Sunday, May 6, 2012

The salt shaker and Meniere’s

As I am sure everyone knows that salt and Meniere’s disease don’t mix very well. From the very start of my Meniere’s problems I have been told about the connection between the fluid in the inner ears and the challenge that it presents to your balance. As I have written in the past that even with a low sodium diet I still had vertigo episodes, fortunately there are some folks who have had success with a low salt regiment. I received a comment from Liz the other day about just that…

My name is Liz, I am 24. I have been suffering with MD since I was 13 years old for a while no one could diagnose what was going on with me. By the time I was a senior in high school they pegged me with MD. I had a long stretch during college when I did not get one attack. However last year I had my first child. After that I started getting attacks every day. I went to an ear specialist; he put me on triamterene and a low/no sodium diet. Knock on wood I have not had an attack since. The diet is VERY restricting, but it is worth it not to have a disabling vertigo attack. Start looking at all of your labels and try to keep your intake per food item/ ingredient, under 50 mg of sodium.

Liz makes a wonderful point about reading the labels on the food that you eat. You will be surprised at all the sodium that is found in processed foods and it can be a real challenge to stay on a diet that restricts the amount of salt intake. 

I will add that the triamterene hctz which is a diuretic seems to helpful for me.
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  1. Hi all... I have a question. I have been following along for a while now and I keep reading about the tinnitus and hearing loss, both of which I have. But I haven't seen anyone mention hyper-acusis. Basically a sensitivity to sound in the affected ear. When I feel the fullness coming and the tinnitus start, I usually get a very bad case of hyper-acusis. Has anyone else had this? It always passes after an attack (along with the tinnitus and fullness). Thanks! Matt

    1. I do get this, Matt. My bad (left) ear is extremely sensitive to loud noises, and I frequently have to tell my husband to speak more softly, because his voice really resonates. Loud and sudden noises can be downright painful. A noisy restaurant can be total misery.

      I haven't mentioned it on this blog because I suppose the other symptoms have seemed more noticeable!

  2. Thanks Peggy!! It is nice to know someone else has the same. I mean I hate that you have it but... I even go so far as to wear an earplug in that ear when it gets really bad. Thanks for responding!

    1. There are times I end up pressing a finger over the little flap in front of the ear opening (tragus, I think) to block sound somewhat; that makes noise a bit less painful. But I avoid noisy places very deliberately because of this problem. Maybe ear plugs are next, but I find them rather painful, too, so I don't have a great solution yet.

  3. I get this too from time to time, specially leading up to a vertigo attack, if i pass through the kitchen and someone is doing the dishes, my head feels like it's going to exploid and that i have to get out of there ASAP.

    Also sometimes have to ask people to talke more quietly, I'm afraid I don't always ask it in a very polite way, because the pain to my head just drives me crazy at that time, i always say i'm sorry if i didn't ask it really nice, but they also understand how i feel.