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by Paul on 12/02/10 at 06:19 PM ET
from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,
Tampa Bay Lightning forward Mattias Ritola knows he will be able to play tonight against the Bruins because, as of the morning skate, he had not heard the ringing in his ears or felt dizzy. Ritola has something called Meniere’s Disease that, basically, is caused by a build-up of fluids in the inner ear, which controls a person’s balance.
“I know when it’s coming,” Ritola said. “I can feel when it’s coming and it’s not here today.”
Ritola said he doesn’t experience the symptoms every day. “Maybe once or twice a week,” he said. Ritola also said he pretty much knows early in the day whether he is going to have an attack. For instance, he said he woke up before Tuesday’s game in Toronto and immediately knew he could not play. But the signs are not always immediately show up.
“It’s unbelievable,” Ritola said. “You can wake up and you don’t know if you can play or not. That’s the worst part. You don’t even know if you can practice. It’s been really frustrating.”
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