My last blog mentioned that it has been three years since this last round of the fight with Meniere's began. Part of the counter-attack that my ENT used was a diurectic. Specifically, he put me on Diazide, or the generic name, Triamterene, at a 37.5 mg daily dose. The reason for the use of this particular diuretic is that it preserves potassium while helping to eliminate sodium and therefore, fluid, from a persons body.
The importance of preserving K is that if you deplete the body of it, you get muscle cramps. That would not be an acceptable thing.
I am not complaining about taking it. I have handled it well with no major side effects. It does stink to not be able to take being in the sun like I was used to. I burn easier. The funny thing is, even though I read the literature on the drug, it didn't click with me for a while that this was the reason I got sun burnt easier. It is a small issue and one that can be helped by sunscreen and lotion. Now if I could get in the habit of actually using them.
These types of medications are primarily used for high blood pressure, which makes it interesting for me. I've never had high blood pressure. I always run low. Even before taking this med, I typically ran 100/60. After I had started on them, I had a routine physical with a Nurse practitioner. As she was reading through my chart she got a bit upset and asked "who put you on this med? You don't need it!"
Naturally, I needed to do a bit of education as to the use and I gave her the name of the ENT at my clinic if she felt the need to follow up. After explaining what the purpose was, she calmed down. I don't think she appreciated being out of the loop.
The point of this rambling is that it has been three years of continuous use. I thought it might be worth asking the question if my ENT's plan was for me to stay on it for the rest of my life, or if they had other thoughts. Again, I'm not opposed, I just thought it would be a good idea to check. I haven't seen my ENT in person since my second Cochlear implant surgery in April of 2015 and we didn't discuss my Meniere's. The last real time we discussed that may have been June of 2014.
Last week I sent them a note and asked what the plan was.
A couple of days ago, I got a phone call from a team member saying that it was the intent for me to remain on them at the level I am at for the foreseeable future. She laid out the reasons behind it and it sounded a bit like "since you have not had any major issues, why risk it?" She then suggested that sometime in the next year, maybe I should just schedule a follow up to talk about how things are, or aren't, going.
So, that's where I'm at.
I guess I am on them for the long haul.
I'm not really upset about it, nor am I overly thrilled.
I think I may agree with the ENT team, and if something seems to be making some kind of difference, why risk changing it up?
I certainly wish I could get by without, but I definitely can do without a return to the days of endless hours of vertigo and vomiting.
'Til next time
Just a guy trying to live with an invisible, potentially debilitating illness