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Old 04-11-2012, 08:10 PM   #1
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dizziness/vertigo few days before and during period?

Back in november i came off my birth control pill for the first time in 10 years. (I pretty much started bc right after i had my first period at 16).

Every month, a day or two before.. or sometimes the day of- i get really dizzy like.. Maybe vertigo. It's like my head feels like its not connected to my body
Its really hard to explain.. i'm not nauseated..

I just have this full/ fuzzy/drunk/loopy feeling in my head. ALmost, like i'm in watching a 3D movie

Its really nerve racking while driving.. i get really anxious and then that only makes it worse.

IT goes away after a few days.

Any ideas at what is causing this? or more importantly how to remedy it?

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Re: dizziness/vertigo few days before and during period?

I also suffer from vertigo/dizziness and have Meniere's Disease.

Basically, for several days prior to the start of your menstruation your body retains fluid. Then a couple days after your period starts this fluid is released, and I often find I have to pee constantly toward the end of my periods.

During the time your body is retaining the fluid, the fluid-filled areas in your inner ear near your balance semi-circular canals get swollen, and this is what is causing your dizziness. Inner ear infections can also cause it, but since you're experiencing this monthly with your cycle instead of an acute attack, you probably don't have an infection.

The best thing to do starting around a week before your period and even through the first few days of your period is to severely restrict your salt intake as salt causes us to retain fluid. Try this during your next cycle and you'll be amazed at what a difference it makes.

Another thing which seems contradictory is to drink lots of water during this timeframe as it will help to carry salt out of your body which will help alleviate the fluid retention.

Something you can try while you're having vertigo is chewing gum, and try using decongestants like Sudafed (behind the pharmacy counter).

I was diagnosed with Allergy-induced Meniere's Disease, and I've found that if I control my allergies, I'm able to control my Meniere's Disease/vertigo. You may have an allergy to dust mites or something like that which is causing at least part of your problem. I take Allegra and Flonase for mine. Meniere's Disease basically consists of severe vertigo, hearing loss, and tinnitus (ringing in the ears). If you have these other symptoms be sure to see a doctor for help.

You might want to visit an ear, nose and throat specialist if you can't get this under control in the next month or so.

You likely won't be able to eliminate the problem, but the above may really help you minimize it. Also, I completely sympathize with your panic feelings when driving with these symptoms!


Old 04-12-2012, 05:07 PM   #3
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Re: dizziness/vertigo few days before and during period?

I think i do have tinnitus also.. I hear buzzing, ringing in my ears pretty much constantly. I dont' know if i have any hearing loss though?>
I am wondering if this is hormonal since it started when i came off of birth control? I have to get a well woman check up and my thyroid levels tested in a month- i can ask about it then.

Old 02-07-2013, 10:21 PM   #4
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thank you so much for saying this. After $15K in Doctor bills and hospital testing ( hearing test and testing for Meinere's disease ) I was told that my vertigo stems from Migraines. Sure enough if I ate anything that caused a severe headache (Processed foods from fast food joints, wrong salad dressing anything with a ton of MSG), I would get a Migraine and soon after I would have vertigo. Now, I don't get the migraines as much yet I still get vertigo right before my Period starts (so I guess the 15K spent wasn't all that wrong but still) .. I can't beleive this started happening for me about 3 years ago and the first time it happened!!

as of now i'm dealing with Vertigo in my bed and contemplating on taking an Antivert that knocks me out for the deep heavy sleep for the next 8 hours but I have to get kids up for school in 7 "sigh"
thank you again

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