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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reesie October 4, 2015 at 3:08 pm

I’m 41 years old. About a month I started getting this headache in between my eyes 2 weeks before my menstrual. I went to the doc sort off of balance , she exam my ears , eyes, and nose. Told me I had an acute sinus infection prescribe me antibotics along with a nasal steriod. No doubt I do suffer from them but I had more systems of being off -balance with anxiety. She said I also have fluid in my ears. Now a month later still have off balance , anxiety and on a second round of antibotics. I doubt I even have a infection .I remember when I turned 39 I started feeling these off balance episodes 2 weeks before my period. I remember changing my diet, juicing and working out everyday .I can contest that permeinpause does cause off balance feelings and anxiety.which the anxiety causing the off balance symptons. I remember taking I-cools and that help subside along with diet and working out. It can back this time cause I started drinking and eating fried foods which that is a trigger. Try to relax get I-cools from amazon. Or cvs.change your diet to a low sodium and gluten free if possible. Also there are these natural pills call true calm that can help anxiety natural. There is hope if you just believe. I’m starting the clean cycle all over again.and just talking with someone that goes through it also helps. God bless

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Michelle October 5, 2015 at 12:19 pm

Hi Suzy, I’ve been taking macafem for around 5 months but I noticed improvements since the 1st week. My mood and energy levels have improved, which has also made my family happier. This supplement has really improved my life, hope it works for you too.

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Shiella October 7, 2015 at 9:19 am

Wow. Like you I have been looking for answers to my sudden vertigo. I seem to be going through every symptom many women experience, but vertigo is not talked about as much. I’ve been tested for hyperthyroidism, only to be told by my doctor that it is a hormone imbalance. One that can be be treated by taking birth control pills. Not an option for me. So I have taken to the internet to search for natural remedies. I juice, eat clean and am active. I just want to make it through this phase of my adulthood without being totally miserable three weeks out of every month.

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colleen November 2, 2015 at 4:47 pm

I am glad so glad for all this information. Im 42 and have been experiencing so many of the same symptoms as the rest of you. I haven’t put it all together until just now- my occasional off balance, the sweats, anxiety, headaches especially in the am, and this vertigo! I woke up a couple hours early this am dizzy. The room was spinning and I had a stomach ache. went back to sleep and woke up still dizzy. Going to talk to my gyno asap. Thanks everyone, Ill keep checking back here. For sanity sake!

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Magnolia November 3, 2015 at 6:00 pm

Colleen,

Thanks for commenting. Please do also join us at Facebook where there is a lot of conversation and support.

Magnolia

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Shannon December 6, 2015 at 5:04 pm

I’m 42 and am having the exact same experience! Frequent vertigo that is dramatically worse before my period. Severe anxiety. Insomnia. Night sweats. Migraines. I was afraid I might have Ménière’s Disease because I also feel a strange ear pressure sometimes and once or twice have had ringing in the ears but this makes me feel a little better knowing this might be hormonal, even though it’s a little depressing to think about perimenopause since I haven’t had children and don’t feel old enough to have that door closed.

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Anita November 5, 2015 at 1:28 am

Glad to see I’m not alone in thinking vertigo is hormone related. While perimenopausal I started with severe bouts of nausea due to room-spinning vertigo, completely debilitating as I am bedridden, lying completely still on one side during these episodes hoping Dramamine (only thing helps somewhat) kicks in. Now a couple years into menopause, the unpredictable episodes have not abated, occurring every few months to once a year, lasting days. I’m wondering if bio identical HRT would alleviate this. It’s all very scary and depressing.

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Magnolia November 9, 2015 at 5:59 pm

Anita,

I took Meclizine when I had my issues with it and it really helped. You can ask your doctor for a prescription and take it whenever you feel an episode beginning to come on.

I can’t say with certainty if hormone therapy will help with vertigo, but it certainly helps with other issues.

Magnolia

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Carolynn November 12, 2015 at 8:57 pm

Sounds like you have/had Benign Peroxysmal Vertigo. My first episode was about a month before I turned 40. Have had about 5 since and it does correct itself but if you can get to a Vestibular Therapist they can perform the Epley Maneuver to get those bratty inner-ear seated back where they belong! I dread one coming back because they put me into a tailspin and I go into a nice panic attack!!!
Isn’t perimenopause a blast???!!!

