Weight Loss Support - anyone get more lightheaded when standing up since losing?




rubidoux
06-01-2013, 09:09 PM
I'm probably just being pig-headed about this. I have googled it, of course, and I cannot find any evidence that people are more likely to have postural hypotension (the feeling of being lightheaded/dizzy when standing up caused by low blood pressure) after losing weight. But I am still convinced it's true, I guess because I have gotten it a lot more since losing a significant amount of weight. But maybe its just a coincidence. It kinda makes sense to me, though, that it would happen that way.


IanG
06-01-2013, 09:13 PM
**** yeah!

It mostly happens when I am playing with my kids with my head down and then getting up.

I am on BP medication though (for hypertension) and have lost a lot of weight since I last saw my doctor (next appointment is on Friday).

I'm thinking it might be time to come off the BP medication but want the doctor's OK before I do that. She is going to sh!t herself when she sees I have lost 70 lbs!

elvislover324
06-01-2013, 09:16 PM
I thought I was going out of my mind (and I might be...) but this past week has been awful for being dizzy, nauseous and just out of sorts. (I'm hoping I'm pregnant but I don't think I am, it would be a miracle...)

I had to stop my run and my walk twice this week and canceled my runs for the rest of the week as I was so hot and lightheaded the last 2 times I tried to run.

My BP this week at my doctor's office was 112/68 and I usually run right around 120/80 give or take as I'm usually pretty anxious going there, plus bad traffic and waiting, etc.

Today I was picking up some stuff from the floor and when I got up I had to really control myself as I was so dizzy!

I don't know if it's weightloss related or I'm coming down with something (I feel fine otherwise). It must just be because I'm getting SO skinny now (I'm totally kidding, 191 is not skinny except compared to where I started).

I hope you feel better or get an answer soon. I hate feeling dizzy. :(

Maybe someone else will reply and help us. :)


elvislover324
06-01-2013, 09:17 PM
I'm thinking it might be time to come off the BP medication but want the doctor's OK before I do that. She is going to sh!t herself when she sees I have lost 70 lbs!

I can't wait to read your post after that appointment! My doctors just stare at me in awe. I love it.

Tuscany
06-01-2013, 09:20 PM
Well, both lack of food and dehydration can cause postural hypotension. I'm not saying you're not eating enough...but if you happen to be a bit light on the food or water end from time to time, perhaps that's what caused you to feel dizzy.

I've always had low blood pressure...not dangerously low, but low enough for me to suffer from dizziness more than most. I've weighed anywhere between 120 and 190 over the past 40 years, and I've never noticed any difference in my tendency to become dizzy.

IanG
06-01-2013, 09:21 PM
Thanks Elvis. And good luck with the baby-making!

nelie
06-01-2013, 09:34 PM
At one point, I cut out all added salt in my food and I used to get quite lightheaded (mostly when getting up from laying down). I figured it was low blood pressure as even at my highest weight I had fairly low blood pressure (90/60 to 100/70 is fairly normal for me). I ended up adding salt back in and stopped having problems.

newleaf123
06-01-2013, 09:35 PM
I've been experiencing this while gardening on hot, hot days. Specifically when coming up from a squat where I had my head down, planting.

rubidoux
06-01-2013, 10:42 PM
**** yeah!/[QUOTE]

I love your enthusiasm! :)

[QUOTE=IanG;4759980]I'm thinking it might be time to come off the BP medication but want the doctor's OK before I do that. She is going to sh!t herself when she sees I have lost 70 lbs!

Ooooh, I hope you are able to get off the meds. That would rock! And although I hope there's no actual sh!tting involved, I hope she does something fun! lol

The last time I went to the doc (first time seeing this guy, but I will be seeing him regularly every 4 mos), the nurse weighed me and the scale said 188, I think. And I was like, "man, my scale at home said 180 this morning!" And then she wrote down 180 in my chart. When I saw it I thought, cool! And then later, crap! I'm gonna have to really work my butt off to have an impressive weight loss by next time, if he thinks I was really 8 pounds lower, kwim? Well... I think I've done it bc my scale says 163 now, so maybe 170 by their stupid scale and I still have two months to go. :D

I thought I was going out of my mind (and I might be...) but this past week has been awful for being dizzy, nauseous and just out of sorts. (I'm hoping I'm pregnant but I don't think I am, it would be a miracle...)

Aww, it would sure be awesome if you were preggers! I can't think of a better reason to be dizzy. :)

Well, both lack of food and dehydration can cause postural hypotension. I'm not saying you're not eating enough...but if you happen to be a bit light on the food or water end from time to time, perhaps that's what caused you to feel dizzy.


I'm pretty sure it's not dehydration, but it is possible it's that I'm not eating enough. I normally eat only once a day. And I don't eat a ton of food generally these days. I been tryin' to turn over a new leaf. ;) How does this work? Do you think it's something that would cause me more issues during the day when I haven't eaten, or would it be just as bad in the couple of hours after I've eaten my meal? I just finished eating, so I'll have to pay special attention for the next bit of time.

