Information on Symptoms

Unfortunately, there is no magic pill for Meniere's. You can only treat the symptoms and they are different for each person. Here are some of the most common symptoms and some information on each one.

Individual Symptom Information
Brain FogA feeling of confusion, disorientation, or sensory overload.
DizzinessSometimes, instead of acute vertigo, you may get a mild dizziness. One thing to do is lay down on a flat surface with your eyes open and fix on a particular object. When the dizziness goes away, get up SLOWLY. This may also work for an acute attack, but it will take longer and you'll probably feel very tired and need to sleep for several hours. I have had what I call "near episodes" where I feel as though an episode is coming on, and I immediately lay down for about 10 minutes and it goes away with no further dizziness.
Ear NoisesYou may experience several ear noise symptoms: a roaring, buzzing, or ringing sound. (Tinnitus) These noises may come and go and occur during or just before an episode, or be constant. Loud sounds may be uncomfortable and seem distorted in the affected ear. One possible relief is to always carry ear plugs. I use them in restaurants and places like the baseball stadium. You may also experience a sensation of fullness in the affected ear, like when you are in an airplane changing altitudes. I get this just before an episode starts.
Hearing LossProgressive hearing loss may be the consequence of long-term Meniere's disease. Your Dr. may schedule a hearing test every 6-8 months and watch the changes. Your Dr. can also tell you if a hearing aid would be helpful. In my case, I have lost about 50% hearing in my right ear, due to both loud noises in the military and Menieres.
HeadachesIf you have headaches with your episodes, you must determine whether the dizziness and headaches are independent or related to each other. It might not be Meniere's causing the dizziness (vertigo), but rather migraine associated vertigo (MAV). There are tests your Dr. can do to determine this like an MRI and/or sensory amplification tests. Read this webpage for full details: Migraine Headache
NauseaThis is usually the 2nd stage of an episode. If the dizziness is severe enough, nausea will follow. What I do, if possible, is immediately chew a Bonine (Meclizine). I always carry a couple with me. Sometimes it lessens the nausea, which may prevent the vomiting. But, I awake in the night already nauseous, then it's too late for the Bonine.
Tinnitus A constant ringing in one or both ears. Sometimes it is very loud and is distracting. If a specific cause of tinnitus is not found, it is unlikely that it can be cured. Tinnitus does tend to gradually get better, but many persons with severe tinnitus still experience distress after many years.
Vertigo (spinning)Episodes always include dizziness and most include vertigo. If the vertigo is bad enough you could even fall suddenly. These falls are called otolithis crisis of Tumarkin. This is a very dangerous variant of Meniere's dis-ease. Often destructive treatment (e.g. labyrinthectomy or vestibular nerve section) is the only way to manage this problem. Generally though, the vertigo can be controlled in the same way as described up in the Dizziness section.
VomitingThis is what I call the 3rd stage of an episode. It doesn't always occur in an episode. If your nausea is strong enough, it usually follows. As part of Meniere's, there is little you can do to prevent it. I take a Bonine immediately, which helps the nausea, which can prevent the vomiting. Remember, if vomiting persists and you are unable to take fluids for longer than 24 hours, contact your doctor. He can prescribe nausea medication, and/or vestibular suppressant medication.