I woke up yesterday and the hearing in my left ear is down, and I felt a bit off-balance. I slept for 4 hours in the middle of the day. Then I felt much better, but still my hearing was off. I went on to have a nice night with my friends.
This morning I woke up and my hearing in my left ear is still diminished quite a bit. When I turn my hearing aids on it plays 5 notes, I could only hear 2 of them in my left ear. So, I’m simply not hearing certain frequencies. Today I took it easy. Still no spinning, but I’ve got the advanced warning signs. Hopefully, it won’t happen…but.
I’m very stressed tonight, and got very upset earlier. I know stress can exacerbate Meniere’s symptoms, but we all know, you just can’t turn off our emotions or what is going on around us.
My friends who were visiting this week left this morning. I will miss them. I wasn’t able to do a lot this week. We went to a very nice party on Monday, but on Tuesday I woke with a sore throat and just didn’t feel well. I thought I was in the sun too much on Monday and didn’t drink enough, but the symptoms continued. I still have a scratchy throat. I don’t know if I have a very, very slight cold, or if I have allergies. My bet is on the allergies, but really I just don’t know.
Wish me luck that my Meniere’s warnings don’t turn into an attack.
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Yikes! I hate those ominous signs. Will hope this one passes quickly. Have you ever had dex shots in your ear? Or taken (gasp) oral steroids? I eventually became “immune” to the dex injections so my doc wanted me to take oral steroids, but I am afraid of them. I know they work for some people, but… Anyway, just curious what, if any, experience you might have had with these.
As for stress, my observation has been that in the hours or day before an attack I simply cannot cope. Period. Everything feels like stress and life simply feels like nails on a chalkboard. I can’t say that I’ve noticed that a stressful situation in and of itself will bring on an attack for me, though. I also can’t say that I can recall any particularly stressful times in the past two years except those related to MM. Ha!
Good luck, Wendy, and hope you’re feeling better soon.
Thanks so much Angelea. I understand exactly what you mean by everything feeling like stress before an attack. Last night I got so upset, much more upset than I think I normally would have, over a situation. It kept me up until 5am. Still feeling “off” today. A bit swimmy headed and my hearing is still down. If it’s like the last attack, this before time lasted for 4 days…we’ll see.
I haven’t had dex injections, or any injections in my ears. I did take oral steroids, but they didn’t do anything to help. I may need to go back on a diuretic. They took me off of it when I was doing so well. If I start to have these attacks more regularly, they’ll check to see if I have another CSF leak. I guess I do have some options, but I hate feeling like this.
thank you again, wendy
Good luck with your ear symptoms! Pollen counts have been high most places, so your scratchy throat might be an allergy.
I find that when I’m not feeling well, everything seems more stressful and I’m less able to handle it.
Fingers crossed you’re not on the way to an attack!
Aww.. I know how you feel. Hoping these signs are ALL you get and nothing worse!! I know what you mean about stress, it is hard, and as Angela said above, I find too thay my coping skills just go right out the window when I having, or about to have, a spell. Good luck!!!