Do you experience intense dizziness that makes you feel like the world is violently spinning around you? Do you hear a strange ringing sound? Perhaps you also have a hard time hearing lately?
If you have any of these so-called Menière’s symptoms, it may be time to get some tests. You could be at the early stages of a disease that affects your inner ear.
If this ailment sounds new or unfamiliar, please continue reading to know more.
1. It’s a 3-in-1 Ailment: Vertigo, Tinnitus, and Hearing Loss
Menière’s Disease was once considered a rare condition. The recent rise in the number of cases has made it necessary to know more about this condition.
In the United States alone, at least 615,000 cases have been recorded, and another 45,000 new cases occur annually.
This disease is actually a combination of three ailments: vertigo, tinnitus, and hearing loss. Vertigo is a disease that makes a person experience spinning dizziness, while tinnitus is an ailment that makes a person hear a ringing sound that could sometimes be painful. The disease was first observed among deaf-mute patients.
The disease is known to afflict more people in the age bracket of 40 to 60 years old.
2. The Disease Has Many Root Causes
Persons who have Menière’s symptoms often start asking their health care provider this question:
“How did I get this disease?”
The truth is, both scientists and medical doctors cannot exactly pinpoint a cause for the disease with 100 percent accuracy. However, the medical and scientific community widely accepts that fluid in the inner ear causes pressure. The pressure made by the volume of fluid creates lesions or tears in the inner ear’s sensitive linings. A person with this disease begins to experience various symptoms once pressure and damage to the inner ear happen.
Other possible causes of this disease are:
- Autoimmune reactions and allergies
- Viral infections
- Stress and overwork
- Food sensitivity including excess sodium or salt intake
- Other complications from primary or secondary diseases
3. It has Many Changing Signs and Symptoms
It is important to know that Menière’s symptoms are numerous and change over time. Some refer to the ill effects of this disease as an “attack.”
Before such an attack, a person may experience:
- Sensitivity to loud sounds
- Ringing in the ears
- Lightheadedness or dizziness
- Nausea or uneasiness
- Ear pressure
During the actual attack, a person with this disease may have:
- Loss of hearing
Menière’s symptoms may also involve a case of:
- Loose bowel movement or diarrhea
- Cold sweating
- Palpitations or rapid pulse rate
- Anxiety attack
- Fear or anxiety
- Shaking or trembling of the body
- Blurred vision or uncontrolled eye movements
What is challenging about Meniere’s disease is that it could last for a few minutes to as long as 24 hours. The so-called attacks can happen many times in a single week. Some have experienced repeated attacks over many years, making it a very debilitating ailment.
After experiencing all these signs and symptoms, a person with this kind of disease would normally feel extremely exhausted. The discomfort and anxiety would make the individual lose appetite or may later on experience sleeplessness.
How Can You Manage Meniere’s Disease?
To manage the effects of this ailment, individuals with the disease generally take prescription drugs. The medications help reduce the severity of the signs and symptoms.
Others have found it helpful to avoid eating salty food. A low salt diet helps reduce the build-up of water or fluid in the ears.
A Natural Way to Get Relief from Menière’s Disease
Another way to address the effects of the ailment is to go all-natural. Many people who have suffered for years have found relief in upper cervical chiropractic. The positive results from this alternative method were achieved by restoring the proper position of the atlas bone (or C1 vertebra) and the axis bone (or the C2 vertebra).
A person’s sense of hearing and balance can be restored by bringing back the upper cervical vertebrae’s alignment. The alignment of the C1 and C2 vertebra is crucial since they are like intersections for the signals that reach the brain down to the brain stem and onto different parts of the body. The signals which pass through the nerves are like electric currents that enable a person to move, hear, see, and feel.
A misalignment of the C1 and C2 bones could affect how the brain’s signals pass through the brain stem. Accidents that put stress or trauma on the brainstem interrupt the signals, later causing various problems, including loss of balance and hearing.
An upper cervical spine adjustment can bring bones back to their natural and original alignment to address these problems. Once the bone alignment is fixed, the body also naturally starts a healing process. Over time, the body’s own self-repair mechanisms enable a person to regain good health. The brain’s network of signals is also improved, reducing the impact of Meniere’s disease.
Today, you, too, can experience relief from your symptoms by getting more information about upper cervical chiropractic care. No one needs to suffer the pain and difficulties brought about by Menière’s Disease.
Visit an upper cervical chiropractor today and learn more about how the correction of an upper cervical misalignment can promote optimum health and wellness.