While Meniere’s disease is a relatively rare condition, it causes a number of symptoms that are otherwise common. Therefore, it is important to know how to identify this condition when these symptoms are appearing together. It is also important to know where to look for natural relief since many doctors are too quick to recommend injections or surgery. Here are two things that everyone should know about Meniere’s disease.
The Primary Symptoms of Meniere’s Disease
The four primary symptoms of Meniere’s disease are all related to the ears, and often just one ear since the condition is more frequently unilateral in nature. Keep in mind, however, that symptoms can begin in one ear and later appear in both.
- Vertigo – Vertigo is one of the most common symptoms a person can have. Between a third and 40% of people over the age of 40 will get vertigo at some point. But vertigo associated with Meniere’s is recognizable by the severity. Bouts can last anywhere from 20 minutes up to 24 hours. If the episode is very severe, you may experience anything from nausea and vomiting to a fall.
- Hearing loss – Hearing loss in the affected ear usually starts out during attacks and may return during periods of remission. However, as the disease progresses, hearing loss becomes more substantial and may be permanent. As a result, getting your hearing tested is one of the primary ways to have Meniere’s diagnosed and to see what stage it has reached. In the earlier stages, hearing loss should only affect low tones. Later on, high tones are also lost, leaving the patient with a slim midrange of hearing.
- Ringing in the ear – Tinnitus, a ringing or buzzing sound in the ear, is another common symptom that appears along with Meniere’s disease. As the condition grows worse, tinnitus is one of the symptoms that will continue to progress. In fact, hearing loss and tinnitus often progress together with the disease. The sounds can be rather loud and distracting and make it more difficult to filter out speech and other sounds from the phantom sounds being projected inside the ear.
- Pressure in the affected ear(s) – If Meniere’s is only affecting one side, you can often tell which side is afflicted because you will feel pressure or a sense of fullness in the ear during the attack. This may be due to the inner ear filling up with a fluid called endolymph. As a result, many people confuse Meniere’s disease with a condition called endolymphatic hydrops (too much fluid in the inner ear).
Natural Help for Meniere’s Disease Is Available
Besides being able to identify the condition, you also need to know how to get help, especially if you want to avoid some of the more invasive procedures for this condition. Here are a couple of case studies that addressed getting natural Meniere’s relief by means of upper cervical chiropractic care.
- Research involving 139 people who both had an upper cervical misalignment and Meniere’s showed significant benefits for 133 of the 139 patients. This includes the fact that the 6 patients who did not get significant relief all dropped out of the study just 6 weeks in. The other patients saw a decrease in vertigo severity from an 8.5 out of 10 to just 3.0/10 after 6 weeks. Continued benefits led to the average being just 1.4/10 by the end of the two-year study.
- Another study followed involving 300 patients in the same situation. The results were repeated with 97% of the patients experiencing a significant reduction in vertigo. This longer study lasted six years, and the average symptomatic relief for patients was 90%. As a result of these two studies, the researcher postulated that a misalignment of the C1 was gradually causing a lesion to form on the Eustachian tube. This lesion, in turn, caused the ear to stop draining properly. This led to the fluid increase that causes the primary symptoms of Meniere’s disease. If these findings are correct, checking the atlas for proper alignment should be the first step in natural Meniere’s disease care.
If you have been recently diagnosed with Meniere’s disease or have been battling with it for quite some time, do not give up hope. Many patients in your situation are learning that they have a misalignment that has been working under the surface for years to create the symptoms of Meniere’s. If you have a history of head or neck trauma, even if it is a decade or more in your past, you are a prime candidate for this form of gentle and natural care.
To learn more, we urge you to contact an upper cervical chiropractor in your area. Because this subspecialty of chiropractic is only practiced by about 3,500 people, you may need to travel a little for your visit. But once you see the result, you will no doubt feel it is well worth it, just like the hundreds of patients in the case studies above.
To find one of our preferred doctors in your area, use the search feature on this website. You may find that a no-obligation consultation sets you on the path to better health and wellness. If you want to try and reduce your vertigo and regain your hearing without the needles or surgery, this may be your best opportunity. Upper cervical chiropractic is providing gentle and natural relief for patients around the world.