Disorientation and unsteadiness

Hi all

I'm new to this group and would be grateful for some support.

Since November 2018, I have been experiencing bouts of dizziness, almost as though I'm drunk but not in a good way 😊 Does anyone else experience this. If so, how do you manage it?

I'm 43 but have been perimenopausal since I was 36.

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  • KazKaz Posts: 482 mod

    Hello @Bevlar

    I used to get this - and at the time I was never sure if it was a symptom of the menopause or the migraines I suffer from. It was awful! I now know that dizziness and vertigo like symptoms (as you say like being drunk but not in a good way!) can be less common side effects of the menopause. Unfortunately, when I researched it to try and improve things, the things suggested to treat it involved

    staying hydrated (more fluids meant more loo stops in the night!)

    getting plenty of sleep (I couldn't - I was menopausal!)

    sit or lie down when it strikes (I didn't really have a choice with this!)

    Don't skip meals (this certainly wasn't an issue 😳)

    Warm showers (I just didn't understand this one!)

    I was advised to take antihistamines and this did work for a bit. I wore travel sickness bands for a while too! My migraine medication had an anti sickness element to it, and this seemed to help, but I didn't want to take this frequently, and by the time the dizziness appeared, it was too generally too late to if that makes sense? The GP also advised that they could prescribe an anti sickness medication but I didn't try this.

    I am now on HRT, and I no longer have the dizzy spells!

    What have you tried? 😊

  • Julie20Julie20 Posts: 182 mod

    Hi @Bevlar

    Welcome to this wonderful group. It sounds like you have vertigo. Has your GP ever suggested this to you ? It may be worth another visit to the GP and mentioning this. The problem with some GP's now is that they are set in their ways and you have to go in and tell them what it is that you think you have, it then seems to switch a light on in their heads so to speak.

    Vertigo is horrible and can feel very much as if you are drunk and muzzy headed.

    Good luck x

  • MargeSimp67MargeSimp67 Posts: 14

    Ive often felt that it may be vertigo. Is there treatment for this? I wonder what has caused this. Does it go on its own?xx

  • Julie20Julie20 Posts: 182 mod

    Hi @MargeSimp67

    How are you feeling now? Vertigo can come and go. Nobody knows the real cause as it could be a number of things, sometimes an ear infection can cause you to be off balance.

    I hope you are feeling a bit better now X

  • MargeSimp67MargeSimp67 Posts: 14

    Thanku so much for asking. No i still feel rotton. Im going back to docs i think as been off hrt nearly a week and no different. No hot flushes back though!

    Im sure its hormonial but possibly vertigo. My friend has had it and she thinks that whst it is brought on by meds!!!

  • Julie20Julie20 Posts: 182 mod

    Some medication can bring on vertigo, especially HRT. It may be worth asking to trial a different type or alternatively having the mirena coil with oestrogel.

    I've got the coil and although I've had a lot of complications with it I have to say that 90% of menopause symptoms have disappeared and in myself I actually feel quite good. X

  • MargeSimp67MargeSimp67 Posts: 14

    Hi Julie

    Thats what I have..the mirena coil and estogel.

    My mirena is due to be changed in 2 weeks. Im 52.

    I felt better from mirens change last time as it may have run out i suppose.

    Ive stopped gel completely now. No hot sweats but still vertigo( if it is)

    I did take 2 sturgeon for travel sickness yesterday and it cleared head for z while so maybe it is vertigo.

    Scared to go back on estrogen.xx

  • Julie20Julie20 Posts: 182 mod

    Hi @MargeSimp67

    It will be interesting to see how you feel once you have a new coil. I would imagine you will get a few headaches due to the rush of hormones again.

    I've also stopped the oestrogen but only because I keep forgetting to go to the chemist but to be honest I don't think it actually makes much difference at the moment.

    Keep me updated on the new coil x

  • MargeSimp67MargeSimp67 Posts: 14

    Damn hormones.

    It is so hit and miss isnt it. If ive stopped hrt im not sure i need coil anymore but then if i do start estrogen again id rather have coil for progesterone.

    A menopause nurse told me she was keeping her coil in and continuing with her patches till she gets to 60!!

    Cant believe ive had no hot flushes yet. Been off gel for week now. Wonder how long they will take to return or maybe ive past it. Maybe i didnt need estrogen hence heads!

    Its a minefield. Maybe ill get to bottom of it!!

    Thanks for your support!xxx

  • Julie20Julie20 Posts: 182 mod

    I was originally put on the oestrogel due to low oestrogen levels but I do wonder if once the levels return to normal should the oestrogel be stopped as too much of any hormone can be as bad for us as not enough of the hormone.

    Research time I think :)

  • MargeSimp67MargeSimp67 Posts: 14

    Yes. Im wondering the same. Got drs for later. Hopefully i can sort this. If no joy im going to email bms again for a donation of £10. Ill keep u posted!!xx

  • MargeSimp67MargeSimp67 Posts: 14

    Hi Julie20

    Been docs. She wants to do bloodtests.

    She says go ahead with mirena coil change on 17th. She doesnt think hormones from this will make differnce. So i await. She think maybe a few weeks b4 any hot flushes would return if at all. So its a waiting game!!!x

  • Julie20Julie20 Posts: 182 mod

    Perfect. Blood tests are a good start, at least you have a gp that is on it and prepared to help.

    Keep me posted x

  • MargeSimp67MargeSimp67 Posts: 14

    I will. I really hope we get to bottom of it. She took note of the letter sent from Menopause nurse too who i saw privately. Id like to see her again but its too expensive so fingers crossed gp can find out. She didnt really go for the vertigo theory though!!!!!x

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