Whether Meniere’s disease actually burns out after a period of time or not is a common question. Unfortunately like most things dealing with meniere’s there really isn’t a definitive answer. I know that many folks believe that meniere’s runs in stages where the last stage is the burnout; while there may be some truth to that I don’t think that it holds true for everyone. From the numerous comments that I have received over the years it seems that meniere’s may go away for a while but eventually comes back, which I know is very disheartening.
Another thing to consider is what treatments you have pursued to control your meniere’s disease. Maybe starting out with a low salt diet, that helps some folks, or maybe going through the gent injections (which didn’t seem to help me) or even the drastic measure of having surgery, surely all these would somehow change the course of meniere’s.
Peggy also found this information about Meniere’s disease burnout on the web. I’m not sure what the link is.
“Some doctors say that Meniere's "burns itself out," leading patients to erroneously conclude that Meniere's will simply fade away and that they will be "cured." However, "burnout" does not mean this at all. "Burnout" refers to a condition where Meniere's Disease has progressed to the point where it has finally destroyed the entire (or nearly the entire) vestibular function in the affected ear. At the point of burnout, the patient has little or no vestibular function left and the body may or may not compensate in other ways. The vestibular function in the other ear may take over and/or the patient may learn to balance through visual cues (with some degree of difficulty occurring during darkness). However, nothing stops the relentless progression of Meniere's Disease, and it will continue to destroy hearing, produce the sense of fullness, and produce tinnitus -- even in patients who are "stone" deaf (because of Meniere's Disease or otherwise). While some patients reach a rotational vertigo-free, or nearly rotational vertigo-free, state of burnout, burnout is a progression, not a cure, and there is no certainty of any one patient reaching burnout. Not all doctors (and not all patients) believe that "burnout" can happen.”
One also has to wonder what people did many years ago when no one had ever heard about meniere’s let alone any of the treatments of today. I can’t imagine how anyone could deal with the attacks and dizziness without even knowing what was going on. It would be interesting to find out if in later years their meniere’s burned out.
Hopefully with more attention on Meniere’s today there will be breakthrough in treatments that will control this menacing disorder.
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