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

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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.

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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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  1. Eid Mohammad saheb says
    May 17, 2019 at 4:59 PM

    Hello everyone. ..May God Almighty's peace and blessings be upon all of you...I have meniere's since 4 years. ..I read your article and its benefits me...I want to know more about it to control.thanks.

    • Esme says
      Aug 03, 2020 at 5:25 AM

      Hi I'm Esme. I think I have M.D.. Every few months I have vertigo attacks and when I have them, it happens when I wake up. When I sit up, I feel the vertigo. But after a few minutes, when I lie down again, I feel it! The worst thing is that when I stand up, look up or look down I feel dizzy again. What is wrong with me?

  2. Marjorie Crosby says
    Feb 20, 2020 at 8:46 PM

    Hi. My name isMarjorie I've had Meniers in left ear over 35 years and right ear 12 years. I've sometime went 4 years symptom free and then boom it's back with a vengeance. Now it just comes and goes I've got the vertigo under control with Chinese Herbs but still have balance and headaches off and on. I have found using too much Meclazine causes bladder infections so now I just wait it out usually a few weeks. I'm able to do chores around the house but haven't been out or driven for about 2 weeks. I'm always looking for help but am grateful it's not worse.

    • drkiefer@tranquilityspinalcare.com says
      Feb 20, 2020 at 9:57 PM

      Good to hear you have found some relief. We would be happy to evaluate you to determine if care may be beneficial for you.

    • Samim akhtar says
      Oct 01, 2020 at 1:54 PM

      +966559487703 This is no am having miniears too.balance issue vertigo make my life worse . Can you help me with this chinese herbs u r using to control vertigo

    • Shahabuddin says
      Oct 05, 2020 at 1:41 PM

      My name shahabuddin I have meniere's disease help me Send the of Chinese medicine

  3. Riya adwani says
    Feb 23, 2020 at 2:47 PM

    How can I be sure tat I have mieners diesease. I have slight balance problem and tinnitus and headaches sometimes but I do not have real strong spinning or any hearing loss

    • drkiefer@tranquilityspinalcare.com says
      Feb 23, 2020 at 11:17 AM

      Meniere's Disease is one of the many diseases that are named based off of a certain collection of symptoms. A medical physician would be able to specifically diagnose your condition however a diagnosis is not necessary for us to provide treatment. We look at the symptoms and aim to trace the pathways back to the cause and then set out to fix the cause. We would be happy to evaluate you to determine if we may be able to help you.

  4. Dave says
    Feb 28, 2020 at 8:21 PM

    I get severe vertigo and nausea and the ringing in my ears at times is deafening it's driving me crazy it never goes away and the episodes are getting more frequent and last longer than 1 a day I suffer from a blood disorder (DVT) and lost a leg due to clots and take large amounts of Warfarin daily also under pain management and to top it off I'm diabetic on insulin I'm a single father my son is 6 and this affects our quality of life I am searching for ANY relief what exactly do I say to a chiropractor so they can make the decision as to what area to adjust

    • drkiefer@tranquilityspinalcare.com says
      Feb 28, 2020 at 8:40 PM

      The best bet is to seek out NUCCA or upper cervical chiropractic care to ensure a precise correction to your upper cervical spine. Of course first an evaluation is necessary to determine if there is a spinal misalignment that may be related to your symptoms. We would be happy to direct you to an upper cervical specialist that may be able to help you. Where are you located? Feel free to communicate through our email portal which can be accessed at the top of the page in order to share your location.

  5. Lyn says
    Mar 11, 2020 at 11:28 AM

    can dehydration and palpitations cause menieres disease?

    • drkiefer@tranquilityspinalcare.com says
      Mar 11, 2020 at 6:37 AM

      Dehydration may be able to cause some of the same symptoms that are associated with Meniere's disease. I am not aware that heart palpitations are associated with any similar symptoms.

  6. Karen Williams says
    Mar 27, 2020 at 5:05 PM

    Hi, My name is Karen Williams. I struggled with Meneire's fifteen years ago but it went away after a few months. Last May it came back with a vengeance. My ent put me on a diuretic and a potassium pill. I have had 18 episodes since that usually last two days in bed. Terrible dizziness but no ringing in my ears. I have significant hearing loss in my left ear but can hear in my right. It's odd but after an episode I can hear out of my left ear! Yesterday, in the middle of quarantine, my doctor said he would give me a cortisone injection in my ear. Although I was hesitant to go because of the virus, I felt I had to to try to stop this suffering. It was painless and I am hoping and praying this will give me some relief!

    • drkiefer@tranquilityspinalcare.com says
      Mar 27, 2020 at 12:29 PM

      Hi Karen, it sounds like you have had quite a journey. We hope this procedure works for you. If it doesn't, we would be happy to evaluate you to determine if care may be beneficial for you.

