There has got to be a.connection between fibromyalgia and hormones.  For women after being diagnosed with fibro we begin having swings with our hormones.  I am having all of the symptoms of perimenopause but blood work showed other wise. I experience hit flashes, menstrual irregularities,  and heart palpitations along with a hundred other symptoms.  I have also connected dizziness and fibro flares to hormones because a week before my menstrual cycle all symptoms escalate. I believe that fibro causes even our hormones to misfire. 

The Dizzies and Fibro

The very first symptom I had is quite common with fibro.  Dizziness and vertigo is one of the many symptoms of fibromyalgia.  Four years ago I was stricken with the worst vertigo and I literally thought I was dying.  

Since then I still battle daily dizziness.  Believe me it is no where what it was when it began,  but it is still there.  I have learned there are triggers that intensify it just as flares.  If I am exposed to flourescent lights or loud noises then I will have.a dizzy flare.  The hormone fluctuations of my menstrual cycle always brings on a spell as well as does strong smells,  migraines,  and using a computer for too long 

I have found things that help such as wearing sunglasses whenever I am going into shopping centers or offices where flourescent lighting is used,  keeping my allergies under control,  and limiting my time on the computer.  

Symptoms of fibro

Some Symptoms of Fibromyalgia

__ Fatigue, made worse by physical exertion or stress
__ Activity level decreased to less than 50% of pre-illness activity level
__ Recurrent flu-like illness
__ Sore throat
__ Hoarseness
__ Tender or swollen lymph nodes (glands), especially in neck and underarms
__ Shortness of breath (air hunger) with little or no exertion
__ Frequent sighing
__ Tremor or trembling
__ Severe nasal allergies (new allergies or worsening of previous allergies)
__ Cough
__ Night sweats
__ Low-grade fevers
__ Feeling cold often
__ Feeling hot often
__ Cold extremities (hands and feet)
__ Low body temperature (below 97.6)
__ Low blood pressure (below 110/70)
__ Heart palpitations
__ Dryness of eyes and/or mouth
__ Increased thirst
__ Symptoms worsened by temperature changes
__ Symptoms worsened by air travel
__ Symptoms worsened by stress

__ Headache
__ Tender points or trigger points
__ Muscle pain
__ Muscle twitching
__ Muscle weakness
__ Paralysis or severe weakness of an arm or leg
__ Joint pain
__ TMJ syndrome
__ Chest pain

__ Lightheadedness; feeling “spaced out”
__ Inability to think clearly (“brain fog”)
__ Seizures
__ Seizure-like episodes
__ Syncope (fainting) or blackouts
__ Sensation that you might faint
__ Vertigo or dizziness
__ Numbness or tingling sensations
__ Tinnitus (ringing in one or both ears)
__ Photophobia (sensitivity to light)
__ Noise intolerance

__ Feeling spatially disoriented
__ Dysequilibrium (balance difficulty)
__ Staggering gait (clumsy walking; bumping into things)
__ Dropping things frequently
__ Difficulty judging distances (e.g. when driving; placing objects on surfaces)
__ “Not quite seeing” what you are looking at

__ Hypersomnia (excessive sleeping)
__ Sleep disturbance: unrefreshing or non-restorative sleep
__ Sleep disturbance: difficulty falling asleep
__ Sleep disturbance: difficulty staying asleep (frequent awakenings)
__ Sleep disturbance: vivid or disturbing dreams or nightmares
__ Altered sleep/wake schedule (alertness/energy best late at night)

__ Depressed mood
__ Suicidal thoughts
__ Suicide attempts
__ Feeling worthless
__ Frequent crying
__ Feeling helpless and/or hopeless
__ Inability to enjoy previously enjoyed activities
__ Increased appetite
__ Decreased appetite
__ Anxiety or fear when there is no obvious cause
__ Panic attacks
__ Irritability; overreaction
__ Rage attacks: anger outbursts with little or no cause
__ Abrupt, unpredictable mood swings
__ Phobias (irrational fears)
__ Personality changes

__ Eye pain
__ Changes in visual acuity (frequent changes in ability to see well)
__ Difficulty with accommodation (switching focus from one thing to another)
__ Blind spots in vision

__ Sensitivities to medications (unable to tolerate “normal” dosage)
__ Sensitivities to odors (e.g., cleaning products, exhaust fumes, colognes, hair sprays)
__ Sensitivities to foods
__ Alcohol intolerance
__ Alteration of taste, smell, and/or hearing

__ Frequent urination
__ Painful urination or bladder pain
__ Prostate pain
__ Impotence
__ Endometriosis
__ Worsening of premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
__ Decreased libido (sex drive)

__ Stomach ache; abdominal cramps
__ Nausea
__ Vomiting
__ Esophageal reflux (heartburn)
__ Frequent diarrhea
__ Frequent constipation
__ Bloating; intestinal gas
__ Decreased appetite
__ Increased appetite
__ Food cravings
__ Weight gain
__ Weight loss

__ Rashes or sores
__ Eczema or psoriasis

__ Hair loss
__ Mitral valve prolapse
__ Dental problems
__ Periodontal (gum) disease
__ Aphthous ulcers (canker sores)

__ Difficulty with simple calculations (e.g., balancing checkbook)
__ Word-finding difficulty
__ Using the wrong word
__ Difficulty expressing ideas in words
__ Difficulty moving your mouth to speak
__ Slowed speech
__ Stuttering; stammering
__ Impaired ability to concentrate
__ Easily distracted during a task
__ Difficulty paying attention
__ Difficulty following a conversation when background noise is present
__ Losing your train of thought in the middle of a sentence
__ Difficulty putting tasks or things in proper sequence
__ Losing track in the middle of a task (remembering what to do next)
__ Difficulty with short-term memory
__ Difficulty with long-term memory
__ Forgetting how to do routine things
__ Difficulty understanding what you read
__ Switching left and right
__ Transposition (reversal) of numbers, words and/or letters when you speak
__ Transposition (reversal) of numbers, words and/or letters when you write
__ Difficulty remembering names of objects
__ Difficulty remembering names of people
__ Difficulty recognizing faces
__ Difficulty following simple written instructions
__ Difficulty following complicated written instructions
__ Difficulty following simple oral (spoken) instructions
__ Difficulty following complicated oral (spoken) instructions
__ Poor judgment
__ Difficulty making decisions
__ Difficulty integrating information (putting ideas together to form a complete picture or concept)
__ Difficulty following directions while driving
__ Becoming lost in familiar locations when driving

__ Feeling too disoriented to drive

B. Jennings