It all started on Labor Day. I rolled over on my back when I woke up and went into a horrible head spin. I spent the next month in a horrible, constant dizzy weird head feeling. Went to Urgent Care and Gynecologist and they couldn't help me. Said I had a inner ear virus and it would eventually go away. I saw a Chinese Herbalist who did diagnose Menopause. My blood pressure was spiking all over the place now. My normal is 110 over 60, now with spikes to 140/93. My Gynecologist told me this was "normal" by the way! Are you kidding me!? The herbalist treated me with herbal tea for about 3 weeks. I found some relief, but I still have it. At least he was the only one that knew this was Menopause. He did some acupressure points for dizziness and that did seem to work as well. As of Oct. 17th, I still have this constant weird head thing 24/7. It doesn't matter if I'm sitting, standing, resting, sleeping, walking. The feeling is the same no matter what. The day comes with sudden, sharp dizzy spells that last a second, but are powerful. I started taking Evening Primrose Oil, Vit. E and Vit. C. This combination works wonders for my hot flashes I must say. The dizzy head thing continues. I decided to start taking Melatonin as a relaxant at night since this thing is causing great anxiety and a panicky feeling. It does help me sleep. I started Black Cohosh today after doing some research. This is supposed to calm the central nervous system and I know some women swear by it. So, I'm keeping my fingers crossed that this works. The only way for me to attempt to describe how this feels is it's like my brain is tight and shivering (not cold), but shivering and misfiring, like a light bulb getting ready to burn out. That's how it feels 24/7. God help us! Whoever knows how to end this madness and make you feel better, please write. I'm amazed and disgusted that the medical or any other community is still at a loss to diagnose this properly and treat it. Everything is "experimental" !? There are millions of women around the world who suffer every day with debilitating menopausal symptoms and I'm sure many like mine. We still don't know how to fix it!!!??? Are you kidding me!? We all need to stop running around doing brain scans and god knows what wasting great amounts of money and time for nothing. We are menopausal and we need help.
This can be very stressful. I had vertigo, weird head feeling after taking natural progesterone cream and also get some sinus, watery head dizzy from red clover, any estrogen herbs. Black cohosh can also cause dizzyness and low blood pressure, too low. many ladies have decided to avoid it.
I also had vertigo after a dishonest chiropractor threw my neck out of alignment then tried to sell 240 treatments.
I notice the vertigo was worst right before my period usually 2-4 days.
Am now over 1 year no period and neck 90% healed and no vertigo but do get weird head pressure, kinda creepy feeling, stiff muscles, joints espicially when sit 30 min... or try sleep; is always followed by hotflash.
Ear wax, virus, infection can cause temporary dizzyness and with doctors care will clear up.
M Irical ear at sears will lok in your ear with a scope, video screen to check for wax.
Hello to all fellow sufferers ..i take a drug called ' SERC'. 16 mgs Pharmaceutical name BETAHISTINE DIHYDROCHLORIDE. This tablet is my saviour... I hope that it works for every single one of you... Good luck ...
Interesting you mentioned the driving - my husband thinks I've become an old lady driver, I even scare myself. The dizziness feels as though my brain has 'shifted' sideways for an instant. Most disconcerting.
My boss thinks I'm next to useless, and oh the crying! Nopt to mention the hot flashes and sweats, urinary urgency, and shortness of breath.
I am SO over this.
Perhaps we should force male scientists to experience this for a month, maybe they will find some way to relieve the symptoms VERY fast.
Oh God I thought I was the only one who has seemed to have developed stupidness! My boss also thinks I'm brain damaged as I seem to have no short term memory for work at all. Crying... oh it's like being 14 again! Doc put me on a rescue inhaler due to shortness of breath and it helps. Now I know why people go crazy and hurt each other!! I am diagnosed at Major Depression, and Doc always asks if I feel like I want to hurt myself. No! But sometimes wouldn't mind hurting someone else! Oh, is that bad to feel that way? LOL
Can't even tell you ladies how much better it makes me feel just knowing my symptoms, are exactly the same as yours, keep thinking I'm going insane, I'm 46 and docs can't find anything wrong with me so they say it must be in your head... Guess we have to stick together and try to work it out ourselves.. I believe my dizzy head thing is menopause but its scary when doc keeps saying your too young, hope it lets me have a break soon. All the best to you all feeling the same as me, I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy....
