Dizziness and vertigo in Fibromyalgia

I have had fibromyalgia for years and I have a lot of episodes of vertigo, and it is worse when I bend down, get out of bed, tie my shoes or change position when lying down. I feel like the room is spinning around ”

“I suffer from fibromyalgia and I’ve been having dizziness problems for years, especially when I’m working in my office and the air conditioning is working. Caffeine is also a trigger for dizziness. When I get dizzy I feel very fragile and my vision is affected ”

Fibromyalgia is a disease with multiple symptoms, however, one of the least talked about are dizziness.

It is estimated that more than two-thirds of people with fibromyalgia experience regular dizziness.

Not all people with fibromyalgia feel dizziness in the same way, some have vertigo, other imbalance and others feel faint. Some perceive only for a few moments and others for a long time.

Vertigo gives a feeling of being spinning or spinning. When people are having vertigo and move, they can make the symptoms worse by feeling nausea, vomiting and imbalance. Vertigo episodes usually occur after a change in head placement (such as when changing position in the bed).

The imbalance or instability makes us feel as if we were out of balance, this can cause us to walk irregularly or even to fall. This problem is attributed mainly to poor vision or poor coordination in the body.

The feeling of fainting makes us feel that at any moment we are going to fade. It usually occurs when we stand up after sitting for a long time. It can cause us to have blurred vision or have sudden “blackouts” of vision. This type of dizziness is almost always caused by a lack of blood flow to the brain.

Any of these three types of dizziness can be accompanied by headache, sweating, chills and hearing problems.


Screenshot 2013-07-11 at 13.15.18 Dizziness is a common condition that can happen to anyone and not just those who have fibromyalgia.

Our body has a complex system that aims to keep us in balance, for this our brain combines messages received by the inner ear, eyes, skin and muscles.

Dizziness can occur when our brain receives mixed messages from our “system” of balance, that is, the eyes, ears, etc. When this happens, our brain does not feel balanced in space and you can feel nausea and dizziness.

Other possible causes of vertigo and dizziness may be inflammation of the inner ear, Meniere’s disease (excess fluid in the inner ear), migraine, acoustic neuroma (a benign tumor in the vestibular nerve), stroke, brain hemorrhages and sclerosis multiple.


Dizziness is a symptom reported by many patients with fibromyalgia, however, to date there are no conclusive research to help us understand their relationship completely.

Screenshot 2013-07-11 at 13.17.08 Experts believe that the reasons for dizziness in fibromyalgia may be associated with a problem that some people with fibromyalgia have, called “neurally mediated hypotension” (HNM).

HNM is characterized by significant decreases in blood pressure, especially when people stand up, which means that people who suffer from it can not keep upright for a long time (especially in very hot environments). dizziness, weakness, sweating and even fainting and falling.

Another problem that can occur in people with Fibromyalgia is postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS), which consists of increasing the heart rate after changing from a supine position (face up) to vertical. This cardiac response can be accompanied by a decrease in blood pressure, which can cause a feeling of dizziness.

Another possible explanation is that people with fibromyalgia often have problems in the eyes: blurred vision, double or changing, issues that can lead to visual confusion in the performance of some activities such as reading and cause some dizziness.

The fact of having muscular weakness or having hypersensitive points in the neck or problems in the temporomaxillary joint can also cause imbalance and vertigo.

It is very important to understand that, in a strict sense, fibromyalgia and dizziness do not have a cause and effect relationship; for this reason it is very important that if you have fibromyalgia and you present dizziness very regularly, consult your doctor to determine the type of dizziness that you suffer.

As you can see, there are many reasons why r those who may have dizziness and each should be treated differently. And you feel dizzy in the wake of your fibromyalgia? As they are? How do you solve this problem?

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