There are four primary symptoms that define Meniere’s disease and help to qualify a diagnosis. However, that doesn’t mean these are the only symptoms a person can experience during an episode of this debilitating vestibular condition. What are the top 10 symptoms of Meniere’s disease? We will consider what makes this condition so difficult to deal with, but we will also take a closer look at a natural form of care that is providing help and hope for many.
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This is not only the most common Meniere’s symptom, but it is one of the most common symptoms of medical conditions in general. So what makes vertigo associated with Meniere’s disease different? For one thing – the severity. Vertigo can get so bad it results in drop attacks (falls). Episodes also last longer than many other causes of vertigo. For example, a quick bout may last 20 minutes, but a longer episode can last a full 24 hours.
As you may be able to imagine (or you may have experienced), hours of the room spinning or another false sensation of movement can make a person feel sick to his or her stomach. In fact, some of the more common medications that doctors prescribe for Meniere’s patients are just to help with this particular symptom. There’s no miracle cure for vertigo, so doctors focus on treating symptoms like this one.
This is another telltale sign of Meniere’s. As a result, a hearing test is usually part of the diagnostic process. Low-frequency sounds are the first to go when a person is battling Meniere’s. However, advanced Meniere’s cases can affect the high-frequency spectrum as well. Thus, a hearing test may even indicate how far along the condition is.
This is the technical term for ringing, buzzing, or roaring sounds in the ear. For Meniere’s patients, this sound is particularly loud and is often associated with advanced hearing loss. However, some patients experience just one symptom or the other. Even though tinnitus isn’t painful, it can be debilitating and make everyday activities tougher to carry out.
This refers to eye movements that are not intentionally performed. They often accompany vertigo because the body is sensing movement from some places but not others and is using the eyes to try and find it. Thus, doctors will often check the eyes to diagnose vertigo conditions.
Meniere’s and migraines seem to go hand in hand. In fact, about 40% of migraines have vestibular symptoms anyway, and many Meniere’s patients get headaches. This leans in the direction of neck issues being at the heart of Meniere’s because both vertigo and migraines can be related to upper cervical misalignments.
Irritability is common during a Meniere’s flare-up, and anxiety is common for patients who are unsure of when the next debilitating episode will strike. As a result, emotions can become a bit of a roller-coaster ride for a Meniere’s patient.
Is fatigue the cause of a Meniere’s flare-up or does the flare-up cause the fatigue? This is the chicken or the egg dilemma for researchers who study vestibular conditions. While the answer is not yet clear, there is an obvious connection between Meniere’s disease and fatigue.
To add even more discomfort to a Meniere’s flare-up, vertigo and nausea may also be accompanied by cold sweats. This is just one more reason that doctors provide medications to attack the symptoms of Meniere’s – because they really pile on once an attack is in full swing.
You may wonder what this has to do with a condition that is clearly related to the neck and ears rather than the digestive tract. Whether it is related to stomach-churning vertigo or vomit-inducing nausea, the fact is that this symptom can add to the dangers of dehydration. And if you are already taking diuretics to combat fluid in the ears, then that will only serve to make matters worse. Staying hydrated is a must.
Meniere’s disease care ranges the full gauntlet from medications for controlling symptoms to inner ear injections that provide temporary relief for some to invasive surgeries that have left some patients completely deaf in the affected ear. If you are looking for a natural way to deal with Meniere’s symptoms, then upper cervical chiropractic may be just the help you’ve been searching to find.
This is a niche in the chiropractic field that focuses on just the top two bones of the neck. These bones are located nearby the ears and may thus affect Eustachian tube operation over time. In fact, one researcher found that it can be up to 15 years between an accident that causes a misalignment and the onset of Meniere’s symptoms.
In the abovementioned research, upper cervical chiropractic benefited 97% of the patients who had a misalignment, and the average decrease in symptoms was greater than 90%. That is significant relief from a safe a natural form of care. As a result, it just makes sense to schedule an upper cervical examination with a specialist if you are experiencing Meniere’s symptoms.
Whether you are experiencing neck pain and have a history of injury in an accident or not, this may be a cost-effective way to get relief. So why not use the search feature on this site to locate a practitioner near you today!
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