Hi everyone! I was wondering if anyone has/had a connection between hormones and their dizziness. I have heard that some women as they are approaching menopause can have vertigo. Something about the changing and fluctuating levels of estrogen. One book I came across said that there was a close connection between estrogen and balance. Anyone out there have any experience with this?
Last edited by centaur1201; 03-11-2007 at 06:40 PM.
Hi there centaur
I also believe that vertigo could well be related to hormones.
I first had a spell of Labs 1990 when 6 weeks pregnant with my son.
It passed after 6/7 weeks.
I then developed migraines with aura 1992 - 12 migraines in 4 months which then disappeared! (Hormonal changes maybe)
No problems during my pregnancy with my daughter though!
Now in the perimenopause I've had 2 incapacitating spinning vertigo attacks lasting 8hrs and 4 hrs and on off ear fullness, pulsating head &ears, slight tinnitus.
These were 6 months ago and I have had continual swimmy /dizzy feelings with some good , some bad days since.
In a book I've been reading about the perimenopause it states that the peak in migraine headaches is between 40 and 49 which likely reflects the dramatic fluctuations in oestrogen levels characteristic of the perimenopause.
It says that oestrogen maintains vascular dilation and flexibility and so withdrawal constricts the blood vessels. It is also thought the withdrawal throws off the balance of neurotransmitters which may also contribute to migraine headaches.
One suggested treatment is magnesium which I believe you have tried.
My possible diagnosis given to me before vestibular testing was Labs/VN or most likely Menieres. The tests were normal so that probably doesn't help much.
I can't help wondereing if I have MAVs related to my hormonal state.
Be interested to hear what you think.
Thankyou for your reply! In Oct. of 2006 this all started for me. After four months I went to a Ear specialist and was diagnosed with BPPV. I have been doing Modified Epely Monuvers once a day for about a month. It took some courage to do them as I was afraid of getting dizzy. I also started taking Magnesium suppliments and Lutien for my eyes ( they feel very strained on a "bad day") But now I am starting to wonder. I am 37, and have a lot of the classic signs of perimenopause. Lately I have been getting headaches on a daily basis (always above and behind my right eye, same side as my bad ear.) I don't know what is going on. There has been some improvement. My dizziness is not even close to as bad as it was, but the "woozy" feeling I do get is just as un-nerving and scary. At times I can feel very panicky. I just want to feel normal again! I seem to have a two week stretch of feeling very good (almost 100 % ) but then I will feel off for a week or so. I started a diary of sorts to keep track of it all. I still have ringing in my ear, it can feel "full", and at time there is a dull ache in there. Any of this sound familiar? I have also had migraines through out my life, so part of me is wondering-like you-could this be MAV and is it connected to hormonal changes. I remember asking my mom when I was younger if she got dizzy and light headed before her periods. ( Because I was.)She said, yes, and that it was quite common because of the hormones fluctuating. It stands to reason that, we as women, with our bodies gearing up for the Big Life Change would /could be a victim of hormones. Yipeee! Aren't we the lucky ones!?!
Yes I too am very up and down - feel a bit better then not so good often changing in the course of a day.
Because I was so frightened during the long spinning attacks I fear another one happening and also get panicky!
Sometimes when I'm woozy I get a turning sensation and I'm scared that I'm about to go into a major spin as it is the same sesation as the few moments before the 2 big spinning attacks.
I too get on/off ear fullness , a dull ache and slight ringing and pulsating sensations.
I think they are worse when I'm feeling woozy or have been more active.
Am going to try the magnesium supplements in case there is a migraine connection.
My head symptoms definitely get worse the week before my cycle begins. Once my cycle hits, my symptoms are more manageable.
I have tried bc pills recently to see if that makes a difference (I tolerated the pill very well in my twenties, prior to dealing with wooziness/dizziness), but the pill only made my head symptoms worse, so I stopped.
