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06/15/2009 - Questions and Answers

Meniere's disease and vertigo

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I have Meniere's disease and lately I have developed vertigo! It's terrible! It lasts about an hour. The doctor gave me prednisone and a diuretic, but neither of them worked.

What can I do next?
 

Answer

Meniere's disease was named after the French physician Prosper Meniere, who, in 1861, theorized that attacks of vertigo, ringing in the ear (tinnitus) and hearing loss came from the inner ear. It's a chronic, incurable vestibular (inner-ear) disorder defined as the idiopathic syndrome of endolymphatic hydrops; this means there's a collection of fluid (endolymph) in the inner ear, due to an unknown cause. Vertigo lasting from 30 minutes to 24 hours is often caused by Meniere's Disease. While attacks of vertigo can be a symptom of Meniere's Disease, they may be replaced by more constant struggles with vision and balance.
 

The links below may be helpful in learning more about your problem and possible treatments.

 

Related Links
Vestibular Disorder Association: Meniere's Disease
MedlinePlus: Meniere's Disease
Dizziness, Vertigo and Meniere's Disease

Created on: 08/21/2005
Reviewed on: 06/15/2009

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