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The Journey Begins -Daniel Pancy

Maintaining balance in my life with bilateral Meniere’s Disease, is like trying to balance my checkbook. -DPancy Maintaining balance in my life is is like trying to balance my checkbook. I can’t. For the last eighteen years my ability to walk across the room has become a major challenge. Between drop attacks (Otolithic Crises of […]

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Don’t let your eyes deceive you with Visual Vestibular Mismatch – Abeed Hirji (Certified Vestibular Therapist) & Sheelah Woodhouse

Imagine that you’re in a bustling grocery store, watching an action movie, waiting in traffic at a busy intersection or walking across the patterned carpet in a hotel lobby. You start to feel anxious, disorientated or unsteady, and sweaty or nauseous. What is happening? You might be experiencing Visual Vestibular Mismatch. This is a condition where […]

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Fast Track -FDA

What does it mean when the FDA Fast Tracks a drug? Fast track is a process designed to facilitate the development, and expedite the review of drugs to treat serious conditions and fill an unmet medical need. The purpose is to get important new drugs to the patient earlier. Fast Track addresses a broad range […]

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FDA grants Fast Track Designation for SPI-1005 in the Treatment of Meniere’s Disease -Sound Pharmaceuticals

SEATTLE, Sept. 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Sound Pharmaceuticals is pleased to announce that the FDA’s Division of Neurology Products has granted its request for Fast Track Designation (FTD) involving SPI-1005 in the treatment of Meniere’s Disease (MD). FTD applies to serious conditions where the potential to address unmet medical need has been demonstrated. SPI’s clinical data from […]

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Me, Myself, and Meniere’s: An e3 Employee’s Struggles and Triumphs with Meniere’s Disease -Adam Dawson

How many of us get the gratification of helping someone better treat an ailment we struggle with? For Ryan Mills, Au.D. of e3 Gordon Stowe Dayton, it’s almost an everyday occurrence. For the past three years, Ryan has lived with Meniere’s disease, an inner-ear disorder that causes pressure in the ear, severe dizziness and vertigo, […]

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Meniere’s Disease and Migraines -Written by Greg Bullock on 7th Sep 2019

Meniere’s disease and migraine are clinically unique syndromes that also share an extensive and often-complicated relationship with one another. In fact, it can be hard for doctors to distinguish between the two conditions, much less the patients who have to endure their symptoms. In this post, we break down the similarities and differences between both […]

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Vestibular Disorders Are They an Invisible Disability? -Daniel Pancy

According to VeDA, Vestibular Disorders consists the following disorders and syndromes. “The most commonly diagnosed vestibular disorders include benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), labyrinthitis or vestibular neuritis, Ménière’s disease, and secondary endolymphatic hydrops. Vestibular disorders also include superior semicircular canal dehiscence, acoustic neuroma, perilymph fistula, ototoxicity, enlarged vestibular aqueduct, migraine-associated vertigo, and mal de débarquement. […]

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Mayo Clinic Q and A: Tinnitus can interfere with hearing but doesn’t cause hearing loss. -By Liza Torborg

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: For the past several months I have had a high-pitched ringing in my ears. It comes and goes, but lately it seems to happen more frequently. My doctor said that it is tinnitus and is quite common, but I am concerned and want to know what could have caused it. Could it […]

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WHAT THEY DON’T TELL YOU ABOUT LIFE WITH ILLNESS -OCTOBER 12, 2019 -Rhiann Johns

“Patient’ defined as ‘a person receiving or registered to receive medical treatment.’ One that a person only identifies with when sick and in need of medical treatment.  When diagnosed with a chronic illness, a patient becomes a more permanent part of our identity. An identity that we gave to learn to juggle with many others. […]

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Can You Have Light Sensitivity with Tension-Type Headaches? Posted by Greg Bullock on 25th Sep 2019

When most of us have a headache, it is likely that we are experiencing a tension-type headache—a dull, mild-to-moderate pain that wraps around the entire head as if being squeezed by a vice grip. In fact, tension headaches are the most common manifestation of head-related pain, so much so that it is often nicknamed ‘ordinary […]

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What Happens in the Migraine Postdrome? Symptoms & Experiences -Posted by Greg Bullock on 2nd Oct 2019

