By Dr_Trisha-Macnair Published 03/21/2016 13:52:00 | Views: 583
Dizziness and the menopause

I am going through the menopause and getting awful dizzy spells. I am having physiotherapy for chronic neck problems. Do you think that the dizziness is anything to do with my neck? My neck problems have also been giving me horrendous headaches, and affecting my ears. Please answer this question, I am getting very anxious about it. I am taking Oat Seeds - a herbal remedy for anxiety and depression. I do have panic attacks and sometimes I think that the panic attacks contribute to my dizziness.

There are least five possible explanations for your dizziness in what you tell me, and it could be caused by a combination of them (or something else entirely) so you will need some patience and a little help to sort it all out.

Dizziness may be a symptoms of the menopause

Some women complain of feeling dizzy as a symptom of the menopause. The cause is not clear but it may be related to changes to the blood vessels or nervous system as oestrogen levels drop, or it may accompany hot flushes. There may be changes in balance and posture which put a woman at increased risk of a fall.

Arthritis of the neck can lead to dizziness

Chronic neck problems, especially arthritis of the cervical spine, can compress the arteries travelling up the back of the neck to the brain. This reduces the blood flow to the areas of the brain controlling balance. Your doctor should check this for you.

Migraine and dizziness

Some people find that they get dizzy as part of a migraine headache.

Ear problems may be the culprit

Problems with the middle or inner ear can cause dizziness (for example as part of Menieres disease where there is also tinnitus and deafness).

Anxiety: cause or contributor?

Dizziness is a common complaint during a panic attack. A sense of feeling dizzy is very subjective and feeling anxious generally may make tiny episodes of feeling a little unsteady on your feet (which most of us get now and then) seem much worse.

Your dizziness is probably quite benign and may not need treatment in itself. But there are many other causes of persistent dizziness from low blood pressure to brain tumours. Get your doctor to give you a thorough check.

By Dr_Trisha-Macnair 03/21/2016 13:52:00

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