I really dread having to try to give a definition of what Meniere’s disease is or at least say it in a way that doesn’t sound too confusing. Like most of you I had never heard of it before I was diagnosed with it so it is relatively new to me too. The bad part is that at times you have to talk about it, especially with family, friends and anyone that might have seen you have an attack.
As many of you know I have applied for social security disability and that has brought on more than a few conversations about what exactly happens to you during a meniere’s attack and what are your restrictions because of this disorder. Folks will look at you when you aren’t in the middle of an attack and think that there is nothing wrong with you. They don’t often realize how bad an attack is till they see one. Usually that’s all it takes to understand the severity of this disorder.
After you explain about the spinning, vomiting and being worn out for a few days, you will probably hear the question, “what’s the cure?” And you tell them there isn’t any, which is still baffling to me and other Meniere’s disease sufferers as to why there isn’t a cure. There is a cure for vertigo, why not one for Meniere’s disease? Hopefully with all the research going on that will change in a few years.
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