It is a very strange feeling to have your head feel like its misfiring. I too am 46 and started having this weird head feeling a month ago. The first post here described it so well that I will take that to the Doctor's with me. I just could not explain it and it does cause anxiety. The first one made me feel so weird I thought I was going to have a stroke or something. Now, it just happens whenever and several times a day or night. Getting older sure has some good and bad. But when its bad...its tough! I am glad I found this site and really agree we should continue to update on what works and doesn't! Thank you!
I can relate to everything you've said! I have an appointment next month with my doctor. My boyfriend, bless his heart did the research that brought me to this forum. I of course thought the worst and am relieved this is most likely a symptom of menopause yet it is so awful to live with! I'm 49, no insurance and don't want or can afford the plethora of unnecessary tests.
Ya I started at age 38 into perimenopause , and knew it cause of all the symptoms of it and read about it. No doctor could diagnose me and said it was this or that and take this and all the meds made me feel worse. Any how Im in my 50's and seem to be getting a lot better symptomatically. Ive changed my eating to fully raw and mostly stick to it at least by 75-80% and have nt felt this good in a long time. I had a bout of BPPV or vertigo and was rushed to emerg with severe spinning of the room in 2010 and they found all tests normal. Now this 2015 again but not a severe but none the less frightening cause I suffer anxiety, and depression somewhat and phobias and esp the Dr visits cause was treated very nasty by a couple or more Drs. Anyhow I went online and learned how to fix my vertigo and is helpful and working on it still.I am still clear of a monthly now for the last 7 months and when I am free one year of my monthly then menopause is in full. Wonder what that will bring. My friend who is 68 says that the 50's are the best years and 60's are even better so looking forward to that. It does not help that my youngest of 3 has gotten herself into some drug use and going for days so that just adds to my anxiety anyhow I hope you will know that it does get better and yes you are in peri I believe. I am going to see a woman natropath dr and see how that goes and get all the blood work done and such so I can see what my body is doing cause I've never had any dr tell me what is going on and a good sit down and explanation. ok hopes and prayers to you suz45 and to all who suffer think positive and kick the neg thoughts out the back door. It seems to help me and pick yourself up and get mad at the symptoms and get mad at how they are trying to take over your emotions when in actuality just go with them they are to be .....ok take care
I'm 46 and in menopause. I started having symptoms of perimenopause at 40, and my doctor kept telling me the same thing..."you're too young". That is such BS! Sorry, it just makes me mad that our doctors won't listen to us.
She made me feel like I was crazy.
I'm finally going to a hormone specialist on Jan 10th, and I can't wait. They specialize in bio-identical hormones and I've heard a lot of good things about this doctor and the treatments.
Hi there,some of these posts i could have wrote them by myself .Have you found any help ? I am 39 and started having these symptoms since 37 . I feel my head very light all the time,think i m gonna faint ,i am waking up at 3 in the morning with sweaty head and trembling with anxiety. The 8 to 7 days leading to my period I usually pray to god to be able to cope with my work and do not die!... I did too all sorts of tests and everything seems fine .I cut caffeine,smoking,am on health weight . Nothing seems to help . In greece we dont have china herbalists or anything.Please let me know if anything has really helped
I just turned 46 this week and mine started with anxiety and heart papls, I was convinced something was wrong with me, the dr put me on zoloft ativan xanax I said enough I dont want any of this. I finally went to gyn dr and he just prescribed low dose birth control so hopefuly that will help he said I should know after about a month, so far I do feel better and learned how to stop my anxiety before it starts. I developed white coat syndrom so as soon as I feel a pain I automatically think something is wrong well I trained my brain to say nothing wrong with me. and it all goes away. I also now take vitamin b-12 also b stress complex vit d and e and omega 3, and that really helps. I also sleep with a fan and soy supplements alleviates the night sweats. I also sleep with a ice pack under my pill and flip my pillow all night when i wake up. If i wake up with heart papls take 2-3 deep breaths and it is gone.. Hope this helps...
