Thursday, July 28, 2011

Bats crowding out your belfry, dizziness in FM and CFS/ME

This blog is based on my original answer to “How do you treat dizziness in fibromyalgia and CFS/ME?” as fibromyalgia expert at

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First, you must find out what is causing your dizziness. Dizziness is a symptoms and can be caused by many conditions, but in FM and CFS/ME the major culprits are hypothyroidism, Nuerally Mediated Hypotension (NMH) or Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia (POTS). The presence of myofascial trigger points, causing chronic myofascial pain, located in muscles next to vital organs and blood vessels can also cause dizziness.

Therefore, you must first identify the cause of your dizziness to know how it is best treated. The treatment for all of the disorders I just suggested is different. Equally important is to rule out other conditions such as hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), insulin resistance, impending stroke, etc. Dizziness can be a symptom of many things.

Report this to your doctor and discuss the possibilities of the presence of these conditions, there are tests that can be done. Once any life threatening cause has been ruled out, be sure to check for myofascial trigger points in the area. They can be easily felt by a trained examiner, and treated. Myofascial Pain is present in most if not all FM patients, and many CFS/ME patients have said they suspect them too.

You can read more about all of this in our book, direct links at

Harmony and Hope, Celeste

All blogs, posts and answers are based on the work in Integrative Therapies for Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and Myofascial Pain: The Mind-Body Connection by Celeste Cooper, RN, and Jeff Miller, PhD. 2010, Vermont: Healing Arts press


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