Since I have started this blog I have been very fortunate to have informative and articulate readers who have left wonderful and helpful comments. Last week before my attack I received a comment from Jeff, someone who has given me a lot of information about Meniere’s disease plus great personal perspective. He suggested that I write about the stages of Meniere’s disease and he gave me a useful website about the stages of Meniere’s disease.
The first stage consists of dizziness or vertigo lasting anywhere from minutes to hours. I certainly can attest to this stage because when I became my meniere’s journey the attacks were often and without warning but most of them lasted for hours. This is when I first heard the term Meniere’s disease from one of the first ENTs that I saw. I did have a little tinnitus but not that much, at least I can be thankful for that.
The second stage according to the article is when the hearing loss and tinnitus intensifies causing hearing problems. I definitely had hearing problems and as a matter of fact my hearing in my left ear is still getting worse. But the tinnitus usually only occurs when an attack is imminent.
The third stage is the burnt out stage of Meniere’s disease where the hearing loss is severe and the vertigo is mild or have ended completely. I wish that I was in that stage and I thought that I was about a month ago but the attacks that I have had in the past week shows me that my bout with meniere’s isn’t over. I have had some people tell me that their meniere’s was dormant for many years only to come back, not as bad as before but it still comes back. I would like to see my meniere’s go away for about 40 years!
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