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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Leslie May 14, 2015 at 8:16 pm

I was so relieved to read this. I too have had dizziness and feeling fuzzy/woozy about 10 days before my period, which is irregular. I also have had racing heart. I’ve been to several doctors including gyro and cardiologist. Nothing found.

Has anyone also notice random complete intolerance to alcohol? I had one glass of wine last night and felt completely loopy.

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Shelley June 10, 2015 at 12:10 pm

I don’t have a complete intolerance, but I can’t do red wine for some reason. Totally makes me feel weird. No problems with white wine, though. This has been going on for about a year now (I’m 52, started perimenopause symptoms at 50). And by the way, I’m on this site today because I’m at work right now and just had a weird dizzy spell. One thing that helps me is that now that I know what this is all about, I don’t panic and I get through the episodes much better.

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sheila July 27, 2015 at 2:34 pm

Yes the panic was scary for me. I’m managing better but have been dizzy for 2 1/2 years now.

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Michele July 31, 2015 at 8:24 am

My husband and I have always wondered if my symptoms were related to perimenopause. I have dizzy spells everyday when I sit, stand or walk and this has been going on for almost 2 years now and when I get my period seems like the dizziness is more severe. Has anyone had anything like this ?

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Liz July 10, 2015 at 8:56 am

I’m 51 and just got over vertigo, but I’m still feeling lightheaded. My periods are irregular and horredious. I’ve had my bloods done and have ruled out lack of iron. So on reading some of these comments I don’t feel so alone now.

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sheila July 27, 2015 at 2:37 pm

From the looks of this site we are not alone. So I’m not going crazy after all

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Vicky Lee July 13, 2015 at 11:06 pm

I have Hashimoto’s disease which is autoimmune hypothyroidism. All of these symptoms can be hypothyroidism. I lost my tolerance to alcohol too.

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sheis July 27, 2015 at 2:30 pm

Yes I can’t drink anymore. At first I thought the dizziness was from the alcohol but could it be hormonal?

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Cathy May 19, 2015 at 7:59 pm

I too get dizzy spells, and I have been dealing with the symptoms of menopause for 4 years now. I am now 51 and get the spells a few times a week, I do not have diabetes, I am on medicine for high blood pressure so I do not have a problem with that anymore. I too have been researching the dizziness and vertigo. I had a spell the other day walking into a store with my 9 yr old daughter and I told her hand on to me tight because I was having a spell, once I got into the store it was gone. It scares me every time and I knew it had to be because of menopause, it just made sense to me

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sab May 20, 2015 at 6:13 pm

I think that is great that you are going to be researching this. I have been going through peri-menipause for the last year or so. I get VERY dizzy, I have even had the “bed spins” with no alcohol consumption, but what I have realized is that the dizziness is also cyclical. In fact, frequently it begins and ends when I should have had my period. The dizziness will be sporadic for 3-5 days (similar in time to the heavy part of my period) and then will disappear. It will then return when I would typically expect another period. Any suggestions on supplements that might help would be great!

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Far May 22, 2015 at 1:38 am

Such a relief to read this. I’m going through peri-m for several months now. I also get dizzy/vertigo spells. It actually started four days ago and still goes on/off. I do get bed-spins too even though I don’t drink alcohol at all. I feel anxious and panic when it starts. Is there any way to alleviate symptoms?

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Maria July 30, 2015 at 7:34 am

Hi Sab. i feel so relieved to have read what you have written….my period has been getting lighter every month and the days before i’m due my dizzy spells started and generally feel un well…..soon as my period come, the dizzy spells go, this has only happened a few times in the last 6 months but this time the dizzy spells have lasted for 2 days. period have come and extremely light this time…thank you for putting my mind at ease……

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Fari May 22, 2015 at 3:39 pm

Dear Magnolia, thanks for this blog. Did your vertigo spells finish after the full menopause? Is it completely gone now? Thanks. I’m in peri menopause and having severe vertigo. I relate to most of comments here.

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Rhona Hotchkiss May 22, 2015 at 4:09 pm

Very reassuring to read of people’s experiences on here. I keep thinking I’m through the menopause and then I get a flush or some period type pain, but the worst is this dizzyness. I get it to varying degrees sometimes more than once a day and sometimes not for weeks or even months, but the most horrible bit is how scary it feels. For just a few seconds at a time, I feel like I might be going to die. Does anyone else feel that bad or panicky?

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Caroline birch July 24, 2015 at 3:33 pm

Hi Rhona. I am suffering dizziness today. Started as soon as I got up. I too panic and feel very scared as if i must have something seriously wrong with me although logic does try to tell me otherwise as I have suffered from it on several occasions before and worse. Balance is so important to be able to function, and I find I fumble around trying to do things but I feel as if I’m in a fog. It can go as quickly as it came and then I feel normal and am able to just get on and feel confident and well. I know after reading this blog not alone and it usual to have these symptoms some of the time, but the frequency increases for a time and ones confidence takes a battering.

