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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