  7. Teresa says
    Apr 17, 2020 at 9:08 PM

    I was diagnosed with M.D. nine years ago with ear fullness only in both ears. As of today tests show I still have excellent hearing. I still do not suffer from tinnitus or vertigo but the ear fullness and pressure do come and go over the years. Is this true Menieres and if so, when will the other symptoms begin?

    • drkiefer@tranquilityspinalcare.com says
      Apr 17, 2020 at 8:23 PM

      Hi Teresa. A diagnosis is just based on a collection of specific symptoms. Some conditions do not express every symptom and it is possible that the other symptoms associated with Menieres may or may not ever occur.

  8. Carolin Buza says
    Jun 18, 2020 at 2:49 AM

    Hello . For almost two years now I've been suffering with about every symptom of having this disease. I've also suffered from migraines when i was a teenager and into my thirties. Didn't have any migraines until two years ago but with all the symptoms of Maniers. All the doctors I've been to, mistakenly, would just give medications for migraine even though I've complained about hearing loss and tinnitus and most other symptoms that go with it. Even i was confused. So sad and angry that not one doctor had any idea of this disease. Thank god i found this.

    • drkiefer@tranquilityspinalcare.com says
      Jul 04, 2020 at 6:31 PM

      Hello Carolin, We are glad you stumbled upon this information as well. If you need help to find a NUCCA doctor please let us know and we would be happy to help!

  9. Rich says
    Jun 20, 2020 at 10:42 PM

    Hi, Iv been having light headed episodes for years but nothing that made me worry even though Ménière's is in my family (not that I knew what it was at that point Anyway) usually after a stretch of long hours on site or just tiredness or rundown i would feel something and just couldn't put my finger on what it was or even if anything was up at all, felt like I was going nuts. Then I got COVID 19 which I had moderate symptoms with. I'm now having to take betahistine 3 times a day to control Ménière's. The changes in me are: Electric, chalky, grinding Kind of feeling in my neck at back even when it's still. 3 levels/pitches of tinnitus (Sometimes at same time) Pressure in ear Vertigo but more like motion sickness than spinning feel like I'm on a boat Vision changes Pins and needles in fingers Headache (one main one that even hurt on the outside of my head aswel as inside but the outside seemed to be the aftermath) Feel like there's something in my throat (there's nothing there man makes ya feel like you am crazy) Voice changes but it seems like I'm the only I can tell so it's the action that's changed not the sound as such. I can live with most of it and have been for 2 months now in that time Iv had a week of good days if you put them back to back. It's scary when the vertigo and vision happens at same time the first time it happened I really thought I was going to leave this world especially as I thought it was the corona not Ménière's that was the issue. I'm just coming to terms that it's progressive. I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy.

  10. Dale says
    Jun 21, 2020 at 5:14 AM

    If you have taken in an excessive amounts of salt DO NOT DRINK A LOT OF WATER this will not flush excess amounts of salt out of the body, thus is the problem with Meniere's disease the excess salt will make your body retain more fluid and as you have more fluid your body will try to counter act this by holding more salt, It's a vicious cycle, the best you can do is eat very low salt foods, be slightly dehydrated and that will flush the excess salt from your body. keep in mind that tap water can contain a fair amount of salt and all you are doing is making the situation far worse as you are not introducing food to the equation, just more salt and water! I have been a sufferer of Meniere's Disease for 20+ years, listen to those of us with the experience, not those that think they know best.

    • Teresa says
      Aug 14, 2020 at 12:58 PM

      what are some things you do to help calm the attacks of this?