As frustrating and painful as the acute migraine attack can be, the totality of other symptoms that occur before, after and between it often serves to add on to the tremendous burden faced by patients. Even when the worst of it has passed, people with migraine can experience a separate phase of the attack, during […]

Read More What Happens in the Migraine Postdrome? Symptoms & Experiences -Posted by Greg Bullock on 2nd Oct 2019

Review of evidence on noninvasive vagus nerve stimulation for treatment of migraine -NCBI

Review of evidence on noninvasive vagus nerve stimulation for treatment of migraine: efficacy, safety, and implications. Mwamburi M1, Tenaglia AT2, Leibler EJ, Staats PS3. Author information Abstract GammaCore was cleared by the FDA for the acute treatment of episodic migraine and episodic cluster headache and has 5 Conformité Européenne marks. Data indicate that gammaCore treatment is both safe […]

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Americans Have 365 Days To Get A New, Enhanced ID If They Want To Board An Airline Flight -Dan Reed

If somehow the calendar could be spun forward one year and today were Oct. 2, 2020, tens of millions of Americans would be ineligible to board a commercial airline flight. And almost three out of every four Americans would lack the most commonly accepted form of identification needed for air travel. Thankfully, it’s still 2019, […]

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Efficacy and Safety of a Fixed Combination of Cinnarizine 20 mg and Dimenhydrinate 40 mg vs Betahistine Dihydrochloride 16 mg -NCBI 2019 Sep 30

Abstract BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE:  Vertigo derived from peripheral vestibular disorders is quite frequently encountered in daily clinical practice and can be a severely disabling symptom associated with substantial impairment of health-related quality of life for the affected patients. Betahistine, a structural analogue of histamine and presumably the most widely prescribed anti-vertigo drug worldwide, has previously […]

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MÉNIÈRE’S DISEASE TREATMENTS -Hearing Health Foundation

A cure for Ménière’s disease does not yet exist, but lifestyle modifications and treatments can help patients. According to the NIH, symptoms are successfully controlled in two-thirds of patients by reducing the body’s retention of fluids through dietary changes (e.g. eliminating or reducing salt, caffeine and/or alcohol). Medications such as antihistamines, anticholinergics, and diuretics may […]

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Vertigo-Michigan Ear Institute

Vertigo – Medical and Surgical Treatment, March 1998 ArticleMEDICAL AND SURGICAL TREATMENT OF VERTIGOMichael J. LaRouere, M.D.Michael D. Seidman, M.D.Jack M. Kartush, M.D. INTRODUCTION Vertigo is a term used to describe the hallucination of motion although the subject is stationary. The patient suffering from vertigo often uses the term “dizzy” to describe this sensation. However, […]

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Balance, Dizziness and Vertigo -Michigan Ear Institute

The Dizziness, Balance, and Falls Center at the Michigan Ear Institute has been recognized internationally as an outstanding clinical program for the diagnosis and treatment of balance disorders. After diagnosing the balance problem various treatment modalities including medical, surgical, and vestibular rehabilitation can improve overall balance function. Common balance disorders we see include Meniere’s disease, […]

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Myths, Facts & How Migraine Disease Impacts Women in the Workplace -Headache Migraine Forum.org

Think of your grandmother, your mother, your sister and your wife. Statistically, one of these four women will experience migraine attacks in the course of her lifetime.1 Women are more likely than men to have migraine attacks, and their attacks tend to be longer and more intense. Women also report more severe symptoms, including nausea, […]

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College professor getting experimental ‘bionic ear’ in medical trial -Michael Martin-FOX 17

MUSKEGON, Mich. — A college professor who has struggled with balance issues for several decades has been selected as one of the first people in the world to receive a new experimental implant. Dr. Shawn Macauley has been living with severe balance issues after a portion of his inner ear was destroyed 23 years ago. […]

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Many Faces of Vertigo -Daniel Pancy

Warning! Some of these photos may trigger vertigo! By having severe bilateral Meniere’s disease, it has come to my attention that there are many different words to use other than “dizzy.” A few come to mind: light-headedness, dizziness, vertigo, spinning, giddiness. They are all trying to get across the message that something is wrong with […]

