I'm hoping that I might get some help here. Six weeks ago, I woke up with pressure in my left ear and not being able to hear a thing in that ear. The next day I became extremely dizzy, light-headed and nauseous. I also experienced, what I call, "flash" headaches...a sudden, severe pain that lasts only a few seconds. A day or two later, the constant, high-pitched "white noise" began. As the weeks progressed I started getting pressure and noise in the right ear, also. During the last few days, I've experienced vision problems including double-vision. All of these symptoms still exist and are constant, except for the headaches and double-vision which come and go. Oh, I also have pain in the left ear and cheekbone from time to time.
I've been to my family doctor twice. I was put on antibiotics twice and then a medrol pack. Since none of that helped, he sent me to an ENT. The ENT gave me 4 minutes of his time, looking in my ears, nose and throat and then holding a tuning fork up to my ears. He then told me that he thinks I have Meniere's Disease and ordered a hearing test.
I've done quite a bit of research on Meniere's since that appointment and, although some of the symptoms fits, I'm still worried that it might be something else.
Does anyone have any ideas? Someone suggested a tumor. Thanks for any help you can offer.
Hi marcze, you should definitely get some other tests done like allergy tests, Ct scans, etc. They can rule out serious problems like tumors and see if there is any build up in your sinuses. I did the same ,and found out I have non allergic rhinitis that causes similar symptoms as you. Don't panic, and see another specialist if you think you need to. A specialist should of ordered more tests. Take care!
I'd agree with the previous response, definitely try to get connected with someone who is a Meniere's specialist, not just a regular ENT. It's also important to look into possible allergies and food intolerances. I found that my symptoms were primarily in response to a range of undiagnosed food sensitivities. Information about the connection between food and Meniere's can be challenging to find, but "paleo" and "primal" resources are generally pretty helpful. I write about some of this on my website, you can search for managemenieres if you're interested in what this kind of diet might look like.