  11. thomas r wilson says
    Jun 23, 2020 at 1:36 PM

    Thomas here. I thought more than one time in my life, I was surely dying. Why? I am now 78 years old and see myself today, as a very lucky man to be alive. I used to run when I was younger, say from the age of 22 to 65, but now, after moving over and past a less stressful lifestyle, even the treadmill--now I have given that up, too--but it was still putting too much stress on my bad left ankle. So now, here has been my problem so far back I cannot truly remember: I get vertigo, and I have to say, quite serious vertigo, when or if, I become overheated. And I mean, I get overheated at the drop of a coin. Especially, from, not my friend, direct sunlight, and also, humid moderate to high temperatures. * I do believe, though, thinking back when I was 17 to 22, the overheating was there, for sure, but less severe, I do believe? ** Oops, I do recall, though, while being on a hot humid march in my Federal Reserve stint I did, I was the only young man out of that march, probably 40 to 50 guys, that could not even keep up, trailing the group, and all alone, by a half block. Why? I was wearing fairly heavy fatigues and jacket, maybe my rifle, too? And I because so hot/tired within 5 or 6 minutes of this night march. The sarge was even concerned about me. And me, barely 18, believing myself to be fit young man at the time, I saw it was, and thought, it was rather bizarre.. The last really serious bout was close to 35 years ago, when I had to fight a man over a money dispute. Well, we both lost our tempers, him first, and he grabbed by the jacket--big mistake, wearing a jacket in a heated business place. As we jostled around, seriously trying to slug each other at the main target--the head--I slowly, within 90 seconds to a 2 minutes, felt this scary thing coming on. The scary thing, was the very warm overheating that was soon to get worse by the second, as we both still grappled with each other. Hey, he was fine, I was not. The results after two minutes or so, was leaving be incapacitated, and I mean, in a helpless physical state. I could no longer hold him off from all his arm and leg strengths he was applying. The next stage, say after a full 3 minutes, was me on the floor, on my hands and knees and him at the same time, with a firm grip on my neck. He had strong hands, I am sorry to say, so he was pushing downward as hard as he could, with that very strong hand firmly planted around my neck.. At this last stage, I was helpless as a 2 year old. My saving grace was, be begin to tire after the elapsed time space of probably 12 minutes. I survived, with only a stiff neck that lasted for 2 weeks. But thinking back--I did have Lymes disease, probably 2 or 4 years previous--I know I was very lucky to not get beat to a pulp. The results of this scenario, and certainly not the first time for this dangerous vertigo, now has me "thinkling, survival and defense," never wanting get in another situation as scary as this one was. * Thinking back, when I was 15 years younger, I was a serious runner, say up to 2 miles. And only 2 miles because that vertigo was going to be waiting for me at the finish line, if, I didn't take serious precautions. The precaucations: Ice cubes in a rag that circled my head. The only way I could run like I wanted--and that was too have a strong, fast finish the last 100 yards of that 2 miles. I then, had to lie down on my back and cool down for a while, or I would get dizzy in a moments flash. Meanwhile, it usually took about 5 to 8 minutes, depending how overheated my brain and body was? The heat seemed to attack my brain, concentrating all that heat in and around my noggin. And by now, my ice was all melted, so the cooling down period was a must or I simply could not walk a straight line. So Lyme Disease could be a factor for the, now, new lifestyle of easily overheating if I met the right circumstances. The circumstances: High humidity, warm or hot air; The swinging of my head, with either of those two conditions I mentioned. And add, being in a physical, stressful situation, with those same two conditions above. I seem fine now, with leaving any Lyme effects behind. They were, I think, a service weakening of my left shoulder--having to be replaced when I was about 60 years old. Also, my left ankle, they say, is now bone to bone so I no longer do pirouettes either. ;) Bottom line: If I find myself in a overheated room, especially if that heat is blowing around my head, I must get away as soon as I can, or I will get rather sick, and sometimes leads me on to getting weak spells with a overheated brain. It's much more now like an allergy reactions, leaving me feeling weak, as I said. And yes, allergies are a big problem for me in southern Indiana, or pretty well anywhere, I suspect? Thanks all, Thomas

  12. Margaret says
    Jun 24, 2020 at 10:06 AM

    I've had Ménières nine years. Recently started on Ibrance and tamara. Did well till I started on the chemo for met breast ca. Does Chemo make Ménières worse?

    • drkiefer@tranquilityspinalcare.com says
      Jul 04, 2020 at 6:29 PM

      Hello Margaret, We are not experts on medications and their side effects. I am aware that some report dizziness/vertigo from chemotherapy so there could be a link.

  13. Donna Klein says
    Jun 24, 2020 at 11:41 PM

    I have had Meniere's for 3 years. Initially I saw an ENT, diagnosed after many tests. After unsuccessful injections in my right ear, my ENT suggested mastoid oscillation. This has been successful until recently every 3 months. Because of COVID 19, I was unable to have treatments, therefore am fighting the scourge of vertigo, dizziness, headaches and nausea. I am having chiropractic care and had a mastoid oscillation treatment 2 weeks ago. At this point I am hoping and waiting for some relief. Thank You

    • drkiefer@tranquilityspinalcare.com says
      Jul 04, 2020 at 6:28 PM

      Hello Donna, I am not certain where you are located but we would be happy to help or provide someone that may be closer to you that could help. Let us know your location and we will figure out who the closest NUCCA doctor is to you.

  14. Hamda says
    Jul 02, 2020 at 4:41 PM

    Hi this Hamda.. I have been suffering this disease from now a year and it's could cause worsen now... I feel like anxiety n body shaking... N ringing in the eyer non stop... What can I do... N what Madicine I can take for vertigo

    • drkiefer@tranquilityspinalcare.com says
      Jul 04, 2020 at 6:23 PM

      Hello Hamda, I am not certain where you are located but we would be happy to help or provide someone that may be closer to you that could help. Let us know your location and we will figure out who the closest NUCCA doctor is to you.

