Dizziness is a problem for nearly 70% of people with fibromyalgia. When it occurs on a daily basis, like with fibromyalgia, severe dizziness can really inhibit your life. There are some things you can do to address the dizziness and balance issues. In this post, I will give you ten tips to stop dizziness.
The term dizziness means different things to different people. Some people use it to describe feeling light-headed or off-balance, while others use it to describe vertigo (the feeling that their surroundings are spinning).
Finding solutions for your dizziness depends on the type of dizziness you are experiencing and what is causing it. If you missed my last post, about the most common causes of dizziness and poor balance in people with fibromyalgia, you may want to read it, first.
Tips to Stop Dizziness
Finding a way to stop or prevent feelings of dizziness can be a process of trial and error. Here are 10 tips to help:
- Move Slowly – If you are prone to dizziness, it is important not to make any sudden moves.
- When you get out of bed, do it in stages. First, sit up slowly. Then, put your feet on the floor. Take a moment to breathe. Slowly stand up and hold on to a stable surface. Relax a moment and breathe before you try walking.
- When moving from a sitting position to a standing position, flex your legs first. This will help get your circulation going. If you feel dizzy after standing up, focus on an eye-level spot on the wall and breathe. Don’t walk away until you feel stable. Use a cane or some type of support, if you need to.
- Watch Your Diet – Eat frequent healthy meals. Avoid artificial sweeteners and highly sweet or salty foods, caffeine and alcohol. They can all contribute to feelings of dizziness, or even cause dizziness in people prone to light-headedness, vertigo and problems with balance.
- Stay Hydrated – Dehydration can cause of dizziness, so make an effort to drink more water. It is recommended to drink half your body weight of water every day. So if you weight 100 pounds, you should drink 50 ounces of water a day.
- Take a look at your medications – Dizziness can be a side-effect of certain medications, including anti-seizure drugs, sedatives, tranquilizers, antihistamines, and blood-pressure medication. If you think your dizziness is caused by your medication, talk to your doctor about alternative medications or changing your dosage.
- Breathe Deeply – Anxiety and stress leads to rapid shallow breathing and can cause dizziness. Deep breathing helps soothe nerves and alleviates stress. It also regulates blood pressure, heart rate, circulation, digestion and many other bodily functions. The key to deep breathing is to breathe deeply from the abdomen. When you take deep breaths from the abdomen, rather than shallow breaths from your upper chest, you inhale more oxygen.
- Home Remedies – Below are some of the home remedies that can help stop dizziness.
- Ginger helps dizziness by stimulating blood flow to the brain. Studies have shown that ginger can alleviate dizziness faster than some over-the-counter medications. It also helps with nausea and migraine headaches. Take ginger supplements, chew on a small slice of raw ginger or drink ginger tea.
- Honey and apple cider vinegar will reduce the intensity and severity of dizziness. Don’t expect instant results though, it works very effectively in the long-term. Apple cider vinegar regulates blood sugar and blood pressure. Drink two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar together with two teaspoons of honey in a glass of water three times a day.
- Lemon water with salt and black pepper is good for immediate relief of dizziness. It also helps control blood pressure and nausea. Drink 8 ounces of water mixed with 3 teaspoons of lemon juice and a pinch of salt and black pepper.
- Ginko biloba boosts blood flow within the inner ear so it helps correct some inner ear problems. This study provides evidence that Ginkgo biloba extract is at least as effective as the world’s most frequently prescribed vertigo medication, Betahistine.
- Feverfew is known to help prevent migraine headaches, which can cause dizziness. Feverfew can also lower blood pressure and reduce inflammation within your inner ear. Herbalists claim it helps with nausea, dizziness, vertigo, tinnitus (ringing in the ear) and many other conditions.
- Treat Allergies – Allergies, congestion and sinus pressure can make you dizzy and contribute to problems with fluid in the inner ear. This is one reason why I get dizzy and have constant ringing in my right ear. To keep the fluid from building up and causing real problems like severe vertigo and hearing loss. I take allergy medication and irrigate my nasal passages with a salt and water solution. I have tried different allergy meds and have found the only one that helps my inner ear is Zyrtec. I also use a Neti pot at least once a day, before going to bed. The Neti pot is s plastic pot that looks like Aladdin’s magic lamp.
- Over-the counter Medications – Two medications, you can buy without a prescription, used to treat dizziness, vertigo and nausea are:
- Meclizine, available as an over-the-counter medication commonly called Bonine or Antivert, was long used as a prescription medication for vertigo. The drug is thought to help people who are prone to dizziness by decreasing sensitivity in the balance centers of the central nervous system.
- Dimenhydrinate, known as Dramamine, is used for motion sickness. It settles the stomach and eases dizziness. Dimenhydrinate is often recommended for cases of vertigo.
- Trigger Point Massage – Trigger points in the neck (sternocleidomastoid trigger points) create symptoms such as: headaches, balance problems, dizziness, nausea, sinus congestion, hearing problems and visual disturbances. The good news is, you can fix these problems in a simple way. You can read the post on how to massage these trigger points here.
- Repositioning Exercises – Canalith repositioning can help relieve benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), a condition in which you have brief, but intense, episodes of dizziness that occur when you move your head. Canalith repositioning consists of several simple head maneuvers. It is quite effective in relieving vertigo and works 80 percent or more of the time, after one or two treatments. Although a canalith repositioning procedure is easy enough to do at home, instruction from a medical professional is recommended to avoid injury. A neck or back injury is one risk of performing the canalith procedure incorrectly. I will publish a post about this soon.