menieres-disease-managing-vertigo-and-its-other-symptomsYou can experience vertigo chiropractic in Charlevoix today. Vertigo is a primary symptom of Meniere’s disease. Vertigo is also one of the most debilitating symptoms that can negatively affect an individual’s ability to accomplish daily tasks.

Meniere’s disease affects approximately 650,000 Americans. Also, as many as 50,000 cases get diagnosed each year. This surge in new patients is a mystery that the medical community is still investigating. Current research conducted tries to develop better ways of caring for people with Meniere’s disease. 

As of now, it would seem that this condition afflicts people who are in their middle years, 30 to 60 years old. It is a debilitating condition. Therefore, it is critical to find care for Meniere’s disease symptoms to improve a person’s quality of life.

Meniere’s Disease Symptoms

This crippling condition causes various symptoms that can hurt aspects of your life severely: 

  • Vertigo

Suppose you have experienced an overpowering feeling that the environment around you spins out of control, or you have an uncontrollable sensation of whirling and spinning. In that case, you had a vertigo attack. This feeling may last for several minutes or several hours. Your sense of balance becomes wack. Thus, you would need to be careful, especially when driving in the freeway or climbing the stairs or ladders. You can turn to vertigo chiropractic in Charlevoix to fix this.

  • Dizziness

It is something less severe than vertigo. Dizziness can occur when you stand up, walk up the stairs, or drive a car. It can happen suddenly. Be more careful and prepare some safety measures so you won’t fall or lose your balance quickly.

  • Nystagmus

It is an uncontrollable jerking of the eyes. You would notice your eyes moving quickly without your conscious control. Your eyes may move in circles, from side to side, up and down very rapidly. When this symptom accompanies Meniere’s disease, it links to the abnormal function of the inner ear’s labyrinth, which is responsible for detecting movement.

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  • Hearing Loss

Very early on in Meniere’s disease, hearing loss occurs, especially with low tones. Some people have it only in one ear, whereas others have it in both. The progression of hearing loss happens with time and may lead to permanent hearing loss. 

  • Pressure or Congestion in the Ear

It generally affects people only in one ear. However, in the later stage of Meniere’s disease, it can severely affect both ears.

  • Tinnitus

It is a condition that affects the inside of the ear, causing persistent hissing, buzzing, ringing, roaring, or whistling sounds. For some people, this can intensify as the disease becomes worse. It is not dangerous. However, it can be very annoying and distressing. Some drugs can make it worse. It would include antibiotics, aspirin, antidepressants, and cancer drugs. 

  • Nausea, Vomiting, and Other Digestive Issues

Nausea can be very common when it accompanies a vertigo attack. Some people find relief when they sip warm herbal teas or slowly consume ginger tablets to relieve their nausea episodes. Also, discomfort and abdominal pains, along with diarrhea, can occur.

Managing Your Meniere’s Disease Symptoms Effectively 

Here are several home remedies or easy-to-follow ideas that help you ease some of those annoying and crippling Meniere’s disease symptoms:

  • Limit Your Caffeine Intake

Even when consumed in small amounts, caffeine makes tinnitus louder and makes you feel much worse. Too much caffeine intake also has the same effect. Finding the perfect balance will be quite a challenge.

  • Avoid Smoking Tobacco

Smoking cigarettes and tobacco (nicotine) decrease blood that enters the inner ear by constricting your blood vessels.

  • Stop Consuming Alcohol

Alcohol will cause adverse effects by changing the composition and amounts of the fluids contained in your inner ear.

  • Reduce Your Salt Intake

Too much salt in what you eat can increase fluid retention. Thus, it would worsen the symptoms of Meniere’s disease. Sodium affects the levels of fluid the body contains. Therefore, limit your sodium intake to 1000 to 2000 mg daily. It roughly equals ½ to 1 teaspoon. Also, spread out your consumption of salt throughout the day.

  • Avoid Beverages And Food With High Sugar Content

Things to avoid would include:

  • Soda
  • Desserts
  • Snacks
  • Fruit juices

Sugar makes the body’s volume of bodily fluid levels fluctuate. Don’t try to replace your sugar with artificial sweeteners because this will cause more significant problems and long-term adverse effects on your overall health.

  • Balance Food and Liquid Intake

You must have equal amounts of food and liquids throughout your day. Keep your meals well-balanced. Also, maintain your eating habits as consistently as possible. When you do so, it will help stabilize your inner-ear fluid levels. 

  • Eliminate Food That Triggers Your Allergy or Sensitivity

A study showed how patients who practiced diet and a desensitization protocol according to their specific allergies experienced improvements in both Meniere’s disease symptoms and allergy symptoms. Also, the frequency, severity, and interference with everyday routines showed gains.

You can practice the elimination diet. Start by removing the following food from your diet. Then, you can slowly introduce some nourishment back into your diet one at a time. Take note of how you would react and feel with each food added. The list includes the following:

  • Alcohol
  • Gluten
  • Corn
  • Peanuts
  • Eggs
  • Soy
  • Dairy
  • Processed food

Also, keep in mind that if Meniere’s disease is left untreated, it can lead to a progressive loss of balance and even worsen your hearing function due to the excessive pressure building up in the inner ears.

Finding Relief for Meniere’s Disease

In addition to the above recommendations, an excellent place to start seeking care for Meniere’s disease is our vertigo chiropractic in Charlevoix. Researchers established a link between Meniere’s disease and a misalignment in the upper cervical spine’s top bones, specifically the atlas (C1) and axis (C2) vertebrae. These bones are very vulnerable to misalignment due to their flexibility and location. These vertebrae allow the head to move in various directions. They also protect the delicate brainstem. When these bones misalign, problems can ensue. 

The first problem, the brainstem becomes irritated, and then it would malfunction. It would start sending wrong signals to the brain. The second problem, the Eustachian tube (near the ear), also becomes pressured and stressed. Thus, lesions can start to form. It would take at least 15 years for this type of damage to show itself as Meniere’s disease.

Visit us at Ricks McClure Chiropractic in Charlevoix, MI. We use a very gentle procedure that realigns these misaligned bones and encourages them to move back into their correct positions. It frequently results in the long-term relief of Meniere’s symptoms, most especially vertigo.

To request a consultation with us, fill out our form or call us at 231-547-4691. Enjoy the benefits of vertigo chiropractic in Charlevoix to your overall health.

 

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