UFC president Dana White has been in a battle of wills with his doctors about the course of treatment for Meniere’s disease*.
Only about 50-percent of patients with Meniere’s disease actually respond to the medication, so he has been lobbying his physicians to get the surgery instead.
Now it appears that the surgical option is a go:
Dana White @danawhite
Taking off right now for UFC RIO!! Anderson Silva vs Stephan Bonnar, pumped for Erick Silva vs Fitch too. Here I come BRAZIL!!!!!! :)
Saw the Dr today about my menieres and I'm getn the surgery when I get home from Brazil!!!!! :) #getmyfuknlifeback
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Ménière's ("men-YEERS") disease is an inner ear problem that affects your hearing and balance.
Ménière's disease affects 50,000 to 100,000 people per year. The disease usually occurs in people ages 40 to 60. It affects both men and women. Children also can have Ménière's disease.
The cause of Ménière's disease is not known. It may be related to fluids that build up in the inner ear.
Ménière's disease can cause symptoms that come on quickly. During a Ménière's attack, you may have:
Tinnitus, a low roaring, ringing, or hissing in your ear.
Hearing loss, which may be temporary or permanent.
Vertigo, the feeling that you or your surroundings are spinning.
A feeling of pressure or fullness in your ear.
An attack can last from hours to days. Most people have repeated attacks over a period of years. Attacks usually become more frequent during the first few years of the disease and then come less often after that.
Treatment helps control your symptoms, such as vertigo. Medicines for the inner ear may be used to reduce the spinning feeling of vertigo. Other medicines may help the nausea or vomiting caused by vertigo.
Some people may be able to have fewer attacks by:
Eating a low-salt diet.
Using medicines (diuretics) to get rid of extra fluids.
Doing exercises to improve balance.
Avoiding caffeine, alcohol, tobacco, and stress.
Doctors sometimes use surgery to relieve the symptoms of Ménière's disease. But surgery can damage your hearing, so it is usually used only after other treatments have not worked.
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