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Gina Johnson March 17, 2016 at 5:49 am

Carolyn,

There can be a difference between the BPPV and perimenopause dizziness. It’s very slight and almost indistinguishable but I’ve noticed with my hormone imbalance that the rooms just half spin and when the BPPV hits, it’s like you said, a full tailspin. Also, the Epley maneuver would not work on my perimenopause dizziness but is great for the BPPV.

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Monica November 8, 2015 at 6:28 pm

So glad to come across this sight! Been on other vertigo blogs and read similiar symptoms among people who have found no relief or cure. No doctor, or any test seems to help anyone on these blogs, except large medical bills! It’s good to eliminate, because it’s very frightening and causes horrid anxiety. The worst is not having any comfort from text book doctors, who think your a hypochondriac. How can it be possible that the doctors at this time and age know absolutely nothing about the symptoms of vitamin deficiency and perimenapause? It baffles me that these doctors look at you sideways at you as you just dropped a few hundred dollars to hear nonsense! I’m frustrated since I’ve been through many doctor visits for years and stopped going when I realized the symptoms are text book perimenapausal! Just this past month I had the worst bout of vertigo that felt like a bowling ball rolling in my head! Scary! Didn’t leave my bed for 3 days. Did some vertigo maneuvers after I climbed out of bed. I’m not heavily spinning as before, but am left with a heavy tight head feeling, slight dizzy, dry eyes, sinus pressure, serious fatigue, going on a month now. Thought it could be PVF until I saw this blog. Went to the doctors twice, no sinus infection, no ear infection!! Asked to have some hormone test, and vit D test. Doctor said no way you have any deficiencies. What? Been told it could be a virus and will go away. Doctor recommended I go to an ENT Dr.! Not sure I’ll go! Unfortunately I’m preparing for this to last for some time, by the info I’m getting in the blogs. I’m trying to be postive, but this is very trying. I’m almost 52, went back to college, and am struggling to focus! I’m forcing myself to power through! I wish strength and power to all you lovely ladies . Being postive can really help! I know it’s difficult when it goes on for months, years! I did want to say, the only relief I getting is from green veggie drinks with Superfood Powder in it;)

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Magnolia November 9, 2015 at 5:39 pm

Hi Monica,

Yes, it’s pretty frustrating that physicians look at you like you have two heads when you try to explain the symptoms of perimenopause. I sincerely do not understand what kind of training they get when it comes to women’s hormone issues. Because, they CLEARLY are not receiving adequate training.

I’m glad you found my blog. Please do read at your leisure.

Magnolia

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Shannon December 6, 2015 at 5:13 pm

This is why I now see a holistic doctor instead. When I turned 39 I developed chronic migraines and by 40 I had severe chronic fatigue. Now I have severe anxiety and vertigo. The doctor I see now bothered to test my hormones and told me I have very low cortisol, low progesterone and low thyroid, though most Western doctors would see the same levels as within the normal range because these levels don’t signal an actual DISEASE. They may be normal but they’re wreaking havoc on my quality of life and my doctor takes it seriously. She knows how terrible I feel and believes me and doesn’t suggest I’m a hypochondriac, which almost everyone else seemed to suspect.
I used to be an active physical fitness enthusiast and now am mainly bedridden. Very discouraging!

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Magnolia December 9, 2015 at 2:57 pm

Shannon,

I don’t know how you feel about taking prescription drugs, but Meclizine worked wonders for my vertigo and dizziness. I would like to also add that I’m happy to hear your physician treats you with dignity and respect.

Magnolia

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Robyn November 12, 2015 at 2:55 pm

So glad I found this website/blog. I have been dealing with perimenopause for awhile now (a year or more). It’s very frustrating. The mood swings, anxiety, body aches and pains, depression, crying and oh yes, the dizziness and light headedness. I’m a bear to be around. No energy, don’t like going out or being around people that I so truly used to enjoy.
When does this end? Quite frankly, it’s getting tougher and tougher to get out of bed these days and enjoy life.
Sometimes I feel like throwing in the towel and saying to the menopausal stuff “you win”. but I won’t. I’m a fighter and I will get through this just like the rest of you lovely ladies.
I just needed to vent some frustration. Thanks for listening. And thank you so much Magnolia for this wonderful blog. It helps me through the difficult times. Best of luck to all of you.