At one point, I cut out all added salt in my food and I used to get quite lightheaded (mostly when getting up from laying down). I figured it was low blood pressure as even at my highest weight I had fairly low blood pressure (90/60 to 100/70 is fairly normal for me). I ended up adding salt back in and stopped having problems.

I don't shy away from salt. I don't think it could be that except that it might be that I haven't had any salt in a bunch of hours. Like, over a 24 hour period, I'm sure I get enough, but if it's five pm and I haven't had any salt since dinner last night, I wonder if that could be an issue.

I've been experiencing this while gardening on hot, hot days. Specifically when coming up from a squat where I had my head down, planting.

I think you probably don't have to worry about this. From what I read today it looks like the most common times this happens to normal healthy people is when it's hot and/or they're dehydrated and squatting is more likely to cause it than other positions.

GlamourGirl827
06-01-2013, 10:52 PM
Yes!! I am one of those people that even at over 200 lbs I run like 90/60 and sometimes lower.

Weightloss can lower blood pressure, at least in some people with hypertension (they lose weight, they lower tehir blood pressure and may be able to come off meds!)

When I lose weight, I am also exercising regularly, so there is a higher likelihood that I could be a little low on fluids.

What I do to help my BP is 1, never avoid salt, actually I am generous with it. 2. I have to be very diligent about drinking adequate water all day everyday. And 3, I'm just careful when I stand up from a squatting position!

I really do notice after a few days of opting for diet soda or iced tea instead of water I have more issues with BP. I do drink coffee in the AM, and I also have water with it. If I drink alcohol, I drink water too. Anyway I don't drink that now, but this is normally. I will say that the one thing I like about being over weight is that my BP isn't as low as often. :P

Tibbits2u
06-01-2013, 11:52 PM
I've been getting light headed when i stand up as well ! it usually occurs in the morning when i first wake up . it kinda scared me at first but after a few months of it happening i just kinda adapted to it. I did see my Doctor about it though, he ran a few tests and couldnt find anything wrong with me. I'm sorry your all having the same issue but its nice to know i'm not the only one out there going through this.

rubidoux
06-02-2013, 12:24 AM
GlamorGirl, I'd be thrilled if my blood pressure was always on the low side. I don't really know, though, bc I have terrible white coat syndrome. It's usually not higher than 120/80 at the docs but I suspect that if someone could check my BP w/o me knowing, it would be lower.

Tibbits, I'm happy to know I'm not the only one, too. If I was sure that this wasn't a symptom of something worse (which I'm guessing its not), I could live w it fine.

dstalksalot
06-02-2013, 01:44 AM
This has happened to me more recently. I liken it to weight loss and added heat from the coming summer. I have to be sure I am eating enough quality foods or these issues become worse with my calorie depletion.

SuperHeroTeacher
06-02-2013, 02:26 AM
This happens to me 3-4 times per week, typically when I've forgotten to eat.

And elvis - I SO hope you ARE :preg:

Leaves
06-02-2013, 04:15 AM
Me too! I also have the white coat issue so I've no idea what my true reading is, and I eat a lot of salt! I pretty much fainted the other day when a courier came early and I had to run out of bed :(

freelancemomma
06-02-2013, 06:46 AM
I'm probably just being pig-headed about this. I have googled it, of course, and I cannot find any evidence that people are more likely to have postural hypotension (the feeling of being lightheaded/dizzy when standing up caused by low blood pressure) after losing weight. But I am still convinced it's true, I guess because I have gotten it a lot more since losing a significant amount of weight. But maybe its just a coincidence. It kinda makes sense to me, though, that it would happen that way.

I have P.H. on occasion but if anything it became less frequent after my weight loss. As far as I know, P.H. is an offshoot of having lower blood pressure in general (which I do).

F.

Emma4545
06-02-2013, 07:23 AM
Thanks for mentioning this. I have this happen enough that I was a little concerned but my doctor is so thrilled at my low blood pressure it is hard to get her to be too concerned about it. She says as long at I am not passing out it is better to have the low blood pressure than high. I definitely have this when I get up from a lying position quickly and sometimes i have like dots in my field of vision (that goes away within a a few seconds)

tehshort1
06-02-2013, 08:54 AM
I'm glad I'm not the only crazy one! The past month or so I've had this issue when I get up quickly from the couch. I've always had pretty low BP but I've never had this issue to the extreme it's been lately. And Elvis it would be so awesome if you were prego!

crispin
06-02-2013, 11:52 AM
I'm not at all trained in medicine and hardly watched any medical-themed tv shows. ;) So my understanding of this is simply from my own personal experience.

I think this could be due to
~ low blood pressure
~ low blood sugar

Both of those conditions can be exacerbated and/or become more frequent when at a lower weight (especially if you're eating less frequently and lower sodium than usual).

I used to have this so bad. I wouldn't actually lose consciousness, but my vision would go black, my hearing would sound like I was underwater, I'd have to lie down b/c I had no strength whatsoever, and --the worst part-- it felt like I wasn't breathing. These episodes felt so terrible, like I was dying.

