According to some estimates, the rare vestibular condition known as Meniere’s disease may be more common than the medical community thinks. According to a recent article in Pharmacy Times, there may be up to 5 undiagnosed cases for every diagnosed case. That would bump prevalence up from about 0.2% to 1.2% – a significant leap. Regardless of how common Meniere’s disease may actually be, for those dealing with the tinnitus, vertigo, and hearing loss, the search for a solution is the primary concern.
Avoiding Meniere’s Disease Episode Triggers
One recommendation that many doctors have for Meniere’s disease patients is to learn their own personal triggers and to avoid them. This should reduce the frequency of episodes that can affect hearing, balance, and result in falls.
Some lifestyle and dietary changes that are recommended for patients with Meniere’s include:
- Quit Smoking – Nicotine, in particular, is a known Meniere’s disease trigger
- Low Sodium Diet – Recommendations are 2,000 mg of sodium maximum and under 1,500 if possible.
- Reduced Alcohol Consumption
- Reduced Caffeine Consumption
- Use of Stress Reduction Techniques
Medications Used for Meniere’s Disease
Commonly prescribed medications for Meniere’s are all in the diuretic family. The idea is to relieve a buildup of fluid in the inner ear. Unfortunately, use of these medications has side effects and can even cause a person to become dehydrated.
Injectable treatments also exist for severe outbreaks. One injection called Gentamicin eliminates vertigo for 7 out of 10 patients. Unfortunately, it also causes permanent hearing loss for 30% of patients, making it an extremely risky method.
Natural Relief from Meniere’s Disease and Vertigo
A far safer way to get help for Meniere’s disease and vertigo is to seek the assistance of an upper cervical chiropractor. When the C1 and C2 are out of alignment, it can affect blood flow to the brain and ears as well as brainstem function. These circumstances can lead to vestibular problems such as tinnitus and vertigo. In a study involving 300 Meniere’s patients, 97% saw dramatic improvements following upper cervical chiropractic care. Thus, many are turning to this natural source of relief.