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.
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.
1 tbsp vinegar* (white wine or apple cider)
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
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.Enjoy 'ALWR' ?...Click here to SUBSCRIBE today and receive a FREE download & NEVER miss a post again!