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sheila July 27, 2015 at 2:55 pm

Yes the panic is the worst part for me. If anyone would like to talk please call me. 408 658 3971

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Kim May 24, 2015 at 5:49 pm

Two weeks ago I woke up with the bed spins, I was so scared. Happened bad again a few times that weekend, feeling like I was going to be sick.. Been to the doctor got antibiotics thinking I had sinus infection. But still not right! I feel like I’m on a boat and get that rocking feeling all the time, like I’m moving but I’m sitting or standing still..woke up that morning and never been the same since. It’s really starting to get me down. I had a hysterectomy 5 years ago, so don’t get periods to know if I’m going through menopause. My boobs have been real tender for the last few weeks, and for years on and off I get this burning weird feeling on my legs.. I feel like I’m going nuts!!

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Gail June 30, 2015 at 1:54 pm

Hi, had to respond to your post as I’m sitting hear at work right now with your same exact symptoms. The only difference is I have a hearing impairment and wear a hearing aid. I had a very bad episode of this in 2008 at age 45 and thought I was going crazy. Like you, and I went for all kinds of exams, ENT, MRI, CAT Scans, you name it, and they never really did find anything. They just told me my brain, ears, and eyes are not coordinating. But it passed and didn’t really have another episode until 3 weeks ago (right before my period ). I am hoping it’s hormone related and it will pass (in a few years, lol), but it’s insane trying to live like this. I’m now 53 and not sure what the heck is going on, but this is really the pits

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Gail June 30, 2015 at 1:58 pm

Gunilla, also wanted to add that I notice when the humidity kicks up, or there is rain coming, the ear and dizzy symptoms get much worse. I am wondering if barometric pressure has anything to do with this?

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Caro July 2, 2015 at 4:09 pm

Just started feeling weird and woozy. Bad weather, thunderstorms for the past week. On antibiotics for ear infection which I doubt is my problem. I am in perimenopause and wondered about barometric pressure too.

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sheila July 27, 2015 at 3:05 pm

All your stories are so like my own. I can’t believe it.

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Jana July 25, 2015 at 10:00 am

I also had a partial hysterectomy in 2006. I am now 48 and experiencing severe Vertigo/Bed Spins/ Vomiting. It happened for the first time on June 18,2015. I thought I was dehydrated and low blood sugar from not eating. I just turned 49 in May…haven’t really had any other Perimenopausal systems…until now. Exactly a week ago on July 18 it started again (Vertigo/Bed Spins/vomiting) so severe I end up in bed. It has been going on for a week straight now. Does anything help?

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Laura July 27, 2015 at 7:59 am

Yes, you can buy meclazine over the counter, and it really helps!

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Magnolia July 27, 2015 at 8:00 am

Really? I thought it was prescription only? No?

Magnolia

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Gunilla May 27, 2015 at 9:50 pm

I’m so happy to finally find others who can related to what I’m going through! I am 47 and have been suffering from this nasty vertigo for 2 years now. My problems started all of a in the summer (right after having come off birth control pills – coincidence or not I don’t know). I had symptoms pretty much all the time, to various degrees, during the summer months (June-Aug/Sept.) My vertigo symptoms feel like swirling/wavy inside my head (things don’t spin around me, the spinning is in my head), always seems worse while driving, feel unstable while walking and vision slightly blurry, stuffed up ears (especially my left one) and sinus pressure/head ache, fuzzy brain and not begin able to completely focus etc. I have been freaked out so many times while driving (to the point of shaking/having panic attach) and have had to stop and try to calm down or I’ve had to get rides from fiends for weeks on end. I’ve been to ENT, neurologist, had blood work done etc. and all results came back fine. (I gave up seeking more testing as nobody could ever find any solution or know what else to try). That fall-spring the vertigo ease up a bit and like many others on here I could see a pattern with having symptoms coinciding with my period. Well, then last summer it hit me full force again in June just like the previous summer and the severity was very similar to the previous summer as well. But last summer I also started having frequent episodes (usually in the afternoons/evenings) of what I assumed to be hot flashes. My face became burning hot, red/blotchy face/neck and bright red burning ears. I finally spoke with my OBGYN and got back on the birth control pills (I still have my period every month) this fall and that seemed to help with the worst hot flash symptoms although I do still get them at times. The vertigo symptoms seemed to lessen as well (like the year before) and I didn’t have them quite as often. The last few months I have felt pretty good with few vertigo symptoms (knock-on-wood) but I have been worrying about and dreading the severe ones coming back this summer.
Today I was running errands after work when suddenly I started feeling woozy/dizzy, left ear stuffed up and pressure in my head. Felt like I couldn’t breath but it got a little better once back in the AC again. It’s been in the 80’s today, very humid and storms came through this evening. Looking back at my history I do think my symptoms get worse when it’s hot and humid outside. Has anyone else ever noticed the same thing?
I have allergies (mostly sinus/headache related) which I take Flonase and Claritin D for daily and get shots for once a month. I’m sure this contributes or is part of the problem as well. I have acid reflux which flares up, once in a while but otherwise I’m a very healthy person. I usually drink a lot of water and eat healthy but could be exercising more, lol. Reading other people’s posts here I may consider getting tested for hyperthyroidism and that it’s time for another talk with my OBGYN about possible remedies.
I’m so frustrated/sad/anxious with the thought of having to go through this again, how it messes with my mind and affects my daily life/activities. For all of you who have gone through peri menopause, how long does it generally last?? Cannot wait to be done with this!
Gunilla

