Meniere’s disease can be a debilitating condition to have to live with. Even mild cases can make day to day activities difficult. A severe case can be crippling. What is Meniere’s disease? It is a condition of the Vestibular system that can lead to:
- Hearing loss
- A feeling of fullness in the inner ear
Meniere’s diseases symptoms occur during episodes that last anywhere from minutes to hours. What causes these attacks? It is believed that these symptoms present when an abnormal amount of fluid gets trapped in the inner ear. This affects the Vestibular system that is responsible for balance and determining where a person is in relation to their surroundings. Most patients are between age 20 and 50. Gender is not considered a factor in whether a person gets Meniere’s disease.
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Seeking a Natural Solution
There are many types of treatment for Meniere’s. They include:
- Invasive surgery
- Anti-vertigo medications
- Low-salt diets
Patients seem to have varying results when trying these forms of treatment.
A different theory was studied by an ear, nose, and throat doctor. 259 patients with Meniere’s were part of the study. It was discovered that their symptoms were linked to problems in the top of the neck, the upper cervical spine. This includes the C1 and C2 vertebrae. Another study involving 62 patients showed that hearing loss due to Meniere’s could be reversed by upper cervical chiropractic care. In fact, one upper cervical chiropractor had success in treating 136 of 139 patients with Meniere’s. Vertigo especially got better.
Dr. Craig Lapenski is just such a specialist in the Graham, Washington area. If you suffer from Meniere’s disease or another condition that causes vertigo, set up an examination to determine if an upper cervical misalignment may be the cause. The good news is that your symptoms may be reversible.
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2. Hulse M. The Cervical Vertebra as a Cause of Hearing Disorders. German HNO Conference, Muenster 1993,42:604613.
3. Burcon MT. Upper cervical specific protocol and results for 139 patients with medically diagnosed meniere’s disease. , J Vertebral Subluxation Res November 14, 2010:1-10.
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