Hi im 49 and have had a year of headaches,dizzy heavy head symptoms.
when it first started i couldnt open my eyes on a morning i was so dizzy i would then feel my heart pounding and start sweating with fear.I have had medications and GP kept telling me i had vertigo,i new this was not the case as i had all the signs of menopause,sweats joint pain dryness and so on,GP then tested me and said i was not going through menopause.
I became so ill that i had to go sick from work and was unable to drive most days,6 months past and i was getting worse i felt like i was hungover every day and the pain in my joints was so bad i was prescribed codine then tramadol this helps pain but makes me feel dreadful.
Its now a year and i am no further foward,im frustrated and feel every day is a struggle.
I suffer from Anxiety disorder as well as going through menopause and now i get confused as what is anxiety symptoms or menopause.
I have never been a big sleeper but due to a anxiety attack during a half sleep half awake zone it has made me so scared to sleep but in saying that i think it is menopause as well i am getting at the most 3 to 4 hours sleep a night and i cant take anything as i have a fear of taking new meds or even natural thing i feel very trapped at the moment and i guess am just vented from yet another night of not sleeping.
I also had breast cancer 9 years ago and 2 of the 3 lumps were oestrogen receptive so i cant take anything for the menopause even if i wasn't to scared to.
Am so over all this why can't we just stop our period and thats that when we have had the children we want not go through all this horrid stuff.
Thanks for letting me vent.
My goodness Lizlee,
You have had a bad time of it so sad i understand kinda i suffer from Anxiety and i wake with dizziness but myn is more from anxiety but in saying that as i have just posted about the whole anxiety and menopause symptoms being the same so i dont know im 52 and know im in full blown menopause. and the doctors cant tell by blood test u really need to have saliva tests to get a more accurate reading hope u get some help soon.
I am so glad I found this site. Wow, it's so nice to see that I'm not alone and not crazy. I have not had a period for about 2 years. This foggy headed, no concentration gig is brutal! As I write this I am close to tears. I have a new job with the government that is really good, however, I am blowing it. I just can't seem to retain the stuff I'm learning on the job. Skills I was good at ten years ago are now a real struggle. In my position I have weekly, monthly and quarterly duties. The weekly stuff isn't too bad but the others...can you say DUNCE!! I'm even thinking of leaving this job as the stress of my poor memory is too much. I think I will find a no mind job that at least I won't be taking a hit to my self esteem everyday. Wal-Mart here I come.lol This is no joke. I have had enough of this mental foggy feeling. Anyone try anything that helps? Thanks for letting me vent. It's hard to find anyone to talk to about this. I don't think people understand unless they are going through it.
I don't know if this helps, but what I am doing to get through this brain stuff is: get medical testing and during this process I started making lists at work. Staying organized and not multi tasking as much. Focus on one task at a time. I actually made an XCELL spread sheet to organize my files. I also categorized my emails in my inbox so that I can be more organized. It helps me a lot. I hate that other people feel what I feel, but at the same time I am thankful for everyone sharing so that I don't feel alone! Oh, and I learned to pray more!
I also have the foggy, stupid, cannot remember anything short term feeling. Doesn't help that the rules of the job change with every day that the boss changes shoes! I used to work in a local discount store and ran 7 departments with the main buyer. Now I can't even do a simple Customer Service job for a small manufacturer. I am afraid to try anything for fear it will make it worse!
Thank you for venting and allowing me to vent. You're right no one else understands if their not going thru it.
I'm experiencing exactly the same thing. I don't even have to be standing up or moving fast. In fact if I'm typing and look away from my computer my head feels like it's moving in slow motion jerks. It's like an unreal feeling, I can't explain it, but I suspect many of you know exactly what I'm talking about. I'd like a video of myself when this happens because I feel like I can't be moving normally. Good to know this is a menopausal symptom because like some else said, I thought I could be having a stroke.
