Skip to comments.Huey Lewis Talks Meniere's Disease: 'It Can Get Better. It Just Hasn't Yet'
Posted on 05/08/2018 1:48:23 PM PDT by Red Badger
Huey Lewis talked about his battle with Meniere's disease for the first time in an interview with Today on Monday.
"It can get better. It just hasn't yet," Lewis said of the inner ear disorder. "I haven't come to grips with the fact that I may never sing again. I'm still hoping I'm gonna get better. They say a positive attitude is important."
In April, Huey Lewis and the News announced the cancellation of all 2018 tour dates following the singer's diagnosis. "I can't hear music well enough to sing. The lower frequencies distort violently making it impossible to find pitch," Lewis said in a statement at the time.
On Monday, Lewis spoke of when the disorder which causes vertigo, ringing and hearing loss first surfaced. "As I walked to the stage [in Dallas], it sounded like there was a jet engine going on," he said. "I knew something was wrong. I couldn't find pitch. Distorted. Nightmare. It's cacophony."
Like singer Ryan Adams, who also struggled with Meniere's disease for a number of years, Lewis is searching for a solution for the incurable affliction. "It's a syndrome based on symptoms, and it affects people differently," Lewis said of his treatment. "All they can come up with as treatment is diet. No caffeine, lower salt and keep your fingers crossed."
While Lewis is unable to perform, he can still hold conversations with people or talk on the phone. The singer has been testing experimental technologies to help with the disorder but remains sidelined from the stage.
The Meniere's disease struck just as Lewis was finishing up a new album and working on a Broadway production based on his music. Like his previous statement, Lewis was exceedingly apologetic to his fans.
"I want to say I'm sorry. Clearly we're not spring chickens, but I've always prided myself on being reliable," Lewis told Today. "I really feel bad for my guys, my team that we've been doing this for so many years together."
Very sad. There’s no cure. Doctors can only mitigate some of the symptoms.
He needs a new drug.
Nope, just the Power of Love.................
He’s a bright guy, he scored 800 on his math SAT.
I have 2 close friends who both have it to one extent or another. One of them isn’t too badly affected, but until it got under control, the other one would be literally unable to even sit up without vomiting from the vertigo.
Hes a bright guy, he scored 800 on his math SAT.
I see you’re from New Jersey. Did you go to high school with Hugh?
Alan Shepard found a cure, for himself at least:
In 1969, he checked himself into a Los Angeles hotel under a pseudonym to undergo a new and, at the time, risky operation to correct his inner ear condition. The surgeon successfully implanted a small tube in his inner ear to drain the fluid away.
“I finally found a gent who corrected my ear problem surgically, and after Nasa looked at me for perhaps a year, they decided that I was well enough to fly again,” Shepard explained in 1991.
A close relative developed Meneire’s, his doctor told him it was likely related to constant high-decimal exposure he received during military service, including Desert Storm. severe symptoms but he got completely under control by cutting down on salt and cutting caffeine out completely, along with getting his diet under wraps in general. One of his friends also developed Meniere’s and hasn’t been able to mitigate it at all. Tough thing to live with.
I’m not sad. He’s a stupid moonbat liberal who hates every Republican and conservative.
He sounds like a dizzy SOB.
My wife was struck by men years disease approximately 8 years ago. For a year-and-a-half she had vertigo nausea and the other symptoms that have been discussed.
She washed her diet religiously especially her salt and caffeine. She hasn’t been struck by nausea now for over 5 years although she occasionally has bouts of dizziness. She has to avoid spinning ceiling fans and flickering fluorescent lights as these trigger dizziness.
Al Shepard’s surgery for his Meniere’s syndrome allowed him to get back on flight status and go to the moon on Apollo 14. Dr William House performed the surgery in 1968 and NASA doctors cleared Shepard to return to space in 1970. According to Dr House, this surgery does not cure Meniere’s. It just relieves the symptoms.
A tiny silicone, rubber tube is inserted to shunt fluid called endolymph from the inner ear to the fluid called cerebrospinal that surrounds the brain and spinal cord.
In recent years, more doctors have accepted the theory that Meniere’s disease results from the lack of proper absorption not an overproductionof endolymph.
Therefore Dr. House performed the shunt operation, which Dr. Berry said was done at space agency expense. The surgery. Dr. House wrote, was not designed to cure Meniere’s disease but to relieve its symptoms.
Dr. House cut through the mastoid bone behind Captain Shepard’s left ear into a round part of the inner ear called the sacculus that contains endolymph.
Dr. House slit the sacculus, inserted one end of the tiny tube and then connected the other end to the cerebrospinal fluid behind the sacculus.
My son has it. Has 90 percent hearing loss in one ear and deaf in the other. He is on a low salt diet and takes a diuretic . Watches what he eats and wears these huge hearing aids that help somewhat. He decided to go to college for architecture and is graduating this Saturday magna cum laude. Very proud of him.
Sudden standing up or getting up from doing gardening on your knees can cause a sudden drop in BP and you get dizzy, as well................
He wasn’t mocking ‘salvation’, he was mocking TV/Radio evangelists who constantly beg for money.................
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