New symptom of dizziness that won't go away

Hi I have been having dizziness that wont go away and I’m not sure if type 1 experience this as a symptom of it. I have asked my doctor who just doesn’t know why. I have limited health care insurance so I have no dr for the diabetes just a nurse to over see my diabetes.

i get dizzy a lot when i go from a sitting to standing position. my doc said its just low blood pressure and to be sure to drink enough water, especially on days when i exercise. i have fainted twice from it, but its a very slow faint, like i can make it to the couch to sit down before i pass out.
it is called orthostatic low blood pressure. does that sound familiar?

Maybe make sure you’re getting enough salt/electrolytes, especially if eating low carb. I have orthostatic hypotension and am prone to vasovagal syncope and dizziness and such, and when I first went low carb, it all got much worse, because I didn’t realize just how much my salt needs would skyrocket.


I’ve also experienced this related to changes in my blood pressure meds. It’s also know as postural hypotension - like standing after kneeling to tie a shoe lace.

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That makes five of us. I have traditionally low-normal blood pressure, and since going low-carb have suffered from pretty severe postural hypotension. And as others have suggested, upping my electrolyte intake has helped. It’s usually a first sign that I’m not getting enough salt.

Have you recently begun (or changed) insulin? Both times I began insulin (during pregnancy and then after D didn’t go away post delivery), I experienced chronic dizziness the first 10 days or two weeks I was using insulin. After that, I have rarely experienced an episode. For me, at least, it seemed to be my body adjusting to the initial use of insulin. Hope it is something like that for you and not something that will require more attention. Keep us posted, please.

Hi. I had that experience and it turned out to be related to weight change and blood pressure medicine dose…best of luck.

Benign positional vertigo (BPV) is the most common cause of vertigo. It causes a sudden sensation of spinning. It can also make you feel like your head is spinning from the inside.

I have had this off and on for years. It is not diabetes related,

When you say “dizziness that won’t go away,” do you mean that literally - that you are dizzy almost all the time? Or is it intermittent dizziness? If intermittent, then how often and under what circumstances?

One type of intermittent dizziness that was not mentioned above is postprandial hypotension - low blood pressure after eating. I have high blood pressure normally. In fact, I’m on three BP medications to control it. But since my BP typically drops 20-40 points after I eat, I have to be careful not to have my meds adjusted too much, or I’ll get dizzy after meals. Yesterday I even dropped more than 50 points after one meal. I don’t know what age you are, but postprandial hypotension is almost unknown in people in their 20s. By age 65, though, some sources say that as many as 30% of people have it.

This, too, is not diabetes related.

how can i up my electrolyte intake? i also eat low-ish carb and i will give this a try!
along with dizziness, i also get short of breath, really freaky.

For me, I have to get more sodium, magnesium, and potassium in my diet. I do three things: I salt my food with Lite Salt (half sodium chloride and half potassium chloride); I take a chelated magnesium supplement twice a day; and I take a potassium tablet in the morning. When eating low-carb, the vast majority of electrolytes leave the body in the urine. So it’s very important to drink a lot of water and get more sodium than most people think wise/possible. Only way to stay balanced.

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