Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Meniere's Disease

 Knowledge is Critical when dealing with a life-altering condition such as Meniere's Disease

I experienced vertigo in my 20's and was diagnosed with Meniere's Disease. I had a friend who was very concerned and did not know what the disease was. Most people have no idea until it becomes a chronic condition and they experience it themselves. I have been told many stories about the disease from different people. My experience usually comes in the Spring or Summer during the allergy season and can also come about with stress and barometric pressure.

If you have suffered from an inner ear infection, you know how debilitating it can be, and Meniere's Disease is no different. Meniere's Disease affects the inner ear and causes bouts of vertigo due to fluid that fills the tubes of your inner ear. Most suffer from dizziness and nausea which can also cause some loss of hearing in one or both ears and a constant ringing sound. The disease sometimes may cause you to have days that you are unable to drive, or do other types of daily activities. This is a chronic condition that varies greatly from person to person. Unfortunately the disease in not curable, but there are many treatment options that will help managing the disease. You should be able to find support groups in your area.

Meniere's Disease requires a medical diagnosis.
Symptoms include a spinning sensation (vertigo), hearing loss, ear ringing (tinnitus), and ear pressure.The vertigo may cause nausea as well as imbalance. Hearing loss may become permanent.

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