Meniere’s disease is a vestibular condition. That means it affects the ear and leads to all sorts of problems with balance. Today, we are going to discuss the most common Meniere’s disease symptoms. Then we will look at some of the underlying factors that lead to Meniere’s or trigger episodes. Finally, we will consider several ways that you can get natural Meniere’s disease relief. We will conclude with a natural therapy that has helped hundreds of patients in case studies.
The Four Primary Symptoms of Meniere’s Disease
Meniere’s disease is one of the more readily recognizable vestibular conditions because it presents with four primary symptoms.
Vertigo is a false sensation of movement. While most people refer to it as the feeling that the room is spinning, it can relate to a sense of tilting, swaying, or falling. As a result, vertigo can lead to nausea, vomiting, or falls.
#2 Pressure in the Ear
Most Meniere’s patients can tell which ear is being affected because it feels full, or there is a sensation of pressure in the ear. It is less common for Meniere’s to affect both ears. However, it is important to know that the second ear can sometimes be impacted later as the condition progresses.
#3 Ringing in the Ear
A ringing, buzzing, or rushing sound in the ear can make it difficult to hear or concentrate. Tinnitus is the medical term for this symptom. If you’ve ever been to a rock concert, you’ve probably experienced some tinnitus. This sensation is far worse for a person with Meniere’s.
#4 Hearing Loss
Hearing loss associated with Meniere’s can be temporary, but it may become permanent if the condition is not cared for properly. While low tones are usually lost first, high tones may follow as the condition progresses.
What Are the Causes and Triggers of Meniere’s Disease?
Researchers have looked for the cause of Meniere’s for decades and have little to show for it other than a list of associated conditions, triggers, and possible causes. Here are some of the things that they have come up with so far.
- Traumatic injuries
- Immune system problems
- Viral infection
- Inhibited fluid drainage in the ears
Because of the last item on our list, some mistake Meniere’s disease for endolymphatic hydrops – a condition wherein the ear fills with fluid. However, not only does this not affect all Meniere’s patients but even if it did, you still would have to determine what was causing the ear to stop draining properly. After all, the eustachian tubes are supposed to drain excess fluid away from the ears.
Searching for Natural Meniere’s Disease Relief
First, let’s take a look at some things you can do at home to mitigate your symptoms and keep flare-ups from occurring as frequently.
Flushing your system with plenty of water is a great way to reduce inflammation and get rid of toxins.
#2 Eat an Anti-Inflammatory Diet
Foods that cause inflammation can affect many different chronic health conditions. When it comes to Meniere’s disease, the problem occurs if the inflammation reaches the inner ear. This can trigger an attack.
#3 Eat a Low-Sodium Diet
Salt makes a person retain fluids. Remember that if you are having an issue with fluid levels in one or both ears, you want to avoid things, like eating too much salt, that can increase fluid in the body.
#4 Reduce Caffeine Intake
Caffeine is a stimulant, and studies have linked it to vertigo. If you have to have your morning cup of coffee to get going, you may be able to get away with that. However, regular caffeine doses throughout the day are likely to cause a flare-up of symptoms.
#5 Eliminate Alcohol and Tobacco
Alcohol can dry you out. It is the opposite of proper hydration. Tobacco products often contain nicotine, which has a link to vertigo issues. It is also bad for your health in general, which makes it absolutely necessary to avoid if you have a chronic health condition.
#6 Improve Your Stress Coping Techniques
The hormones that are produced in the body when you stay stressed for too long are harmful for most chronic health conditions. It can lead to inflammation and other complications that may make your symptoms worse.
Finding Long-Term and Natural Meniere’s Disease Relief
Another place you may want to look for natural Meniere’s disease relief is upper cervical chiropractic care. This safe and effective form of chiropractic has helped many Meniere’s patients with vertigo and other symptoms in case studies. What is upper cervical specific chiropractic, and how may it help?
Upper cervical chiropractic focuses on the C1 and C2 vertebrae. Diagnostic imaging is used to get a three-dimensional view of the top two bones in the neck. This allows the practitioner to calculate exact and gentle adjustments. Misalignments in this area may contribute to the symptoms of Meniere’s in a couple of ways:
- Inhibited ear function – When the bones that balance the skull are out of place, the surrounding soft tissue shifts to correct the problem as much as possible. This may impact the tiny tubes that carry fluid away from the ears and to the back of the throat.
- Inhibited CNS function – Brainstem function and blood flow to the brain can both be affected by upper cervical misalignments. Therefore, the central nervous system may struggle in ways that contribute to vertigo and other symptoms.
Therefore, if you are living with Meniere’s disease, it makes sense to see an upper cervical specific chiropractor to learn if this may be the best natural option for you.