i am new to this site and see that I’m not alone. I’ve have Meniere’s disease For one and a half years. I’m on daily steroids and a diuretic. I’ve had two series of steroids in my right ear and one cycle of steroids in the left. One month ago had three days of streptomycin injections In my right ear. I’ve not had any vertigo episodes, but balance is worse and daily fatigue. Has anyone else had the streptomycin injections and did they work?
are you sure is was streptomycin and not gentamycin that was injected into your right ear? Gentamycin injection is the normal treatment for MD symptoms (vertigo) that are uncontrollable by other treatment. Gentamycin injection will likely cause balance problems for a week or so because it destroys the balance nerve in your right ear that causes the bad signals sent to the brain resulting in vertigo. Each of us have two balance nerves....one in each ear, so the good ear's balance nerve (your left ear) will soon take control and restore most of the balance function that you lost in the bad ear. Sounds like your vertigo episodes have been eliminated....wonderful!! Hang in there.....you will be fine in a couple weeks.
Hello Dean. I’ve only recently been diagnosed with MD although I’ve had regular attacks of vertigo since having pneumonia last December. I was diagnosed with labyrinthitis at first. Since you are more advanced than me I guess I have the balance symptoms to look forward to. The only treatment I’ve had is betahistamine which prevents vertigo and helps with nausea. My experience with the ent doctor was brief and perfunctory. I regularly practice balance exercises such as standing one one leg with eyes shut. It took a couple of weeks to master this but it helps keep the vestibular system functioning. I belong to another web site for labs and MD and have gained helpful information from that. I am in UK and there seems to be less available treatment here.
Thanks for the reply. I actually don’t have an ENT guy. The only appointment I had with him was just for a diagnosis which he made after asking a few questions and a short hearing test. He confirmed I had hearing loss which was not news to me as I have worn hearing aids for 10 years! He had nothing to compare it to as my aids are high quality ones I bought privately not NHS which were huge and useless. So even if he did offer any kind of injection I wouldn’t have it. We do have experts in a university hospital but I suspect I would have to be non functioning to qualify. It’s the not knowing what I should do to help prevent further hearing loss or even just basic advice - I drive myself crazy with internet searches of course and I belong to another support group who are very responsive.