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Coping with Meniere’s Disease

Coping with Meniere’s is not easy. Learn as much as you can about how to deal with attacks and how to help yourself between attacks.

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Your Daily Life

Meniere’s unpredictable and disruptive symptoms will probably mean having to make adjustments in your daily life. Keep these strategies in mind:

  • At work: If Meniere’s interferes with your job, think about changes that would help. Then talk to your employer. If changes can’t be made, ask whether moving to a better-suited position within the company is an option.

  • At home: If your balance is unsteady, move sharp, breakable objects out of the way. Arrange stable, sturdy objects so that you can use them for support.

  • In the car: If you have attacks that occur without warning, driving may be dangerous for you. Explore public or private transportation options. Low-cost transportation is often available for those who need it.

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What to Do During an Attack

  • Lie down on a firm surface in a darkened room.

  • Stay as still as possible.

  • Keep your eyes open. It may help to stare at a stationary object.

  • Take any medications that your doctor has prescribed to use for an attack.

  • Don’t get up until the spinning passes. When you do get up, do so slowly.

  • Find a comfortable place to rest or sleep for several hours while you regain your sense of balance.

 

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