John’s story

A slight buzzing in my ear and a feeling of pressure in my head at work. I was having trouble making out what people were saying.

In my hotel room one evening I suddenly hit the bathroom floor and could not move for 5 hours, then I vomited and blacked out.

My memories of Venice on a long weekend were unromantic. I sat on the waterbus and could not get off it, going round and round until evening.

I Googled vertigo and came up with Meniere’s. That looked to be exactly what I had.

The next day I went to a café, rushed to the toilet and could not get out until I eventually vomited down the toilet.

The following week I had an attack every day for 5 days.

My hearing had gone, I couldn’t go to work, I was frightened to leave the house. I wouldn’t go anywhere without a sick bag.

My GP had no clue what was wrong. My ENT Consultant had no treatment that worked. The ultimate cure was the destruction of my inner ear to stop the random vertigo.

But that would leave me deaf without balance.

Typing at a keyboard became impossible. I forgot the beginning of a sentence by the time I got to the end of it.

I had no energy and had to sleep for most of the day.

How could this happen to me? I played Premier League Oxfordshire tennis, now I can barely get to the local shop, all because my left ear has stopped working.