Dizziness and Fibro: Causes 

The reasons for dizziness in fibromyalgia are probably problems with the body’s ability to circulate blood.

Referred to as neurally mediated hypotension, this disorder can cause dizziness, weakness, sweating, and lightheadedness.

It can also lead to fainting spells and falls, so it is important to receive treatment if you notice a lot of dizziness with your fibromyalgia.

Neurally Mediated Hypotension?

Fibromyalgia sufferers with neurally mediated hypotension have difficulty regulating their blood pressure levels. When most people stand up, blood rushes to their legs and feet.

The body then releases epinephrine, which causes the heart rate to increase and blood vessels to constrict.


The heart is then forced to pump more blood to the rest of your body to compensate for all the blood that went to the legs.

People with neurally mediated hypotension have a problem that prevents the heart rate from increasing. Instead of increasing, the heart rate actually drops, preventing the necessary amount of blood from being pumped around the body. This leads to neurally mediated hypotension symptoms like dizziness and fainting.

Types of Dizziness

There are actually quite a few different types of dizziness. Depending upon the type of dizziness that you have, you may experience different symptoms. If your symptoms persist for any length of time, you should consult with your health care provider.


Vertigo dizziness causes the sensation that you are spinning or whirling. Sometimes it can also cause you to feel as if you are tilting or floating. Vertigo and nausea often occur together and can last for as long as three days.

Vertigo also tends to cause your eyes to swing back and forth slightly. This is referred to as nystagmus. Causes of vertigo may include problems with inner ear dizziness.


Unsteadiness makes you feel as if you are off-balance. It can cause you to stagger or even fall down. Also referred to as disequilibrium, unsteadiness can be the result of poor vision and arthritis, especially in the elderly. In younger patients, unsteadiness is often caused by a problem in the equilibrium.


 Lightheadedness is a type of dizziness that makes your head feel lighter than the rest of your body. It can cause nausea and is often accompanied by unsteadiness. Causes of lightheadedness are widespread.

Near Fainting

Near fainting is a kind of dizziness that makes you feel as if you are going to pass out. It often occurs when you stand up after sitting for a long time. You may experience blurred vision or sudden blackouts in vision. This type of dizziness is usually caused by a lack of blood flow to the brain.

Symptoms Associated with Dizziness

There are numerous dizziness symptoms.

These include:

  • headache
  • fainting or near fainting
  • sweating or chills
  • blurred vision
  • hearing problems, including tinnitus

If you are experiencing dizziness with your fibromyalgia, speak with your healthcare provider to find out what you can do about it.



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