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sherri November 16, 2015 at 12:47 am

So glad I came across this websIte. I had a tubal ligation six years ago and I’m now 41 years old and this year has been horrible. I thought I was losing my mind. I found a bioidentical hormone specialst and I found out I have a hormone imbalance. I just started taking prgesterone two weeks ago but I can only take it two weeks a month. But I too have dizziness,anxiety,panic attacks,fear,feel like I’m losing control. I’m also taking a lot of supplements and have changed my diet around. Its helped a lot but I’m still not myself. Doc said it will take time to level out but its really scary sometimes feeling like this. I hope we can all find a way to get through this.

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Tatyana November 19, 2015 at 12:42 am

Hi everybody!
glad I am not alone.
i am 49 and have been having mini dizzy spells throughout the day, sometimes with any slight head or body movement. I had a very significant vertigo episode 3-4 years ago which I attributed to dehydration the day prior. Mini dizzy spells started a year ago but I always had them just before my period would start. So, I definitely think that dizziness is hormone dependent and since menopause is THE HORMONAL ROLLERCOASTER it would be a proper explanation. I am also hypothyroid and take 25-50mcg of Synthroid a day. Apparently, dizziness is not a side effect of the medication.
My conclusion: perimenopause and dizziness go hand in hand.
Did I mention that I am a physician? And none of my colleagues have any plausible explanation! The perimenopausal and menopausal training is not there!

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Magnolia November 21, 2015 at 3:13 pm

Hi Tatyana,

Thanks for commenting. I’m interested in hearing your view point since you are a physician. So many women complain that doctors will not listen to them when they seek help for their symptoms. I’m of the opinion that they do not have the proper training as you have indicated here. So, I guess I’m right on that one. :)

My son’s girlfriend is soon graduate as a physician’s assistant. She was saying that she was shocked at how little she was trained in women’s health as well!

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you will comment often. And please do join us at Facebook. I’m certain your input and opinion will be valued!

Magnolia

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Rosemary November 27, 2015 at 12:02 am

I have similar symptoms…… The worst is head spinning vertigo! Where is Facebook page?

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Magnolia November 27, 2015 at 4:46 pm

Right here Rosemary…..Facebook Page

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Rosemary November 28, 2015 at 5:03 am

Thanks so much!

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Cheryl November 25, 2015 at 4:00 pm

I’m so glad I found this site. Not happy that so many other women are suffering with these often dibilutating symptoms, with little hope of relief or finding answers. About 3 years ago, I started having occational bouts of nausea, dizziness and brain fog. They seemed random at first, but then I noticed they seemed to strike if I had a few cups of coffee or Mt Dew. So I cut back on my caffeine intake. I felt a little better for about a month then it happened again… And again… And again.
The episodes became more frequent and much worse. Finally, after hours of running into every wall in my house and vomiting and dry heaving over 50 times in 2 hours, I couldn’t take it anymore and had my husband take my uninsured bum to the ER.
The doctor there immediately noticed my eyes rapidly twitching back and forth as I tried to follow his finger with my eyes. He asked if it was worse if I was reclined or lying down. “Yes, yes it’s horrible. I sleep sitting up.” I told him. He gave me a few medications to help that night, ran a catcscan as a precaution, then told me I have BPPV, sent me home and suggested I see and ENT. So I did. The ENT started off my appointment by scolding me reoeatedly for driving to said appointment. Then he said you do have some form of vertigo, but not BPPV… And sent me on my way only telling me it could be anything frim stress to the onset of MS.
So, like many of you, I resorted to googling everything I could find.
I still don’t know exactly what is causing my brain and body to go haywire, but I have learned that it is, in my case, a combination if issues. I am 46 years old. I have vertigo, and have had symptoms every single day since that big attack that sent me to the ER. It is worse at night, especially if I lay down. It is worse just before and during the first days of my period. I now often have it accompanied by a lovely ringing in the ears. I am caffeine free, low sodium, and all the other dietary suggestions. I take meclizine and am trying the essential oils behind the ear thing, too. Yet it persists… Every single day it is there, sometime only slightly annoying, other times I just want ti die to make it stop.
I’m still uninsured, have yet to truly find answers, and at this point, the cause of my ordeal terrifies me. Am I going to lose my hearing, as suggested by Menier’s disease? Will my body just eventually shut down with MS? Or am I just stresses out or being punished for having a uterus?
I want answers, but more importantly, I just want it to stop!

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Judith Page December 4, 2015 at 10:06 am

I have been battling this for 2 years now. I have had multiple MRI’s seen inner ear specialist, eye specialist, neurologist and BHRT. I have gone to therapist for balance and have researched items for 2 years. These episodes have landed me in the ER several times and my twitching makes everyone think I have seizures because my eyes twitch so bad.I am in hell. My life is so bad because of this and have had no relief.
I tell them it is my hormones but no one will listen and no one knows what to do. I need help. I want my life back. Everyday for 2 years . Please make the world stop spinning!!!

