@turnitaround. I was about ot start a new thread with my personal ‘theory/conclusions’ - at least in my own case, but you have pretty much just said it all …just a bit more technically than I could have managed:slight_smile:
I’m not sure about the whole fluid/ air thing - but you may well be right, as ‘fluid imbalance’ was the (old?) explanation for Meniere’s. However, I’m quite sure that pressure is the root of all evil for me.
A drop in the barometer pressure seems to be the biggest trigger which is totally beyond my control.
Once that has got things going, added ‘triggers’ like bending forward, looking up towards the ceiling, or sleeping/lying on my left (affected) side - unless bolstered up on 3 pillows to almost sitting position, increase the volume of tinnitus and ultimately to earthquakes and all the other unpleasant array of symptoms!
Once symptomatic, the ‘secondary’ set of triggers add to the unpleasantness and can set things off of make them worse:
Computer screens, caffeine., fluorescent or bright/ flickering lights, loud/sharp noises, vibrations (like a motor car idling or bumpy road),
NOW! My theory is that - what if there is something in the neck or shoulder/upper spine constricting some tiny nerve that sets off or at least exacerbates, the whole chain reaction through the ear/brain???
I have a slight curvature of the spine - not enough to be noticeable unless one really looks at one hip being 'larger ’ than the other - but enough to have caused me increasing discomfort and pain right down the right leg from inflammation that then affects a nerve. As no painkiller can stop nerve pain, one has to try and avoid and treat the inflammation.
As my affected ear is the left…I am currently experimenting with trying to keep the area ‘inflammation free’
Last weekend I did a relatively big house clean on Friday ( bending, looking up to dust etc), which resulted in a sore back and discomfort sleeping…so I uncharacteristically slept on my left side, instead of my normal (LEARNED) flat back. Hey presto, about an hour after getting up the next morning-- Major earthquake, followed by an aftershock, vertigo, nausea = a stemitil, tranquilizer and 2 hrs flat on my back counting cobwebs on the ceiling! By about mid afternoon I was fine! All this, I might add, after being almost 100% for a couple of weeks.
I am sure that, at least for me, there is something that ‘constricts’ and causes pressure , when I lie on that side (I sleep with one small pillow), even with a pillow between my knees and another supporting the right arm.
However, I’m not sure how this theory ties in with the visual symptoms and irritation form computer screens!!?? I have discovered that my multifocal glasses are a problem with the computer and if moving about with them on. I can work at stained glass with them on, and am currently using store bought reading glasses for reading labels/recipes etc, but think I might need to get specific lenses for computer.
Any ideas or comments welcome. I have an unreasonable need to know WHY!!!