Do you ever see it coming? Out of the blue, a meniere’s attack comes on and catches you off guard. Now you go into defense mode and try to stay as calm as possible and just get through the attack.
Is there anyway to stop a meniere’s attack before it starts?
One of the most familiar aspects of meniere’s is the sudden vertigo attacks where your head spins, you sweat and throw up. Some attacks last a little while others may go on for hours. After your head stops spinning do you ever think I wish I could have prevented that?
Most folks will tell you that there is no warning before a meniere’s attack and it just happens. I don’t know about that. After having this disorder for years I can tell on some days when my head is little heavy or my balance is a little off that I may have an attack that day. When this happens, I take a medication (usually antivert). I also try to remain calm and still. It is best just to relax and let the meds do their job. This works pretty well, although I still occasionally deal with the sneak attacks, like the one I had last week when I got out of the shower.
The first form of prevention that most meniere’s patients hear about is lowering your sodium. That is probably a good idea not to eat that much salt anyway, but it never really helped my meniere’s. Taking any medication that your doctor prescribes is also another preventive measure. The meds that I take on a daily basis, are a diuretic (Triamterene-hctz) and diazepam (valium). I also take a supplement each day that contains things like gingko, niacin, ginger root, ascorbic acid (vitamin c), Bioflavonoids, among other things.
Besides medicine, is there any other way to prevent a meniere’s attack? I know in my own case that not worrying about an attack coming helps me. Stress, at least I believe, will bring on an attack. I don’t think there are any studies to back that up but I feel that stress plays a part in meniere’s. I know when I am stressed out I get the feeling that the spinning is about to start.
Maybe it is just me.
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