As some of you may know….
I own several horrible diseases that are quite disruptive to my life.
The focus of today’s post is Ménière’s Disease Vertigo Attacks.
Because today I’m having yet another Vertigo attack! Joy!
What is Ménière’s Disease ?
It is an Inner Ear Disease that causes Deafness, NEVER-ENDING Loud Tinnitus (Ringing in the ears), Vertigo Attacks, Dizziness, Nausea, Ear Pain….
Ménière’s Disease :
“Ménière’s disease is a chronic, incurable vestibular (inner ear) disorder defined in 1995 by the Committee on Hearing and Equilibrium of the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery as “the idiopathic syndrome of endolymphatic hydrops.” In plain language, this means that Ménière’s disease, a form of endolymphatic hydrops, produces a recurring set of symptoms as a result of abnormally large amounts of a fluid called endolymph collecting in the inner ear.”
“Experts aren’t sure what generates the symptoms of an acute attack of Ménière’s disease. The leading theory is that they result from increased pressure of an abnormally large amount of endolymph in the inner ear and/or from the presence of potassium in an area of the inner ear where it doesn’t belong. These conditions may be due to breaks in the membrane separating endolymph from the other inner ear fluid, perilymph. Some people with Ménière’s disease find that certain events and situations, sometimes called triggers, can set off attacks. These triggers include stress, overwork, fatigue, emotional distress, additional illnesses, pressure changes, certain foods, and too much salt in the diet.”
“Ménière’s disease may start with fluctuating hearing loss, eventually progressing to attacks of vertigo and dizziness.
I can tell you what a Vertigo Attack is like, and can also tell you that you NEVER want to get one!
1) It is like you are TOTALLY Drunk, combined with,
2) Stomach flu.
A HORRENDOUS combination!
It can happen anywhere at anytime!
I was crossing a very busy road a couple of weeks ago, and suddenly had an attack and almost fell over into oncoming traffic—I thought I was a dead man.
If you are alone when it happens, all kinds of shit can happen, and none of it very good!
If you are lucky, you will be at home when it happens, but there’s no negotiating with Vertigo or Ménière’s Disease.
It can take hours for the dizziness to fully go away.
It will definitely Fůçķ Up your day.
A day in the life of a Ménière’s Disease owner.