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Karleen June 13, 2015 at 11:16 pm

I am experiencing similar symptoms. A bad case of vertigo hit me last June and never completely went away but did ease up over the fall and winter. The symptoms just got stronger again since the beginning of June. I didnt make the connection until I read your post. I have had many severe menopausal symptoms and Im thinking vertigo is another one to add to the list

Karleen

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Gail June 30, 2015 at 1:51 pm

Hi, had to respond to your post as I’m sitting hear at work right now with your same exact symptoms. The only difference is I have a hearing impairment and wear a hearing aid. I had a very bad episode of this in 2008 at age 45 and thought I was going crazy. Like you, and I went for all kinds of exams, ENT, MRI, CAT Scans, you name it, and they never really did find anything. They just told me my brain, ears, and eyes are not coordinating. But it passed and didn’t really have another episode until 3 weeks ago (right before my period ). I am hoping it’s hormone related and it will pass (in a few years, lol), but it’s insane trying to live like this. I’m now 53 and not sure what the heck is going on, but this is really the pits.

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kelly May 28, 2015 at 10:32 pm

Thank you so much for all of these comments. I’m 40 years old. I share the symptoms you all describe, dizziness around the period time. It’s like I have a hangover. I can’t lie down. It makes it worse.

Any ideas on how to improve it would be great. It’s so unsettling. I actually told my kids tonight that if I pass out they should call 911. It scared me so much. Look forward to more info here.

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Suzette Hardie June 1, 2015 at 2:43 am

I have had sever vertigo which started suddenly a month ago .I think it is related to the menopause as I am 52 and have had some slight hot flushes at times and periods are very scarce . It is the most horrible and frightening thing and I was not prepared for this at all .I am going to the doctor today as I hope I can get HRT if this is hormonal .I have at least 2 severe episodes each day where I feel like I am on a boat I usually wedge myself into a corner and shut my eyes until it passes I feel extremely nauseous and sometimes hot -which also makes me think it is menopause related . The rest of the time I have dizzy spells which I can cope with as they are not so severe and pass quickly .As everyone says things don’t spin around me but in my head . I was given Cinnarizine travel sickness pills which haven’t helped at all .I too feel sick, headachey and hungover and have not been able to drink alcohol at all the past few weeks .I will let you all know what my doctor says today !

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Tine Kroyer June 3, 2015 at 2:36 pm

Very interesting discussion. I am 52 and have not yet started menopause, but have been suffering with vertigo since I was 47, during some periods very severely. After many unsuccessful trips to the doctors and various tests, I was advised by a whollistic practitioner to use a homeopathic product called Vertigoheel. I took it daily for a few months, until the weekly and sometimes daily vertigo attacks almost all but disappeared. Thereafter I have used it as and when I get the occasional attack, and I carry it with me in my bag at all times, just in case!

Like other writers here, my vertigo often coincides with PMS, but in my case also at the start of any virus I get, like colds, stomach bugs and flu. And also when I feel stressed or under pressure, at times. So, it seems to happen when my body is required to perform that bit extra for whatever reason.

I still don’t know exactly why it happens, but during my many websearches on vertigo, the subject of magnesium deficiency has caught my eye again and again. So, a few months ago I started taking magnesium citrate supplement daily. It is now truly paying off! My vertigo and migraine attacks connected to my PMS have almost gone! I hope it continues like this!!

The thought on a connection with hypothyroidism is very interesting. The whollistic practitioner confirmed a sluggish thyroid with me, consistent with my age and presumed impending menopause.

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Elizabeth Robertson June 4, 2015 at 3:08 pm

Thank you all for sharing! Now I know I’m NOT crazy! I have experienced “all of the below” and even ended up at the audiologist who gave me hearing aids…and I’m only 52!!! I have had a lot of ailments in my life (including breast cancer), but I gotta say, menapause is THE WORST!!! good luck to you all!

