Originally Posted by adamw
How's your hearing? Have you ever had an audiogram? There is no specific test for Menieres - diagnosis is based upon the symptoms of AT LEAST rotational vertigo, and worsening or fluctuating hearing loss documented by an audiogram. Tinnitus and ear fullness are common as well.
Menieres is very rare (0.2% incidence) and generally does not appear to run in families.
How is your fathers hearing?
The symptoms of migraine-associated vertigo are very similar to Menieres and this condition runs in families very commonly.
How did they diagnose you with essential tremor.. did you have an EMG ?
What you describe regarding your eyes sounds like nystagmus. Sometimes its congenital (from birth), becomes acquiried sometime in life (genetics, or just out of nowhere), from central causes (like MS as you mentioned) and vestibular disorders. It's important that you have this nystagmus evaluted - the direction of your eye movements may assist in determining where it is coming from and what might be causing it.
There is an article here http:// brain.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/full/126/6/1319 describing a syndrome of essential tremor with nystagmus
Thanks so much for responding. I so appreciate the time you put in to helping me sort this out!
My hearing I believe is fine. I have never had an audiogram. I have had tinnitus and ear fullness my whole life. I will occaisionally lose hearing in one ear and then have it slowly come back with a loud ringing. My father has lost 40% of hearing in one of his ears.
A neurologist diagnosed my essential tremor by running some simple tests and through my symptoms. I have the kind where my head shakes in a no motion if I'm very stressed or have to take a drink/eat in front of people I'm uncomfortable around. Very odd! It also comes on if I'm really tired or anxious (like right now... you can't see it, but I can feel the tension building in my neck). Anyway, I have had anxiety attacks my whole life, so when I explained this "eye dancing" thing to my PCP, he basically blew it off but still referred me to a neurologist because of the neck tremor. Believing it wasn't really a malignant symptom, I neglected to tell the doctor about it and chalked my dizziness and the eye things, tinnitus, etc. to hormones changing (I had a baby almost a year ago) and just a part of my anxiety that I have been dealing with for years. Anyway, I figured I should call him back anyway and tell him so he ordered an MRI for me for tomorrow morning. I have always been terrified of MS but I am pretty positive that is NOT the case (he assured me it isn't). I have read conflicting things on Meniere's and if there is a genetic component. I am praying that this is simply a coincidence and that I am the unfortunate handler of two very annoying disorders (vestibular and neurological) and not some terrifying brain disease.
Anyway, any more input would be great!