Hi Matthew, I had Ménière’s (MD) for many years, eventually burned itself out, but not before it took most of my residual hearing with it! I mainly got cluster attacks that would last up to a week perhaps 10 days at a time, vertigo, sickness, fullness of ear, loss of balance, the room spinning or the walls coming in to meet me, horrendous Tinnitus, these were my symptoms and they would last for a few hours, some respite for a few hours, then it would all start again, a very difficult illness to live with and just as bad for loved ones, because you can never plan anything, the only thing I could do was take to my bed, for days! I would then go 1 or 2, sometimes 3 weeks symptom free, then I was away again…As carnutfl says, “A terrible disease”! I had so many attacks, that eventually I was totally aware exactly when an attack was imminent…Fullness of ear and Tinnitus would start up and I knew I would have to lie down, very quickly!
I was a member of the Ménière’s Society for many years, their website will give you some very good info, please see below.
Best of luck to your friends wife, she will need a lot of support as will your best friend, in their attempt to both come to terms with Ménière’s…It aint easy to live with!
Ménière’s Society UK.