Thursday, March 13, 2014

Meniere’s and job stress

Recently Ali, who has been a frequent commenter on this blog, wanted me to write a post on how meniere’s affects work. In my own case I have been on disability for several years due to meniere’s and other health issues. The Meniere’s in particular made it extremely difficult to work because my job required that I sit in front of a computer most of the day which in turn made me dizzy. The last year that I worked was particularly difficult because I had quite a few attacks at work that resulted in a lot of sick leave.

I know that I am not the only one that has had difficulty working, over the years many folks have written about their how hard it has been to keep working with meniere’s disease.

Feel free to comment and let us know how you cope with working and living with meniere’s



Saturday, March 8, 2014

Archery and Meniere’s disease

Over the years I have heard of many ways that folks cope with Meniere’s disease, but I don’t ever recall taking up archery as one of them.  An article on the web site describes how an ex-marine is dealing with his meniere’s disease. Chris McGleinnaiss says that I started doing archery more and started to realize that it was a great benefit to me, the mental discipline of archery and calming the mind, tuning out other things, it helped develop my coping skills. I started looking at archery as not just the sport we all had to do; I looked at it as this is therapy for me.”

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Saturday, February 22, 2014

More about vision and meniere's disease

I recently received a comment about vision and Meniere's from Peggy. Here is the comment in its entirety...

I don't know if anyone will see this, but I wanted to post something else about vision and Meniere's.

Since my husband and I moved to CT in the middle of last summer, my balance has been much worse, and I feel dizzy most of the time. In addition, my vision has been quite blurry, and I had no idea why.

This week I was due for my annual vision tests, so I did that. My prescription has changed only a little in the middle and near visual fields, but they diagnosed me as having chronic dry eye. They gave me a sample of prescription eye drops, and I feel so much better now!

Not only did my eyes stop burning/itching/tearing, but also I just feel better overall, with clearer vision and (even more importantly) less noticeable dizziness and less of that awful general feeling of malaise. I'm wondering now whether the extra dizziness could have been caused by the blurriness that went together with the dry eye.

I will be getting my new glasses soon, and I chose a frame that has a larger lens (slightly wider and deeper), so I can get a broader field of clear vision. My new theory is that my progressive lenses could also have been part of my overall dizziness for the past year or so. The ones I've been wearing are fairly small, and the lenses taper slightly toward the bottom. Couldn't read books with them at all.

I will test this theory and get back to all of you. But I'm hopeful that treating my vision issues could actually help reduce the Meniere's symptoms.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

New developments on cochlear implants

This past week Peggy sent me a link about the latest development in cochlear implants. In the past I have written posts about how valuable this type of implants can be. Well, it appears that MIT is working on major new improvements for this type of implants.

The interesting thing about the new cochlear is “that could lead to a cochlear implant that requires no external hardware. The implant would be wirelessly recharged and would run for about eight hours on each charge.”


Saturday, February 8, 2014

meniere's attacks lately

In the past few weeks I have had several small episodes of spinning. I’m not exactly sure what has brought them on. I don’t think that it has been an increase in my salt or sugar intake. Of course it could be the usual suspect stress.  After the holidays it takes a while for me to get back into a non-holiday routine.

Luckily the spinning episodes were only momentary and not while I was driving.  Of course when I was driving the worry of spinning unfortunately was always on my mind. One thing that I have found out that works for me is opening the window while I drive. The cool air helps to cool me off.


Saturday, January 25, 2014

Be careful and be safe with Meniere’s disease

Because of the balance problems that you may encounter with Meniere’s disease it is extremely important to take precaution against falling.
Peggy shared some good ways to be safe when it is dark and you are trying to get around…
 Nightlights are your friend. You can find some that are activated when it gets dark and leave them plugged into strategic outlets in rooms where you will want them if you get up in the night.

Also, if you happen to have an iPhone, they make excellent emergency lights if you simply turn them on, OR they also have a flashlight function that I haven't figured out yet.

I keep a small flashlight and my iPhone by the bed, and I have nightlights in both bathrooms. It helps a lot.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Balance issues

I don’t know if it’s the stress of the holidays or over eating during the holidays but there always seemed to be an issue concerning one thing or another regarding my meniere’s disease. This year it appeared that my balance is the thing that has been affected the most.

Keeping my balance while I am walking or driving isn’t a problem but standing still I find myself swaying a little bit. The worse time is when I am in the shower. I feel like there are definitely times when I  have to catch myself because I m afraid of falling.

I don’t know if there is a connection with my balance but the tinnitus that I have been having has been greater than usual the past month or so.  I am hoping that since the holidays are over things will calm down a bit.