White to miss first UFC in 11 years due to surgery for Meniere’s disease

May 15, 2012

Dan Rafael ‏ @danrafaelespn
It has come to my attention that @danawhite will not be at the @UFC on Fuel tonight. I'm told he is ducking me!!!! :)

Dana White ‏ @danawhite
@danrafaelespn first fight I will miss in 11 years and it is KILLING me!!! I have to have surgery in LA 2 morrow or trust me I would be

BrookeInVegas™ ‏ @BrookeInVegas
why are you having surgery???

Dana White ‏ @danawhite
I have a form of Vertigo but worse.

E. Arino de la Rubia ‏ @earino
@danawhite if you don't mind me asking, what are you getting surgeried? My guess is deviated septum!

Dana White ‏ @danawhite
already did that now I have what's called minears disease it's like Vertigo but on steroids! Not fun

Vicky ‏ @Vee_Mo
What?! I'm sorry... I hope you're ok. Where can I send you a get well soon gift?

Dana White ‏ @danawhite
I'm hoping to be in and out quick. I have no time for this shit but it has to be done

Vicky ‏ @Vee_Mo
Keeping my fingers crossed for you...

Dana White ‏ @danawhite
:) I will be fine

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Ménière's Disease

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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