Vaso-vagal reflex

Another possible cause for dizziness and light-headedness is neutrally-mediated hypotension, which is also known as vaso-vagal reflex. This is a drop in blood pressure and heart rate that manifests in sweating, feeling faint (or actually fainting) and falls.

Neurally-mediated hypotension may occur at certain times:

· after standing for a period of time

· when the environment is warm

· after exercise

· after experiencing emotional stress

· after a heavy meal

Although some studies do not show a direct link between the Chiari Malformation and FMS, there seems to be a connection nevertheless, since it appears frequently in people with FMS.

Chiari Malformation or Medications?

Chiari malformation is a condition that causes brain tissue to settle into the spinal cord. It occurs at the juncture of the skull and neck where a part of the skull is may be too small or misshapen allowing for a part of the brain to settle into the large opening at the base of the skull.

The brain is not supposed to be there, only nerves should be going through that particular passage. If the brain is pressing there, it is called Chiari Malformation. It is a structural problem that is usually present at birth and isn't usually caused by anything other than a congenital defect.

It is possible for medications to present a side effect of dizziness and accompanying balance problems. Since those with FMS tend to take more medications than most people, it is a consideration to talk with the doctor about the possibilities of medication induced dizziness.

Making Life Easier: Treat Fibro Dizziness and Balance

There are some things you can do to address the dizziness and balance issues:

· Make your home and workplace hazard free - especially removing tripping hazards and sharp objects and furniture that could injure if you fell against it.

· Be aware of standing or jumping up from a prone position too quickly. Bending can also cause dizziness or make it worse. Learn to squat rather than bend over if possible.

· Pilates, Tai Chi, Yoga, and dance are all good ways to improve balance.

· Exercise is an excellent way to gain strength as well as stability and balance.

· Walking poles are a great asset, especially on days when you're feeling dizzy. Besides giving you confidence as you walk, they also contribute to a good cardiovascular workout.

Living with fibromyalgia is no picnic, but it is possible to have quality of life when you know what you're dealing with and how to address the symptoms. Learn more about fibromyalgia dizziness.

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1. Dizziness and Balance
2. Feeling light headed?
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