FAQs - Meniere's Disease
I experienced the classic symptoms of Meniere's disease 2 years ago. I had the vertigo, nausea and vomiting, fullness and tinnitus in my ear and hearing loss. Now I am experiencing extreme tiredness, stiffness in my neck, headaches and memory loss, plus loss of equilibrium without the vertigo. Are these symptoms a part of the disease?
I have been recently diagnosed as having Menieres disease. One of the things that my doctor recommended was for me to lower my intake of salt. He said it, along with caffeine, cigarette smoke, and alcohol, only worsens the situation. As, cutting salt out of my diet seems to be one of my biggest challenges, where can I find a listing of foods, main courses, snacks, drinks, etc., that are low in salt?
Has anybody come across a procedure called a cochleosacculotomy? In this procedure, a small curette or wire loop is used to reach into the vestibule of the inner ear and remove the fluid-filled saccule. An investigator at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Institute in Boston has found that this operation relieves symptoms of vertigo.
8 years ago I was diagnosed as having unilateral Meniere's affecting my left ear. My doctor performed a vestibular nerve section to control the attacks. Recently I have been told that it has progressed to my right ear. The new doctor I am seeing has told me that there really is nothing they can do for this ear. Medication did not control the first attacks I had before my first surgery and they have put me on the same types of medication this time. Can they do a second nerve section on my right ear or would this interfere with my balance.My new physician is telling me that he does not know anyone that would perform a second nerve section?
Have you ever heard of any correlation between barometric pressure and the onset of vertigo attacks? I have noticed that during days where the air is "heavy" I tend to have more symptoms. I also recently spent a vacation up in the mountains and I was miserable the whole time. I was at a high altitude and it was an extremely humid week in the summer.