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Joanna November 30, 2015 at 6:43 pm

Been going through all of this for over two years now! Seen an ent who is great and said I do have vertigo. Put me on medication for it but doesn’t help. Also my gp doesn’t think I’m going through perimenapause, but have all the symptoms and more. Seen an acupuncturist who believes I am in perimenapause. Really confused and overwhelmed by all. Wish I could find someone to test me to find out if all of this is perimenapause. Losing faith and hope.

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Michele December 3, 2015 at 3:31 am

I had panic attacks at age 21 (when my first boyfriend broke up with me) and then at age 37 (when my mother had ovarian cancer). I took medications that helped but then in 2010, I found out I was surprisingly pregnant. I gave birth to my first child 1 week before I turned 38. Then 10 months later, I find out I’m surprisingly pregnant again. I gave birth to my second child at age 39. I am currently 43 years old and had my first massive panic attack the night of Halloween. Nothing out of the ordinary occurred that day. I was laying in bed, watching TV and reading my cell phone and BOOM, like a bolt of lightening, I felt the adrenaline rush, I became horribly dizzy and was afraid I was having a stroke! My heart rate spiked and I began to have uncontrollable shakes. Since I had experienced panic attacks in the past, I held off and did not go to the E.R. It lasted 1/2 hour and then I passed out because I felt like I had run a marathon. I attributed that singular attack to the yearlong stress of relocating across the country with two small children and a husband who has yet to find employment. However, from that moment on, I experienced smaller dizzy spells, which scare me and cause smaller panic attacks/anxiety. Oddly enough, two weeks later, on Friday, November 13th, I woke up and had surprisingly started my menstrual cycle. Would you believe that the dizziness instantly – yes, literally instantly, went away?!?! I have seen my Ob-Gyn twice since then and a lot of blood work was performed, however, I was told that I do not have a thyroid issue, I do not have hormonal issues and all labs were normal. Forward to today, 12/2/15, which is about 2 weeks before my next period and BOOM, I have been busy and anxious all day. I have had headaches, neck aches, shaking, heart palpitations, sleeplessness, etc. I am relieved that I found this blog because, as a medical professional (not a physician), I was afraid I had a brain tumor or some other neurological condition!! My big question is this: does perimenopause literally hit a person over night?!?! How is it that I was fine in September but having massive problems by the end of October? How could I have given birth just 3.5 years ago and now I’m reading this blog and it appears that I’m having perimenopausal symptoms? I feel like I’m losing my mind! I feel like maybe I’m so stressed or have been so stressed for so long that it is taking a toll on my body! I wish someone could help me understand! I know I have not experienced my symptoms as long as some of you on this page but I can handle a lot of pain (endometriosis, C-sections, etc.) but the dizziness is the most difficult symptom I’ve ever had to deal with! I have a really important and demanding job and two children to take care of. My husband still does not have a job so my income is all we have. I literally do not have time for whatever this is to wreak havoc on my body and mind! Do I need anti-anxiety meds, anti-depressants, hormones, birth control pills, what? If anyone out there can please help me, I would be in your debt! Thanks very much for reading my long post. This page made me feel like I have someone to talk to and somewhere to turn. So, thanks!

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Kimberly January 10, 2016 at 5:55 pm

I suffer with many of the same.things you have described and have found great relief at a website called anxietycentre.com
I think I pay like 6 dollars a month to use the members only section and I listen to their Skype sessions over and over. It has.been sooooo helpful!

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Magnolia January 11, 2016 at 1:06 pm

Thanks for sharing this, Kimberly,

Maybe some of my other readers can find some help at the site you mentioned. This post is one of my most visited posts on this blog. It is apparent to me it is a huge issue which is not being properly addressed in the medical community. It will inspire me to do more research.

