. Me too eager to know what is causing this and how to over come it. Thank you so much.



Scheli March 25, 2015 at 8:44 pm

I have started having slight shifts around 2013, and over the next year they became more frequent. September 2014 I had a shift that sent me into panic mode and I started to cry. I could not figure out for the life of me what was happening. I went to the ER, they treated me with Dramamine. So, about 8 times a day I take Dramamine, 25mg (Meclozine) I get it on Amazon now, it is chewable.
It helps, I was taking 2 tablets a day, and now I am up to 8 of them. I still have slight shifts. I am 43, I will be 44 in August. I am not postmenopausal (afaik). I am still on birth control. (Nexplanon sub-dermal). I am active ( Unless spins take start, then it takes on a whole new meaning to active..) I am a full time student, active in general. I prefer now not to drive, since they are coming on more and more.
Anyway. Thats my story.


liza March 27, 2015 at 10:35 am

im 50 yrs old and started my vertigo 2 yrs ago,,, i had it already 3 times,,,, but now i dont feel like spinning but seems like im moving or floating even im steady and i think its part of my perimenopause. i dont have my period for 2 months now


Candi March 28, 2015 at 9:20 pm

Hi, all! My name is Candi and I’ve been having lots of issues since October 2014. I’ve always had some dizziness here and there at random times but never enough to worry me or bother me.

Then in October after my period had been missing for a few months it came on with the period/ right prior to. It started out as visual dizziness, then turned Ito a rocking sensation as well as feeling like I was spinning only when I closed my eyes at night in bed. I’ve been keeping track of the start of the dizziness and it usually starts right around ovulation and steadily gets worse up until my period starts and then slowly gets better. I get a few days out of the month with no dizziness and then it mildly starts back over again. I’ve had 2 bouts of vertigo the past month which happened when I would look up, down or any direction but stopped when my head was still.
I seem worse when I am tired which is often. I mentioned hormones to my doctor but she just didn’t seem to think I had an issue with hormones but rather wanted me to get on birth control because of the cysts on my ovaries.

I am 32 years old and am so over this feeling. I am not sure what to do anymore and get so depressed over this.

Has anyone ever figured this out?


Fiona March 30, 2015 at 7:17 am

Hi. I’m 47 and am having very scary Virtigo. It comes at night starts with a night sweat and then the room starts to spin, I feel like throwing up, then the anxiety starts my body starts to shake. I take stemitil which calms me down but the Virtigo stays for days, I can’t walk around go to work. Feel so upset 2 years ago I was fit and healthy. Now I have migrains all the time, hypothyroidism , and probably perimenaupause. Its hard to go on and wish I didn’t have the pressure of being the only wage earner with a mortgage and 4 teenagers.


Anita Jones April 2, 2015 at 5:31 pm

Well you know they say misery loves company. My husband found this blog for me, because I too suffer from VERTIGO. I am 49 yrs. old, still having my menstrual cycles, I’ve had Brain MRI (Clear) CAT Scan (Clear) EKG, seen a Cardiologist, Blood work, Sleep Apnea test, ENT Specialist….and no one seems to know exactly what has caused this dizziness. It started about a month ago, some days are worse than others, but if it’s the beginning of menopause, I’m ready for it to begin, and the light headedness to STOP!! I just want my life back. Sisters Unite!!! Thanks for the Blog, it is comforting to know I’m not alone. Thank you Jesus, I am never alone. :-)


Allison April 3, 2015 at 1:36 pm

I’m sitting here on the couch crying and googling “dizziness and nausea before period” and I came across your page. I’ve suspected for the last few months that I have hypothyroidism, but I’m not menopausal (yet that I know of, but I’ll be 40 this year). The last several months, I’ve been experiencing extreme nausea and dizziness right before my periods, which are still very regular. This is interesting and I wish I knrw what I could do about it.


Deborah April 5, 2015 at 10:17 pm

I am so happy I found this blog. I am 52 years old and have been experiencing many of the same symptoms as the ladies above since March 2. I nearly passed out at work one day, was taken to the hospital ER, and told the fainting was due to viral illness. After this incident, the lightheadedness (“woozy/foggy feeling”) got worse. Everyday I felt like I was going to faint and it was almost impossible to concentrate at work. I was told to drink plenty of water to make sure that I was properly hydrated. I checked my blood pressure when I had “the feeling” only to find it was near normal. My blood sugar was normal. I made the same trek to various doctors (ENT, cardiologist) and also had an echocardiogram for the crazy palpitations (normal); took the Meclizine for 2 days and the symptoms got worse for me; blood work (to see if B12 deficient since I was experiencing tingling in fingers, hands, legs – normal); hearing test (excellent); and most recently brain MRI (pending results); Holter monitor scheduled this week. My mother has been telling me for weeks that she thought it was menopause because she experienced the lightheaded at the same age. Once and for all, I would like to confirm that this is really my issue so I can move forward and find something that will give me relief (something natural). This whole ordeal has made me very anxious.


Claire April 9, 2015 at 11:19 pm

I have been experiencing all these symptoms. I am 47 and for over 2 months I have seen numerous docs, neurologists, ER visits, 911 calls, the list goes on. All blood work, EKG, EEG, chest x ray, CAT scan and MRI have all come back perfect. But I am far from feeling perfect. I feel I am going to pass out all the time, tingles in my fingers, foot and face, it’s affecting my work, my life with my family. The good news it’s looks like it is nothing sinister, but this is so debilitating and seems there is nothing that can be done for it. If you find any treatment please post on this page, I would be very interested.


Sheila April 7, 2015 at 12:06 pm

Thank you for this. I cry as I read it. I too, have this and am 45. I feel helpless and generally like a failure that I feel so bad. It hits once a month for me too. I needed to know I’m not alone.


