Since I haven’t had any big attacks since the beginning of the year and only a few small dizzy spells that went away quickly, I’m wondering of the gentamicin injections are finally working.
I had my first injection at the end of June last year. I researched on the internet all that I could find on gentamicin injections. I found that there were usually three or four injections in the ear that had the Meniere’s disease. And the injections were relatively painless. The success rate was high.
I was nervous on the day of the first injections. I didn’t know what to expect. The injections were to be given in my left ear. I asked the Doctor how he could be sure that my left ear was the problem. He told me that since I had lost a good deal of hearing in that ear that more than likely was the bad ear.
Before the injection the doctor numbed the eardrum. It was a freezing sensation that was very uncomfortable. Now it was time to put a tiny hole into my eardrum. I had my head tilted so I couldn’t see the needle. My wife, who was in the room, told me that it was good I didn’t see the needle.
The pain was intense, maybe it was just me but it hurt quite a bit. After that, the gentamicin was shot through the hole. Part of the medicine drained out through the Eustachian tube into my mouth. Very unpleasant! If that wasn’t bad enough I started to become dizzy. The doctor told me that was normal and the dizziness would go away in a few minutes. It did.
At that point the procedure was done and all that I had to do was keep my head tilted to one side for 45 minutes.
I had a total of 4 injections with two weeks between each one. After the last one I felt that my MD was cured. That feeling lasted about a month. For the next three months I had some of my worst attacks.
But now 6 months later I am feeling much better. I can’t say for sure if it was the gentamicin or not. I’ll keep you updated.