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Don’t Look Down! ~ Why Dizziness Is A Part Of FMS & What Can Be Done

Vertigo and dizziness are two fairly common experiences of Fibromyalgia.  There is a direct correlation to our blood pressure and vertigo.  Guess what? We’re back to the ol’ sympathetic nervous system!  As we know, Fibromyalgia is ‘nervous system disorder’.  In short, the signals and chemicals that regulate; fight/flight, digestion, heart rate, breathing, relaxation, ect. are all screwed up.  Due to ‘sympathetic hypo-reactivity’, or the constant ‘overdrive’ the sympathetic nervous system is subject to, low blood pressure can occur.  One of the most common characteristics of low blood pressure is dizziness/vertigo.


 The picture above isn’t helping any.  Kind of regretting my choice of images…..make it stop moving!!

Anyway, most people are light headed and dizzy from time to time.  What I am referring to here is a spinning, unbalanced sensation that can last for weeks and days.  It can be fairly mild at times where at best I may bump into a wall or two, or it can be more severe where it can make driving a little tricky.  I remember feeling panicked a few years when I had to drive on an overpass.  Vertigo and heights…..not a good combination.

Officially, this condition is called ‘Neurally Mediated Hypotension’;

Fibromyalgia sufferers with neurally mediated hypotension have difficulty regulating their blood pressure levels. When most people stand up, blood rushes to their legs and feet.

The body then releases epinephrine, which causes the heart rate to increase and blood vessels to constrict.


The heart is then forced to pump more blood to the rest of your body to compensate for all the blood that went to the legs.

People with neurally mediated hypotension have a problem that prevents the heart rate from increasing. Instead of increasing, the heart rate actually drops, preventing the necessary amount of blood from being pumped around the body. This leads to neurally mediated hypotension symptoms like dizziness and fainting.


What can be done about it?  Well, if it becomes severe enough, and is debilitating, blood pressure medication may need to be introduced.  If it’s your run of the mill Fibro annoyance, drink lots of water (to prevent dehydration which can contribute to dizziness), and like most FMS P.I.A.’s, ride it out till it passes.

~Recipe Of The Week~
~Whole Wheat Walnut Pancakes w/Apple Spiced Honey Syrup~


1 cup milk
1 tbsp vinegar* (white wine or apple cider)
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 egg
2 tbsp melted butter
 olive oil for pan

Combine the milk and vinegar and let the mixture curdle while you mix together the other ingredients.

In a big bowl, whisk to combine the whole wheat flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, walnuts and salt. Set aside.

In another bowl, whisk together the egg, melted butter, and the curdled milk, until it looks fairly homogenous and smooth. Whisk this wet mixture into the dry ingredients, and stir the two together until just barely mixed. You want any visible loose flour to be stirred in, but there should still be plenty of lumps. If you stir out the lumps, the pancakes will likely be tough.

Preheat pan and grease the surface with olive oil. Add small scoops of pancake batter and use the cookie scooper to gently smooth the scoop into a flatter circle. Cook for a few minutes, until you start to see little bubbles forming on the surface. Flip the pancakes with a turner and cook for a few minutes on the other side, until you peek underneath and see that the bottom is golden brown. (adapted from Fifteen Spatulas)

~Apple Spiced Honey Syrup~

~1/2 Cup Raw Unfiltered Local Honey

~1 tsp apple pie spice

Melt honey and spice. Pour over pancakes.


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    October 15 at 8:33 am

    These pancakes sound delicious. I especially am interested in trying the honey syrup. Pinning!
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      October 15 at 9:45 am

      Thank you, enjoy!;)

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    Deborah Brooks
    October 19 at 7:38 am

    ooh I love walnuts! Those look easy and delish thanks for linking up with us for Meatless Monday
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      October 19 at 1:03 pm

      Thank you Deborah 🙂

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    Amanda Brooks
    October 20 at 12:28 pm

    If only I had a stack of those in front of me right now… they look DELICIOUS!
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      October 20 at 12:41 pm

      Ha! Ha! Thanks Amanda 😉

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    October 20 at 9:49 pm

    Love the info on Vertigo and dizziness that’s so interesting! The pancakes sound fantastic as well! 🙂
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      October 20 at 11:31 pm

      Thank you! 🙂

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    October 21 at 10:50 am

    What a great Pancake recipe! Thanks for linking up on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday. Hope to see you again! Pinned!

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      October 21 at 4:59 pm

      Thank you Elaine! 🙂

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    Nikki Frank-Hamilton
    October 23 at 7:13 pm

    I had no idea. I am learning so much more about A.I. diseases since I have one. I don’t have low blood pressure though and I haven’t vertigo, it sounds miserable, and I am so sorry that you have experienced it. So sorry. I am partially blind since my stroke, it was in my eye, and I have APS which is sticky blood, and I have high blood pressure. I get dizzy and see double, but it doesn’t last for more than a few minutes, usually. I cannot imagine having this feeling for longer than that.

    The recipe looks so good too! If you’ve seen my Instagram or Facebook you know I’m a bit obsessed with gluten free waffles right now, I may have to try your recipe too! Sounds delish! Pinning!
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      October 23 at 8:58 pm

      Thanks Nikki, on my part I can’t imagine being partially blind. That must be difficult. Isn’t it crazy, all these things we never imagined we’d have to deal with, and yet here we are! So glad to hear from you every week 🙂

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    October 27 at 6:22 am

    I had no idea dizziness and virtigo was a part of fibro. I don’t think there isn’t something that isn’t related to it as my sister suffers bad from these I know understand a bit more. Thank you ever so much for linking up to Share With Me. #sharewithme
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      October 27 at 9:23 am

      Yep, when your central nervous system is messed up it affects so much of the body. Thanks Jenny 😉

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