For the past several years I have suffered from Meniere's Disease, an often debilitating disorder of the inner ear. Although the cause is unknown, it probably results from an abnormality in the fluids of the inner ear. Meniere's is one of the most common causes of dizziness originating in the inner ear. In most cases only one ear is involved, but both ears may be affected in some patients.

The symptoms of Meniere's include episodic rotational vertigo (attacks of a spinning sensation), hearing loss, tinnitus (a roaring, buzzing, or ringing sound in the ear), and a sensation of fullness in the affected ear. During vertigo attacks, I am usually unable to perform normal life activities. The only option has been to pop a valium, lay still and wait for the attack to pass. I've complied with many of the treatment options and recommended lifestyle changes necessary to minimize the condition, however nothing seemed to help a great deal. In 2006, I underwent inner ear surgery, proven to relieve symptoms in more than half of Meniere's sufferers. While my vertigo attacks had been overall less frequent since the surgery, unfortunately the constant ringing has continued.

My husband, a business professional, is a former professional athlete who suffered from chronic wrist tendonitis. He experienced therapeutic relief from acupuncture during his playing days and convinced me to give it a try. I visited Lei Shaw a few weeks ago for the first time. She spent plenty of time with me in order to understand my condition. Not only was the initial treatment helpful in reduction of some ringing, but through her experience with herbal remedies, Lei recommended several natural options for my sinus problems and for my difficult menstrual cycles...which we know is a "hormonal trigger" for my Meniere's attacks.

While it will likely take more than a couple of visits to maintain and advance the progress we have made, I am pleased and encouraged as to the results I have experienced thus far. Acupuncture is truly unique and powerful and I am grateful to have found Lei.

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