Meniere’s disease brings a lot of trouble into your life. The symptoms can cause your world to turn upside down (no pun intended). I know for me that the vertigo is the worst because it comes unannounced and sticks around for a long time. But I have also had other symptoms like balance problems where I feel that I can’t trust myself at times to walk a straight line as if I were drunk. And of course there is the stress of worrying about having an attack that never leaves. Tinnitus which is common among Meniere’s patients is something that I occasionally have but not that much. One symptom that is not often mentioned, and I don’t think that I have written about it is being disoriented.
What is disorientation?
According the medical dictionary disorientation is “a state of mental confusion characterized by inadequate or incorrect perceptions of place, time, or identity. Disorientation may occur in organic mental disorders, in drug and alcohol intoxication, and, less commonly, after severe stress.”
I have certainly felt that way at times especially after I have had a particularly bad attack. Although I know where I am at there certainly is confusion at times.
What brings on the disorientation?
Although the above definition says that being disoriented from severe stress is less common, it probably plays a big part when it comes to Meniere’s disease. The spinning from vertigo also has to be considered to be a big part of being disoriented. Anyone who has become dizzy, whether they have Meniere’s or not, usually is disoriented to some degree.
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