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Jen June 6, 2015 at 10:09 pm

I live in Australia and feel relieved to have found this website and your comments. Not because I want people to feel the same symptoms as me (!), rather that I don’t feel a hypochondriac anymore. I’m 46 and ‘giddy’ spells started a week ago, but while I’m sitting down. I have low blood pressure, thyroidism in my family but not often dizzy when I am seated. I had horrific heart palpitations 5 years’ ago, whereby I thought my heart was going to burst through my chest – no heart issues though. The palps have subsided but now my period is becoming highly irregular, with a heavy headache onset 1-2 days prior. Some friends dismiss my ‘declaration’ that I’m perimenopausal because my hormone levels haven’t fluctuated.

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Plusha July 14, 2015 at 3:39 am

Where in Australia? I am in Melbourne and 3 weeks ago it started suddenly and I have it every day since, usually towards the end of the day or afternoon. But in my case once it starts, it lasts for the rest of the day and I feel really ill. On top of all the other debilitating symptoms for the last 7 years I am ready to resign myself to antidepressants which doctors are pushing on me, but I am not depressed. Well, I should be, with all that has been happening to me. I am 47. I am tired.

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Monica June 12, 2015 at 2:15 pm

Just today June 12 I woke to go to the bathroom & room was spinning! Ive been vomiting since then, trying to retrace my steps & what Ive eaten. My period just ended yesterday snd it only lasts 2 days. Right ear started pulsating but no pain. Im a fitness instructor/personal trainer with a very busy schedule. Any help would be appreciated.

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Bee June 16, 2015 at 7:58 pm

Reading this brings it all together for me,I too seem to get the dizzy spells around the time I used to get my period. I am about to turn 55 and have been suffering from vertigo for about 1 year now. Of course with this comes nausea , I wake up feeling like I have a hangover , my vertigo usually lasts for the whole day.My doctor has explained to me this is very common with menopause, funny thing is though I have recently had blood tests to confirm I am post menopause. I have not had a period for over a year now. I guess the most difficult part of going through this is that you feel you are in no man’s land/uncharted territory its scary and very dis-empowering, you feel like your’ve lost control. I am so happy to be sharing this blog with others I am a true believer in ” we are all in this together” the more information we share the more we help each other.

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Cathy June 18, 2015 at 9:52 am

I just found this website and so happy to read that so many other women are experiencing similar symptoms. I though that I was going crazy and the only one feeling these episodes of lightheadedness – not spinning but the brain feels tense and fizzy. I’m 48 and in peri-m. My periods were like clock-work until my mid-40s when they started to show up every 2-3 months. Just the thought of the possibility of being pregnant scared me. I’ve tried looking up reasons for lightheadness and there are few relations leading to peri-m, but I’m convinced that it’s related. When I’m sitting, my head feels very heavy and like there is pressure between the ears leading to the centre of my forehead. It lasts for weeks until my period finally shows up. Anyone feeling this way?? It’s a crazy feeling that leaves me a little nervous but as I read the many comments, it’s not just me going crazy. When I’m moving, I feel unbalanced, like I’m going to faint but thankfully never have. Being a woman SUCKS! Hope to hear from anyone who is experiencing similar symptoms and can add their comments. Thanks Cathy

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brenda June 23, 2015 at 4:19 pm

Hi All,
I’m glad we can find comfort knowing others experience the same thing.
I get clogged ears and dizziness, which only started when I entered menopause.
It gets worse with exercise.
Hopefully this will all go away once the hormones settle down!

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Myrna July 6, 2015 at 7:58 pm

Myrna
Here i AM laying in bed feeling dizzy I am not sure what’s going on. It is the fourth of July weekend and I did have a bit to drink Friday and Saturday. I woke up with a hangover on Sunday but I didn’t feel quite right. I had dizzy spells every time I would get up from laying down and vice-versa . It is now Monday and I’ve felt the same way all day. I read how some women experienced feeling dizzy around the first week of the month due to their cycle. I’m 47 and I’ve experienced menopause since mid 30’s. With no periods for a good two years. The first time experienced vertigo or these dizzy spells was in 2006 or 2007. It’s such a crazy scary feeling. I decided to Google it and this is where I ended up. It helps me calm down a bit to know other women have experienced some of the same symptoms. Sometimes I have high blood pressure but usually it’s when I drink alcohol or I’m stressed or have anxiety. With this being my second episode with the same feeling I had around nine years ago I’m finally glad to know I’m not alone. I have noticed with regular exercise my blood pressure doesn’t exist and I hardly experience signs of menopause . Life is stressful for many of us. Trying to find a good work /life balance is difficult at times . I will continue to read this blog. Thank you for sharing.

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Gail June 30, 2015 at 2:15 pm

Hi Cathy, I have that same heavy head feeling, pressure between my ears, and feel like I’m going to faint. It’s awful feeling. I have such a hard time trying to concentrate and stay focused, and dread the next episode. My biggest fear is shopping and having a really bad episode of this while I’m alone. I just found this website today and so glad I did.