I too have been feeling this awful head feeling for about 2 years on and off. I usually wake up with it in the morning. The thing that I have found helps is getting exercise. I started walking an hour a day about 8 months ago and found that I was having this less and less. I have been slacking off my walking and BAM today I wake up with the head feeling. I'm going to try to get back to some type of exercise and see if this will make the difference that it seemed to make in the past.
Hi, have you noticed if you have any sinus symptoms? Ear ringing? I did have some of these symptoms and ended up having a sinus infection and took 1round of rx and then started using rx nose spray 1x a night. Also, increased water intake greatly. It seems to have made the symptoms less severe and less often. I am not sure if this is related to anxiety, sinus or menopause symptoms! Whatever it is...I want it to stop because it does trigger anxiety or panic!
Sometimes I do have sinus symptoms, possibly allergy related. But I really feel it is mostly due to perimenopause with me. Drinking more water usually always makes me feel better so I am wondering if dehydration could also be playing a role.
Wow, I was thinking the same thing about dehydration! I believe its probably perimenopause/menopause but maybe dehydration does play a role! I will up the water and see what happens! I wonder if the "episodes" are more frequent or intense during 1 week a month. I will try to chart the intensity as far as frequency, once it happened (actually Jan2013 was my first weird head feeling) I have had mild episodes of it several times a day. Hope I can figure out a pattern, or really hope it just goes away! Thanks for your suggestion!
OMG!! I can't tell you how relieved I am!! I thought I was going crazy!! EXACT same symptoms. Woke up... room spinning, went to ER but all my numbers were normal except blood pressure all over the place. they told me eat less salt and go see an ear doctor. Ear doctor said possible infection that will go away by itself. ugh! Now a month later, the room spinning went away but constant dizziness and 'off' feeling in my head still there.
Only thing that helps is eating super CLEAN, fruits, veggies, grains, NO salt, NO white sugar, NO condiments or sauces. I'm only 45. Am I gonna have to expect 10 more years of this thru the whole menopause cycle?!?! UGH!!! I'm starting on Dr. Schulze's herbs. He has a "Female Formula" that I used to take during my periods and it worked great for PMS.
I just don't trust Doctors and the medical industry anymore. Gonna go Holistic with herbs and organic food. There's too many hormones and chemicals in our food supply now. I believe the body can do wonders if maintained properly and God knows I have NOT been taking good care of my body lately!!
Thank you ladies for relieving my anxiety and helping me feel like I'm not alone!!!
I started experiencing dizzy spells and episodes of lightheadedness about 5 months ago. After 2 brain surgeries (a recurrent benign tumor)and 6 weeks of radiation, I attributed it to that. But, since I was 2 years post all that, my PC doctor sent me to a neurologist who diagnosed me with migraines without the headache. Hmmm, not sure about that one. Then, my PC sent me to an ENT who checked my hearing and after spending a whole 3 minutes with me said I had BPPV and I needed this procedure. I felt like all I was to him was money in the bank so I passed on the procedure. I even checked with my eye doctor in case it had something to do with my vision. Today I have my annual appointment with my GYN so I'll ask him about it. All I know is, I DON'T like the way I feel when I'm going through one of these episodes!!
Hi ladies....I too am having the same symptoms as many of you...thought I was having a stroke when getting these weird head feeling....feels like quick 1 second unsteady feeling in my head like my brain is rocking....afterwards feel shaken and flushed...prob from the anxiety it causes...went thru easy menopause 6 yrs ago with no symptoms...what the heck...r my hormones going out of control now?....going to c an endocrinologist who wants to ck. my adrenal glands levels....any imput u ladies have....please help
Omg! I have the same weird feeling in my head I am 45 had a hysterectomy in my thirties so I don't have a period to monitor where I am at. One doctor says you are in menopause then another says I'm not... I too just started a new job and have anxiety. I can't tell which one is bothering me the most. What a scary time it is for me, because I don't know what to do about it. The had thing just happens at anytime.... I'm just completely at a loss and don't know what to do about it
Thank you ladies for being so open and sharing! I am 44 yrs old and have been having many of the same symptoms. I expected a lot of them but the dizziness really threw me for a loop. I have had vertigo of an on since my mid 20's but noticed in the last year it has become more frequent. I am unemployed right now so i don't have insurance. I am researching information to try a more natural/homeopathic approach. We'll see how the cookie crumbles! Good luck ladies and thanks again.