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Facing the fear of hearing loss with Meniere’s and tinnitus -by Glenn Schweitzer August 5, 2019

When I was diagnosed with bilateral Meniere’s disease in 2011, I was 100% convinced that I was slowly going deaf in both ears. My initial audiogram showed low-mid frequency hearing loss typical to Meniere’s disease, and my first doctor explained that it was only going to get worse. It wasn’t until I found a better specialist that I learned […]

Read More Facing the fear of hearing loss with Meniere’s and tinnitus -by Glenn Schweitzer August 5, 2019

My Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy-Daniel Pancy

What is vestibular rehabilitation? “Vestibular rehabilitation is an exercise-based program, designed by a specialty-trained vestibular physical therapist, to improve balance and reduce problems related to dizziness.” https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/treatments/15298-vestibular-rehabilitation Personally I have tried Vestibular Rehab Therapy-VRT eight different times with three different therapists over the last 15 years. I have failed at each attempt. Mainly because having […]

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VA Benefits Can Give Veterans Access to TheraSpecs -Greg Bullock

Did you know that you can receive TheraSpecs as part of U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)? It’s true! Our company is a vendor of the VA health system, which provides benefit services—in the form of disability compensation, health care, education and training, and much more—to nearly 10 million* enrolled veterans. So if you are eligible […]

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TAKE YOUR BALANCE TO THE NEXT LEVEL WITH THESE 3 EXERCISES -National Dizzy & Balance Center

We require balance for everything we do, from sitting upright at a table to going up and down curbs to walking over uneven surfaces. If you feel unsteady with everyday activities, make sure to tell your doctor. In some cases, changes to the inner ear system can be the cause. Specialized balance lab testing can […]

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Vestibular Migraine: The Effects of Migraine Vertigo and Dizziness -TheraSpecs

Have you ever experienced recurring vertigo as part of a migraine attack? If the answer is frequently yes, you may be dealing with a very specific subtype of the headache disorder known as vestibular migraine. It has also been previously labeled ‘migraine-associated vertigo’ and ‘migrainous vertigo’ in clinical literature, although vestibular migraine more accurately encompasses other […]

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Aquatic Physical Therapy Exercises To Improve Your Balance -Athletic Physical Therapy

Six Aquatic Physical Therapy Exercises To Improve Your Balance Have you fallen recently?  Do you feel unsteady on your feet? Thousands of seniors fall each year causing physical, social, and emotional trauma as well as a loss of independence. Statistics: Risk of falls increases with age and is greater for women than men. 1/3 of […]

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The Truth about LED Light Sensitivity & Migraine Posted by Greg Bullock/TheraSpecs

In recent years, light emitting diodes (LEDs for short) have gained tremendous popularity as a more energy-efficient alternative to the traditional incandescent and compact fluorescent bulb. However, as they continue to dominate the lighting market, the question becomes: what, if any, is the cost to our health? In this post, we discuss how some people can experience […]

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What We Know about Vestibular Migraine and Light Sensitivity Posted by Greg Bullock/TheraSpecs

We have already discussed the broader implications of light sensitivity and dizziness, but there is so much more to unpack when it comes to this symptom’s impact on vestibular disorders. In this post, we take a deeper dive into how photophobia and light sensitivity specifically affects vestibular migraine. For more information from TheraSpecs use this link. […]

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6 Signs Your Symptoms Could Be Vestibular Migraine -Kelley Nunn

Personally, I too suffer from Vestibular Migraines as well. Mine started soon after I was diagnosed with Meniere’s. They increased dramatically after my Vestibular Nerve Section (VNS). I found out by trial and error that purple tinted sunglasses decreased the attacks. They worked really well in big stores with their fluorescent lightings causing most of […]

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Virtual reality ‘could help treat vertigo’ -By Max Evans BBC News

Virtual reality could be used to diagnose and treat visual vertigo, according to a team of Cardiff University psychologists.  People with the condition suffer from dizziness and nausea and often cite places with repetitive visual patterns, such as supermarkets, as the trigger.  A team of psychologists is working to develop virtual environments to help with […]

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Vestibular Rehabilitation -The American Institute of Balance

