Young And A Mess
i am 19 years old, and ive had menieres disease in my right ear since i was 16. i was actually diagnosed when i was 18 after many visits from two doctors. i had my very first vertigo attack at age 13 or 14, but it had only happened once until i turned 16. so far this sickness has gotten the absolute best of me. i go to an ENT specialist, and he has given me medication that i only take when needed and it doesnt seem to be working anymore, just like the medication my regular doctor used to give me. i missed tons of school, and now im starting to miss work. it seems my coworkers and friends do not understand the severity of menieres, they get angry with me when i have to cancel plans, or call off work. menieres disease has given me (along with the vertigo, and tinnitus) anxiety, stress, and mood swings to the point where my family thinks im bi-polar. i cant take much more of the dizziness. its becoming very constant and its driving me nuts! and i feel like no one can fully understand what im going through. its an absolutely horrifying experience, and ive never felt so helpless. i just dont want menieres disease to define me for the rest of my life.