Meniere’s disease is an inner ear condition. The inner ear does the important job of maintaining our balance. When it gets compromised, vertigo can be one of the unpleasant symptoms. The hallmarks of Meniere’s disease are vertigo, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), loss of balance, and hearing loss.
Meniere’s can afflict everyone at varying degrees and may come about suddenly. Meniere’s is manageable for those who have mild cases, but it can be disabling for those with severe cases. It can lead to a permanent imbalance of the inner ear and deafness.
Classic Meniere’s Disease Symptoms
Meniere’s disease commonly has four key components:
- Rotational vertigo: This is the false sensation of spinning. You may feel like you or your environment is spinning, even when there’s no movement. It can be mild or very severe. Doctors recommend sitting down right where you are until the sensation subsides to avoid injuries due to falling.
- Tinnitus: This is a mild to unbearable ringing sensation in the ears. This can cause migraines.
- Hearing loss: It often begins in one ear and may progress to the other one over time. It may change depending on the severity of the episode. Every case is different.
- Pressure: It is common in Meniere’s disease to have the feeling of congestion, swelling, or pressure in the ear.
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
- Viral infection
- Genetic predisposition
- Abnormal immune system response
- Head or neck trauma
7 All-Natural Methods to Manage Symptoms of Meniere’s Disease
Try these at home to alleviate your symptoms of Meniere’s disease.
- Avoid inflammatory foods
Foods that are hard to digest can irritate the body. Mild foods are your best option if you have Meniere’s.
- Balance your carbs and proteins
When broken down, carbohydrates can turn into simple sugars and boost the insulin in your bloodstream. Eating protein produces a release of glucagon to control the amount of insulin in the body. This helps manage your blood sugar and insulin levels, which can reduce the symptoms of Meniere’s.
- Drink plenty of water
Meniere’s can be a result of a pathogen, virus, or bacteria in the body. Drinking water can help cleanse the body. By drinking enough water, you can remove excess salt and get rid of toxins.
- Follow a low-sodium diet
Too much salt in the body can result in water retention and inflammation. You can avoid these problems when you limit your salt intake.
- Steer clear of caffeine and nicotine
These substances are stimulants. Studies have shown that both caffeine and nicotine worsen vertigo, prolong hearing loss, and intensify the ringing of tinnitus. Avoid these two substances entirely if you can.
- Avoid sugar substitutes and MSG
Aspartame and MSG are said to contribute to the development of Meniere’s. These are unhealthy products often found in processed foods. Excluding these from your diet can help you improve Meniere’s symptoms.
- Manage your stress levels
Anxiety brings stress hormones and can bring about an episode of Meniere’s disease. Deal with chronic stress the right way by getting professional help or practice stress relief techniques at home. You can do some strengthening exercises, take a long walk, or listen to some calming music.
The Key to Successful Relief of Meniere’s Disease
Research involving 139 patients with Meniere’s disease shared key information that can help people suffering from the condition. Nearly all participants of the study could recall having a neck or head injury before the onset of their Meniere’s. All 139 had a misaligned bone in the upper cervical spine, as revealed in the results of their various examinations. All their symptoms improved after receiving upper cervical chiropractic care. Most of them even reported the elimination of their Meniere’s.
Upper cervical chiropractors can help you find some sense of relief from your Meniere’s disease. They use very little pressure to realign the bones in the upper neck without using force to pop or crack them. Once back in their original positions, patients can experience similar results to those in the study.
If you are looking for vertigo treatment near you, use the find a doctor tool to locate one in your area. They can help you find relief from the bothersome symptoms of Meniere’s disease.
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