When to see your doctor about dizziness and loss of balance
Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), symptoms of this type of vertigo are when everything moves when you look up. It happens when small calcium crystals found on nerve endings in the ear dislodge and float into the inner ear canals.
Also known as ‘top-shelf vertigo’, this is the most common cause of dizziness as you age. Symptoms occur on looking up or bending down. They can last from a few seconds to several minutes.
A simple, speedy procedure called the Epley manoeuvre may eliminate symptoms. Usually performed by a doctor or physiotherapist, it involves moving your head into several different positions to shift the dislodged crystals back to their rightful place.
See your doctor If you’re having heavy periods and dizziness. Excessive blood loss may be causing dizziness. See our piece on Irregular, Erratic or Heavy Periods.
NHS Choices say that anti-histamines can be prescribed for short term use to deal with nausea and dizziness caused by vertigo.
Dizziness and balance issues can be symptoms of underlying health condition so don’t assume yours is being caused by hormonal imbalance, seek advice.
And then there’s always HRT….
If you can take HRT there may be a little trial and error involved in finding the right dose, type and method as some women do report dizziness when they start taking it. Otherwise HRT will deal with the root of menopausal dizziness, by restoring hormone levels.
The usual caveat here, that HRT is something to be discussed with your doctor. There are pros and cons to taking it. See our vlog, What is HRT? We don’t take a view. It’s for you to decide whether it’s for you or not.