Dizziness & Vertigo in Perimenopause
In keeping with my monthly blogging topics for 2013, I have officially dubbed February “vertigo and dizziness” month. It may come as a surprise to some of you, but vertigo and dizziness are very common symptoms for women in perimenopause – or maybe not. I know the ladies who frequent my perimenopause Facebook page certainly aren’t surprised, since they have all had frequent episodes. It seems it’s only the physicians they see who are surprised by it.
Wouldn’t you know it?
Also not a surprise, there is very little information (that I can find) available on what actually causes vertigo and dizziness in perimenopause. It may have something to do with the fact that because these two symptoms are commonly associated with other conditions, when a woman complains of vertigo and dizziness in perimenopause, she is usually told it is something else – like Meniere’s Disease.
That’s what I was told in 2008 when I had an episode of vertigo that was so severe, I was in a ball on the bathroom floor with extreme nausea, convinced I was having a stroke. Really.
After an eventful trip to the ER where CAT scans, MRIs, and various and sundry other tests and procedures were performed, I was sent to an ENT, who, while quite earnest in his efforts to get to the bottom of the problem, wasn’t able to offer any conclusive explanations.
Since I’ve become fully menopausal, I do not have issues with dizziness and vertigo any longer. But, I am still thoroughly convinced that despite the insistence by most physicians these symptoms are not related to perimenopause, there is absolutely some correlation to be made somewhere.
To further bolster my hunch, I ran across an article recently on E-How of all places. I say that, because, E-How is not exactly my go-to website when I’m looking for studies or solid medical information on perimenopause symptoms. The article – which you can read right here – stated that vertigo and dizziness are two symptoms associated with hypothyroidism.
You may recall, I wrote all last month on the topic of hypothyroidism in perimenopausal women, a common secondary health issue which often results from the hormone imbalance in perimenopause. So, as you might expect, the article definitely got my attention.
Many women complain of dizziness and vertigo during perimenopause. Many women also suffer with hypothyroidism during perimenopause. If dizziness and vertigo are two symptoms associated with hypothyroidism, I don’t know, it doesn’t seem like too much of a stretch to me to think there could be a very real correlation.
As you may have ascertained by now, this is how my mind works. If I see a loose thread, I’m very inclined to pull on it. It might lead to something big, it might not. In this case, I think there’s something to be said about hypothyroidism and vertigo and dizziness in perimenopause, and I have every intention of talking about it.
Of course, I also have a new book on the subject to tell you about, The Thyroid Solution: A Revolutionary Mind-Body Program That Will Help You, because that’s just how I roll. So be sure and catch me in the next post and let’s start talking about this, shall we?
Magnolia Miller is a certified healthcare consumer advocate in women's health and a women's freelance health writer and blogger at The Perimenopause Blog.