Meniere’s disease is debilitating for the 615,000 people in the USA who are suffering from it. Approximately 45,500 new cases are diagnosed every year. What are the symptoms of Meniere’s?
- Vertigo (a spinning feeling)
- Ringing in the ear called tinnitus
- Intermittent loss of hearing in the affected ear that can become permanent over time
- A feeling of fullness in the affected ear
The cause for Meniere’s has not been found. However, many theories abound. Such things as autoimmune problems, viruses, circulation issues, inherited genes, allergies, and even migraine headaches can be a possible reason for the development of Meniere’s disease.
Because the reason for Meniere’s is so hard to find, treatment is equally as frustrating. Basically, there are two ways to treat this condition. One way is to treat the symptoms as they appear during an episode. The other way is to attempt to stop future attacks. Some things a medical doctor may recommend are:
- A low sodium diet
- Medications that treat nausea, vomiting, and vertigo
- Therapy to help the vestibular system of the inner ear
How Meniere’s Happens
Meniere’s is a disorder of the inner ear. The ear contains small amounts of liquid that sends messages to and from the brain about how the body is balanced. If someone is suffering from Meniere’s disease, for some reason, an abnormally large amount of fluid is in the ear. This distorts signals to the brain and causes such symptoms as mentioned above. So, the questions become: Why does this fluid accumulate, and what can be done about it?
Upper Cervical Chiropractic Solutions
Most patients want a natural, effective solution that gets to the bottom of the problem, hopefully doing away with symptoms. Upper cervical chiropractors have had much success in treating Meniere’s patients. We focus on the top two bones of the vertebrae and ensure that these are in proper alignment. We understand that these bones can affect inner ear functions. If a misalignment occurs here, the ear may be hindered from properly draining fluid. Once corrected, our patients often report a decrease in Meniere’s symptoms, and some have had them go away entirely.
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Dr. Pete Tsiglieris of Advanced Spinal Care in Redwood City, California is an Upper Cervical Specialist trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). His upper cervical clinic also serves San Mateo, Palo Alto, Menlo Park, San Carlos, and Sunnyvale. They are uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including migraines and other headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, neck pain, back pain and shoulder pain and weakness. More information can be found on our website at http://www.bayareanuccacare.com/