Sunday, August 26, 2012

Do you have a supplement that works with Meniere’s disease?

If you have read this blog or any other site on the web then you probably know that there is a wide range of things (medicines, supplements, herbal remedies) that folks try to help with Meniere’s disease.  Of course what helps one person doesn’t necessarily help another.  Betaserc or Serc is very popular in most parts of the world but not in the USA. You can still get it here but you have to go to a compound pharmacy.  Vertigo heel is also popular, it is a supplement made of several substances, I had a comment last week from someone who was enquiring about it. As a matter of fact my original post on vertigo heel has been one of the most visited posts that I have had on this blog, so there is definitely a lot of interest in it.

I used to take a compound supplement several years ago that had various vitamins and substances in it. After a while I really wasn’t sure that it was helping so I stopped taking it and I really didn’t see an increase in attacks. But that is not to say that it might not help you, just remember what works for one person doesn’t necessarily work for another.

If you are planning to add a supplement, natural or compound make sure to check with your doctor so there isn’t a conflict with any meds that you are currently on.

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Sunday, August 19, 2012

Meniere’s disease and chest pains

As most of you know or have found out is that there is a lot things concerning Meniere’s disease that we just don’t know, whether it is why we get it or how do we get rid of it, no one is positively certain. Another big uncertainty regarding Meniere’s disease is how an attack will affect you, while vertigo attacks and hearing loss are common place not everyone is affected the same way. I receive an email this past week from someone who had chest pains after an attack.

This is from Marichen…

I had a severe Meniere's attack last night, woke up with it at 03h30.  What bothered me however is that for the first time, I had severe pain in my chest, with extreme heat over my torso area

As usual, I broke out in sweat through my whole body due to the attack, and I am used to that. But this was something different, and with the severe chest pain, I thought I was having a heart attack on top of a Meniere's attack.

Could this chest pain be due to anxiety?  I often get chest pains due to stress, but this felt different.

Please tell me whether someone else had this symptom and whether this is normal?

It is probably a good idea to have a doctor check you out as soon as possible whenever you have any type of chest pains. Peggy also suggested seeing a cardiologist which is a good idea to play it safe.

 As for the pain being caused by the anxiety and stress of Meniere’s that also sounds possible.  The extreme perspiration during an attack is something that happens to me as well.

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Sunday, August 12, 2012

Dealing with grief and Meniere’s disease

You probably noticed that I didn’t post anything on the blog last Sunday. That was the first time I hadn’t written anything on Sunday in quite a while.  On July 30th my Mom passed away, she was 88 and in relatively good health, unfortunately its look like her heart failed. It has been a very trying time for our family.

We have talked before about how stress can cause problems for those with Meniere’s disease, well I can consider myself lucky because I didn’t have an attack but I had lots of stress.  Just a few weeks ago I wrote a post on travelling and how it affects your vestibular system and this past week I tested that out as well. Both plane rides to and from my mother’s home were very bumpy due to turbulence.  Another factor was the altitude of where my mother lived (western Pennsylvania) riding up and down hills seem to play havoc on my ears.

I am thankful that my mother was still strong enough before she died to be able to take care of herself without any help.  She passed away at home which is pretty much how she wanted to go.

We certainly miss her.