Some patients coming to our vertigo clinic in Boise, ID have Meniere’s disease. It’s an inner ear problem known to cause a feeling of fullness in the ear canal. It also brings about disorienting spinning sensations, ringing sounds in the inner ears, vomiting, and nausea.
If you are diagnosed with Meniere’s, you are likely looking for relief options. Are there natural remedies that would curb the severity of the symptoms?
Recent studies have highlighted the many possible relief options for Meniere’s disease and its symptoms. For example, a 2006 study reveals that deliberate water intake modulation can help patients who have Meniere’s. Let’s explore these different ways you can cope with your condition in our discussion.
A Closer Look at Meniere’s Disease
Typically, a Meniere’s disease episode can last up to a few minutes to more than three hours. The attack patterns are also erratic, making them challenging to care for. Most patients only report symptoms in one ear. However, about 15 percent of Meniere’s patients say that they have the condition on both ears.
Besides the symptoms we noted above, some patients with Meniere’s report temporary or fluctuating hearing loss. Some say that they have difficulty hearing low pitches, while others also report loss of hearing for high pitches.
This debilitating inner ear condition also commonly affects older adults. The symptoms might start manifesting as early as in your 20s, so it’s extra crucial to pay close attention to your body so you can have a better prognosis.
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Best Remedies for Meniere’s Symptoms
Some say the root cause of Meniere’s has to do with genetic factors, while others insist that a patient can develop it due to bacterial or viral infections. Other studies also point out the abnormal fluid build-up inside people diagnosed with Meniere’s inner ears.
This accumulated fluid may result from excessive production, poor fluid reabsorption of the body, or perhaps a fluid drainage problem. Notably, others believe that it stems from the constriction of blood vessels during an inner ear infection.
Thankfully, while studies haven’t successfully unveiled Meniere’s main triggers, they managed to provide possible remedies for patients. Some examples of these are as follows:
Water Intake Modulation
In a 2006 clinical trial, 18 patients with Meniere’s disease drank 35mL/kg of water per day in two years. Then, the researchers compared the results with 29 patients who used diuretic and dietary therapy to manage their symptoms. The results showed that deliberate water intake modulation effectively helps patients relieve their hearing problems and vertigo attacks.
Converting to a diet that is low in sodium
We often tell people who come to our vertigo clinic in Boise, ID that Meniere’s symptoms worsen after eating sodium-rich food items. Some examples of these items include cured meat, frozen dinners, and canned entrees. The extra sodium can increase fluid retention in the body, aggravating your condition. As much as possible, plan your meals so you can minimize food items that contain high levels of sodium.
Minimizing caffeine and nicotine consumption
Caffeine is a substance you get from drinking beverages like hot cocoa, coffee, and cola. Nicotine, on the one hand, comes from tobacco products like cigarettes. According to studies, both substances can cause vasoconstriction, which impedes blood flow to your inner ears.
In short, consuming these two substances can aggravate your condition. We recommend minimizing your intake of nicotine and caffeine. It would be best to eliminate them in your system.
Ditching inflammation-causing food products
Food items that contain high amounts of artificial trans-fat, refined carbs, high fructose syrup and alcohol often trigger an inflammatory response. Avoid these items, especially if you have pre-existing health problems like inflammatory bowel disease or food sensitivities.
Finding a way to manage stress better
When you feel stressed out (physically or emotionally), the body releases hormones that tend to exacerbate Meniere’s symptoms. That’s why finding better coping mechanisms may help you improve your symptoms. Try relaxation techniques such as working out, doing yoga breathing, or practicing mindfulness exercises.
Minding your carbohydrate consumption
A study reveals that patients with Meniere’s usually have problems breaking down carbohydrates. So, as much as possible, you should avoid excessive intake of starches and simple carbs. Doing this simple diet shift may help you prevent or minimize worse bouts of vertigo and other symptoms.
Skipping food additives
Moderate consumption of food additives like MSG and sugar substitutes like aspartame is generally safe. However, if you consume them in excess amounts, they can increase your risk for various health problems, including Meniere’s.
Visiting our vertigo clinic in Boise, ID
Going to our vertigo clinic in Boise, ID is also another way to manage Meniere’s disease effectively. Essentially, we provide upper cervical chiropractic adjustments to correct one of the likely causes of your symptoms – a misaligned neck.
According to studies, Meniere’s have a strong link with upper cervical spine alignment. That’s because even the slightest changes in the neck bones’ position can disrupt fluid drainage, causing the abnormal fluid build-up in your ears. The bones also press on the brainstem, causing your brain to receive mixed signals about your body’s orientation and movement.
By restoring your upper cervical neck bones' neutral alignment, you can correct the problems. It could help you potentially eliminate your symptoms for good or at least decrease your condition's intensity and severity.
We at Upper Cervical Health Centers Boise can help you. Please schedule your appointment at our vertigo clinic in Boise, ID to start experiencing improvements in your Meniere’s disease symptoms.
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