Vertigo, Dizziness & Thyroid Dysfunction

by Magnolia on February 11, 2013

I didn’t expect when I began February blog posts on vertigo and dizziness in perimenopause that I would be coming full circle back to a discussion on thyroid dysfunction, which I blogged about considerably last month.

But, I am.

Women going through perimenopause often experience secondary health issues such as adrenal fatigue and some type of thyroid dysfunction, on top of their estrogen and progesterone levels yo-yoing all over the charts. It just doesn’t seem fair does it?

It can be quite confusing and overwhelming when so many things seem to go wrong all at once, I know.  But, the good news (if there is any) is that thyroid dysfunction can help explain a lot of it.

But, let me clarify something:  The chances of your physician telling you that thyroid dysfunction is causing a lot of your symptoms in perimenopause is slim to none.

Most physicians find their medical practice sweet spot as it were, and that’s pretty much where they stay.  They are usually not too willing to think outside of that box.  I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but I suspect you already know this anyway, right?

That said, let me tell you about a book I ran across recently which might help explain a lot of the strange symptoms women experience in perimenopause, i.e., vertigo and dizziness.  The title of the book is The Thyroid Solution: A Revolutionary Mind-Body Program That Will Help You, by Dr. Ridha Arem, M.D.

Women going through perimenopause often suffer from thyroid dysfunction and don’t even know it

The book is broken up into four parts:

  • Part I describes the emerging knowledge about the thyroid-mind connection and how thyroid imbalance is likely to affect not only physical health but also mood, emotions, and behavior
  • Part II presents in-depth information on how thyroid imbalances may affect weight, your sex life, and relationships.
  • Part III is devoted to women’s health issues, especially infertility, miscarriage, postpartum depression, PMS, and menopause
  • Part IV is the practical application of the book, providing tools to determine how healthy your thyroid is and what to do if you are suffering with thyroid dysfunction.

I’m telling you about this book, because I believe there is a connection between thyroid dysfunction and many of the symptoms of perimenopause.  I’m also telling you about it because women suffer with thyroid dysfunction during perimenopause and often don’t even know it.

I’m telling you about it because I want you to be as informed as possible if you are experiencing dizziness and vertigo, and you plan to see a physician for your symptoms.  And at the very least, I’m telling you about it because I don’t want you to think you’re going crazy, or that you’re over-reacting, or imagining your symptoms.

You’re not.

Dr. Arem lists dizziness, vertigo, panic, and anxiety as symptoms of thyroid dysfunction.  That is not to say that these symptoms are always going to be associated with thyroid dysfunction.  But, if you are experiencing these symptoms in perimenopause, it’s not a bad place to start.

Dr. Arem also addresses the problems associated with properly diagnosing thyroid dysfunction – mainly issues with how to test for it.  In fact, I suspect this testing controversy is at the root of most of the problems in misdiagnosing thyroid dysfunction.

If you are cheap like me, you should be able to find a used copy at Amazon.  I think I paid a penny for my copy, plus shipping.  Do yourself a favor and pick up the book right away.  It’s easy to read and will answer a lot of your questions!

I will discuss sections of the book throughout the month of February as we continue our conversation on vertigo and dizziness in perimenopause.  So come on back!

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Sheryl May 27, 2015 at 12:39 pm

Hi Magnolia,

So nice to see this blog. I’ve had ALL kinds of tests done, and all came back NORMAL. I have had all the symptoms of perimenopause (I’m 42). It all came out of nowhere seemingly, when I turned 41 and I literally, like literally felt like I’ve lost my mind. I started on bioidentical progesterone cream about 4 months ago and it’s helped a lot, but when i have to take those breaks monthly it messes with me. However, the craziness really emerged with me about 3months ago and since I’ve had the vertigo, heart palpitations, anxiety(they have gotten some better since on the progesterone cream) It just seems the progesterone is taking so long to balance this stuff out. My question to you is, I went to endocrinologist her performed what she called 11 pages of labs and they all came back normal. My TSH was on the low normal side (.555) and I think there ranges were 0.5-5.5. Could I be having subclinical thyroid issues? They told me they did not want to start me on medicine as it could cause me to go into hypothyroid. I’m so confused and don’t know what to do. I’m still perserving with the progesterone and a LOT of my symptoms have dissipated, but it seems like the thyroid issues have emerged within the last 3 months, and this is where I feel the most craziness. Thanks again for your blog, you have been a tremendous help and I know now I’m not really going crazy, even though I feel like I’m there, lol:-)


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