- Question from Snowlady: Why do I get dizzy when I bend over? This has been happening since my surgery.
Anne McTiernan, M.D., Ph.D.
If you're dizzy when you get up from bending over, you might just be getting up too quickly, or you may be slightly dehydrated. So it's important to make sure that you have an adequate fluid intake. Many women don't take in enough fluid and tend to run a little bit on the dehydrated side. Water is enough if you're eating and if you're having regular meals.
If you're a competitive athlete, we don't recommend excessive intake of water, however, because it can contribute to chemical/electrolyte imbalances. One of the best guides is: if you're feeling thirsty, drink water. If you're getting dizzy when you bend over, there could be something else going on—maybe some problem with your inner ears—and that's something that should be evaluated by your physician.
- Marisa Weiss, M.D. Part of your balance center lies within the ear.
On Wednesday, May 21, 2003, our Ask-the-Expert Online Conference was called Taking Care of Yourself. Anne McTiernan, M.D., Ph.D. and Marisa Weiss, M.D. answered your questions about exercise and nutrition, and other things you can do to nurture your body, along with strategies for finding emotional support, boosting your mood, and feeling good again.
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