Thank you,
Magnolia

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Regina December 6, 2015 at 4:30 am

Try going gluten free! Gluten intolerance can present neurological symptoms such as dizziness, feeling off balance, anxiety, depression … no lie, went to 15 doctors/health professionals trying to figure out what wrong with me… finally blood test revealed celiac disease. Give it a try for at least 3 months … you might feel better :)

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Suzanne December 9, 2015 at 6:45 am

Hi all,

It has been helpful to read what everyone is experiencing. I don’t feel so alone. I had a tubal ligation after the birth of my 2nd child at 41. I am now 46 and experiencing various bouts of dizziness combined with brain fog, anxiety attacks, panic attacks, insomnia, extreme fatigue, and irregular periods, some periods are very heavy, others light. This was not what I understood perimenopause to be. I assumed I would have hot flashes. Now I wish that were all I had to deal with!! The dizziness is the most debilitating symptom, especially because I have a full time job – I am an administrator at a school – and I have two little children. I will sometimes experience quick intense dizzy spells and other times I will just feel off balance throughout the day. The dizziness comes and goes, but I find myself now just worried all the time that it’s going to hit me in front of parents, colleagues, or students. I can’t relax and enjoy the moment because I know it’s just a matter of time before the dizziness hits. It’s a frightening, out of control feeling and my doctor has no idea really how to help. The meclizine helps, but is only a band aid and makes me incredibly sleepy. Honestly, I would rather deal with daily or hourly hot flashes than these random episodes of dizziness. I have given up my coffee, cut back on salt, stopped sweets, limited wine to a glass on the weekends, and I drink tons of water. What else can help?? Would love any advice. Thank you!!

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Magnolia December 9, 2015 at 2:46 pm

Suzanne,

During the time when I was having bad vertigo and dizziness episodes, I was prescribed Meclizine. Brand names of it are called: Antivert, Verticalm, & Bonine. The prescription was to take it as needed when I felt an episode coming on. It really worked and helped me get over the hump. My ENT prescribed it for me. It might be helpful for you too.

Thanks for commenting,
Magnolia

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Suzanne December 10, 2015 at 6:25 am

Thank you. I haven’t used antivert in a while because it makes me sleepy. But I’d rather be sleepy than dizzy. I’ll try it again. Much appreciated!

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Magnolia December 11, 2015 at 1:13 pm

You’re welcome, I hope it helps.

Magnolia

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Marzia December 10, 2015 at 4:02 pm

Hi lovely ladies,
Thank you all for sharing your story! I have to say that meditation, self healing helped me so much. I don’t trust doctors and the drugs that they are prescribing anymore. They have no knowledge whatsoever and they don’t care anymore about our well being, it’s all about business and making tones of money for the doctors, insurance companies and government nowadays. Meditation, yoga, relaxation, good sleep, positive thinking, charity, act of kindness, trusting in yourself and etc. is the key to a healthy life! I tried the 21 day meditation with Dr.Deepak Chopra and Oprah Winfery and I enjoy it so much and it has helped me a lot with all those symptoms of PMS, allergies and more. Hope I helped! Give it a try! Good luck and God bless!

Marzia

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Shannon c January 9, 2016 at 10:50 pm

Such a relief to find this blog. I am 40 and vertigo started 7 months ago on my way to a soccer game I suddenly couldnt drive. My husband drive but an hour later I couldn’t get out of the car to walk. It lasted all day. Since then I started keeping track of the attacks and discovered they always occurred right before and through my period. I found an article about vestibular disorders related to low hormones and showed it to my Dr. She prescribed loloestrin which is the lowest dose bc pill and told me to take it every day with no placebos. Just every day. I started that this month so I will check back and let you know how it goes.

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Carla January 13, 2016 at 9:50 am

Hi I am 41 and have had vertigo since I was in my twenties. I was given meclazine which helped but made me tired. I had not had any symptoms of dizziness and vertigo up until the last couple of months, vertigo has been an everyday occurrence for the last 3 weeks as well as me being extremely emotional.

I am so happy to see that I am not crazy. I will visit my doctor soon to have some tests done to check my hormones because this is crazy. I can’t stand what vertigo does to my days.

I do have another symtom at times which is right arm numbness/pain and also have severe insomnia. My daughter recently told me I repeat a lot of things, is this also a normal side effect of perimenopause?

Carla

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Liz January 14, 2016 at 8:10 am

I started having heavy feelings in my right arm and leg around Jan 2014. As if I was carrying weights. Sometimes it would be a tight feeling as if I had rubber bands bound around me…

Then I started having vertigo in Sept 2014. Not often. Here or there. Then it started happening more often. And I noticed it was around my period…

And recently I will fall asleep no prob. But then wake up in the middle of the night and can’t sleep. Also before my period.

Doctors have been useless. So Google and now I am here. And thank goodness! I thought I might be having long term probs from Lyme disease. Or silent migraines. Or some kind of brain tumor. Or or or.

Thanks for having this info available for those of us that have been suffering and seeking answers!