I have just turned 44. I had the dizziness a few months ago and the doctor said it is too early for menopause. I now believe it is just menopause. I shall let it settle for awhile, before going for more tests.
Well, after having the weird head feelings, I have done many tests. Hormones came out showing low estrogen. I went to a neurologist. Not sure this is a good idea. Did many tests and an eeg test came back showing abnormal results that resembled epileptiform discharges without clinical spells. Not sure what all that means but when I went back to the doctor for the results he said that I had "great insurance" and had already cleared further testing. I do not feel that this is necessary. I also asked if it could be hormonal and he said "no". I disagree. You all have described what I feel and I have never had a "seizure". I have had anxiety and panic attacks. I also had a very difficult pregnancy 25years ago and I believe I am super sensitive to hormonal changes. My Gyno. ordered bio identical creams and I will start the 2nd one today. Not sure about this lovely road to menopause but I sure hope to get through it healthy! So far I regret going to the Neurologist because it has caused me to feel worse mentally and who knows if there really is any kind of a problem. I love having good insurance but it also comes with a price other than money! It is amazing that after all these years of life we cannot figure out how to deal with the natural aging process more successfully!
I have had exactly the same thing for 4 years started with sudden onset vertigo which left me clinging to the bed for 2 weeks! Had countless scans, specialists etc when also discovered that blood pressure was spiking at exact same time despite usually being normal. I kept a diary and managed to pinpoint that all of my attacks are hitting at the same point in my cycle every month - from ovulation to just before menstruation. Have now seen a hormone specialist who thinks it is a classic case of low progesterone (and estrogen dominance). I have been telling doctors for years it was hormonal! Just about to start progesterone therapy. The only advice I can give is to keep a diary and consider cycle and hormone levels - lack of progesterone is known to increase blood pressure!
Ladies, I am SO thankful to have found you, I honestly thought I was alone. I have been searching for answers online and until now have not really found anything that really described how I feel. I am 46, perimenopausal and hypothyrodic so my OB has put me on Progesteron, Estradol and Levothyroxin and none of this has made me feel any better. I still have what I call my "zone outs" where I suddenly have this lost feeling, don't know where I am for a few second. I find myself lost in my own house 3 or 4 times a day. Also suffer from low enery, tingling sensations all over my body, phantom joint pains, slight headaches, dizziness, fuzzy head, hot flashes, you name it I feel like I have it. All of that to say the meds don't seem to be helping! I think the combo of thyroid and menopause may be the double whamy. I'm glad to know I'm not the only one out there feeling this way! Anyone else have the thyroid menopause combo thing going on?
I was recently diagnosed with a Thyroid that no longer works
I am on meds and my doctor thinks the dosage is right I do feel slightly better but sure I've started menopause Get hot flushes night sweats trouble sleeping through the night Really hard part at work is my memory loss - anyone else notice this?
I am 36 years old and have also been suffering with the above symptoms which seemed to be worst during menstruation. The doctor says that i am too young to be going through the menopause,although i started menstruation at a very young age of 9. I am relieved to have read these forums and know that i am not imaging these symptoms.
Thank you everyone for making me feel like I'm not going crazy. My GP told me I was going through perimenopause after blood tests I requested for why I was so short tempered. That was when I was 44, I'm 45 now and the hot flushes (face feel like its swelling and burning), insomnia and now the dizziness/vertigo - driving me crazy! I'm considering HRT but just feel too young