Unraveling the Connection: Meniere's Disease and BPPV

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Have you ever experienced a sudden spinning sensation that makes it impossible to stand or walk? Have you perhaps felt nauseous, dizzy, and struggled with hearing loss? If these symptoms sound familiar, you may be experiencing a condition affecting your inner ear.

Meniere’s disease (MD) and Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) are two common inner ear dysfunctions. If you are not familiar with either, it will be somehow tricky to improve your condition. But don’t worry, we’ll help you! 

In this article, we'll discuss these two conditions, their connection, and how Upper Cervical Care can help you address and manage your vestibular conditions.

The Vestibular System

The vestibular system is a group of organs in your upper cervical region that work together to keep your body balanced. It helps you move, walk, and maintain your balance by sending messages from inside your head to your brain on your current motion or position. 

What is Meniere's Disease?

Meniere’s disease (MD) is a disorder of the inner ear that affects balance and hearing. It results in episodes of extreme dizziness, disorientation, fluctuating hearing loss, and tinnitus (ringing in the ears). The exact cause of Meniere's disease isn't known, but it may be related to a problem with the fluid inside the ear. Most people who have Meniere's disease are between 20 and 60 years old when symptoms first begin. 

What is BPPV?

Did you know that there are tiny crystals in your inner ear that help keep you balanced? These tiny crystals are called otoconia, and sometimes they misbehave and cause trouble. When they get stuck or go out of whack, you might experience vertigo. Yes, that spinning sensation that sometimes throws you off balance and also jerks your eye movements. The good news is with some professional help, these crystals can be put back in place, and you'll feel better in no time.

Unlike other ear conditions like Meniere's or Labyrinthitis, BPPV doesn't mess with your hearing. So, no ringing in the ears or feeling of pressure, just a good ol' case of vertigo, which you can resolve with proper care.

Labyrinthitis: Another Trigger of Vertigo

Besides Meniere's and BPPV, there's another trigger of vertigo that most patients overlook: labyrinthitis. It's an inner Imagine the labyrinth, the delicate membrane encasing your inner ear, becoming inflamed or swollen. When this happens, you might experience a whirlwind of classic symptoms: constant vertigo, hearing loss, ear ringing (tinnitus), bouts of nausea and vomiting, and those funky, jerking eye movements called nystagmus.

Usually, this inner ear chaos is triggered by a recent viral infection, like the common cold or middle ear infection. Sometimes, though rarely, it can be caused by more severe infections like meningitis or mumps.

Now, how does this labyrinthitis thing affect your hearing? When your ear is all fired up, you might have trouble hearing, especially higher-pitched sounds, and those ears could start ringing like a tiny bell choir. But don't worry too much - with timely treatment. These changes are often temporary. In some cases, hearing loss and tinnitus might linger around for the long haul or even become permanent. So, best to catch it early and get the help you need!

The Common Denominator – Vertigo

Vertigo is a common symptom of inner ear issues. It's often the first sign of trouble with your health and can be debilitating.You may have experienced vertigo if you've ever been on a roller coaster or been in an airplane that begins to gain or lose altitude quickly. You may also have experienced vertigo if you've had sudden changes in altitude from mountain climbing or scuba diving. Vertigo is the feeling of spinning or whirling like your world has suddenly been turned upside-down. It’s usually triggered by a lot of things, including: 

  • Head or body movement
  • Nausea or dizziness
  • Mastoiditis (inflammation of the mastoid bone behind the ear)
  • Inner Ear Conditions: Meniere's disease and BPPV

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Upper Cervical Care for Inner Ear Problems and Vertigo Pains

If you’ve been suffering from vertigo and other inner ear problems, you're not alone. Many people experience this yearly, and as annoying or frustrating it can be (especially if neglected for too long), it can be relieved without depending too much on anti-nausea medications or invasive procedures! That's where Upper Cervical Care comes in!Upper Cervical Chiropractic adjustments can help with vertigo pains and other inner ear problems because they address the underlying cause of these issues by ensuring the proper alignment of your spine. This can help address nerve and blood vessel compressions along the head, which can affect your overall vestibular or balance function.If you’d like to try this approach to vertigo and inner ear pain relief, reach out to the chiropractor in your area! You’re also more than welcome to try this remedy if you’ve suffered from whiplash, concussion, physical abuse, and other forms of injuries to the head and cervical spine.Let’s help you put an end to your persistent vertigo episodes. Whatever triggers your spinning sensations, be it Meniere’s or BPPV, you can find possible vertigo relief from a board-certified Cervical Chiropractor.You can learn more about the technique by browsing our directory of Upper Cervical doctors in and out of the country. Click HERE to access our FREE Find-a-Doctor tool.

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