After reaching goal weight about 18 months ago, I've been maintaining fairly easily with only a few low-key fast days. About 9 months ago, I had a bad bout of probable labarynthitis (complete with the complete twirly vertigo and associated nausea). After a week off work, I thought I was mostly over it...except that once a month, I would have a bout of either vertigo or disequilibrium. I also noticed my tinnitus was getting worse, and my hearing was off on one side. So finally I got a referral to an ENT to get it all checked out. I'm happy to say there's no tumour causing it, but my ENT is unable to give me a diagnosis; it may be Meniere's, but my hearing loss doesn't fit the classic pattern for it, so in the absence of any other practical tests to separate various vestibular/inner ear disorders, I have to live without a diagnosis. He wasn't able to prescribe much more than medication to control the vomiting associated with the vertigo. For the most part, it's not a problem, as it does happen only occasionally and I can usually fumble through the disequilibrium attacks until I can lie down and sleep it off.
Enough history, and back to the crux. Yesterday I did myself a proper fast day - 18 hours with only coffee/green tea and water until about 1pm when I had my traditional miso to perk me up for the afternoon, and then a vegi stirfry for dinner. However, after dinner, I felt the disequilibrium start, and I staggered off to bed before I could work up the motion sickness nausea, and slept it off.
So now to my question, and some ponderings. Has anyone read or heard anything related to fasting and Meniere's? I did a quick search of these forums and found one mention by @Philippa, but I don't think she's been on for a couple of years, and a quick google search hasn't netted me anything yet. The reason why I'm asking is that my research into Meniere's diet management suggests not only keeping sodium low, but also to eat regular meals and not skip. The idea behind it is that Meniere's could be exacerbated by fluctuating fluid levels in the body/blood. For now, I'm going to have to work with a bit of trial and error to see if anything diet related helps to control my vertigo bouts, but after last night I'm going to keep an eye on whether fasting (specifically my 18hr fasts) tends to set it off. I'm also keeping an eye on hormonal fluctuations as the previous monthly pattern starts to suggest that my cycle may play into it all too.
Many thanks for reading, and interested to find out if anyone's had any experience in this area.