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Maggie August 16, 2015 at 10:32 pm

I am just about to turn 56 and my vertigo episodes started about 1 & 1/2 years ago, and I haven’t had a period in almost 5 years. But after reading some of these comments, I am thinking that my episodes usually occur when I might have had a period but not every month. Also, for me, I have some problems with 3 vertebrae in my neck, and when there are nerves pinched or blood flow isn’t optimal, then I have vertigo episodes. I woke up today with vertigo and it took several hours to get over it. I am definitely post menopausal, like you. Glad to see so I am not alone. Thanks for this blog, it really helps.

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Shawn June 24, 2015 at 12:48 pm

I am relieved to know I am not alone when it comes to the dizzy spells. Mine seem to last 12-24 hours before I get any relief. After reading some of the posts I am realizing that I need to see if there is a pattern to when my dizzy spells happen. My last panel of blood work showed that I am in the normal ranges across the board but I KNOW something has changed with by body. I am 49 years old and I have been getting hot flashes, dizziness, etc. for about 2 years.

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Michelle June 25, 2015 at 4:50 pm

So, not sure if perimenopaus is the culprit, but I too have been experiencing vertigo off and on for the last few months. I’m 47, clearly experiencing many symptoms of perimenopaus and this new one threw me for a loop (no pun intended). I went to my GP, he didn’t know what was going on, sent me to an ENT, and of course nothing going on with my ears, etc. Next step is to get an MRI, but now that I’ve read this and all of the comments, I’m pretty sure what’s going on. The veritgo is most severe just before, during and after my period. About a week after my period, it calms down and I have little episodes but not too bad. I’ve started using Progesterone cream and it seems to help a bit, but still feel like I’m on a boat and tipping over most of the time. Wondering from those of you who have suffered with this for a while, does it east up at all as you move through perimenopause into menopause at all. Don’t think I can live with this forever…

Thanks!

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Pickle June 26, 2015 at 4:00 pm

What surprises me about this is how few of us have found any relief.
This morning I thought I was having a stroke. Then my husband reminded me that this had happened one time before- both times were the day before my period started. The first time it lasted a full 2 days: positional vertigo with intense sweating and feeling like I’m going to lose consciousness (also had nausea & diarrhea). This time it’s been about 9 hours and I can finally sit up without intense vertigo and sweating. (I’m on day 36 and have always had long cycles- should start any minute now.)
I missed my first day of work in over 5 years today, take no prescription medications, and am a weightlifter and generally healthy as a horse. I’m a nurse and as I’ve been researching this morning, am astounded at the little headway there has been to provide relief for these symptoms. I am bookmarking this page, so that when I do find some conclusive help, I’ll repost.

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Mary July 31, 2015 at 6:25 pm

I get nausea and diarrhea before my period as well, but not every month. This causes my stomach to be upset and in the last few months my head to feel fuzzy. I have had ONE true case of vertigo where things were spinning, but I think the other times it is more nausea and then vomiting. I am not sure if that is vertigo or not, but I feel “off”.

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Paty June 30, 2015 at 8:52 am

I will be 47 yrs old this year and I have experienced vertigo for the past 2 yrs and every episode seems to be progressively getting worse. The reason as to why I found this article is because several months ago it began to dawned at me that for some reason I was getting vertigo episodes the week before my period started. So, I waited this month and as a clock I have started to feel a faint dizziness every time I lay down. So, I do believe there is a correlation about this vertigo and peri-menopause (It makes me sad because I am not ready for being peri-menopausal as I look still very young lol) During my last vertigo episode that happened back in April 2015 it was particularly bad as I mentioned my episodes seem to be getting progressively worse. I have been so scared of the next one. As I was in bed during the last vertigo episode I came across a youtube video of someone that has been suffering from vertigo as well and how she was able to get it under control. She went on explaining that taking a large dose of vitamin B12 helped her. So I immediately asked my husband to get me the B12 vitamin he was only able to find one with 2500 not as high as the lady mentioned in the video this is how it worked… So, my vertigo episode was on a Sunday mid day, I couldn’t move at all and had had several vomiting episodes (it was really bad) the next day I was still not well, so I began to search as to how to cure it or make it go away and came across the video, called my husband and asked him to get me that vitamin B12, took it that same evening and believe it or not by 10 pm I was already sitting down and feeling so much better, the next day as I took the vit B12 again, I was almost 80 percent better by the end of the day. Usually, before me taking vitamin B12 it would take me about a week to feel at 80 percent normal. So, I’ve been taking the vitamin B12 every day. This month, I have been only feeling about 10 percent dizziness but not severe vertigo, yet!…. I am keeping my fingers crossed that I don’t get another vertigo episode, maybe I do need to get the higher doses she suggests on her video. Here is the video if any of you want to give the B12 a try. Please let me know how it works for you. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-pIxuFQrKY&feature=iv&src_vid=8icI4wj3CSs&annotation_id=annotation_5764485

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Maria July 10, 2015 at 10:09 am

I’ve had vertigo/dizziness all week. This morning I started my period and had the worst dizzy spell yet so of course I jumped online! After reading these posts, I just bought some B12 (1000mcg) and took two and feel better already.

