The holidays are upon us, and everyone is getting excited, but how can you, when you are worried about your Meniere’s disease, sullying your mood and feeling during this joyous time’s celebrations and gatherings? Good news is there are loads of ways to mitigate the symptoms of Meniere’s disease so that you can enjoy yourself during the holiday season. We’ll be tackling some of those ways in this blog, as well as the upper cervical care plan that might just be the answer to your prayers!
Why Do Meniere’s Patients Worry About the Holidays?
The holiday season is an exciting time of year, filled with family gatherings, delicious food and drink, and plenty of opportunities for laughter. But Meniere’s disease can make it difficult to fully enjoy these festivities.
If you have Meniere’s disease, the holidays can be especially challenging because many of the symptoms associated with this disorder tend to worsen in the winter months. Vertigo is more common during this time of year due to changes in barometric pressure, which may trigger a bout of vertigo or nausea for people with Meniere’s disease.
Similarly, stress may make symptoms worse for those who suffer from tinnitus (ringing or buzzing in your ears) during the holidays; this condition may also be exacerbated by seasonal allergies as well as loud noises that occur frequently during holiday celebrations like Christmas parties or New Year’s Eve parties.
Simple Steps to Enjoy the Holiday Festivities
The holidays are coming fast, and everyone is getting excited, but how can you when you are worried about your Meniere’s disease sullying your mood and feeling during this joyous time’s celebrations and gatherings?
Well, you can. You just have to prepare for it. If you have Meniere’s, it’s important not to get frustrated if things don’t go according to plan. However, that doesn’t mean your holiday can’t be enjoyable!
Here are some steps that you could take to prepare yourself for the upcoming festivities:
Be attentive to yourself and your surroundings
First of all, it’s important that you take care of yourself during the holidays. This will prevent any setbacks that might occur due to stress or over-exertion, which might cause an increase in symptoms or even trigger an attack. Be extra attentive and proactive with everything, especially since almost everything else is extra during this festive season.
Organize your plans and parties
Create a list of all of the things you want to do and know how long each activity will take. Be realistic about the amount of time it will take for each task—and don’t overdo it! If someone offers their help, ask them if they could assist with any specific tasks on your list. If they say “yes,” then great! If not, consider asking someone else who might be able to stay longer than this first person. Don’t feel bad about asking for help; no one expects one person to do everything during the holidays!
Bring a plus one on the gatherings
When you are going to be around family and friends during holidays, invite a friend or family member that can help with the needs you have. Make sure they know about your condition and what to do if you feel nauseous. They should also know where the bathroom is located in case of an emergency and how to keep someone calm when they are having severe vertigo attacks.
If you’re going to be around children or babies, try not to hold them when you feel dizzy. This will keep them safe from injury if you were to drop them during a severe attack. If you do choose to hold them, make sure that you are sitting down in case of an emergency. And if you are at the party with a kid, your plus one can help watch the child in your stead if you need to leave the room or go outside for fresh air.
Make time to rest
During the holidays, you may be spending time with people you haven’t seen in a long time. You may also be traveling or attending more gatherings than usual. All of these things can leave your body feeling tired and overwhelmed. This can lead to symptoms like dizziness, nausea, and hearing loss that get worse the longer you are active. Rest is important in order for your body to recover from all this activity.
It also helps your mind relax so that it doesn’t become overwhelmed by all the stimulation around you. Make sure that you have enough restorative sleep and rest before every gathering you are to attend this holiday season to lessen your chances of getting overwhelmed by it all!
Take your medicine
If you have medicines, take them or have some with you all the time, just in case of emergency. It’s important that you take your medication on time and as prescribed by your doctor or pharmacist. Taking it same time every day will help keep symptoms at bay, and taking it exactly as directed can also reduce side effects like dry mouth and headaches.
Reduce your alcohol intake and smoking
If you are a smoker or drinker, it is important to reduce your consumption. Many people who suffer from Meniere’s disease find that smoking and consuming excessive amounts of alcohol can trigger their symptoms.
Even if you have been able to enjoy these activities in the past without suffering from any problems, it is best to cut down on them and be in control of your vices, especially during the holiday season when many people will be drinking more than usual at parties and other social events and offering them to you.
Create a game plan for overstimulation
If you have Meniere’s Disease, the holidays can be a stressful time. This is because overstimulation is one of the triggers for Meniere’s attacks.
For those who are not familiar of what happens during an attack, it is basically this: your inner ear, which is located in your upper cervical region, has too much fluid build-up in the space behind your ear drum putting pressure on the nerves and organs in it. This causes you to experience vertigo and hear roaring sounds or ringing in your ears (tinnitus), which makes it difficult to move around freely without feeling lightheaded or nauseous.
To help reduce this overstimulation during parties and family gatherings, try to get plenty of rest beforehand so that you will be able to enjoy yourself more during the event without getting too tired or overwhelmed by all of the loud noise and commotion happening around you!
Be prepped by upper cervical chiropractic care
It has been shown that upper cervical chiropractic care can help with Meniere’s disease and its symptoms. If you have an upcoming holiday party to attend, it would be really helpful to have your check and adjustment session on time so that none of your nerves are getting pinched or compressed prior to your parties.
Only a couple of months before the big celebrations, so start prepping for the holiday season and get yourself your go-to upper cervical chiropractor. This is important because a lot of people with Meniere’s disease have issues with their neck (particularly the atlas) and need help aligning their spine to ease symptoms like dizziness and vertigo.
If this sounds like something that could benefit you or someone valuable to you who has Meniere’s disease, consider adding an upper cervical care provider as part of your healthcare team this holiday season!
If you don’t know where to start, check out Upper Cervical Awareness, and you’ll find their Find a Doctor tool – a comprehensive directory of credible chiropractors in America.