That first happened when I was 15. When I was 23 I had a bunch of tests run on me, the docs doing every possible heart test. I was fine.

So, in the end, they decided it was due to my low blood pressure and told me to start consuming a lot more salt. I did and that helped a little.

Through experience, I've learned that for me it's not just from low blood pressure but also blood sugar issues. If I eat a lot of carbs and sugar, especially on an empty stomach, I'm guaranteed to experience this about an hour later.

So I've started always pairing carbs with protein, eating regular small meals, drinking lots of water, and freely using salt. Doing that, I don't have any problems at all.

Shellbellster
06-02-2013, 12:05 PM
OMG I was experiencing the same things and was wondering what was going on. Every morning when I would wake up I would get so dizzy and would get horrible dizzy spells at work where I could barely hear and couldn't even talk. It's funny how it all went away when I got away from my diet for a couple months. I guess once I restart my healthy lifestyle tomorrow I will know how to fix it so it doesn't happen this time around. Thanks guys!

Desiderata
06-02-2013, 12:48 PM
GlamourGirl's advice is totally dead on. I have dysautonomia - meaning the system that's supposed to regulate my BP is permanently on the fritz. (Healthy bodies can adjust to postural changes, weather differences, etc.) I kept seeing 90/55 last month, which feels pretty rotten.

Salt and extra fluids are the gold standard for low BP. So many of us trying to lose weight try to avoid salt to avoid seeing water weight retention on the scale, but those extra lbs of fluid can really help mitigate dizziness upon standing. It's especially important not to skimp on salt with the hot weather outside right now!

Vex
06-02-2013, 02:16 PM
You should have your sugar levels checked. I know mine dropped like a rock with dieting. Getting lightheaded can be a sign of that.

Either way, if you're experiencing dizziness, don't assume it's diet related. Go to the doctor and get checked out.

rubidoux
06-02-2013, 06:34 PM
I'm glad I'm not the only crazy one! The past month or so I've had this issue when I get up quickly from the couch. I've always had pretty low BP but I've never had this issue to the extreme it's been lately. And Elvis it would be so awesome if you were prego!

Our stats are really similar. I'm gonna take that as proof that this is weight related. :D It's funny that you mention the couch. I'd say this has always happened to some extent after I get up from a squatting position, but part of what prompted me to ask this Q is that now it's happening when I get up from the couch. One reason could be that for many years I could not comfortably cross my legs while sitting, but now that I can I take full advantage. And I think, like squatting, leg-crossing is one of the problem positions.

You should have your sugar levels checked. I know mine dropped like a rock with dieting. Getting lightheaded can be a sign of that.

Either way, if you're experiencing dizziness, don't assume it's diet related. Go to the doctor and get checked out.

Well, I actually check my dumb blood sugar ten times most days, so I'm all on top of that. It actually doesn't feel all that similar to a low blood sugar.

I have a doctor's appt tomorrow morning and I'm gonna ask about it. I think that postural hypotension can be caused by a kind of neuropathy, which I'm at risk of bc of my type I. I was hoping to hear that other people losing weight had the same thing going on before I talk to the doc bc I think there's a good chance that doc will take it all seriously and I don't want to be swept away into believing its something awful.

KittyKatFan
06-02-2013, 08:07 PM
Me. My blood pressure has gotten lower through weight loss; around 120/80 before and 100/60 after.

But since my thyroidectomy, both my blood pressure and pulse have dropped even further, causing more lightheadedness. I rarely get above 90/60 now and have been as low as 84 on the top number and 54 on the lower number. Before surgery, my pulse was in the mid-50's but it often is below 50 now.

But overall I do feel ok. I just get up slowly so I don't faint.

pnkrckpixikat
06-02-2013, 10:43 PM
Hmmm... I can't remember a time when this didn't happen to me, not all the time of course but once every week or three. I never looked up what it was, figured I must be ok since I'm still here and it was common for me.

With me, after reading everyone else's reasons, I would have to bet a combo of low BP and dehydration. At my highest of 315 I had normal BP and as I get lower and in better shape I tend to hit the low end of normal or just plain low lol and I never seem to drink enough water unless I remind myself mult. times a day to drink.

This has explained something I have been curious about forever :) thx OP

Arctic Mama
06-03-2013, 04:08 AM
Yes! I definitely get dizzy and lightheaded more frequently now, though I've never clocked high blood pressure (even at the end of pregnancy, with stress, 140/90 was about my highest, I am usually in the 110/70 range). I have no clue why it is more frequent now, but I can anecdotally attest it is the case.

Keep Moving Forward
06-03-2013, 01:28 PM
I've been getting light headed a lot the last month or two. It's not like I've lost a ton of weight yet, so I've blamed it on allergies/sinus issues, but now I don't know. I think my blood sugar has been dropping because I swear I've almost passed out in Walmart twice recently, & I get really cranky when I go too long without eating. I dunno.

rubidoux
06-03-2013, 03:23 PM
So I brought it up w the doc and she said that it can take a while for your body to compensate for a recent loss but that eventually it should get back to normal. But she didn't think it was worrisome. She said to try to drink more water.