I have heard that sometimes symptoms ease or clear up upon menopause - guess some of us have a WAIT to go until we reach that stage.
I have been reading more and more about magnesium for health. I know people with migraines seem to respond well to taking it.
I am technically dx with BPPV.
In the last two months, I have started PT for neck and stopped birth control pill. I have seen improvements in these last two months, and am hoping that I am on the right track.
I find PMS to be troublesome, and although I have seen dizziness improve (compared to over this past winter), I have seen more of it during this hormonal time. I have to say, though, it was more manageable than it had been months prior.
Some of the reading I've done, says magnesium can help with nerve function, PMS and muscle relaxer type effects. It can also help with migraines. The feelings I've had have been closely related to MAV symptoms I've seen posted on this board too.
Can you tell me your experiences with magnesium. Helpful or not? I am a major pill-a-phobic, even if it's a "natural" pill. Should I take it with calcium or not?
Thanks for sharing your experiences. Very glad this board is here!!
Interesting post. I only pop in occasionally these days; I had BPV started 5 years ago, two major episodes, then I've been back to normal for about 3 years now.
I do experience some of the sensations you guys describe both during ovulation and right before my period at times. It's not every month, but when I feel it, I definitely know what is happening. And it's not like spinning dizzies, but rather a very foggy, spacey sort of feeling. I read an old post by hbep that also confirmed some link between hormones and problems for people with vestib issues. I think it's also a known that people with migraines can get that spacey, dizzy feeling too as an aura.
I too have been taking a magnesium supplement for the last 3 years. I initially started because of a bout of reflux, which I'd never had before. I read on the digestive disorders board here that people were having luck with mag, and since I'm not one to run to the doc so they can just give me a "bandaid" medication like Nexium or something, I gave it a try. I take between 4-500mg a day, which is the recommended daily allowance. It definitely worked. I also used to have a mild case of restless leg, and periodic heart flutters, and those stopped after mag too. Maybe it's a wonder drug!! I think it's definitely worth a try. Most Americans don't eat well enough to get the most in the diet, and even with diet or supplements, we know absorption levels are not 100%. I ran it by my doc when I started and she didn't have a problem with it. Maybe that's a place to start.
Also, has anyone posted this dizzy/hormone issue on the menopause board here? I bet some people out there have some things to add. In America, Oprah did a show on perimenopause a couple years ago with a Dr. Christiane Northrup, who'd written a book on it. You can search Oprah's website and find some info. Seems there are a TON of symptoms/issues that can creep up with it. So many so, that whenever I feel weird these days, I just chalk it up to hormones and try to get on with life! Oh, by the way, I'm 43, so I'm hitting that prime age to be dealing with these things.
I have been taking magnesium for almost two months now. I started when I was going through some of my books on Natural Cures in relation to Vertigo. More than one of them said that Vertigo is sometimes caused by a Magnesium deficiency. So I decided to give it a try. It may be coincidence, but looking back over my "dizzy" calender for the month of March ( I have been keeping track of every day, what suppliment I took, what the weather was like, how my day was, and I can see what was going on in relation to my cycle,) I have had 26 good to excellent days (days I rate 90% - 100%) 2 okay days and 2 bad days! Magnesium is very good for a number of things, I would not suggest taking more than 500mgs as it can cause loose stools. Good luck to everyone!!!
hi everyone, I'm new to this site and so glad I found it, I thought I was the only one with dizziness problems. The doctors can't seem to figure out what is wrong and have had numerous testing done, I keep suggesting that is has to do with hormones and early menopause, but they keep saying I'm too young, I'm 41, and have always had mentrual problems. I was one the pill for many years and had to stop since I was getting horrible migraines, it got better, but this past year the dizziness started, it comes out of nowhere and can last a few minutes to all day into the night. I'm starting to figure it out, about a week before my period starts I start getting them, then it stops at period time then I'm good for about 10 days then the dizziness starts again and I usually get the spells almost every day, actually I have one right now. So, it seems like I feel good a little over a week each month. I've been thinking about going back on BC pills also to see if it helped, but I read Centaur1's thread and it made it worse for her, so much for that idea.
