Meniere’s Disease: 7 Ways You Can Reduce Symptoms

Meniere's disease ways to reduce symptoms

Meniere's disease severely affects the inner ear and, in turn, your balance system. This condition can be very frustrating to cope with. Meniere's disease can be quite unpredictable in duration and severity. It can affect individuals at varying degrees. Its symptoms may come and go anytime without warning. 

Some people with Meniere's disease simply find it just annoying and go on with their regular routines. However, many others find it completely crippling. As this disease progresses, it may eventually lead to complete deafness and cause a permanent imbalance of the inner ear because of excessive fluid build-up. Therefore, proper care for your Meniere's disease is a high priority.

Meniere’s Disease Symptoms

A classic case of this condition has these four primary symptoms:

  • Rotational vertigo

This symptom can last for a few minutes or several days. It can be dangerous, mainly when you are operating heavy machinery, driving a car, or climbing a ladder. We highly recommended for you to sit or lie down whenever you feel this particular symptom hits. Doing so will help you prevent injuries due to falls or accidents.

  • Tinnitus

It is a ringing, buzzing, roaring, or hissing noise in the ears that ranges from mild to unbearable. It is known to cause migraine attacks as well.

  • Hearing loss

It may occur in one or both ears depending on the type of episode you are experiencing. The duration and frequency of the hearing loss episode vary from person to person.

  • Congestion or pressure in the affected ear

Your ears may endure pressure, or feel swollen, or popped. It is quite unpredictable how long this experience may last. 

Causes of Meniere’s Disease

Researchers have yet to reveal the exact cause of Meniere’s disease, but many theories suggest that a build-up of fluid in the inner ear is likely the cause. Here’s a list of some of the factors that could cause this to happen. A combination of these factors may be involved.

  • Improper fluid drainage
  • Migraines
  • Viral infection
  • Allergies
  • Genetic predisposition
  • Abnormal immune system response
  • Head or neck trauma

7 Effective Ways to Reduce Your Symptoms

Here are a few suggestions to try at home. These can help reduce the incidence and severity of Meniere’s disease. 

#1. Drink Lots of Water

This advice may sound counterproductive since Meniere’s disease is the result of too much fluid retention in the inner ear. However, if the cause of your Meniere’s has to do with a pathogen, bacteria, or virus, then consuming more water can actually flush these things out of the body. 

By keeping the water in your body well-balanced, you are helping the body proactively remove excess salts through urination. As a result, toxins are flushed out as well.

#2. Avoid Nicotine and Caffeine

Both of these substances are stimulants. In other words, they both intensify your symptoms. For example, caffeine and nicotine can both extend how long the hearing loss will last. It can also affect how severe your vertigo will become and possibly increase your tinnitus severity. Avoid these substances as much as you can.

#3. Follow a Low Sodium Diet

Sodium retains water in the body. Since one of the underlying factors with Meniere’s is excess fluid in one or both of the ears, reducing salt intake has been able to help some patients to experience fewer or less severe attacks. It’s not a Meniere’s cure, but it can make the condition easier to live with.

#4. Avoid MSG and Sugar Substitutes

MSG stands for monosodium glutamate. It is a flavor enhancer commonly used in Asian food. Both MSG and sugar substitutes (like aspartame) become linked to the onset of Meniere’s disease. These substances are hard to avoid if you regularly consume processed food. However, healthy, organic, and natural food is free from them. So, choose your food well.

#5. Balance Your Carb and Protein Intake

Carbs or carbohydrates are broken down into simple sugars that increase how much insulin is in your blood. Protein is responsible for releasing glucagon in the body. Protein also regulates how much insulin the body has. Regulating your insulin contributes to managing Meniere’s disease.

#6. Avoid Inflammation-Causing Foods

These include any food that is difficult to digest or those that mimic allergenic substances. Consuming mild or easily digestible foods are the right choice if you have Meniere’s disease.

Examples of inflammation-causing foods:

  • Processed meat
  • Artificial trans fats
  • Seed oil and vegetable oil
  • Refined carbohydrates
  • Sugar and high fructose corn syrup
  • Excessive alcohol

#7. Manage Your Stress

High amounts of stress can trigger a Meniere’s attack or make symptoms worse. While you can’t eliminate all stress – and we can sometimes become stressed out about good things (if you’ve ever planned a wedding, you know what we’re talking about) – it is important to have good stress coping techniques. As you have already seen from our list, alcohol and tobacco are just going to make things worse. Try using stress relieving methods such as:

  • Support groups – Since Meniere’s is experienced by under 1% of the population, sometimes it can help just to have a conversation with other people who are going through the same things as you so that you know you are not alone.
  • Take up a relaxing hobby – Try a new form of art, learn a musical instrument, or find a good book to read.
  • Explore your spirituality – Whether you want to call it prayer, meditation on positive thoughts, or just deep breathing exercises, delving into your spiritual side may lead to relaxed feelings.
  • Sound and music therapy – There is actually some scientific evidence that pleasing background sounds such as rain, streams, or waterfalls can reduce the frequency and severity of tinnitus. At the very least, it is relaxing.
  • Massage – Whether you have a loved one who is talented with massage or you see a massage therapist, the goal is to relieve stress and tension from the body.

Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care for Meniere’s Disease

The usual reaction that people get whenever they hear about a different way of care for some health condition is the question, does it work? Here's proof that upper cervical chiropractic care works in helping people with Meniere's disease. There was a clinical case study, and it involved 139 patients with Meniere’s disease. All of the patients had one thing in common. Each one had a misaligned vertebra at the top of their necks. Each patient received an adjustment specifically tailored to their needs by an upper cervical chiropractor. Of these patients, 136 of them experienced a considerable improvement in their symptoms. Some of them also reported their Meniere's went away completely. 

Upper cervical chiropractic care focuses on the proper alignment of the upper cervical spine's top two bones, the atlas (C1) and axis (C2). If these vertebrae remain out of alignment, they can put undue pressure on the brainstem, which will cause it to send confusing signals to the brain. Thus, that can very easily cause the symptoms of Meniere's disease. Correcting this problem at its root cause can be just the precise answer to all of your concerns about Meniere's disease. 

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