Are you suffering from Meniere’s disease? If you had never heard of this condition, that is because it is a rather rare (0.2% of people) vestibular condition. That means it affects the inner ear and the balance system of the body leading to a number of identifiable symptoms. What we are going to do today is look at a series of symptoms that can help a person to identify Meniere’s disease. Then we will consider how patients in the Stillwater, Minnesota area are finding relief from Meniere’s and other vertigo causing conditions.
The Symptoms of Meniere’s Disease
The following list of Meniere’s symptoms is not intended to help a person make a diagnosis but rather to help individuals to get a better understanding of the condition so that you can recognize the best way to seek natural relief. The following are some of the most common Meniere’s symptoms:
- Vertigo – This may be the most notable Meniere’s symptom. Bouts of vertigo can last anywhere from 20 minutes up to 24 hours in length. This sensation that a person is moving or that his or her surroundings are moving can be very disorienting. Many experience it as a feeling of spinning.
- Tinnitus – This is another telltale sign of Meniere’s, and it is a symptom that tends to get worse as the condition progress. Tinnitus refers to a buzzing, ringing, or whooshing sound in the ear. For Meniere’s patients, the sound can be particularly loud and upsetting, perhaps interfering with the ability to hear.
- Loss of hearing – This is another symptom that grows worse as the condition progresses. As a result, a hearing test is an important diagnostic tool. In the early stages, low tones are often lost, and this will show up during a normal hearing exam. As the disease progresses, some of the higher end sounds may also be lost, leaving a patient with a limited range of hearing in the middle tones. Other patients lose hearing as the result of invasive surgeries that are sometimes recommended for severe cases of Meniere’s. Always be sure you understand the risks when choosing medical treatment.
- A feeling of fullness in the ear – If you have ever felt pressure inside one ear like it had been stuffed with cotton, then you understand what this symptom is like. It is also a good indicator of which ear the condition is in (although in rare cases a person can get Meniere’s in both ears).
- Nausea – Any time the balance system of the body is thrown off, nausea is a possibility. You can’t just close your eyes to the feeling that you and the room are moving. In severe cases, a person may even vomit during an episode.
- Nystagmus – This is a jerking eye motion that often occurs along with vertigo. Some researchers believe it is the eye trying to see the movement that the body is feeling. Since nothing is actually moving, the eye jerks in different directions to try and make sense of the sensation.
- Exhaustion – You can understand why experiencing the symptoms above, whether for a part of an hour or for an entire day, would be exhausting. In the other direction, exhaustion can actually trigger an attack, so staying well-rested is important for Meniere’s patients.
- Migraines – Meniere’s can make migraines worse. Since about a third of migraines already include vestibular symptoms, it makes sense that these two conditions could be related in some way even though Meniere’s is primarily in the ear and migraines are a neurological condition. Believe it or not, the link between the two may be in the neck.
The Role of the Neck in Meniere’s Disease
There has been a lot of research performed regarding the role of the neck in vertigo in vertigo conditions such as Meniere’s disease. One thing that was noted in a case study involving 300 patients with Meniere’s disease and upper cervical misalignments was that correcting the misalignment in the top bones of the neck actually resulted in significant reductions in the severity of symptoms, vertigo in particular. Why is that the case?
One suggestion is that the atlas (top bone in the neck) is so close to the ears, that even the slightest misalignment may gradually cause a lesion to form on the eustachian tubes. These tubes are responsible for draining excess fluid away from the ear. Without them functioning properly, vertigo and the other symptoms of Meniere’s can occur. It is interesting to note that in the case studies mentioned above, many patients experienced an accident or injury up to 15 years prior to their diagnosis with Meniere’s. This shows that a misalignment can be working under the surface for a long time before symptoms begin to crop up.
Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care in Stillwater, Minnesota
At Anchored Chiropractic PLLC, we specialize in a very precise and specific form of chiropractic. What makes upper cervical care different?
- Focus – the focus is on the top bones of the neck, the very bones that can affect the ears and central nervous system if they are out of alignment.
- Precision – We use modern diagnostic imaging techniques such as digital x-rays and thermal scans to detect even the slightest subluxations.
- Gentle – Adjustments are gentle which makes them safe for all ages and allows the correction to hold longer, giving the body the time it needs to heal.
If you are suffering from Meniere’s disease or another vertigo condition, contact us today at 651-571-0201 or submit our online contact form. It may be your first step down the path to better overall health and wellness.