Greetings everyone, Since being diagnosed with Menier's disease two weeks, I have been a bit of a causal observer, on this message board, but finally decided to take the plunge and jump in. Here is my story: I am 44 years old and my Meniere's story started off with a vertigo attack back in January of this year. It came out of nowhere as I was walking up the steps from our basement after doing some laundry. I had no idea what was going on, but I made way to my bed and laid there until I fell asleep. I don't recall feeling any pressure in my ear and I've always had a low volume tinnitus from playing in rock bands for years without wearing ear protection. I saw a doctor the next day who checked my ears and vitals and she said I was fine. She said it could have been a number of things, but unless I have another attack in a week or so, i shouldn't worry about it. A week or two later, I started to notice a low grade pressure in my left ear. It would come and go sometimes lasting for an hour or two and then just kind of fading away. It didn't hurt, so I didn't think much of it. I just thought that it was allergies or something trivial. I let it slide for a few months. Finally about three weeks ago, I noticed that the pressure not only wasn't going away, but my already existing tinnitus was louder and now I was sensitive to even everyday noise. As a musician, I could no longer play music without experience some sort of ear pain. I finally made my way to an ENT who said that he was 90% certain that it was Meniere's. I had never heard of it before so I looked it up and was horrified by the description of the progression of this disease and the hopelessness and mystery that surrounds it. Since my diagnosis, the pressure in my ear has been constant. I'm a musician, a marathon runner, traveler, BMXer and hiker. I am terrified that this disease is going to take all of those things away from me. I was in denial for two weeks until last night when I finally just felt hopeless and broke down a cried. It seems like nothing short of a miracle is going to help.