Meniere's Disease...What Is That?!9:33 AM
I didn't know what it was until I was diagnosed with it about 5 years ago. I decided to write a post about it only because it's not something you hear about a lot and if you have it but don't know it, the symptoms can be scary and debilitating.
About 5 years ago, I started experiencing nausea, pressure in my ears, and dizziness often enough to make me wonder what was going on. I thought for sure I had a tumor or something. I finally mustered up the courage to go to a doctor to hear what I thought for sure was the problem. I was quite surprised when he came back with Meniere's Disease. I had never heard of it so he got out his big medical book and tried to explain it to me through pictures. I was disappointed to find out that there was really nothing that could be done to help it.
counting sheep didn't even help me go to sleep!
photo found here
So I lived with the symptoms, noticing that I really only had flare ups when I flew and when it was that time of the month. Sometimes months even went by with no symptoms. That is until a few months ago. It seemed I had flare ups more often than not. The pressure was so great in my ears that I couldn't sleep at night. I thought I was going to go crazy, so I started researching on the internet thinking there had to be something that could help me.
I came across something and asked Jeremy if it would be weird if I ordered some Chinese herbs off the internet. I found some hope and was determined to try it. I've been taking Tao of Herbs Clear Eye And Sharp Ear TCM Formula tablets 3 times a day. I can't believe the difference! I seldom have flare ups and if I do, it is very minimal. I am more relaxed and less grumpy!
Some interesting facts about Meniere's Disease...
- There is currently no cure for it and while it is not life threatening, the symptoms are progressive.
- About 615,000 people in the US suffer from it.
- It usually affects men and women starting in their 40's or 50's (not people my age!).