Fibromyalgia and Balance Problems
A problem with balance is one of the worst symptoms of fibromyalgia. It starts with dizziness and light-headedness, and can occur at any time or location, including when rising from a chair or bed.
To maintain balance, the brain is constantly bombarded with messages from different parts of the body such as the inner ear, eyes and muscle receptors, and is known as the “equilibrium system". Fibromyalgia sufferers have difficulty in coordination of these messages to the equilibrium system for various reasons, causing dizziness.
There are several types of dizziness, including:
Disequilibrium: This type of dizziness gives the feeling of unsteadiness that promotes a feeling of imbalance. This can lead to staggering, tripping and falls.
Vertigo: Vertigo creates the feeling of spinning, tilting or floating above the ground.
Light headedness: This gives the sensation of the head being lighter than the rest of the body, and leads to unsteadiness and imbalance.
Near fainting: This type of dizziness gives the feeling of fainting or passing out. It often occurs when getting out of bed, as the blood rushes to the legs and starves the brain of blood.