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Magnolia January 14, 2016 at 2:59 pm

You’re welcome, Liz. Doctors are great when it comes to fixing broken bones or some other kind of trauma in our bodies. But, when it comes to helping women manage hormone imbalance issues, not so much.

Thanks for reading and I hope you can find some useful information here.

Magnolia

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Phee January 20, 2016 at 4:32 pm

At 49, I have had a series of symptoms in the past two years; however, I just started, this past week, with the dizzy feelings and tingling down my right arm. The tingling for the most part is probably that I need to go to the chiropractor to get straightened out. The dizzy part of all of this is what concerned me and my husband. However, not knowing every symptom that comes with “the change of life” you just are not sure what is happening to your body. I am so thankful that I found all of the above information from you and all of these other readers. It is a relief to see that I really am not the only person that going through this. I will still mention this to my doctor in my upcoming appointment but at least I am not so stressed worrying that it could be something worse.

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katie January 29, 2016 at 7:39 pm

Hi
so happy to find this blog, i am experiencing perimenopause about 8 years now i am 51yrs old and am now having feelings of been off balance the last 2 months and find ig frightening it happens mainly when im sitting but sometimes when im standing too,i have been all over the place i try put off going to the doctor if i can because i have seen him that much in the last few years i feel embarassed that he thinks im a hypocondriac, i am still having periods the last few mths they have been regular but before that irregular very heavy at times light other times then epsiodes of no periods for a few months as for sleeping i wouldnt know what that is when i eventually fall asleep its only for between 2-4 hrs and i cant get back to sleep my memory is gone terrible i nearly have to write notes to myself after i forgot my nephews 3rd birthday that i mind i couldnt believe it and because i am on warafin there isnt anything i can take to relieve my symptons feelings of going mad is an understatement thank you for letting me say this

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Lilibet January 31, 2016 at 10:09 pm

Oh wow – so glad to see this blog. I’m 50 and for 6 years I’ve been a member of the “symptom of the month” club. Panic attacks, vertigo, nausea, electric shocks, weight gain/loss/gain, irregular periods – you name it, I’ve had it. I look forward to reading more posts and user comments. It’s nice to know I’m not the only one!

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Dawn February 24, 2016 at 2:51 am

I am almost 47 and I have been experiencing these symptoms for over ten years. When my ENT was retiring, he told me in confidence that in eastern medicine they commonly recognize vertigo as a perimenopausal symptom. Not so much in western medicine. I am currently experimenting with Chinese herbal formulas that seem to help. I also see a chiropractor when I feel the vertigo coming on. He adjusts my jaw and eat and it’s like magic. The vertigo becomes extreme if I’ve gotten lazy and haven’t been to the chiropractor for too long of a period of time. Monthly is the best to control it. It feels great not to be alone. I hope my advise gives someone some relief.

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Magnolia February 24, 2016 at 11:17 am

Hello Dawn,

Thank you so much for your comment. I think it’s interesting that your ENT would tell you that upon retiring. I wonder why he wouldn’t tell you that when he was seeing you as a patient? I would like to do a little research on this and see what I can dig up.

Thank you for commenting,
Magnolia

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Jen February 26, 2016 at 7:08 pm

Hi!
I just found this website at a rough time for me. I am 38 and have been dealing with perimenopause symptoms for 2 years. I al have fibroids, ovarian cysts and polyps that make my months pretty rough.
Last month, on day 2 of my period, I have my 1st bout of vertigo in the middle of the night. Meclizine was prescribed but didn’t really help and made me way too drowsy. I went back to the doctor who saw fluid in my ears and maybe a sinus infection so was prescribed antibiotics. 2 weeks after the original onset, the ‘floating’ feeling finally went away.
Today, as I was driving, I started feeling pressure in my head and ears. My ears have been plugged all along, and I feel very lightheaded right now. I’m also just about to start my period again.
I feel so lost. This triggering anxiety which I isially don’t have. I am tired, frustrated and lost and don’t know where to go? OBgyn?ENT? Chiro? All of them?

