Dizziness and Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia symptoms can make life extremely difficult for those who have the disorder, making it hard to go to work, finish housework, or just get out of bed in the morning. In addition to chronic headaches, difficulty concentrating and muscle and joint pain, many fibromyalgia sufferers also have to combat chronic dizziness. This dizziness can last for mere seconds or as long as a few days, causing headaches, nausea, and even fainting spells.
What is Dizziness?
At some point, everyone experiences some type of dizziness. Whether you’ve had the flu, been pregnant, or just had a little too much to drink on occasion, you have probably felt the effects of dizziness, including blurred vision and the spins. Dizziness is generally described as a feeling of lightheadedness or unsteadiness. In fact, dizziness is pretty much a blanket term for anything, from feeling off kilter to actually sensing that you are going to pass out. There are various causes of dizziness, ranging from illness to low blood pressure.
Dizziness is one of the most common medical complaints in North America. In fact, dizziness accounts for about 8 million doctor’s visits every year in the United States. 42% of people complain that they have suffered from dizziness at some point in their lives and even more will eventually experience it. Most people find that they can deal pretty well with dizziness, but when it occurs on a daily basis, like in fibromyalgia, severe dizziness can really put a damper on your life. More than two-thirds of people with fibromyalgia suffer regularly from dizziness.
Our Balance System
In order to function normally, our body relies on an intricate system that is designed to keep us steady and balanced. Our brain combines messages received from our inner ear, eyes, skin pressure receptors, and muscle and joint sensory receptors. When combined, these parts of the body tell our brain exactly where we are in space and what direction we are headed in. Without this system, we would be falling down all over the place. This system is often referred to as our equilibrium.
What Causes Dizziness?
You may find that you feel dizzy when you are riding in a car, on a boat, or in an airplane. Dizziness and motion sickness is particularly common and has to do with mixed messages that our brain is receiving from our equilibrium system. Sometimes our eyes, ears, skin, and muscles all sense different things. Our eyes may be focused on one spot, while our body is actually bouncing around all over the place. As a result, our brain isn’t really sure where our body is in space. This can cause nausea and dizziness.