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Rosie June 30, 2015 at 2:53 pm

Hello ladies.
I’m 49 years old and I have had vertigo many years back. Today I woke up dizzy and nausea and called out of work. I also woke up with a very heavy menstrual cycle. My period has been kind of weird for a few months now. I know it’s that time for the change to be happening since my period is not regular however this symptom is the worst thing ever. I just took a meclizine because I have to go food shopping hopefully it will help and I get my shopping done and can return to my bed. I have a appt soon with my GYN doctor and I will see what her take will be on this. Vertigo is a nightmare.

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Susan Swick July 1, 2015 at 9:03 am

At 44 I am in perimenopause. I am experiencing frequent episodes of dizziness. They go away pretty quickly however they reoccur frequently
All day. I have missed two days of work behind these episodes as I run a saw and it is not safe

for me t o work like this. They are quite bothersome. Does anyone have any suggestions for me. Plz help.

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Claire July 6, 2015 at 5:58 pm

I saw a neurologist and he recommended motion sickness pills. They make me super tired, so I choose to just deal with it. You can try the patches and other over the counter motion sickness options also. Good luck!

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Deb July 3, 2015 at 11:00 am

It’s a relief to read this from other women. I have no “clinical” signs of menopause, all of my hormone levels are normal, exams normal, ultrasound normal.. but I stopped getting my period regularly and I’m getting terrible hot flashes and activity intolerance (example, I was mowing our lawn which I love to do, right away I felt my heart pound, got sweaty, pale and dizzy. I felt like I was going to have a heart attack! I had to sit for an hour just to come back to normal… and days earlier mowed the grass without any problem at all) I am in great shape, not overweight. I do drink alcohol, but have found that one sip makes me completely drunk. It’s insane!! I don’t know what to do, I don’t know how to predict myself/my body right now. I’m actually scared to go out for fear that I will faint or get way too drunk off of nothing! I’m trying to just accept this for what it is but it’s hard when there’s not a lot of help and most people don’t want to talk about it. I did find someone in the Twin Cities MN area that has a studio for Mayan Abdominal Therapy and she has done some abdominal massage and given me some at home exercises to do to help alleviate my symptoms so we will see how it goes, so far I think the Mayan practitioner will be most beneficial, best to handle these issues with
holistic approach.

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Gail July 7, 2015 at 12:54 pm

I am a walker and have been walking for years during my lunch hour (something I love to do every day), but I noticed this past month( when all this dizziness began again) when I walked up a very small hill, my heart was racing and I started to get dizzy, hot and sweaty, like I was going to pass out. When I got back to work, it took me awhile to get “balanced” again so I could at least walk. So scary…. It was a little humid out, but the temperature was only about 77. I’ve done this walk a million times in the past, so this really scared me. I agree with there not being a lot of help out there for these problems. So glad I found this site, a great support when you feel like you’re alone.

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Darlene July 5, 2015 at 7:10 pm

Thank you to all of you for your comments. I am 54, and have been suffering for a full week from episodes of vertigo. Two days have been fairly severe and the other days kind of moderate. It’s been a long week for sure. But today I have felt the best so far and low and behold my period started today. Not only that it’s been humid and thunderstorms all week.Ii think you are all on to something! Thanks for sharing it really brings comfort to others.

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christine July 6, 2015 at 2:24 pm

I have all your symptoms, so bad I end up in the ER w dizziness and throwing up. Also worse during and before menstration. I feel like I am always in the middle of a head rush. I’ve noticed barometric changes and quick flashes in my peripheral can make it worse. Elevators, changes in height, too. Mri, cscans, even been to mayo. Been 16 months now. Starts of w a sudden rush of heat and arms and hands tingle. Does anyone else have consistent tingle in their extremities or scalp? It never seems to stop.

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Denise August 7, 2015 at 12:44 pm

My scalp constantly tingles. I had a baby back in April, and have since dealt with panic/anxiety, a bout with high blood pressure. I’ve had numerous blood tests, echocardiogram, EKGs, worn a Holter monitor, had a CT scan and MRI with and without contrast. All comes back normal but I constantly feel dizzy and my head has pressure and tingles. I’m 36. Could this truly be hormonal?

