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Meniere’s disease is a debilitating vestibular condition that creates a very specific combination of symptoms. What are the symptoms of Meniere’s disease? We’re going to take a closer look at this syndrome that affects balance and spatial orientation as well as hearing. Then we will consider five natural remedies for Meniere’s disease and vertigo, concluding with a natural therapy that has been having great success in cases studies.
There are four main symptoms of Meniere’s disease. Let’s examine these symptoms in some more detail:
This is a false sensation of movement that is often referred to as the feeling of spinning (rotational vertigo). Vertigo associated with Meniere’s is often very severe. Bouts, rather than lasting just a few minutes, can last anywhere between 20 minutes and 24 hours. Especially severe bouts can cause falls called drop attacks.
This refers to ringing in the ears. If you’ve ever been to a rock concert, this is the sound you heard later when you got to a quiet place. Sometimes it is more of a buzzing or rushing sound. Meniere’s Disease patients deal with severe tinnitus that comes on suddenly.
As Meniere’s progresses, hearing loss can grow worse. At first, low tones are lost. In more advanced cases, high tones are also lost leaving a patient hearing only in the middle-frequency range. A hearing test is an important part of getting a Meniere’s diagnosis as well as seeing how far along the syndrome is.
Meniere’s disease is related to excess fluid in the inner ear, so the affected ear may feel full, or the patient may experience pressure inside the ear.
Other symptoms and associated conditions can also be present such as neck pain, migraines, headaches, TMJ, and Trigeminal Neuralgia.
There are very few medications that can help with these symptoms. Some people have regular injections into the ear. This procedure meets with varying degrees of success. In extreme cases, a doctor may recommend surgery. These invasive procedures can lead to permanent hearing damage and do not have a high success rate.
As a result of the limited number of Meniere’s disease treatments available to patients, many have sought out natural remedies. Here are 5 Meniere’s Disease natural treatment options that do not involve pharmaceuticals, injections, or surgeries.
Whereas diuretics force the body to expel stored fluids, a low-sodium diet stops the body from retaining water in the first place. The caution with this diet is that it can lead to dehydration if you don’t drink enough water. The positive side is that it may reduce the amount of fluid in the ears which can reduce the symptoms of Meniere’s.
There are several other dietary changes that may be beneficial for Meniere’s patients. Some of the suggestions include:
If Meniere’s is related to too much fluid in the ear, why is drinking more water an important part of self-care? Water removes toxins, unnecessary salts, and other substances from the body. Plus, if you are taking diuretics or are on a low salt diet, you need to increase your water intake.
Stress is a major Meniere’s disease trigger. You can’t avoid all stress, but learning how to manage the stress that does exist in your life can help you to experience fewer flare-ups of your symptoms. Whether you take up a hobby, confide stresses in a friend, practice meditation, or do some stretching, learning to cope with stress through positive means can help. Using alcohol or smoking to cope with stress will only make matters worse as alcohol and nicotine are both potential triggers for symptoms.
This subspecialty of chiropractic focuses on the top two bones of the spine, the C1 and C2. These bones help facilitate blood to the brain, protect the brainstem, and are located close enough to the ears for a misalignment to cause drainage issues. Many patients with Meniere’s Disease also have this type of misalignment. In one study involving 300 patients, 97% of the patients saw a 90% decrease in symptoms after receiving upper cervical chiropractic care.
If those sound like the kind of results you have been looking for from a natural remedy, then find an upper cervical chiropractor near you. A no-obligation consultation can help you to see if this form of care may be effective for your situation. If so, you may have just found the relief you’ve been searching for.
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