Antiviral Approach to Meniere’s – Month 17 Update



I’ve now been on Valacyclovir for 17 months and still doing great.  I started with the 3 times a day for 3 weeks, then 2 a day for 3 weeks and now on the maintenance dose of 1 pill a day.  I’ve had no vertigo since taking the Valacyclovir.  Some minor dizziness but I never know if that’s from the prescription and supplements or just a side effect of MM.



I reduced the number of “John of Ohio’s” Meniere’s supplements I was taking and seem to be doing well.  My doctor continues to monitor my kidney and liver function with blood draws every 6 months to ensure there is no damage from the extended use of the prescription.  I’m contemplating taking it every other day but terrified that the vertigo may return.  My doctor said she’s comfortable with whatever I decide. 

A trigger for me is definitely gluten.  I’m totally gluten free and it has helped tremendously.  Now if I dine out and there happens to be gluten in something I immediately get the brain fog, dizziness, headache and my bad ear starts to feel full.  I’m also eating organic foods as much as possible and exercising regularly.  I’ve also cut back on my NUCCA (chiropractic) appointments to every 8 weeks.

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Antiviral Approach to Meniere’s – Month 8 Update

I’ve now been on Valacyclovir for 8 months and doing great.  I started with the 3 times a day for 3 weeks, then 2 a day for 3 weeks and now on the maintenance dose of 1 pill a day.  I’ve had a couple minor setbacks but overall feel back to “normal.”


I reduced the number of John of Ohio’s supplements I was taking due to having my first ever experience with kidney stones (may have been caused by the number of JOH supplements I was taking or the Valacyclovir…either way I’m now doing well only taking two of the JOH supplements daily).  The only side affect I’ve noticed with taking the Valacyclovir is that I now get UTI’s every few months.  My doctor continues to monitor my kidney and liver function with blood draws every 6 months to ensure there is no damage from the extended use of the prescription. 


A trigger for me is definitely gluten.  I’m now totally gluten free which was a major lifestyle change but it has helped tremendously.  Now if I dine out and there happens to be gluten in something I immediately get the brain fog, dizziness, headache and my bad ear starts to feel full.  I’m eating organic foods as much as possible, using essential oils and still seeing my chiropractic doctor…but have cut my visits down to just once every 8 weeks. 


I’m so happy to be able to go to the grocery store and not need to park by the cart return to grab a shopping cart in order to get into the store without falling.  It really is about the small things in life that we so easily take for granted.

Knock on wood…everything is going well!


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What a Month for Windy Warmth, June is a Major Score for 2013!

Wow, its simply been windy every day on the OBX this June! Somewhere on the islands, daily, IWS meters break the 20mph barrier and usually ramp well above 25mph! Coupled with warmth in the air and water, its trunks only and fun riding all sorts of kits from high wind 3.7m to 5.5m moderate along with of course the light air SUP wave riding! From the surf side, points north of O Inlet have been knee high on average with some nice potential outer sandbars in Nags Head, however, down south the swell has been better with Ramp 43 showing some nice form and size throughout the month.

Unfortunately, Rmp 43 and 44 are now closed to ORV as well as pedestrian (Rmp43) traffic so now these spots are untouched. Real bummer and nonsense given that now with the $ 120 annual/$ 50 weekly permitted ORV requirement, traffic is considerably diminished. Yet majority of Ramps on the islands are closed down.Why is ramp 1, 3, 23, 34 closed… these ramps are simply closed for no apparent reason??  All utter BS here and if the decision makers (that individual or small group who actually make the ramp open/close decisions) were to be open and forthcoming in “Why?!” it may make some sense, but its simply a closed door activity with the only reasoning noted as “nesting birds.” Honestly, I have always believed its a “policing” issue where the NPS has a perceived lack of manpower to satisfactorily patrol the beaches. Though beach access is another issue better suited for other blogs/posts/news outlets.

Back to the windy June, here is a nice June First Half photo recap shot by Keith M!
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Birthday month in pictures

My new love SUP

I just love the month of August, big yellow suns setting over the ocean, SUP sessions most mornings, festivals and huge beach events across the country and hey its my birthday month…..I’ve certainly enjoyed this hectic time.  So roll on September, I think I’m ready for you…. back to school, cozy evenings and a little more routine….summertime, all be it short, you brought a smile to my face, so until next time….puravida! x

Happiness in Barry- Vegas, so very Gavin & Stacey

Penarth Pier on a moody SUMMERS day?!

So many events, so many gorgeous sunsets!

Yes, that’s me in my element!

Be rude not to…..


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