Put Your Hands Up! Triggers for Meniere’s

I think I hit a triggerHold your horses, cowboy! We’re not talking about guns here now. We’ll be talking about what makes Meniere’s Disease (MD) rear its ugly head up when you least expect it. Once it says hello, you’ll be experiencing most if not all of these symptoms:

  • Vertigo
  • Migraine
  • Hearing loss
  • Ringing in the ear
  • Ear pressure
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

MD, most of the time, is silent. People can function and do regular activities like jogging, cooking, running errands. However, once you hit a trigger, it’s a whole new different ballgame. You can’t dance, you can’t drive, let alone sit up and have a decent conversation.

What’s a trigger?

Merriam-Webster has a technical explanation, but let’s make it simple. It’s not something that actually caused MD. A trigger is what will make all of those pesky symptoms appear, so you’ll either stop moving or rival Sleeping Beauty.

Let’s sit down and talk about what makes your MD come to life.


Stress in the form of your tyrannical boss, domineering in-law, our your Peter-Pan sibling. But stress can also be relative. It can be from work, at home, and even when you spend the whole night partying. There is even one who got an attack by riding the wave pool for an hour (read: me). Light stress is good, but prolonged or severe ones are bad.


Your favorite cleaning agent can trigger your Meniere’s. The scent of muriatic acid and chlorine can make your world go round. Even your favorite facial cleansers and toners can be MD triggers. I wanted to be pretty for my hubby, so I bought this amazing, wonderful toner to get the maps out of my face. I got dizzy, nauseous, and could barely function after 2 days of using it. Naturally, I stopped. No use looking good if you can’t even function, eh? Good thing hubby still loves me despite the map.


Spring is the dreaded time for most with MD, when mother nature is busy deploying all sorts of pollen and spores that you can imagine. Once you inhale them, your nose gets stuffy and you lose count on how many tissues and sneezes you had. Why are they triggers? Your nose is connected via narrow canal to your ear. If your nose gets clogged, you can bet your pretty little petunia that you’ll also have a mini pool in your ear. This presses on your vestibular nerve, and voila! MD day!


I had a love affair with sodium and MSG when I was young: chips, fish sauce, soy sauce, oyster sauce, all the junk foods that you can hoard from the grocery. Food doesn’t taste good if it does not have a dash of fish sauce to it. I broke up with sodium when I got diagnosed with MD. Any excess and you can expect me to go “Say what?!” like a drunkard whenever you talk to me.

Got any personal MD triggers that you wish to share? Give me a buzz, and let’s talk about it!


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