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Caren July 7, 2015 at 4:43 am

Reading all these posts leaves me feeling reassured that there is nothing medically wrong with me. I am going through peri menopause. It kind of started when I got off the pill several years ago. No ‘real’ symptoms occurred until last year in May. Got my first panic attack, night sweats, dizzy spells, blurred vision, pimples on my face and weird aches. After all the tests from blood to MRI and nothing to show for (which is a good thing) I was left to do my own diagnosing. Now, over a year later, I am convinced that these are related to hormonal imbalance. Out of all my symptoms, the worst one is feeling like I am on a boat all the time. Some days I feel like I am going to fall even though I have my 2 feet firmly planted on the ground! If anyone has anything that has worked for them to STOP that feeling – please share it with me as this one symptom causes be a great deal of anxiety and it leaves me feeling rather down.
Thanks Caren

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Kelly July 13, 2015 at 9:37 am

I just had my first experience with Vertigo this past weekend – while super scary, it does co-incide with PMS (I’m 44, still on birth control but was getting really bad migranes during the beginning of the “sugar pill” week = my ob-gyn told me to do right into the next pack for 2 months & then have my period on the 3rd month. This is the 3rd month – instead of a migrane, I had a 12-hr bout with Vertigo). Still not feeling 100% – now today I’ve got hot flashes & just feel in a haze. I’m going to try the B12 and see if that helps.
It does give me a little comfort knowing that generally it sounds like hormonal changes – I made the mistake of looking at WebMD for more information.
I did find some yoga positions for Vertigo – which helps find a little balance.

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L.A. July 14, 2015 at 9:14 am

I’m 51 and have already gone through menopause. Had two bouts of bed spins yesterday and one today. Feeling very lightheaded as well. I’m healthy. Just went to the doctor and all of my stats are normal. No hormone imbalance either. I feel this is tied somehow to menopause as well, but I have no idea why. It is very disconcerting.

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Gail July 16, 2015 at 12:51 pm

I was very healthy until last month, then the dizziness and balance issues started. I have not felt right since. I have heavy head feeling, spaciness, and it feels like my brain just isn’t firing off right. Motion is a problem, feels like I’m moving when I’m not. I am now going to all the doctors (ENT, Gyno, Eye) to eliminate real physical reasons for all this craziness. I am hoping it’s just hormonal changes, but horribly scary time. I’m 53 and perimenopausal (have not missed a month yet, ugh).

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lisa July 17, 2015 at 11:58 pm

Hello

I have had hashimotos thyroiditis since i was ten and am 48. the past year off and on i had onset of blurred vision and went and even had CT scans and bloodwork. Nothing showed.
I also have seizure disorder that is controlled. I am in the start of menopause ( dont get my period for several months, then it comes) and have recently had vertigo and took over the counter meclizine. I take a baby aspirin daily but i think i should go get bloodwork and maybe a blood pressure check. I always got a dizzy spell when i got my period…this is all so scary.

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DJ July 24, 2015 at 9:40 am

I will be 52 in September and have had the dizziness for several months. I am definitely in perimenopause with days between periods ranging from 14 to 137 and anywhere in between for the past two years-wonderful! I also have had about a dozen experiences of waking up at 4:30 am with a strange, intense, head/brain event that lasts 10-15 seconds. I thought I was having a stroke or seizure. I went through a whole battery of tests and neurosurgeon finally said it may be hormones because nothing showed up on MRI, CAT scan, etc. The only thing I could find remotely similar is the definition/description for icepick migraines. I have not had migraines before…I walk regularly and am good health other than this headache thing, crazy dizziness, personal summers, and super dry eyes!
Thank you for sharing your stories. I am thinking we all need to know others are going through the same hooha! Keep going ladies, we will get through this!

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Lisa July 25, 2015 at 5:07 pm

Oh my gosh. I’m SO glad I stumbled across this blog! I am 48 years old and have been dealing with this dizziness/nausea for a year now. I also have been thru all the tests,MRI’s and doctors. It has been so depressing, and I feel like I’m going crazy. It did settle down thru the winter/fall, so I was feeling hopeful, but it has come back again the past few weeks. Between the neurologist and the OBGYN, I was on so many medications trying to figure out what might help the symptoms. I am considering just taking Bonine and see if that helps me at all.

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Gail July 28, 2015 at 9:55 am

Hello, wondering if anyone here is dealing with anxiety that also is suffering from the dizziness? I know I didn’t have the anxiety until the dizziness problems kicked in, but just curious if maybe some the dizziness is brought on by anxiety. It’s brutal at times and I am trying to find ways to get a grip on all this. Many prayers to all you lovely ladies suffering with this problem. So grateful for this site!

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Mary July 31, 2015 at 6:41 pm

I am so happy to have found this blog. I had a severe vertigo attack back in March of this year. I couldn’t even drive myself to the doctor. I have had two minor attacks (one today) since then then. I don’t seem to get the dizziness as much as the stuffy head feeling and nausea. When I do the exercises the doctor told me to do when I think I have vertigo I usually puke and feel better. I am not sure if this is all vertigo. I have had the racing heart too. I am 48 years old. I should be starting my period in a few days, but it is irregular. I’ll have to pay attention to see if it all correlates in the future. I also get very sleepy when all of this happens.

