Meniere's Disease - 7 Things to Do to Reduce the Symptoms

May 27, 2018

Symptoms of Meniere’s Disease

A classic case of Meniere’s disease has four main symptoms:

  • Tinnitus – This is ringing, roaring, buzzing, or hissing noise in the ears ranging from mild to unbearable. It can also result in migraines.
  • Hearing loss – Occurring in one or both ears, this can actually change depending on the episode. The time it lasts and how much hearing is lost varies depending on the person.
  • Rotational vertigo - This can last for a few minutes or many days. It can be dangerous, especially if you are driving heavy machinery or climbing a ladder. It is highly recommended for you to sit or lie down when you feel this particular symptom begin so as to prevent injuries due to falls.
  • Congestion or pressure in the affected ear - Your ears may feel under pressure, swollen, or popped. It is unpredictable how long this lasts for.

Things to Try at Home to Reduce Symptoms of Meniere’s Disease

Here are a few suggestions for you to try at home so as to reduce the incidence and severity of Meniere’s disease.

  1. Follow a low sodium diet – This is the most recommended idea for those suffering from Meniere’s disease. It has to do with having the proper balance of salt in the body and how it relates to inflammation, a major contributing factor to this condition. An increase in the amount of fluid the body is retaining can be done away with by lowering your salt intake.
  2. Balance your carb and protein intake - Carbs are broken down into simple sugars that increase how much insulin is in your blood. Protein is responsible for releasing glucagon in the body and regulating how much insulin the body has. Keeping your insulin in control contributes to managing this frustrating disease.
  3. Drink lots of water - This may sound counterproductive as Meniere’s is the result of too much fluid in the inner ear. However, if the cause of Meniere’s has to do with a virus, a pathogen, or a bacteria, drinking lots of water can flush these things out of the body. By keeping the water in your body balanced, you can help it to remove excess salts through urination. Toxins are removed as well.
  4. Avoid inflammation-causing foods - These include any kind of food that is hard to digest or those that mimic allergenic substances. Mild, easily digested foods are a good choice if you suffer from Meniere’s disease.
  5. Avoid MSG and sugar substitutes - Both of these things have been closely tied to the onset of Meniere’s disease. While these are hard to avoid if you purchase a lot of processed food, healthy, natural food is free from them.
  6. Avoid caffeine and nicotine - Both of these substances are stimulants. Therefore, they both intensify the symptoms. For example, caffeine and nicotine both extend how long your hearing loss will last, how severe your vertigo will be, and increase the volume of tinnitus. Avoid these if at all possible.
  7. Stress management - A definite link has been seen between stress and anxiety. The release of stress hormones has been seen to trigger bouts of Meniere’s symptoms. Getting care for chronic stress is a good place to start. You may also want to try engaging in things that reduce your stress: breathing exercises, taking a long walk, taking a bubble bath, or reading your favorite book. Also, brushing up on books or websites designed specifically to help you manage your stress levels is a good way to try to take some control over the stress in your life. In response, your Meniere’s symptoms might decrease.

Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care for Meniere’s Disease

Whenever anyone hears about a different way to care for some health condition, the question they most want to be answered is “Does it work?” Well, a case study was done of 139 patients with Meniere’s disease. All of them were found to have a misaligned vertebra in the top of their necks, and they were given an adjustment tailored to their needs by an upper cervical chiropractor. Of these, 136 saw a huge improvement in their symptoms. Some of them reported their Meniere’s went away entirely.

Here at Tranquility Spinal Care in Wapakoneta, Ohio, we use a method which is gentle. We do not have to resort to popping or cracking the spine to get positive results. Rather, we encourage the top bones of the neck to move back into place naturally. If these bones remain out of alignment, they put undue pressure on the brainstem and cause it to send confusing signals to the brain that can very easily cause the symptoms of Meniere’s. Correcting this problem can be just the answer to all of your questions about Meniere’s disease.

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