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Kelly February 28, 2016 at 6:44 pm

Thank you everyone for sharing. I am 51, my periods only became irregular this past year, during the year I also started having mild but constant headaches. (I have never been known to get more than a “Oops, I didn’t drink enough water today headache.) About a month ago I had a severe headache for two days, so I went to the hospital where they gave me a CatScan which elliminated brain tumor, or aneurysm. (I live in Canada so we have great healthcare .) I continued to have intermittent headaches. One week ago I got up in the morning and was just reeling, I was all woozy, dizzy and couldn’t think clearly. I have been subjected to constant headaches everyday since and have lots of neurological weirdness going on. For me everything occurs or is more severe on my left side. The heavy arms, tingling or numbness feeling. Feeling like my upper arm is wrapped with plastic wrap. Tingling in my face, lips tongue. Not being able to speak right or having to really focus on what I am saying. I find myself holding my arms into my body, by crossing them or putting my hands between my legs. Of course I’m jumping to the MS or ALS conclusions, so if it is perimenopausal I suppose that’s a gift – but like everyone here, what are we supposed to do? Stop working for 4-5 years? It is quite difficult to function. And yes, I too have had scary waves of fear sweep over me.
From what I’ve read so far perimenopause is linked to an increase in MIGRAINES, but mine aren’t migraines so I am questioning about just headaches… also I don’t know what an ENT is… can someone tell me what that is? Thank you.

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danille March 6, 2016 at 1:55 am

I’m 46, I have been hot flashing for a few years and anxiety is off the charts. Now all the sudden I am very dizzy. It is a week before my period and I’m wondering if that is why. I can’t even go around fluorescent lights without feeling like I am going to fall over. Do these lights bother anybody else? Doctors only seem to make things worse. They don’t seem to understand perimenopause. I know that has to be what this is, but sometimes I just think I’m going crazy…It’s nice to see I’m not the only person going through this type of thing.

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Julie March 7, 2016 at 5:06 pm

YES! Fluorescent lights are horrible, they seem to make the dizziness worse.

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Danille March 11, 2016 at 3:41 pm

Julie, thanks for your reply. I’ve been terrified something is very wrong with me. I’m sure this flaurescent light problem is just perimenopause. But it’s so scary, non stop new symptoms. Some people have it so easy. It’s been horrible for me. I have friend who went thru a horrible time, they all say this stops when the periods stop. I’m really hoping this is true

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Danille March 11, 2016 at 3:36 pm

I’m 46, have every symptom know to perimenopause. Horrible anxiety. Suddenly I’m dizzy and can’t go in a store as being around flaurescent lights make me so dizzy. I hope there’s and end to this

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Karen V. March 22, 2016 at 3:39 pm

Hi everyone! I’m 47, and has been subjected to the oh-so-wonderful plethora of perimenopausal symptoms. Last year I had several episodes of palpitations especially during my periods. My doctor put me on an event monitor for seven days during one of my periods only to tell me it didn’t reveal anything, mostly benign rhythm.

I wasn’t happy with that and went to the Internet. Lo and behold, I found out there’s so many women out there having the same story! So it definitely is all about hormones! My Gyne and my PCP both said there isn’t much research out there about peri menopausal syndrome. And for some reason, as mysteriously as they appeared, my palpitations subsided except for an occasional skipped beat during my period.

Then last night at work (I’m a night shift nurse), I had a sudden attack of vertigo. Just like that, wham, I was dizzy and the room was spinning. And yes, I had my period, the second day actually and particularly heavier than usual.

I got sent home coz I couldn’t move my head for fear of losing balance. I’ve had vertigo before so I know to take Meclizine. Whereas before my vertigo was triggered by hangover, colds, or sleeplessness, this time I had none of that, so it made me wonder. Prior to this huge attack, I had been getting mild dizzy spells during my previous periods. Didn’t think much of it coz it goes away. Now this.

I have a feeling I would be feeling the “aftershocks” in days to come. Meclizine helps. Again, I went to Internet and here I am. I couldn’t believe there are so many perimenopausal women getting vertigo during periods. Made me feel better honestly. Yet another symptom to add to my growing list of perimenopausal woes.

I found a credible explanation which made sense. You know how we retain fluids before and during periods? I was especially bloated before this period. Well the extra body fluids affects our inner ear fluids. The inner ear system controls our balance and they work around the mechanism of fluids to give us our equilibrium.

Anything that disrupts that, like ear infections, sinus infections, viral infections — we get dizzy in varying severity. In this case the extra fluid we retain pre and during period somehow disrupts that system. In other words, try to minimize retention by avoiding salty intake. It’s different for everybody.