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Rachel August 5, 2015 at 2:17 am

Hi folks – I’m perimenopausal, 45, and the dizziness and light-headedness was so bad yesterday, I had to come home from work. I’m pretty sure it’s Change related, but my husband is so freaked he wants me to go to the doctor. I will send him this page so he can see why I’m not in such a rush on this one.

About the anxiety – I didn’t get it due to menopause, but I manage chronic depression and anxiety. I would suggest the usual – in an attack, just breathe, pay attention to your breathing, and remind yourself it will pass, your brain is just having a temporary malfunction. Learning how to meditate is very good, and I find yoga is good for easing everything. Also, don’t overextend yourself, if possible, for a few days, and do relaxing things like baths. These are general anxiety management tools, I don’t know how they would help perimenopause induced anxiety. Although the dizziness itself, if you don’t know what’s going on, is enough to scare the c*** out of someone!

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Lisa August 10, 2015 at 2:33 am

I’m so happy I found this site!! I’m 43 and have seen a progression in my symptoms since I was 38. I’m very “body aware” so I noticed things early. The dizziness came on strong 3 times so far. Once over a year ago and then twice 2 days ago. I’ve gained weight even though I eat small amounts of food. I’m not really ever hungry, I’m super moody and have had to leave my job due to this crazy stuff. I was getting light headed before the dizzy spells began….my periods are somewhat on time but strange (spotting, sporadic hemorrhage, headaches usually 3 days before) I also get hot flushes I call them that because I looked flushed when they hit….just want to be normal again

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kelly F August 13, 2015 at 12:29 pm

Found this site while at work and suffering through a dizzy spell. I’m 44 and started symptoms at the age of 40. I haven’t had a period in almost a year. They were sporadic coming every two months, then every three, now nothing for 10 months. Hormones have been checked as well as a full physical. On paper, I’m completely healthy. I get hot flashes, dizzy spells, weepy feelings, (not at all unlike what I suffered through during pms and periods, but magnified by 100), foggy brain (this is really bad) racing heart. Ugh. I guess it may be genetic, because my Mother was completely done with menopause by age 50. Anyhow, great article! Nice to know that I’m not alone.

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Holly August 25, 2015 at 1:12 pm

I am shocked that both doctors I spoke with told me that these symptoms were not related to perimenopause and that I should get a MRI after bloodwork and ekg turned up normal. I am a single mom and was thinking that something is really wrong me which made me terrified for my child. I am so relieved to read these comments, I can now get a grasp on dealing with the symptoms instead of thinking that I am dying.

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Cristina August 27, 2015 at 8:35 pm

Hi. I am 48 and I am so glad I found this article. I do not feel alone anymore. I had bad dizzy spell and vertigo 2 days ago and almost fainted. I was very scared. Yesterday I had my period and it is heavy this month. Last month it was very light. After reading your comments, I really believe that dizzness/vertigo is related to peri menopause. It is frustrating to find out that we do not have many articles or studies out there about it or medicine that can help us to have normal daily life. Please let me know if you find out some medicine or therapy that can help me to cope with the vertigo. Does someone know if birth control pills help? What about the pills that you take continuously and do not have period anymore? I do not take them but I could start if it helps.

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jackie August 28, 2015 at 1:48 pm

I will be 50 in Dec. and am in perimenopause. cycles are all over the place, very heavy and last long. but last few weeks have been really bad, I keep feeling lightheaded, dizzy which then makes me feel nauseus, also have heart palpitations and bad muscle aches, pins and needle feeling all over and brain fog, all of this causes severe anxiety, which then causes breathing issues. I go to gyn regularly, just went to GP, he sent me to cardiologist just to make sure all was ok with heart, its fine , had a EKG & echo-cardiagram done, he also ordered blood work, i suggested having vitamin levels checked, well office called me last night & I am B12 deficient and also low for Vitamin D. if you look at symptoms of b12 deficiency, everything i am experiencing is a symptom. I know alot of symptoms are also perimenopausal , but vitamin defiency and peri are really effecting me!!
Why did I have to ask to have levels checked? Don’t the docs know to check for deficiencies that can cause symptoms and issues? I got recommended vitamins last night but cannot say there is any improvement yet, it will take time. keeping fingers crossed that i start to feel better once the levels improve!!!

so glad when i read other comments , i know i am not suffering alone BUT we should not have to suffer and figure this out on our own!!! so many women on here sound like they have same issues i do, have your vitamin levels checked!!
I CANNOT take feeling like this for years!! hard to function. the lightheaded/dizzyness is horrible and so scary!!! afraid to drive or go out.

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