Does cold weather make you worse?

From the time it gets chilly here in the U.S. until it warms up next spring, I suffer much more with dizziness, imbalance, and tinnitus. When I told my doctor I was worse in winter, he was surprised.

Anyone else find this to be true?

Not sure about the seasons, but I have trouble with the cold on my head. If I go out feeling “a bit off” which is most days, I can be floored by cold wind on my head, I get really dizzy. I don’t go out in cold weather without a furry hood.


Exactly the same for me Christine.


Thanks Christine and Brenda. I can’t handle cold air on my head, either. And after thinking about your comments, I’m wondering if my fall and winter symptoms are coming from our heat pump air, which is a “cold” heat. It’s certainly nothing like we’d get from a nice wood or gas fire. Almost always when the heat is running, there’s a cool breeze circulating. Maybe I should start wearing earmuffs inside!

I appreciate your comments.

I always have a hat in my coat pocket. When my head gets cold I feel very off.

Like others, when my head is cold (especially ears) it throws me off, and then gets really bad as I start to warm up (the temp change I think). Maybe it has to do with the blood vessels constricting and dilating? Just a thought, I have no idea if it’s true.

It’s extremely cold in the U.S right now and it is making my dizziness worse. I am doing everything I can to stay warm but I am not a big fan of the cold weather.


I’m so sorry you all have this symptom, but it’s good to know it’s normal for MAV. I used to love winter. Now it’s an endurance challenge. Unfortunately the dizzies usually win.

I definitely feel much worse in the cold, I think it might because of the extra muscle tension from bracing myself against the weather! Dreading heading into this winter, but I’m going to make an effort to not hold my body so tightly against the weather and see if it helps.

You might be right, Honeybee. Since it’s gotten colder, my overall body is stiffer, from my knees to my back and neck. I know the neck stiffness contributes to the dizziness, along with cold air around my ears.

I think this winter I’m going to do regular osteopathic treatments to see if I can ward off the problem before it gets completely out of control.

I absolutely feel so much worse on all fronts in colder weather! It is like night and day from warmer weather!!