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Why does the flu make you lightheaded and dizzy?

Common symptoms of the flu such as fever, headaches, and fatigue are the result of the huge amounts of proinflammatory cytokines and chemokines produced from infected cells!Mechanisms by which infection causes symptoms in humans have been studied! One of the mechanisms is believed to be the inhibition of adrenocorticotropic hormone resulting in lowered cortisol levels! Any Suggestions here?


  1. Vernice Reply:

    Feeling lightheaded is also common among patients with the flu. Lying down may help alleviate the sensation. Feeling dizzy or light headed can be a minor inconvenience while you are working out or performing tasks around the house, Source:

  2. Elvia Reply:

    Light-headedness occurs when your brain does not get enough blood. This may occur if: You Light-headedness may also occur if you have the flu, low blood sugar, a cold, or allergies. If you tend to get light-headed when you stand up:

  3. Hassie Reply:

    Lightheadedness is a feeling of passing out, and feeling dizzy give the sensation that your surroundings are moving. Source:

  4. Velia Reply:

    Dizziness can be cause by Meniere’s disease, Migraines, Vertigo, inflammation of the inner ear and Acoustic neuroma. Source:

  5. Sheri Reply:

    Are you suffering from the flu? Have a cold that just won’t quit? Consider using ginger tea to assist you in coping with your viral illness, including the dizziness and nausea of swine flu. Ginger tea has long been used as an alternative re… Source:

  6. Margie Reply:

    If everything is mid-range in your CMP (not simply normal but in the middle of the range of normal), then you might be able to rule out mineral/glucose issues!It sounds like you have started to log your feeling/improvement- continue to do so be detailed about the timing of onset, duration of symptoms, severity, improvement, diet activities, etc! Charts can really help your doctor!*****A few other thoughts came to me after reviewing this post! This could be an adrenal related problem, for which two more suggestions sprang to mind! A) See if you can get a diurnal (twice during the day- once at 8AM once at 4 PM) Cortisol blood test to rule out cortisol related problems!B) A 24 hour urine test shows neurotransmitter excretion patterns, which may give a clue to the cause of your symptoms! Norepinephrine (noradrenalin) can elevate blood pressure, which can cause dizziness/light headedness (though usually at hypotension, not hypertension, accounts for light headedness), as well as making a person feel full or nauseous despite how much food you consume! Norepinephrine can affect blood sugar levels /or insulin levels! It also makes your heart work harder, contributing to panic attacks tachycardia! Sometimes norepinephrine can be elevated by overactive adrenals, sometimes adrenalin/noradrenalin producing tumors can raise noreprinephrine levels! Dont want to scare you! Try the 24 hour urine test to see if you can get more info!

  7. Tandy Reply:

    Light-headedness is a common and often unpleasant sensation of dizziness and/ or feeling that one may be about to You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.

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