As I mentioned in my previous post I had another vertigo attack while away on holidays and I think it was caused by something I ate. I have been on a very strict low salt diet for months now and prior to this recent vertigo attack I'd been attack free since the end December 2009.
There's no way to know the reason why I've been attack free for so long. Is the diet helping? Is the medication I'm on working? Or is it just time? But I've stuck to the strict diet just in case it helps.
I've found myself doubting the diet's affect, despite reading that it supposedly helps the majority of sufferers, because when I was diagnosed 7 1/2 years ago I went on the same diet and then came off it after some time and was attack free for many years.
But there is a difference between this time and last time. This time I have had many, many more attacks than last time. This time a lot more damage has been done.
So while we were away I decided to eat something I didn't know the salt content of. The next day I had an attack. It seems plausible that the food was high in salt and the higher salt content triggered an attack.
Suddenly I found myself full of grief. I'd been thinking this diet would again be temporary. But what if it's not? What if I have to stay on this diet for the rest of my life? Of course given the choice between being on a strict diet for the rest of my life and having vertigo attacks, I choose the diet. But the diet means forever reading food labels. It means forever cooking things from scratch. It means no take away foods. It means carrying food on me at all times in case I get hungry because I can't just pop into the closest food store for something to eat. It means not being able to pop out to a cafe or restaurant for a bite to eat (I've been told it is possible to eat out with forward planning by talking to the chef beforehand to meticulously explain my diet - but even this seems like a chore, means I can't just decide to go out somewhere, limits me on where I can eat out and also means I have to put my trust in someone I don't know to follow the diet accurately). It means having to carefully explain my diet to hosts and trusting them to follow the diet or providing my own food. It means a lot more planning would have to go into trips away, especially overseas (can I even go overseas on this diet??). It means standing around at parties and morning tea at work, watching other people devour goodies.
I love eating out, getting take away and travelling.
I know there are plenty of people out there on all kinds of restrictions when it comes to diet, but salt really does seem to be in nearly everything, including a lot of things people would assume weren't high in salt (cakes, biscuits, bread...) Yesterday I saw that Lindt has made a new chocolate with sea salt!! So how do I manage explaining to people what I can and can't eat? Then how do I manage that in a foreign language?
I guess right now not only is my diet restricted but I feel like my life is restricted because of it. It is something that I still need to comes to terms with and learn to live with.