A Few Words...

What is written here is my opinion and personal experience only. I am not qualified to give advice - medical, legal, or otherwise. Please be responsible and do your own research regarding treatments, diets, doctors, and alternative therapies.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

A Little Funky After a Couple of Good Weeks

The past two days my inner ear has been making a lot of bubbling, gurgling, and popping noises typical after a good attack of vertigo.  Of course, I didn't have vertigo.  Now, I am not getting cocky and I don't want to give the gods any ideas that I need another lesson on the unpredictability of Meniere's even after gent.  I get it.

But this afternoon I developed a touch of brain fog and a strong desire to lay my head down and go to sleep.  Remember that feeling in afternoon college classes?  The feeling when you desperately want to lay your head down on a desk and sleep right through the lecture du jour?  Your eyes insist on taking extra long blinks?  That feeling.  Then, a couple of hours later, the bee in my ear started going to town and that finally culminated in a mild case of bobble-headedness for an hour or so.  Seems to have passed... whew.  But left me a little deflated as I have had a couple of really good weeks.

There has been a lot of talk about the possible role of vasopressin in Meniere's disease over at Meniere's.Org and it has me wondering if it also happens to play a role in nasal congestion.  I wrote about the results of my allergy testing recently and that I seem to "simply" have nonallergic rhinitis.  I sure wish I could remember all that physiology I tried not to sleep through in college!  Can't help but wonder if that is somehow linked to my Meniere's and, if so, what the hormonal pathways are.  I tried Googling it a bit and just kept coming up with papers on toad bladders.  Yuck.

Rather than being told, "We don't know" what causes Meniere's or nonallergic rhinitis, for that matter, I wish the doctors would elaborate by adding, "But here are a couple of possible explanations that scientists are looking into."  Otherwise when I try to imagine what is going on in there, my mind just wanders over to the same black hole it goes to when contemplating how electricity actually works or where to start and stop a geometry proof.

C'est la vie.


  1. I too am feeling a little funky today. I've had guests for the past few days and I think I have over done it. I also have a sore throat and just feel icky. But the hearing dip in my left ear is causing some wariness.

    I too wish there were more answers, possibilities, explinations... given instead of just "ummm, don't know."
    I'm lucky that my doctor is trying to find at least one cause, but still, no cure. I'm tired. And I want some answers. dang it.

  2. I second that!

    Have you happened to see all the wonderful insights being posted by MD Research Fund at menieres.org. What they are doing makes a lot of sense to me and helps explain some of my more mysterious symptoms. A little information goes a long way.

  3. It is always comforting to hear someone else talk about the brain fog, and the sleepiness. It is difficult to explain just how TIRED we get – it is overwhelming at times! And the brain fog... as I was recovering form a spell this week I tried to sign into my online banking, and somehow could NOT remember my PIN number. I honestly had to think long and hard about something that I usually don't have to think about at all! Ahh good times.