ruettimann beach

Many of you know that I was diagnosed with Ménière’s Disease in my 20s. If you don’t know, here is the story.

I had balance problems in college and in my early 20s. I was constantly misdiagnosed with ear infections. I always heard a high-pitch tone in my ears, too. It was frustrating and no one had answers. I was once so sick that I went to the emergency room for my vertigo and was given a bagful of antibiotics and Compazine.

Turns out that I am allergic to Compazine … of course … and I didn’t have an ear infection.

After that ordeal, I found a good ear, nose and throat doctor who put me through a series of tests (MRI, ENG) and diagnosed me with Ménière’s Disease. It’s not really a disease. It is more like a condition. My life is better when I manage my intake of salt, caffeine and alcohol. I don’t blast music in my ears or attend many concerts because loud noise makes the tinnitus worse.

Anyway, that’s my story.

I had an attack of vertigo, about two weeks ago, that has left me a little woozy. It is still with me, although it’s getting better.

You know what always helps? Going to the beach.

It might be mental, but the sound of the waves covers the tinnitus. Relaxing on the sand seems to calm my inner ear. And I always feel better when I have a day where things are quiet and chill.

Some people take drugs. Some people go to WebMD for answers. For me, the healing process (for almost everything) begins at the beach. Thank goodness it’s only 2 hours away!

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