Just know that our hormones are out of whack during perimenopausal years and that in turn causes a lot of symptoms. You may have one or a couple or all of the symptoms, but just know you are not alone on this. Just listen to your body, and hopefully we will ride out these awful years with our sanity intact. I really hope someone would do a more scientific research on this though. Hope this helps. :)

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Angela April 1, 2016 at 10:04 pm

Hi everyone first time commenting on any blog site, but very relieved to find this 1. I’m 45 and have suffered with anxiety for years and recently started with vertigo. Very interested to see the comparison with hypothyroidism because on viewing some symptom checking sights I think this ties all my problems under the same umbrella and never realised before. Of course I’ve been to my GP and had blood tests carried out but I’ve been told everything is normal, so why do I still feel something isn’t quite as it was before. I don’t expect a miracle cure I know it’s my time of life, but I feel I’m being ignored and that things could be done to help and no one is listening. Anyway nice to connect to similar minded people. Thank you

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Laura April 19, 2016 at 9:29 am

Hi everyone,

I just found this blog and I am really concerned.
Ok, I am 44 and 2 years ago I had a subtotal hysterectomy, which means that although I had my uterus removed I kept my ovaries. This operation was done because I had fibroids or myomas. The doctor told me I would keep ovulating as normal and by keeping the ovaries you do not go into menopause. The only difference is that I don’t have my period as once the uterus is gone you do not bleed. I always had premenstrual symptoms around 10 days before my period before but now it is really difficult to know when you are ovulating and when everything is happening as I don’t have my period.

Ok, since 2 months ago more or less I am feeling dizzy some days. Yesterday I had like a hot flush and dizziness and I felt really weird. I feel tired, with no energy at all although I am going through a rough time too emotionally due to a relationship I had. At times I have symptoms as those you have before your period (premenstrual symptoms) but as I said I don’t know when I am really ovulating or anything as I don’t menstruate.

Also, doctors tell you that you will keep ovulating after the subtotal hysterectomy and I feel I do but not sure for how long I will or if the menopause will happen earlier due to the hysterectomy or whether the ovaries will stop working earlier due to the operation. I am totally lost. After reading this blog I thought that because of my age I could be experiencing perimenopause symptoms.

If anyone could please give me an opinion. Thanks so much.

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Magnolia April 20, 2016 at 6:58 am

Hello Laura,

I’m completely unable to give you any sound knowledge or advice because I have no understanding of how a hysterectomy such as yours affects a woman’s body. I do know that hot flashes, dizziness, vertigo, and emotional changes are all connected to perimenopause and hormone changes. Since estrogen and progesterone are produced in your ovaries, and you still have your ovaries, then it makes sense to me that you could have symptoms of hormone changes and imbalance. You’re not too young to be experiencing these changes at 44, that’s for sure. So, your hunch is probably correct. I am just hesitant to say much more than that since I simply have no medical understanding of how the removal of your uterus will affect you.

There is a group online you might want to check out called “Hyster Sisters” They are a forum and group for women who have had hysterectomies. They seem to be very knowledgeable and their forums are very active. I would recommend that you check them out to see if you might be able to gather some information that might be helpful. I’m certain you will likely find other women who have had similar procedures.

I hope this helps,
Magnolia

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Laura April 20, 2016 at 11:38 am

Hi Magnolia,

Thank you for your reply.

Yes, my ovaries still there and still functioning. As I was told by the doctors everything would be the same (premenstrual symptoms, ovulation, etc.) except for the fact that I do not menstruate.

In fact, I forgot to mention in my previous post that apart from dizziness, emotional changes (being more angry or emotional at times), etc I also feel I have a lot of anxiety and have panic attacks. In fact, I started taking Natural Calm (Magnesium) to help with that.

I just was wondering whether the symptoms you talk about here (dizziness, vertigo, hot flashes, etc) are for women in the perimenopause stage or only for women who are in the perimenopause stage but who also have thyroid issues. That is my confusion.

Also, I wonder if the symptoms of perimenopause are the same or very similar to the premenstrual ones and can therefore be confused. I think I read that the premenstrual symptoms actually get worse while in the perimenopause stage, especially for women who used to suffer more from premenstrual symptoms before, which is my case.

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mona April 25, 2016 at 4:12 pm

Hello ladies,

I am 47 years old and had a vertigo attack last month during the second day of my period. I was out and suddenly felt uneasy and thereafter i would feel as if the room is spinning whenever i tried to lie down. I felt fine when sitting upright and could also walk but just couldn’t lie down, this was followed by fatigue for the next few days and some mild dizzy spells and palpitations which came and went suddenly. Also experienced bad mood swings during the same time. It is a great relief to know that these are symptoms of perimenopause.

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