You may know it as Postural hypotension, dizziness upon standing. I have suffered with bouts of dizziness for a few years; however over the past seven months it has become more frequent. My dizziness associated with Fibromyalgia (FM) is very distinctive. Visually objects are at a tilted angle, some seem closer then what they actually are, whilst others further away. With Orthostatic Intolerance (OI) I get the typical spinning room effect. I went to curetogether (thank you bruthd for telling me about this link) and OI was listed as a symptom of FM, however I have put this question to the FM community and I have no response. I have combined FM & Chronic myo so was wondering if OI is more prevalent in this group. Does anyone else experience this?
I have problems with dizziness and that out of balance visual issue.
Have you ever had your BP checked while sitting and then stood up to see what the BP does?
My doctor finally did this with me and my BP drops dramatically when I stand up. I don't have FM but do have unusually low BP which is common in my family.
I have Chronic Back pain and I do know that when my pain levels are up then I have to be careful as I will have more problems with balance and dizziness. How the two are related I have no idea but I know that it works that way for me.
Don't know if this helps but I have been trying to find out why this happens so if you find anything let me know.
This is really odd. I've had 3 friends in recent months be diagnosed with OI and two of them have no chronic pain or Fibro in their history. Is OI the Flavor of the Month? For one friend her doctor told her to drink more water, take a good multi-vitamin, and to eat red meat. She's a dietician for a large hospital. Another friend was taught how to balance the crystals in her inner ear that were causing her vertigo, and she's doing much better. The third is the one with Fibro. Sorry I can't give you the connection to Fibro & chronic pain, but thought I'd point this out. Hope you find some help. EJ23
My balance also gets worse when my migraine pain is worse. But when I lean over to pet the cats or lean over to do anything, I get so dizzy and light headed, that I almost pass out. I also have fibromyalgia, but I've put it down to: 1) my medications 2) not enough water and 3) low bp. But I ALWAYS nearly pass out when I lean over, even when my bp is higher and I've drunk more water.
I have myo and FM too. This past year I was blessed with a staph infection in my hip! NO PAIN MEDS WORKED FOR THAT PAIN! I was taken to surgery asap to clean any infection out. Then I went into a nursing care place for 6 weeks for antibiotics. When I got home I noticed that when I would turn my head I would get dizzy. I told my dr about it and he did a test and what I was told is I now have Local Benign Vertigo and that it should go away. Well after about 7 months I was able to get my new total hip replacement! I had waited 12 years for a new hip! Now after 9 months of not being able to walk at all I can now walk, drive, ride a bike etc!!! The LBV is still there but it has almost all gone away! Thank God! I don't know if this helps at all with your question but I do have the myo, fm, ddd, djd, chronic pain syndrome and osteoarthritis! Getting less dizzy every day! Nanimal
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