Jeanne B. April 9, 2015 at 10:30 am

I’ll be 52 in June, haven’t had a period in over 10 years. I checked off 23 of the 35 symptoms! Argh.

I found this blog doing a search on Vertigo. Lately, I’ve been having what are probably “drop attacks”, mild mostly, but unnerving to say the least, especially when one is soaped up in the shower and it feels like the bathtub just hit a patch of turbulence. The floor feels like it’s dropping out from underneath me. Last night, I only got half-showered because I jumped out, thinking the tub (which is perfectly solid) was going to crash through the floor!

It happened again on “dry land” on an extremely solid floor. But when I hit “turbulence” sitting on the sofa, that’s when I knew something was up.

I also have tintinnitus (but thought that was from years of singing in a band), heart palpitations, loss of libido–well, I hit 23 of the symptoms, so yeah. Besides the turbulence/drop attacks and the constant high-pitched ringing in my ears, the third-worst symptom has to be the anxiety and feelings of doom that just come out of nowhere. I’m sitting here minding my own business, and it suddenly just creeps up on me and I wonder, “Dear God–what foul premonition is this about?”

It helps immensely to know that it MIGHT just be mah danged hormones. As we move from Maiden to Mother to the third act, we could jokingly call this “Crone’s Disease”.


veelow April 11, 2015 at 10:38 pm

I too now suffering from this dizzy thing. As long as I am still and setting I am fine. When I get up and walking looking another way this dizziness is here and feels real funny. I am 49 years of age since the beginning of 2015 I only had one cycle in March.. I feel warm sensation when sleeping at night.. Just get real hot in the inside no sweat just feel like a furnace.. Also feelings of confusion when at work and can barely concentrate on the task given. My conversation is like a blur .. and can’t even have or just feel like I can say and speak like I use too. I often forget at a drop of a dime. My mouth is often dry and my tough feels like its been burnt.. I feel like something is wrong with me.. But think its all perimenapouse.. No I am not the only one since reading this blog.. Please help me with this or and I get some suggestions on how to manage what Im feeling.. WEW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


happymama33 April 16, 2015 at 9:47 am

I’m 38 as well and have been diagnosed with idiopathic mal de debarquement. However, just as others who have been diagnosed with MdDs, it seems to be so closely tied to hormones. I am off balance (rocking sensation) 24/7, but it is worse when I ovulate and just before my period and as my period begins. I am on Effexor, but it doesn’t seem to be helping much. I have thought about going back on birth control to balance out my hormones. Has anyone tried this? Any success?


Karen April 22, 2015 at 11:33 am

Hi I am 44 /45 in September
Iv been having awful dizzy spells hot flushes and nauseous turns
Gp just says he thinks I’m depressed .. I don’t agree I do suffer from menieres but these symptons are different
It has made me feel a lot less worried reading other ladies symptoms that are like mine
Many thanks


Trish April 23, 2015 at 8:05 am

Glad to have found this blog and all the comments. I am 49 and have had moments of dizziness for the past few months. However, yesterday I became really dizzy late afternoon and I cannot shift it. I have 3 1/2 year old child who I walked to nursery this morning- it is not too far but I felt really scared at points that I was going to faint and not be able to get him there. I wanted to ask someone for help but felt stupid. I struggle to get home and could not go to work – been lying in a ball on my bed since coming home , scared to move. Found this blog on my iPhone – my period is due tomorrow and I wondered if it was connected – as opposed to the stroke or heart attack that I have been worrying about. Feel less scared now, thanks x


Jan April 25, 2015 at 11:52 am

Wow, I have been on a dizzy, head spinning roller coaster the last year or so. I am 52, my cycle is still like clock work. I have many ailments, hypothyroidism included. I have been on Synthroid /Levothyroxine the past 25 years. I’ve done fairly well, but in the past 4 years things are not the same. I had the stumbling body to the right episode, about 4 months ago, while out walking alone. It was as if my body was totally unaligned, pulling to the right for what seemed like 2 seconds. It was as if there was some kind of light shortage, and I had no control over the right side of my body and where it was stumbling to. Luckily there was a tree on my right, otherwise I would have ended up in front of a moving car. And since then, I have a fear of walking outside alone, or being alone. When I grocery shop I have to have a cart for balance. I had a lumbar discectomy three years ago, and I thought that maybe the pinched nerve, which still pains me, somehow had something to do with the dizzy spells, headaches, and room spinning episodes, along with the family of fibroids that emerged last year and wreak havoc times 10, but I’m at risk for surgery and not a candidate. But when I describe the pain that crawls up the back of my head, the pressure, the dizzy spells, the nausea, and the feeling of having an aneurysm (it feels like my head is about to explode, then when the blood flows everything for a week or so go back to normal) hours prior to my cycle, my OB/Gyn always tells me, its part of who we are, its the onset of MENOPAUSE. Every women will experience it differently, or about the same. I just wish there was a calendar that would tell us x, y, z, that at 54 it will be over. I am so glad to have read your blog, I felt like I was going crazy about the stumbling/falling.


Bee April 25, 2015 at 7:10 pm

Hi I ve actually written in b4 to say thank you for this blog because it turns out I wasnt “stressed” or needed to see a therapist as many of the best doctors in thier field have told me. I can not believe how many nuerologist or gynecologist don’t believe that all of these symptoms are related to perimenopause. all they have to do is look ithese symptoms or read this blog to know it is real. There are specific migraines related to menstraul cycles but now that I have a name to my illness I need a cure. The migraine prescriptions are not working. Please can someone tell me how not to be bed bound for two weeks out of every month. I need to get my life back. Does anyone know a specialist in New York that knows anything about this illness


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