View Full Version : Irritable Bowel Syndrome and dizziness

22-04-07, 11:55 PM
I'm fairly new here so I may have missed posts on this subject, if so I apologize.

Has anyone else noticed they get extra-dizzy just before a bowel movement? This has happened to me a few times since I started this dizziness (I have no diagnosis yet) and a friend of mine said this is fairly common for IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) sufferers. I also get dizzy at nighttime, when switching positions in bed or when I look up suddenly or tilt my head far back (like in the shower to get the shampoo out of my hair).

I eat a fairly high fiber diet, I have absolutely no problem with my bowel movements, I am regular but yet, some days, I find myself spinning about 30 minutes or so before a bowel movement. It doesn't seem to be connected to what I eat (I keep a food diary for menopausal purposes!) I eat fairly well, we grow most of our own food on our farm, no additives, no packaged foods, low salt, etc.

Anyone else can relate to this?

Thanks for your support so far. I feel so much better knowing others feel like I do.

Claire in sunny Canada http://www.dizzytimes.com/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/biggrin.gif

23-04-07, 09:22 AM
Hi Claire,

A few years ago I had a stomach ulcer and it made the dizzies go mad altogether. My gastroenterologist explained that
problems with the digestive system can cause dizziness. Unfortunately for me, when the ulcer was gone I was back to my &#39;normal&#39; dizzy state and not cured, lol.
In answer to your question, on the odd occasion I have been more dizzy just before a bowel movement - The things we discuss on here, eh?


23-04-07, 09:31 AM
Hi Claire,

yeh your not on yr own, dizzyiness made my IBS worse, i got them both more or less the same time.x

29-04-07, 02:18 AM
Hello Claire

A little late in posting but here goes.
IBS can cause anxiety symptoms which could include dizziness.
As for your dizziness you have posted it could be BPPV of which there is information in the links
section of this site. If your spinning continues before your elimination situation the best person to
talk with is your General Practioner.
Since labs my body has been extra sensitive to a lot of things which were not a problem before.
My nerves are more frazzled. A pin drops and I jump lol.

Yep, I get days when I put my head back I get a dizzy head rush .
I get good and bad days with this. It changes.

Take care Claire


30-04-07, 01:47 PM
Hello Sandy and thanks for your reply.

I think I figured out my IBS situation: I checked my calendar (I mark everything down for menopause-related journal reasons) and everytime I get dizzy just before a bowel movement, I get a period or a mini-period a few days later (as I did just this past week, bled for one day ... will this menopause ever end?!? http://www.dizzytimes.com/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/mad.gif )

So I guess mine seems to be hormone-connected at this point.

Also, I have noticed whenever I get extra tired (as I mentioned in another post, I have 4 children and 2 of them are autistic so sleep is never an easy thing at my house!!! I think my last full night sleep was about 20 years ago!), I get extra dizzy the next day. My body has gotten used to sleeping in short shifts but since getting this vertigo thing, it affects me much more than before.

Thanks again, Sandy.

Claire in sunny Canada http://www.dizzytimes.com/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/biggrin.gif

04-05-07, 02:33 AM
Hello Claire

Good &#39;ole menopause can be trying.
I know I understand I am walking the walk. http://www.dizzytimes.com/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/biggrin.gif

Darn hormones http://www.dizzytimes.com/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/laugh.gif they can cause us gals a lot of trouble. http://www.dizzytimes.com/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/tongue.gif

You take care

Hugs from the western coast of Canada