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hello I am an ENT and can help you with this
did you have dizziness along with the tinnitus after using the sander?
I don't know if I would call it dizziness - just being off balance. The world did not spin like Vertigo. I was just "off balance" because one ear was normal and one was hearing the wind. Does that make sense?
I also do have chronic post nasal drip - spit phlegm about 20-25 times a day. Always have - as long as I can remember. And I had chronic tonscilitis growing up and eustachian tube dysfunction.
well, regarding your symptoms as a whole, I would agree with your ENT that it sounds like meniere's
dizziness, tinnitus and hearing loss are the diagnostic signs of tinnitus
but what about the fact that after my tinnitus left I had a normal hearing test?
the fact that it occurs on only one ear is very important - this is typical of meniere's
that it even more significant - it is one of the key factors which make one think of meniere's
temporary hearing loss which recovers after the event is a very typical sign of meniere's
it is diagnostic in fact - in other cases of hearing loss the loss would never recover
oh my goodness. I am terrified. terrified.
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there is no need to be scared, meniere's is not such a critical condition
it can be treated and controlled by medications
i see you are writing again, i will wait for your message before going on with my answer
but it is VERY unpredictable. and what scares me is that though I have had symptoms of it for 20 years that the things I read online - other peoples experiences with vertigo that makes them vomit and requires hospitalization. Will mine eventually come to that?
please do not go by that
we expect meniere's to gradually resolve
there is no need to suppose that you will require that
in fact, meniere's should gradually come down in most cases
it is important to get a confirmed diagnosis
one way for this is to do an MRI at the time you are having an episode and check for a swollen inner ear on one side
this is diagnostic
meniere's can usually be controlled well with low salt diet, diuretics and anti dizziness medicines when the episodes occur
so you need not get worried about this, it is not going to get worse
in fact it is good that you have got a diagnosis which is most likely correct
incorrect diagnosis and treatment has probably led to this recurrence
consult your ENT again if you have another episode
discuss about an MRI of the inner ear at that time
other that that, medicines will keep it under control
not such a serious problem, dont get worried
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So you are saying that it is possible that I have had the "worst" of it over the past 20 years? With the dizziness and infrequent vertigo? If this is as bad as it gets then I can handle it. I did not realize that it won't get progressively worse until I am in the hospital. From what I have read online that is what it sounds like. And it terrifies me.
in most cases meniere's is self resolving and gets better on its own
of course in some cases it can get progressively worse
but that is not how it has turned out in your case
since you have had this for 20 years without getting progressively worse
and in your latest episode the dizziness was very mild compared to the earlier episodes
it is very likely that you fall in the self resolving group
so I would say that your chances are very hopeful
hope thats reassuring
any other questions?
thank you. i appreciate your help.