Meniere’s disease is an extremely frustrating condition. It can be unpredictable, as it often hits you out of nowhere and may not happen again for a few weeks or months. Some people find themselves suffering attacks frequently and for days or even weeks at a time. This can cause them to have anxiety over not knowing when the next attack is about to hit. The debilitating conditions of Meniere’s can lead to not being able to complete a daily routine.
The main symptoms of Meniere’s disease are as follows:
- Intermittent hearing loss that may become permanent if not cared for
- A spinning sensation called vertigo
- A ringing or hissing noise in the ears called tinnitus
- A feeling of congestion or fullness in the affected ear (usually only one ear is affected)
Why Does Meniere’s Disease Happen?
Meniere’s disease is not fully understood among the medical community. However, one thing researchers and doctors agree on is that it is due to an abnormal amount of fluid building up inside the inner ear (labyrinth). The labyrinth is responsible for such things as balance and hearing. These are both negatively impacted when too much fluid is contained in the ear. This fluid, called endolymph, causes the signals being sent to the brain to be hindered. This can lead to Meniere’s disease.
Getting Help for Meniere’s Disease
If you choose to see your primary care doctor to care for Meniere’s disease, he or she may actually recommend surgery if none of the following options help:
- An injection of antibiotics into the inner ear
- Water pills to help reduce fluid
- Dietary changes — avoiding caffeine, alcohol, and salt
- Medications to cut back on the dizziness and vertigo
Upper Cervical Chiropractic for Meniere’s
A misalignment in the bones of the upper cervical spine can hinder the signals being sent to the brain and cause endolymph fluid to begin building up. Here at Haan Family Chiropractic, we use a method that is gentle and precise to help realign these bones. Once this is done, many patients report seeing an improvement in their symptoms of Meniere’s disease.
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