I was formally diagnosed with Meniere's in my right ear in August, 2005, and after looking back at life, I believe I have been actually dealing with the disease/symptoms since I was a teenager. Had a Laby on my right ear Jan. of '09, the diagnosed Bi-lateral around 2012. That said, I thought I might share a few things I've learned while dealing with this nightmare of a disease. Hopefully, this might help new people who are most concerned with each new or re-occurring symptom. I'll start off with the issue of Meniere's being episodic, meaning it comes in and fouls up your life for a time, then seems to almost (but not quite) fade away. Sometimes when vertigo attacks hit, it seems completely random, and at other times, such as when the barometric pressure drops, issues are almost predictable. Between attacks, Ol' Man Meniere's is going to drop you little reminders that he's still in charge of your ears. Some days the tinnitus will drive you bonkers, and at other times it will drop back to very tolerable. There will be days you'll have those "bottom drops out" feelings that last only seconds; just enough to scare the crap out of you and trigger through-the-roof anxiety. Then, of course, there's those days when your brain feels more like a loaf of bread, and you can't put a coherent thought together. At the end of the day, you're honestly proud of the fact you were able to dress yourself and hold a lucid conversation with your cat despite the lack of function between your ears. People new to the disease tend to over-analyze every odd sensation or feeling, and this only adds to the stress. Doing research and learning about the disease is fine, but understand that your ears/brain are going to pull all kinds of shenanigans on you, so don't freak out every time the pitch of your tinnitus changes or you're dizzy for a few minutes. It's all part of the same package. The basic approach for new Menarian's is your ENT will put you on a diuretic and tell you to reduce your salt intake. The intent of this is to reduce the amount of fluid available for the inner ears. It's a good strategy, but doesn't always work. For some folks, salt is an issue, and for others they can salt the hell out of their McDonalds french fries and they notice no difference. There are a couple things I removed from my diet when I found out they were "triggers", and were causing me all manner of misery. First, I had to drop caffeine, and learn to drink decaf. Next was giving up alcohol, which was not a big deal, however I did enjoy my Yukon Jack. Not a drop in over 10 years. Thankfully, nicotine is not a problem for me, but I understand it does cause issues for some. Sometimes, even when you're doing everything right, you'll get slammed with an attack. Why? Who the hell knows...if Meniere's was a human even the most saintly of ladies wouldn't hesitate to call him an asshole. So yeah...Meniere's will have an impact on your life..BUT, it won't kill you. Find a good Neurotologist that's not afraid to try different treatments, hoping to find that one thing, or combination of things that will reduce the disease's impact on daily life. Live life to the fullest, and on the days you can't, spend your time thinking of how to best enjoy your next good day. The Meniere's isn't going away, and even though today might suck, tomorrow might be the first day of year long remission.