Dizziness on Rising – Dealing with a Common Symptom of Fibromyalgia and ME/CFS

People with fibromyalgia and/or “chronic fatigue syndrome” (ME/CFS) often have problems maintaining blood pressure in an upright position.

Near-syncope is the result of the dysfunctional autonomic nerves that cause fluctuations in our blood pressure, especially when we go from a sitting to a standing position. (The autonomic nervous system maintains the “automatic” bodily functions performed by many organs, muscles and glands, and drives responses to physical or emotional stress – fight or flight.)

People with near-syncope and FM and/or ME/CFS do not have loss of consciousness (true syncope), but we get a lightheaded feeling as if we are about to faint but we don’t actually faint.

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