What Causes Fibromyalgia Dizziness?

fibromyalgia dizziness

Almost 70 percent of those with fibromyalgia are said to experience dizziness. Dizziness refers to a feeling of faint or lightheadedness. Dizziness often lead to a loss of balance which makes you at risk of falls and injuries. Fibromyalgia dizziness can happen occasionally, daily and can last for an extended period of time. For some, dizziness can even feel like vertigo when the place around you seem to be spinning.

Symptoms of Fibromyalgia Dizziness

Dizziness often come with accompanying symptoms. These symptoms can vary from individual to individual and can also vary in intensity. They include:

  • lightheadedness
  • faint
  • problem with balance
  • unsteadiness
  • weakness
  • nausea
  • fatigue
  • ringing in ears
  • vertigo
  • blurred or spinning vision
  • problem with concentration or focus

What Causes Fibromyalgia Dizziness?

1. Trigger Points in The Jaw and Neck

It is not yet known what exactly causes dizziness and balance problems in fibromyalgia. Our neck and jaw have trigger points that could trigger a feeling of imbalance and dizziness. This is probably because the trigger points affect the nerves, which send signals to the brain where the body is in space. If the signals do not match with what it gets from the eyes, this then lead to disorientation and dizziness.

2. Hypotension – Blood Pressure Drop

Those with fibromyalgia tend to have problems with their blood pressure. A drop in the blood pressure, also known as hypotension could lead to feelings of faintness and lightheadedness. Hypotension is classified into three types. These are orthostatic hypotension, neurally mediated hypotension and postprandial hypotension. Hypotension is often classified according to when your blood pressure will drop.

  • Orthostatic hypotension refers to the drop of blood pressure that takes place when you suddenly transition from lying or sitting to a standing position. This will make you feel lightheaded or dizzy, and in worse cases, fainting. POTS or Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome is one form of the orthostatic intolerance. It refers to the intolerance to the change of position, such as from lying down to upright position. This will lead to a dramatic increase of the heart rate and an abdominal drop on blood pressure. POTS happen due to an inadequate circulation of blood that limits the return of blood to the heart when standing.
  • Neurally mediated hypotension is when there is an abnormality in the blood pressure, a result of the nervous system reflex. This can happen right after you exercise, during that period where you are standing or just sitting. It can also happen after an exposure to a very warm environment or a stressful event. Neurally mediated hypotension can lead to light headedness, chronic fatigue, recurrent fainting, exercise intolerance, nausea and cognitive dysfunction.
  • Postprandial hypotension happens when there is a drop in blood pressure immediately after eating. This is usually common among people who have high blood pressure. This also occurs to those who are suffering from certain disorders that will impair the brain center that controls the nervous system.

3. Illnesses and Other Existing Conditions

Fibromyalgia dizziness can also be due to a sudden illnesses such as flu and cold. Co-existing conditions like allergies, hyperventilation, low blood sugar, panic attacks, anemia and anxiety etc can also cause dizziness.

4. Medications

Many medications can also trigger fibromaylgia dizziness. They include anti-seizure drugs, antidepressants, sedatives, high blood pressure medications and tranquilizers.

What To Do If You Experience Dizziness

Dizziness is one of the most common symptoms of fibromyalgia. Although the symptoms may be benign, it can be debilitating and will increase your chances of getting injured. The treatment will mainly depend on the underlying cause of dizziness. Establish whether your dizziness is lightheadedness or vertigo or both and consult your doctor when necessary. Your doctor can determine the possible causes and will provide the proper treatment.

17 Comments

  • I have low blood pressure all the time, get dizzy & feel off balance quite often! I’m sure this probably what’s causing my fibromyalgia dizziness??

  • I have found that eating very healthy or on keto… And having my blood sugar and blood pressure in a good place helped me. For twenty years I was passing out and doctors would say. Oh you must have gotten over heated or some other excuse. I now eat great and take Meclizine 25 mg 3x a day. Need both to work well. Some exercise daily even while laying in bed helps too…especially with pins and needles and lots of pain. Mine has gone from can’t sleep due to pain to occasionally. My meds are way down too… I no longer do pain meds. I am managing my issues for the most part

  • This is very interesting cause it’s a new symptom for me having FIBRO and CFS for 20 yrs. I’m sure to others I look drunk as if I’m walking off my feet! It’s quite embarrassing at times. Another problem I’ve always had that I can’t figure out is after EATING, especially carbs????? It knocks me out and I can’t stay awake. Always make sure I’m close to home so can go to bed. Any clues as to what causes this?? Anyone else experience this problem?????
    Thanks.

  • I have fibromyalgia just recently been diagnosed and I’m experiencing severe headaches and ripping pain in my legs it is so hard as I work night shift and I am on my feet for long periods of time, so when I’m off I can barely move

  • I have lots of dizziness and lose of balance. Wasn’t sure from what but after reading this article I am sure it is due to the fibromyalgia.

  • Imbalance due dizziness happen of course!!..AND MANY OTHERS SYMTOMS MORE AND MORE…
    WHAT A TORTURE ONE IS “FIBROMYALGIA !!!…TERRIBLE IN ALL ORDERS AND WAYS…

    SINCERELY,JUST/ONLY AND ONLY GOD/JESUS CAN HELP US!…AND REALLY HE DOES VERY OFTEN IF /WHEN I ASK IT.
    Believe or not :
    “PRAY CHANGES THINGS”.

    My respects and consideration for all of you that are sufferind daily like me…also I am diabetic person too.

    BUT I humbly remark:: “PRAYER CHANGE THINGS”. PROVED DAILY!…

    SUGGESTION: TRY TO TALK SIMPLY END PLAIN AND SINCERE WITH THE CREATOR OF UNIVERSE AS YOU CONCEIVE HIM.
    NEVER MIND IF YOU DO IT IN EXPERIMENTAL WAYS. IT WILL WOKS…JUST HAVE A LITTLE FAITH…AND PERSIST!.

    Respecfully.
    Dr.M.Elías F. Karraá.

  • After reading this I’m thoroughly convinced I have POTS or neurally mediated hypotension… I have fibro and for about 3 years I get dizzy and faint, when I walk or stand for longer than10 mins my legs and body feel like jello. All I drink is water and the doctors just say I’m dehydrated..grrr

  • I am trying hemp oil for 5 days and it seems being doing the job. I am feeling calm and with less pain, let see what else comes a long. So far so good. I am very happy. I hope it can help you guys also.
    God bless!

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