Meniere’s disease is one of the leading disorders that cause vertigo or dizziness while involving an inner ear problem. The condition usually starts in people aged 20 to 50 years of age. Both males and females are equally affected by this disease.
Meniere’s disease is an inner ear disorder. Its symptoms include the following:
It is also called idiopathic endolymphatic hydrops. In other words, it frequently afflicts only one ear. However, as the condition becomes worse, both ears can become involved. At least 15% of patients have reported their Meniere’s disease involved both their ears.
Attacks can go on for at least 20 minutes to more than 3 hours. As an episode of Meniere’s occurs, loud noises may become distorted, causing discomfort. Further, hearing loss and tinnitus may never go away after months or even years of coping with Meniere’s disease. It is a very crippling condition that needs proper care or ongoing care.
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The diagnostic criteria for probable Meniere’s disease and definite Meniere’s disease were set in 2015. Doctors pursue the following guidelines when they give their diagnosis.
The exact cause of Meniere's disease remains a partial mystery. There are various theories made. Doctors and researchers consider multiple aspects, and it includes environmental factors and genetics. At least 10% of patients diagnosed with Meniere's disease have it in their families. Also, doctors point to the unusually large amount of fluid that accumulates in the inner ear. This fluid buildup is due to too much fluid production. Also, it can be due to a failure to reabsorb the fluids back into the body properly. Meniere's can also be due to a constriction of the blood vessels, viral infections, allergies or autoimmune disorders. Transient ischemic attacks and vestibular migraines have very similar symptoms to Meniere's disease.
Drinking a lot of water or liquids every day can help maintain the body’s water balance. As you hydrate more, the body proceeds to eliminate excess salts and toxins every time you urinate.
Whenever a person becomes anxious or stressed, certain hormones are released, triggering Meniere’s disease symptoms. Find relief for your stress by doing any of the following:
Salt is not bad for you, so long as you maintain a properly balanced diet. Too much salt can cause inflammation. Therefore, lowering your salt intake will help reduce fluid retention in the body and your affected ear(s).
It would be best to keep a mild diet. Those types of food that are hard to digest can irritate. Therefore, avoid them as much as possible.
When carbohydrates break down, they create simple sugars. When this happens, the sugars add up and make the body release more insulin into your bloodstream. Proteins, on the other hand, produce glucagon, and this manages the insulin level in your body. It will help a great deal if you start controlling your blood sugar and insulin levels so you can handle some of your Meniere’s disease symptoms.
Food additives include aspartame, sweeteners, other sugar substitutes, and MSG. Please stay away from these because they can trigger Meniere’s disease symptoms.
Nicotine and caffeine can stimulate and increase your symptoms of Meniere’s disease. They can worsen vertigo attacks, make your tinnitus louder, and extend your hearing loss. Therefore, please avoid nicotine and caffeine altogether.
There is another possible cause for Meniere’s disease: a misalignment in the bones or vertebrae (the C1 or C2) of the upper cervical spine. An upper cervical chiropractor can correct this kind of misalignment using a gentle, safe, non-invasive, and precise technique that can realign the misaligned bones to their proper positions. Numerous Meniere’s disease patients have already experienced lasting relief from an upper cervical adjustment.
Through various studies and research, the medical community discovered a link between misalignments in the upper cervical spine's bones and Meniere's disease.
There was a study that involved 259 patients with Meniere’s disease. It showed a connection between the condition and problems in the upper neck area. Then on a separate clinical study that involved 139 Meniere’s disease patients, the researchers found out that upper cervical chiropractic care can be a useful and effective technique to lessen and even eliminate some of the Meniere's disease symptoms, especially vertigo. How is this even possible?
Here's why. The vertebrae of the upper cervical spine or upper neck work with the ears, the brain, and the nervous system. Because of their high mobility and location, the C1 and C2 vertebrae are very vulnerable to misalignment. When a misalignment occurs in this area, the brainstem may become irritated or malfunction. It also becomes pressured, resulting in various health problems, including Meniere's disease symptoms. Thus, the brainstem, the information and communication superhighway of the body, would start sending wrong signals from the body and brain. It can also affect how the fluid from the ears would drain. Thus, it could cause vertigo and many other health issues. Through upper cervical chiropractic care, the brain's normal functions can be restored.
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