Dizziness and Fibromyalgia: What’s the Link?


People who have fibromyalgia often experience dizziness. Let us investigate to understand why dizziness and fibromyalgia often go hand in hand. Furthermore, we will find practical, proven, and straightforward ways to care for these conditions. Upper cervical chiropractors have been dealing with dizziness and related conditions that cause it.

Dizziness is a mixture of varying sensations ranging from feeling like you are going to faint, to being lightheaded, and a sensation of being inside a spinning room. At least 70 percent of people with fibromyalgia have dizziness. This kind of dizziness strikes every day and could last for an extended time. This condition is a crippling sensation because it adds further disability while increasing your risk of falling over and hurting yourself in the process.

Dizziness can be any of these two sensations:

Vertigo is a false feeling as if you or the things around you are spinning out of control. But in reality, these sensations are not real. How so? It occurs because of a conflict of signals within the brain sent by the balance-sensing systems within your body. If you are suffering from vertigo, you may feel nauseous or have difficulty walking correctly and keeping your balance. You may also think that you are about to vomit or even fall.

  • Lightheadedness

This type of feeling is something akin to almost fainting, but you do not have the false sensation movement or spinning. Sometimes, you may feel paleness and nausea too. This condition happens because there is a sudden and temporary change in your blood pressure. As a result, there is a significant decrease in blood circulation to the brain. One solution to this condition is to lie down and relax. Often, the negative feeling will subside and eventually go away. 

Watch Out For These Symptoms of Dizziness

These can be challenging to pinpoint because the symptoms of dizziness are different for every individual, and they also depend on the root cause. The most frequent symptoms of dizziness include the following:

  • Weakness
  • Feeling faint
  • Unsteadiness
  • Fatigue
  • Feeling lightheaded
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Feeling as if the environment is spinning
  • Feeling disoriented
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Loss of balance
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Visual disturbances

Other Reasons for Dizziness

It is still a medical mystery why people with fibromyalgia have such intense issues with dizziness. It is crucial to take note that there are trigger points in the jaw and neck area that can generate the sensation of dizziness. 

When the brain is receiving wrong signals from the nerves, it will not disregard the messages from the eyes and other sensory systems throughout the body. There would be a conflicting signal between the nerves and neurons and the sense of sight and touch. Therefore, this causes dizziness.

These conditions can also cause dizziness:

  • Anemia
  • Allergies
  • Anxiety
  • Low blood sugar
  • Panic attacks 
  • Hyperventilation
  • Having colds or flu

Another vital aspect links to the problem with a decrease in blood pressure also called hypotension. This condition is common in those with fibromyalgia which causes faintness or dizziness.

Types of Hypotension

There are a few classes of hypotension:

  • Orthostatic hypotension

This condition typically happens due to a drop in blood pressure that usually occurs when you stand up too fast from a sitting or lying position. One form of this is POTS or postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome. "POTS" is defined as intolerance to a shift in body position from lying down to sitting upright. Your heart rate increases in response to sitting up, along with a drop in blood pressure. It has a link with inadequate blood circulation, which fails to get back to the heart whenever you stand up.

  • Postprandial hypotension

A decrease in blood pressure happens after eating a meal. It often occurs in individuals with high blood pressure or disorders that hinder the function of the brain centers. The brain centers are those that control the autonomic nervous system – which controls digestion, respiratory rate, and heart rate.

  • Neurally mediated hypotension

The nervous system reflex brings about a sudden change in blood pressure. It can happen immediately after exercise, or just sitting upright, standing for an extended period, and emotionally stressful event, or being in a hot climate.

Care for Both Dizziness and Fibromyalgia 

Upper cervical care is a natural, pain-free, and gentle method that relieves any form of dizziness and fibromyalgia. Our approach encourages natural realignment, which results in long-lasting comfort. Our technique is often all that is necessary to end dizziness and fibromyalgia.

Dizziness can be due to many different things. One thing is sure, as seen in many cases, is that misalignment in the upper cervical spine can play a role in the development of dizziness and fibromyalgia. When the C1 and C2 vertebrae, located in the upper neck bones are out of correct alignment, the brainstem sends wrong signals to the brain. Pressure or tension given to the brainstem causes false messages sent to the brain from the nerves.

Upper cervical chiropractors are ready for consultation with your fibromyalgia or dizziness problems. They use a gentle method to adjust and realign the bones of the upper cervical spine. Doing so often results in fewer or less severe incidents of dizziness or fibromyalgia flare-ups.

Don’t wait too long. Come and visit un upper cervical doctor in your city to consult regarding your particular concerns or needs. Let fibromyalgia or dizziness be problems in the past. Say goodbye to them soon.

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