35 Symptoms of Perimenopause: Dizziness & Vertigo

by Magnolia on February 4, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

dizziness and vertigo are symptoms associated with hypothyroidism>

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

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

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

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

I don’t know, but I’m asking.

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

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

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

Why not me?

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Heidi April 2, 2014 at 2:20 am

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

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Olga Sesiakin April 11, 2014 at 8:59 pm

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

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Kelly Fraser April 11, 2014 at 5:34 pm

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

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Zanna April 16, 2014 at 12:37 pm

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

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Emily April 17, 2014 at 2:15 pm

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

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Kim April 19, 2014 at 8:09 am

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

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Michelle April 24, 2014 at 9:26 am

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

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Rebecca June 28, 2014 at 9:25 am

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

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Terri April 24, 2014 at 6:14 pm

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

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Jennifer June 17, 2014 at 11:21 am

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

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Rebecca June 28, 2014 at 9:27 am

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

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Heather April 30, 2014 at 1:41 pm

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

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Rae May 23, 2014 at 1:52 pm

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

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sandra July 13, 2014 at 4:18 pm

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

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Stasi July 28, 2014 at 11:48 am

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

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Stasi July 28, 2014 at 11:49 am

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

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Tq May 5, 2014 at 11:59 pm

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

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Rama May 10, 2014 at 5:13 pm

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

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Renee May 10, 2014 at 5:48 pm

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

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lisa May 10, 2014 at 9:42 pm

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

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Delores May 18, 2014 at 4:43 pm

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

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Magnolia May 23, 2014 at 8:25 am

Delores,

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

Magnolia

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Linda May 19, 2014 at 2:45 pm

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

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Magnolia May 23, 2014 at 8:24 am

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

Magnolia

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SJ May 28, 2014 at 3:47 pm

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

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TCJ June 7, 2014 at 1:52 pm

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

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kim June 14, 2014 at 9:57 am

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

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Jenni June 15, 2014 at 4:46 pm

Hey everybody,

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

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

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

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Nettie June 18, 2014 at 10:22 pm

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

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Carol June 17, 2014 at 11:07 am

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

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Lucia June 23, 2014 at 10:55 am

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

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Brit June 26, 2014 at 8:26 am

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

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Paula June 26, 2014 at 9:47 pm

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

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Tia June 29, 2014 at 6:53 pm

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

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Dee July 2, 2014 at 9:05 am

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

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Lara July 7, 2014 at 4:16 am

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

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Erica July 8, 2014 at 6:48 pm

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

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Kathleen July 9, 2014 at 3:08 pm

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

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Kate July 14, 2014 at 5:54 am

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

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Kerstin July 17, 2014 at 1:05 pm

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

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

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

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

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

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Faye July 26, 2014 at 10:13 am

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

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Carlina Montolbano July 29, 2014 at 3:59 pm

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

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Ruby July 31, 2014 at 10:26 am

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

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Jules August 1, 2014 at 12:40 am

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

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