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Vertigo & Dizziness in Perimenopause: Trying to Find the Answers

A graphic depticting the definition of the word So, after my pseudo-feminist rant in my last post, I thought it might be a good idea to get back to the monthly blogging topic at hand – vertigo and dizziness in perimenopause. Two symptoms which we have learned can be traced to thyroid dysfunction, itself a very common secondary issue for a lot of women in perimenopause.

I don’t know about you, but the more I read about these symptoms and how interrelated they all are, it surely seems to me that everything goes to hell in a hand basket during perimenopause.  It’s the classic chicken or the egg. Where the heck do you start? 

And here’s another question… everything somehow related to thyroid dysfunction? Because it sure seems that way. In Dr. Arem’s book, The Thyroid Solution, which I’ve been talking about for the past couple of weeks, the list of symptoms associated with thyroid dysfunction, and the many health issues which can be associated with thyroid dysfunction are enormous!

  • Fatigue
  • Exhaustion
  • Weight Gain
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Intolerance to cold and heat
  • Hair loss
  • Insomnia
  • Vertigo
  • Dizziness
  • Heart Palpitations
  • PMS symptoms
  • Problems with fertility and your menstrual cycles
  • Constipation
  • Muscle Cramps
  • ADHD
  • Mood swings

Really? That much can be attributed to your thyroid gland? Well, apparently so, if Dr. Radha Arem is correct – and this is not even an exhaustive list. So, look, I’m just going to be honest here. I find this as overwhelming as you probably do, and perhaps all of my forthcoming intellectual honesty is not exactly something you want to hear. But, I’m not going to yank your chain with this stuff.  It’s confusing, overwhelming, and frustrating, and I just don’t have any clear cut answers for you.

I am, however, quite intrigued with this whole testing controversy issue which seems to be a big problem when it comes to diagnosing thyroid dysfunction. I also can’t help but wonder if it’s not the real issue we ought to be discussing. 

Because it seems to me that, if there are this many symptoms and health conditions associated with thyroid dysfunction and the medical community is acknowledging that the testing for it is inadequate, well, slap me, but shouldn’t we be talking about that? 

I’m thinking, yes.

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.

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Tags: Perimenopause , Hormones

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Magnolia is dedicated to empowering women to take responsibility for their own health.