1:09 am - 03/11/2007

losing balance/feeling faint while having period.

My friend convinced me to join this community, and I'm very glad she did! It makes me feel a lot more normal.

I have a bit of a question (like everyone else), and I was wondering if anyone could help me out. I have a very heavy flow my first day/night of my period (it usually starts in the evening, and I have really bad cramps and all for one night and half of the next day). I usually arrange it so I can be in bed for the duration of it, or so that I can lounge around and eat yummy food and just pamper myself.

Anyway...when I finally got of bed this morning, I felt really..dizzy and faint. And I ended up crashing headfirst into my dresser. I'm okay, a little embarrassed (my father heard the crash and rushed in to see if I was okay), but kind of confused. I always feel a little faint on my first day, but I've never actually fallen.

Is there anything I should do/take prior to starting my period to get rid of the unstable feelings?

suicidekitty911 11th-Mar-2007 06:31 am (UTC)
i get dizzy spells a lot...i've never talked to the doc about it, but the one thing i've learned is stand up slooooowly.
tentongoldfish 11th-Mar-2007 06:38 am (UTC)
Serious icon love.

Haha. I've never been really good at doing anything slowly.

h0rsegurrrl 11th-Mar-2007 07:44 pm (UTC)
Hahahahaha nice icon.
jexia 11th-Mar-2007 06:32 am (UTC)
How are your iron levels? Do you drink enough water?
tentongoldfish 11th-Mar-2007 06:36 am (UTC)
I drink a lot of water, but I'm not sure about my iron levels. I've been told that I'm underweight for my height as well, but I'm not sure if that has anything to do with it.

jasminelily 11th-Mar-2007 07:03 am (UTC)
Iron was definitely my first thought -- this page has a good list of iron rich foods, but you can look around on Google for other sources. You should try to eat significantly more of these foods in the week before and first few days of your period, and you should see a big difference.
sassychic807 11th-Mar-2007 07:17 am (UTC)
Yeah, check your iron levels, or better yet see if you are slightly anemic. I am and I go through the same thing. Talk to your doctor about looking into it, it's nothing serious, nothing a multi-vitamin shouldn't remedy. Do you ever crave peanuts or red meat?
queensugar 11th-Mar-2007 09:03 am (UTC)
I know when I was twelve and started getting faint spells, my mom just shrugged and said "you'll be starting your period soon." She was raised in the 40s, back when all you needed to know about family health was what your grandmother learned from her grandmother -- so it's certainly something that's been well observed over the years. Knowing that menstruating women are more at risk for anemia makes that more clear.

So yes, as others said, I wonder if it may be a mild case of anemia -- faintness is certainly associated, and the timing would seem to indicate that as a potential likely cause. Others already gave you links to some good iron-rich foods, and your standard woman-formulated daily multivitamin may also help. :)
elettaria 11th-Mar-2007 01:43 pm (UTC)
Don't go too long without eating. If you have PMS, the recommendation is to eat a complex carb every 2-2.5 hours to stabilise blood sugar and so forth (has a knock-on effect on hormones). I get much dizzier if I don't. Get your blood pressure checked as well, low blood pressure can cause dizziness. Be careful getting out of bed and with hot baths or showers. Trust me, getting out of a bath and then keeling over is Not Fun.
scien 11th-Mar-2007 01:55 pm (UTC)
That could be due to low iron levels (anaemia) from the blood loss, it's happened to me once and that was the cause. I suggest you get your iron levels checked at the doctors.

But also make sure to eat!
majellen 11th-Mar-2007 02:30 pm (UTC)
I agree with all the people that say "check for anemia"

Not to scare you, but please take it seriously. I didn't, and ended up in the hospital needing two blood transfusions and five days of intravenous iron, plus months and months of vitamin B injections.

So, go see your doctor. Preferably while you're having these spells, and have him check your blood pressure and RBC and iron levels. If it's not that, maybe they can find the cause elsewhere.

Good luck!
elettaria 11th-Mar-2007 04:30 pm (UTC)
So did you have pernicious anaemia as well as iron-deficient anaemia, then?
majellen 11th-Mar-2007 07:41 pm (UTC)
You know, I never thought to ask that. I know that they did find the cause of my anemia to be from internal bleeding as well as my super-long periods (caused by my PCOS but at the time we weren't sure that's what it was.) The internal bleeding was from a nasty ulcer in my throat that had been untreated for several years (no med. insurance and in college!). They had been giving me oral iron to treat my anemia before this, and wondered why it wasn't working.

Turns out, oral iron irritates the stomach and ulcers in the GI tract. Go figure. But I just checked the symptoms/treatments of pernicious and yes, that sounds about right. Hereditary, yes...mom has it too. B12 injections, yes, but I'm off them for now and it's being monitored, so it may or may not be - I'll ask next time! Thanks for waking me up!

(I was a little out of it at the time!)
my_neighborhood 11th-Mar-2007 03:04 pm (UTC)
Talk to your doctor and get checked for anemia. Even if you don't have anemia you probably have low iron levels. They may suggest iron pills.
chaconnei This is a late reply but..25th-Apr-2010 07:22 am (UTC)
Hey, I can see that your message was like 3 years ago, but I thought I'd contribute an answer upon passing by.

One of the most common causes of dizzy spells during periods is indeed anaemia in women yes, but that's not the only reason. It might be because you simply have low blood pressure normally, (like me) and during periods, this drops even lower, which your body is unable to cope with as well as it did before. This is obviously because you're bleeding heavily down there which drops the BP. Especially when you get up from lying down for a long time right? I've had very bad fainting/dizzy spells as well.. the cramps were also unbearable! My years of experience would be to drink fluids, but most of all, EAT. Also try to move around more as just sitting still and lying flat for ages because of the pain will drop your BP low too whilst on your period.

If you have bad cramps like me, it's good to see a doctor about some medications you can get prescribed for. I've been on something called Mefenamic acid tablets for 5 years or more now and it's made SUCH a difference. Relieves that deadly pain within half hr! Or, you can get over the counter ones in pharmacies which are not as effective but still works to a good effect sometimes.

Hope this helps. :)
Ria Yukihana Cherry Late reply, but I can relate.14th-Jun-2013 05:04 pm (UTC)
Happens mostly after getting up after a long time. I thought it was me alone. Although my iron and blood sugar levels seem okay-ish.
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