Producing Successful Outcomes Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT) can best be described as systematic repetitive exercises and protocols which extinguish or ameliorate patients motion provoked symptoms as well as enhancing postural stability and equilibrium. VRT is not new; it dates back to the 1940s. Cawthorne and Cookseys articles began to discuss the benefit of active eye […]

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23 Things Your Friend With Chronic Illness Really Means When They Say, ‘I Can’t Go’ -Paige Wyant

When you live with a chronic illness, it truly can affect all aspects of your life – including your ability to go out, do fun activities and socialize with friends and family. All your energy may be depleted just by taking a shower, or eating a meal – not to mention tackling your everyday responsibilities […]

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Balance Week 2019 -Daniel Pancy

September. Where did the summer go? We didn’t have a long summer this year considering on May 15th we received ten inches of snow; not out of the realm of possibilities, considering where I live, but damn it was a fast summer. Now people are turning their attentions to kids being in school, dropping off […]

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13 Harsh Realities You Experience As You’re Living With A Chronic Illness -Sarah Jean LaRocca

Approximately 133 million Americans live with chronic disease, defined as a disease lasting three months or longer. A portion of people who fall into this category live with incurable, life-long illnesses that are often “invisible” and interfere with daily life. Almost everyone knows someone who lives with a chronic illness, but what that actually means may be […]

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The Weather and Ménière’s Disease A Longitudinal Analysis in the UK

Hypothesis: Changes in the weather influence symptom severity in Ménière’s disease (MD). Background: MD is an unpredictable condition that significantly impacts on quality of life. It is suggested that fluctuations in the weather, especially atmospheric pressure may influence the symptoms of MD. However, to date, limited research has investigated the impact of the weather on MD. Methods: In a longitudinal study, a mobile phone application collected data […]

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How Anxiety Can “talk” When You Have a Chronic Illness -Sarah Naded

There are times when I feel completely selfish. I’ll let my Meniere’s disease control my life at times. I’ll avoid friends. I’ll avoid family. I’ll avoid work obligations. I’ll avoid almost everything. Most people don’t seem to understand that it’s not something I want to do, but it’s something I feel like I have to do. I have to […]

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5 Offensive Comments People With Invisible Illness Often Hear -Candice-Renee Palacio Carrillo

When I tell people I have Meniere’s disease, I expect two reactions in this exact order: “What’s Meniere’s disease?” followed by “What? You? No way you have a chronic illness.” Sometimes I wonder if people know when they are being offensive. These are the top five insults I’ve heard: 1. “You don’t look sick.”  Having an invisible […]

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Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo

This is the most common cause of dizziness from an inner ear problem. It is termed benign paroxysmal positional vertigo for the following reason: Benign: the condition almost always goes away with proper treatmentParoxysmal: the condition may return causing vertigo without warningPositional: it is brought on by specific type of head movementVertigo: the sensation is that of spinning that […]

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Meniere’s Disease: The Problem -from The Ear Center of Greensboro

Meniere’s disease is a disorder of the inner ear. The symptoms of this condition include recurrent episodes of spinning-around dizziness or vertigo, fluctuating hearing loss, tinnitus (noise in the ear, often likened to listening to a conch sea shell), and sensations of ear fullness and/or pressure. Often, Meniere’s spells are unpredictable. The exact cause of […]

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Things a Chronically Ill Person Needs From You, Their Healthy Friend -Jorie Logan Morris

It’s hard to hang out with people who aren’t sick. It’s hard being reminded that you have so many restrictions in your life: you have to go slower, you can’t eat or drink certain things, loud noises and bright lights are excruciating, you can’t stay out as long, you can’t feel like a valid member […]

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Rest is important. -Rhiann

There is a tendency to push through to complete errands regardless when symptoms start to become out of control. To stubbornly ignore the start of an oncoming flare and do more than our body can handle. But, doing so, however, only worsens these ‘starting‘ symptoms and thus exacerbates the approaching flare. We should begin starting, […]

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Meniere’s has totally changed me in every aspect possible. -Angela Benjamin Osmon

Meniere’s has totally changed me in every aspect possible. Took away my confidence, stability, balance, hearing, self esteem, safety, altered my personality, and I feel like a total burden to everyone. The vertigo can be so crippling and provoking that you are consumed by the fear of what will happen. I feel completely alone deserted […]

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