The message board cut me off before I finished, anyways, what ticks me off about the doctors is that they are so quick to hand out antidepressants. They think that they are the cure all and think this will help me. I keep refusing since i do not need them or want them, I took Paxil once about 7 years ago for about 5 months and it was one of the worst experiences ever coming off of them, never again! Does anyone out there take anything for the woozy spells? I'm about desperate now since I think I have it figured out that it is hormone related.
Hi from Canada,
I started to have varying degrees of episodic and chronic dizziness in January of this year. I've tried so many things (ENT specialist, dentist, GP, naturalpath, biofeedback, epley, massage therapy, etc.), with little or no success. I was in my favourite health food store three days ago and I spoke with the owner who has experienced extreme and terrible dizziness, UNTIL she took GABA supplements. I quickly bought a bottle and for the first two days my dizziness virtually disappeared. (I also like to combat the onset with a high protein shake.) Today I started my period (I'm 46), and the dizziness was rearing its ugly head, but I took two 500mg. GABAs and the dizziness has subsided. GABA is an amino acid that helps combat stress, and although I don't think that the GABA is the only answer for me, I believe that when I am not fully-hormoned, it will prove effective and utterly indispensible. This dizziness thing is so awful, and I sometimes have trouble combating the blues that accompany the whole mess. I know there is an answer out there as long as we keep sharing any information we come across. Thanks, Canadamom
The link between dizziness and hormones is migraine. Noone is quite sure why migraine is so strongly affected by hormonal changes, but it is well known that this occurs.
Magnesium has been recommended as a migraine preventative by Silberstein and some other people on the forefront of migraine treatment. It seems to be effective. I have just started taking it myself and have noticed a vast difference. There are some studies showing lower levels of magnesium in migraineurs than in controls.
Forgot to mention, magnesium is also a calcium channel blocker like verapamil (albeit a natural one) which is of course a very commonly used preventative.
I'm new to this forum and very thankful I found this online. I have had an unofficial diagnosis of BPPV for the past three years, but have managed to live with it for the most part as it usually only happened when I turned on my right side or lied down flat on my back. Lately, however, I've been experiencing spontaneous dizziness that is not related to a positional move - is not exactly the same as the violent spinning I experience when lying on my right side but is bad enough that I've had to miss work and be bed-ridden for a couple of days. Sometimes this turning sensation is accompanied by pressure in my head, general fogginess and a sense of disorientation. I began taking magnesium supplements a few weeks ago on someone's advice, but this has still been a problem for me - not sure if it's because I haven't been taking it that long?
The only real change that I can think of that's happened in the last couple of months that may explain these spontaneous attacks is that I stopped taking the birth control pill, Diane. I have been on and off the pill for several years because I have a hormonal imbalance (more testosterone than the average female), which results in some serious cystic acne on my face. I began taking anti-biotics for the acne and quit the pill just for a break on my system, but I'm wondering if maybe that was a mistake and that is why I'm experiencing this unexplained dizziness? Although I have read a couple other posts by people who have said that going on the pill makes them even worse, so now I'm really confused! I'm only 26 years old so I find it hard to believe that this is a pre-menopausal issue, but any feedback you guys may have would be really appreciated...
Everyone is so different. You are certainly most likely right about it not being a premenopausal issue. However, you do have hormones, and everybody's chemistry is different. Every day the makeup of hormones in your system is different, and being a woman, well, .... Your body might just be adjusting to the sudden drop of hormones due stopping the pill.
I think that the Magnesium does take a while to affect you. I have been taking it for four months now, and I notice a steady improvement in my healing.(magnesium?)
You said you've have BPV for three years. Do you do MEP's for them? Are you all better now? If so, how long did it take to get better?