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Monday, 22 June 2009

Menier's disease.

(World Peace Bell.)
 'I feel as if my head were
inside a chiming bell',
the guy claimed.

It seems that too many medical questions pop up lately.

A couple of months ago I went to a friend’s party and there was a guy there who looked as if he had had one too many. But you shouldn’t judge by appearances, it turns out he has a medical condition.

Five years ago he started suffering from bouts of dizziness and ringing in one of his ears. Eventually dizzy spells evolved into severe vertigo accompanied with vomiting, a degree of hearing loss and constant tinnitus, which made him tumble down several times.
‘It’s a wonder you haven’t hurt yourself or caused a car accident yet,’ I told him. ‘Why don’t you do something about it?’

Well, this question triggered off a detailed telling about his fruitless meanderings from doctor to doctor and test to test without getting diagnosed or finding a solution. On the positive side, all serious diseases such as brain tumour, neurological disorder etc had been ruled out.

The next day we did some research on the matter and found out that his symptoms matched best those of Meniere’s disease. I passed on to him all the information we gathered and suggested that he cut down on salt, cigarettes and coffee, though he didn’t take much notice at the time. About a week later his tale of woe continued: he collapsed in the street and broke his leg. As a result, next day he gave up smoking, salt and coffee altogether.

When the guy mentioned Meniere’s disease to his doctor, the latter jumped at the idea, babbled that he had already thought of it and sent him to do more tests to confirm the diagnosis.
Get a moral lesson? Every little helps.

1 comment:

  1. I've just heard Aspartame can cause or mimic, among other diseases, Menier's. As it still isn't clear what triggers this syndrome, patients should probably look into their diet to exclude anything containing Aspartame and see what happens.


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