If you are living with Meniere’s disease, there are several chronic symptoms that can assist you in identifying the condition. We are going to take a closer look at these Meniere’s symptoms to help you learn the answers to the following questions. (1) What is Meniere’s Disease? (2) Is there any way to get natural help for this debilitating syndrome?
The good news is that there are a number of case studies that point toward a natural source of relief for Meniere’s patients. So be sure to read all the way to the end of the article to find out if this is the right natural alternative for you.
What Is Meniere’s Disease?
First, let’s begin by taking a closer look at what Meniere’s disease is. It is a vestibular condition. That means it affects the ears, thereby throwing off the balance system in the body. While it is considered to be rather rare, one study revealed that over 45,000 cases receive a diagnosis per year, so it may be becoming more common. While not life-threatening, Meniere’s can be frustrating and debilitating. This is because of the four most common symptoms that characterize the disease. Let’s take a closer look at each symptom to show why it causes such a problem.
#1 Severe Vertigo
Vertigo is a false sensation of movement that is triggered by either a problem in the ear, the vestibular nerve, or the central nervous system. While most causes of vertigo result in momentary bouts that last minutes at their worst, episodes of vertigo related to Meniere’s rarely last less than 20 minutes and may continue all day long. As a result, this is usually the first symptom noticed, and that sends a person to the doctor.
#2 Increasing Tinnitus
Tinnitus is the perception of a ringing, buzzing, or rushing sound in the ear. It is the sensation you get when you play music too loud on your headphones, or you use power tools for a period of time without proper ear protection. It is can also be caused by syndromes like Meniere’s. This is one of the symptoms of Meniere’s that grows worse as the disease progresses. As the perceived sounds become louder, it can make it more challenging to hear when other people speak at normal conversation levels. It can also be frustrating or irritating to hear a buzzing or other sound for long periods.
#3 Hearing Loss
This is the other symptom that tends to grow worse as Meniere’s progresses. At first, hearing loss associated with Meniere’s disease is temporary and only occurs during an attack. As the disease progresses, low tones may be lost entirely. Tones that the higher end of the spectrum get affected later. Therefore, a hearing test can be a good measure of how long you have had Meniere’s or how advanced the condition has become.
#4 Pressure in the Affected Ear
One of the things that happen when a person has Meniere’s is that the ear may become overfilled with fluid. Not only can this lead to the other symptoms that we just discussed, but it can also create the sensation of the ear being full. In a moment, we will discuss one possible way that the ear can become overfilled with fluid.
This is an excellent time to mention that Meniere’s usually affects one ear. However, it can affect both on occasion, and it can also begin to affect the second ear as the disease reaches its later stages. Therefore, don’t assume the condition is unilateral in nature just because you only have problems in one ear now.
Avoiding Meniere’s Disease Triggers
Meniere’s symptoms usually cycle through periods of remission and flare-ups. There are various Meniere’s disease triggers that may lead to a flare-up and avoiding these may help you to extend your remission periods. Here are some of the more common triggers for Meniere’s flare-ups.
- Too much sodium consumption
- Physical or emotional stress
- Other illnesses (infections or viruses)
- Changes in pressure
- Allergic reactions
- Alcohol use
It is also important to note that many cases of Meniere’s disease set in following head or neck trauma.
Finding Natural Relief from Meniere’s Disease
If you are living with Meniere’s disease, especially if you have a history of head or neck trauma, upper cervical chiropractic may be able to provide some of the relief that you have been searching for. What sets upper cervical specific chiropractic apart?
- Gentle – There is no popping or twisting of the neck.
- Focused – Adjustments focus on the C1 and C2 vertebrae.
- Precise – Diagnostic imaging is used to pinpoint misalignments down to hundredths of a degree.
Once a care plan is in place for you, you receive adjustments on an as-needed basis. After the surrounding soft tissue stabilizes, most patients can space appointments further apart. Long-lasting adjustments give your body the time it needs to heal.
For Meniere’s patients, in particular, this means taking pressure off of the eustachian tubes. These are the tubes that drain excess fluid away from the ears. Once this process can resume, less fluid in the ear should result in fewer symptoms. So the first step is finding out if you have a misalignment that could potentially be causing these issues.
Contact an upper cervical chiropractor in your area to learn more. It may be your first step down the road to finding the natural benefits you need.