Meniere’s Disease symptoms are divided into two sets: balance symptoms and hearing symptoms
The classic Meniere’s disease symptoms, include vertigo, dizziness, hearing fluctuation, and inner ear pressure or ear congestion. Near the end of this page, we’ll discuss some of the things we have found that create these symptoms. It might be of value to you to consider some of them.
Exploring their presence (or absence) is the biggest determining factor to arrive at a diagnosis. To get a diagnosis of Meniere’s Disease, these balance and hearing symptoms, including inner ear congestion, have to be present. If you research the “Meniere’s disease symptoms” term, you will find several variations and opinions amongst the medical communities, depending on their teaching, training and experiences.
The most bothersome Meniere’s disease symptoms seem to be the balance issues: vertigo and dizziness.
Vertigo is described as a general feeling of the “world” spinning outside of your body. Dizziness is described as an internal sensation, an inner feeling of YOU being “off balance” not being able to control your balance, or of lightheadedness.
Vertigo is more problematic as it is more severe, more intense, more debilitating. Most people can tolerate some dizziness and all its variations such as lightheadedness. But it is very hard to have confidence in your driving ability if you feel your car or your surroundings are “out of control”, where in fact everything is fine.
We hear comments like “I’m finding it really hard to walk at the moment” “It’s very frightening and depressing to feel so out of control all the time. For me the vertigo is the scariest, but I also have other Meniere’s disease symptoms a lot of the time.“ or “I have occasional dizziness and tinnitus. I would be nice to not have these symptoms.” or “And time i get very light headed some times pass out”.
Hearing fluctuation is noted as being present one minute or day (or month): then it is not present. This measurement process to get a diagnosis can last over a period of years. So either you can hear “something” or nothing at all. That is deafness. Yet people tell us their hearing often comes back. (Keep this idea in mind as you read on.) This is why you want to get tested not just once, but a few times. Things change.
With tinnitus and hearing fluctuation, again, there are a variety of opinions and interpretations.
So in conclusion, Meniere’s Disease Symptoms must include balance and hearing symptoms, but they also include questions related to your ability to function.
Our perspective: a different way of looking at your Meniere’s Disease symptoms. There always has to be a cause for everything you feel: every symptom.
Meniere’s disease symptoms occur after the cause for those symptoms has been present.
Let’s look at hearing symptoms. They are just a little different. They come as no hearing (so NO symptoms: just silence), intermittent or fluctuating hearing or horrible tinnitus (described as a screeching noise). But again if we believe the scientific (unchangeable) law of causes and effect, these have to have a cause, even when there is no hearing for a period of time….could ALL these Meniere’s disease symptoms share one or a combined cause?
Why is this happening? The medical world talks about the endolymphatic sac (located in the inner ear) being impacted. Could you ask what would cause this? No one can see vertigo or dizziness. No one can know when you experience tinnitus. No one can feel your inner ear fullness. People talk about brain fog but no one can see this “fog”. Symptoms are feelings. No one but you can feel anything. As this all comes from the inner ear, no one can also see into what is happening. So you, alone, can feel the abnormalities.
It is really important to realize that no two people’s experience is ever the same. In our emails we hear from people who have never had a balance issue, yet they have been given the Meniere’s disease label. As you explore these symptoms more, especially the hearing ones, you find a lot of disagreement as to what is really happening to get a firm diagnosis.
One of the classic Meniere’s disease symptoms is inner ear congestion. How does one measure it? This is a very subjective personal evaluation. Hearing of some level could be present one day or week and then be gone for a long while. Do you not ask yourself “why?”
Therefore your vertigo and dizziness have to have a cause. Your hearing symptoms have to have an underlying cause. That is a scientific fact. Absolutely nothing happens in our bodies without a cause. Therefore any dizziness or lightheadedness or tinnitus has to have a cause. Your inner ear congestion has to have a cause. Could they by any chance maybe all share the same cause?
Can you see how these vague the different symptoms of Meniere’s disease are? And now the vague symptoms are going to create a far reaching and final diagnosis that sets the tone for your life. Many people tell us they won’t leave home in case they have an episode in the supermarket. Yes, eyes are involved for some people. And again, it makes sense, but no one discusses why it could be happening. We often hear from people who tell us they have been told that their eye problem has nothing to do with their ear problem. But if your body is all one “persona”, would it not make sense to look at ALL of it and maybe discover one area can affect another area?
As you explored the traditional medical sites, you probably found a lot of detailed complicated and intelligent anatomy and physiology. Did you find it a little intimidating? Don’t be alarmed by it. Your testing showed you all was well, right?
You need to explore all these Meniere’s disease symptoms. Testing is needed to rule out other serious pathology. But in all things, ask why something is going on.
But does it really matter what all this is called? Would it make more sense to find what is causing all this and get on with fixing that cause? Many people, and obviously your doctor, want to have a satisfactory outcome to these balance and hearing symptoms. Having a name, gives your doctor a treatment plan to follow FOR THE SYMPTOMS. Your tests have ruled out any other problems, other pathology. But what about a cause?
If you have already asked for our observations email, I suggest you now look at this again very carefully. You can see we were overwhelmed with a huge variety of CAUSES for all these Meniere’s disease symptoms. These were the causes: NOT the symptoms themselves. But each person had at one time been told they could or did have Meniere’s disease. But ultimately this is all about “cause and effect”. That is a scientific principle you can’t (and don’t want to) ignore. One last thing to keep in mind is that age is not a factor. These causes can happen any time of one’s life.