A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Meniere’s
I had a question the other day about Meniere’s.
Meniere’s disease is an inner ear problem affecting your hearing and balance.
The disease usually occurs in people ages 40-60.
It affects both men and women.
Children can also have Meniere’s disease.
The cause isn’t known.
It may be related to fluids building up in your inner ear.
Meniere’s disease can cause symptoms that come on quickly.
During a Meniere’s attack, you may have:
>Tinnitus, a low roaring, ringing, or hissing in your ear.
>Hearing loss, which may be temporary or permanent.
>Vertigo, the feeling like you or your surroundings are spinning.
>A feeling of pressure or fullness in your ear.
The attacks are unpredictable and vary in frequency and severity.
An attack can last from hours to days.
Most people have repeated attacks over a period of years.
Attacks usually are more frequent during the first few years you have the disease and then come less often after that.
Sometimes each additional attack damages your inner ear.
Over time, your inner ear may become so badly damaged it may no longer work properly.
The attacks will then usually stop, but you may have poor balance, permanent hearing loss, and/or residual roaring or hissing in your affected ear.
Meniere’s disease usually occurs in only one ear at a time.
In about half the people affected, the disease eventually develops in the other ear.
A few people with Meniere’s disease experience “drop attacks”.
A drop attack is a sudden fall while you’re standing or walking.
The falls occur without warning.
The attacks are described as suddenly being pushed to the ground.
There’s no loss of consciousness, and complete recovery occurs in seconds or minutes.
Treatment helps to only control your symptoms, as there’s no cure.
To deal with Meniere’s it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water.
*Butcher’s broom combats fluid retention and improves circulation.
*Ginger is helpful for nausea.
*Ginkgo biloba, taken in extract or tablet form, increases circulation to your brain (don’t take if you have a bleeding disorder, or are scheduled for surgery or a dental procedure).
*Limit your intake of salt. Under normal conditions, your body needs about 2 grams of salt a day; most Americans eat 10 grams. Over time, restricting the amount of salt you eat should help to decrease the fluid in your inner ear and reduce any pressure on nerve endings that may be affecting your balance and hearing.
*Try a hypoglycemic diet for 2 weeks. If you experience an improvement, remain on the diet. (Email me if you need details.)
*Don’t consume any fats, fried foods, added salt, monosodium glutamate (MSG), alcohol, sugar (in any form), or anything containing caffeine. Caffeine excessively stimulates nerve endings.
*Stop smoking. Smoking constricts and reduces blood flow to the tiny blood vessels nourishing your inner ear nerve endings.
*Check for food allergies.
*To help with vertigo attacks, restrict your head movement and keep your eyes fixed on a stationary object at a good distance from you. Also, you can lie down with your unaffected ear against the floor, and look in the direction of the affected ear.
*As much as possible, reduce the anxiety in your life. Stress is a major trigger in Meniere’s disease.
*Reasonable exercise like a daily brisk walk will stimulate circulation and help blood flow.
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