  15. Cathy says
    Jul 04, 2020 at 4:53 AM

    Hi, Could you please tell me if there is a NUCCA chiropractor in my area? My Menieres has been dormant for 25yrs. In March, I caught a virus that has triggered it and I haven't been able to come out of it since 🙁. My ENT Dr doesn't know what to tell me except just let it happen?!! I could really use some help, I'll try anything. Thanks, Cathy from Boston Ma

    • drkiefer@tranquilityspinalcare.com says
      Jul 04, 2020 at 6:22 PM

      Hi Cathy, The closest NUCCA doctor I can find in our NUCCA directory is Dr. Christopher Dawson in Portsmouth, NH. His contact information is: 875 Greenland Road Suite B1 Portsmouth, New Hampshire, 3801 (603) 427-1100 http://www.portsmouthfamilychiropractic.com I hope that helps! ~Dr. Kiefer

  16. Debbie Jones says
    Jul 05, 2020 at 4:42 PM

    Have had Ménière's for my whole life . I am 60 now and the episode are getting worse. Ringing is really bad dizziness put me out of work for a day or two. When the rain set in this time I had a bad spell. The fluid build up is really bad ,swelling in my ears. Just had two rounds of a steroid pack Ears still feel full and ringing is so loud. Can't take fluid pills they drop blood pressure to low . Would like to know if there is a NUCCA near me

    • drkiefer@tranquilityspinalcare.com says
      Jul 05, 2020 at 2:44 PM

      Hello Debbie, We would be happy to direct you to a NUCCA doctor that may be able to help you. Where are you located? Feel free to let us know here or communicate through our email portal which can be accessed at the top of the page in order to share your location.

  17. Jen godsey says
    Aug 21, 2020 at 2:35 AM

    Hi We live in CHARLOTTE NC Could you point us to a NUCCC doctor in this area. Thank you. Very helpful article.

    • drkiefer@tranquilityspinalcare.com says
      Oct 06, 2020 at 10:20 AM

      Hi Jen, Here is a list of the closest NUCCA doctors near you. Dr. Philip Arnone 10550 Independence Pointe Parkway, Suite 100 Matthews, North Carolina, 28105 http://www.knowbalance.com Dr. Benjamin Franz 3900 S. Hwy 14 Ste. 2B Greenville, South Carolina, 29615 http://www.franzfamilyspinalcare.com

  18. Chandler says
    Aug 22, 2020 at 5:07 AM

    I just read through all of these comments and have never heard of this disease before. I have been suffering from tinnitus and vertigo and nauseous feelings for quite some time now. I also have straight neck so I've been looking for a chiro in my new city to help with that. Do you have anyone out in Kansas City Missouri that could help me? Thank you in advance!

    • drkiefer@tranquilityspinalcare.com says
      Oct 06, 2020 at 10:43 AM

      Hi Chandler, Here are a list of NUCCA doctors around your area. Dr. Marcella Ziska 11840 Nicholas Street, Ste. 102 Omaha, Nebraska, 68154 http://www.bodyinharmonyomaha.com Dr. Drew F. Drummond 5332 S. 138th St., Ste. 210 Omaha, Nebraska, 68137 http://spinalbalancehc.com Dr. Danielle Clear 1315 N. 205th St., #2 Elkhorn, Nebraska, 68022 http://Website unitychiropracticomaha.com

  19. Joy Davidson says
    Sep 11, 2020 at 9:32 PM

    I have been suffering with this since March! Is there a NUCCA near me in Gardendale, Alabama!

    • drkiefer@tranquilityspinalcare.com says
      Oct 06, 2020 at 10:15 AM

      Hi Joy, I have not found any NUCCA doctors in your area. Here are a few name and numbers of NUCCA doctors closest to you. Bryan J. Salminen 12220 Birmingham Hwy, Suite 40 Milton, Georgia, 30004 http://www.alphaspinecenter.com Dr. Austen Scheumann 745 South Church St. Ste. 405 Murfreesboro, Tennessee, 37130 http://www.horizonspinalcare.com Dr. Yoshiro Yajima 5000 Winters Chapel Rd. Suite 1 Dunwoody, Georgia, 30360 http://www.yajimachiro.com

    • drkiefer@tranquilityspinalcare.com says
      Oct 06, 2020 at 10:55 AM

      Hi Joy, I didn't find any NUCCA doctors in your state but here is a list of the closest NUCCA doctors in your area. Dr. Bryan J. Salminen 12220 Birmingham Hwy, Suite 40 Milton, Georgia, 30004 http://www.alphaspinecenter.com Dr. Yoshiro Yajima 5000 Winters Chapel Rd. Suite 1 Dunwoody, Georgia, 30360 http://www.yajimachiro.com Dr. Austen Scheumann 745 South Church St. Ste. 405 Murfreesboro, Tennessee, 37130 http://www.horizonspinalcare.com

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