More and more patients visit an Escondido vertigo clinic to get help for Meniere’s disease. Also called endolymphatic hydrops, Meniere’s disease is an inner ear disorder with chronic episodes. It has quite crippling symptoms that can leave any person unable to hear or stay balanced.
Making some lifestyle changes can make symptoms less severe, and there’s also upper cervical chiropractic care that can provide long-term relief. We will touch on that topic later in this blog.
Vertigo is one of the hallmark symptoms of Meniere’s disease. Besides it, what other symptoms accompany this disorder? Watch out for these signs and symptoms.
10 Signs and Symptoms of Meniere’s Disease
Vertigo is the false feeling of moving or spinning, and it frequently accompanies Meniere’s disease. An episode of vertigo can persist for a minute to a whole day. Often its moderate but can be severe and may come out of the blue. Be careful all the time as it can result in injury when you fall due to dizziness. You can visit an Escondido vertigo clinic to address its underlying cause.
The noises you hear in your ears, such as buzzing, ringing, or roaring sounds are tinnitus. It can be uncomfortable to deal with as it comes and goes unexpectedly. When you have Meniere’s disease, no one but you can hear tinnitus. They come from within the ear. It may distract you, especially when you want to sleep or concentrate on something.
3. A feeling of congestion in the ears
Someone with Meniere’s may deal with a sensation of congestion or fullness in the affected ear. The feeling is similar to when you have your earphones in. You experience it when the fluid in the inner ear fluctuates in pressure. It can happen anytime—before, during, and following a Meniere’s attack.
4. Hearing loss
Another distinct feature of Meniere’s is hearing loss. Unlike age-related hearing loss or noise-induced hearing loss, Meniere’s disease hearing loss often involves lower frequencies. It often goes hand in hand with vertigo, but only occasionally. Only when the disease is at its advanced stage the hearing loss becomes more noticeable. It can become a permanent problem if not cared for appropriately.
Another frequent companion of vertigo, heavy sweating happens due to hormonal fluctuation. You may find yourself drenched in sweat during an episode of vertigo. It will go as soon as the attack ends.
6. Nausea and vomiting
Severe and prolonged vertigo often involve nausea. Unfortunately, constant dizzy spells can hurt your digestion and may trigger vomiting. Note that these two symptoms are due to vertigo, not the inner ear issue. Therefore, not every Meniere’s episode has these. You can worry less if you normally do not experience vertigo as it is unlikely you would deal with nausea.
7. Irregular heartbeat
Palpitations and irregular heartbeat join the list of symptoms that accompany vertigo. It is unclear why it occurs. Although rarely happens, irregular heartbeat occurs at the late stage of Meniere’s disease. Your heartbeat will return to normal once the vertigo is gone.
About one-third of Meniere’s disease patients also deal with migraines. It remains a mystery what link migraines have with Meniere’s disease. However, there is a high chance that both conditions involve the pathophysiologic continuum.
9. Sensitivity to sound
This is a more commonly occurring signs of the disease. Some cases of Meniere’s disease involve sound sensitivity. Patients may find certain noises intolerable and painful. Often, they are the high-frequency tones, but can also be the soft noises of a specific pitch. To those who have not yet been diagnosed, sensitivity to sound is a pretty giveaway sign of Meniere’s disease.
10. Drop attacks
Falling suddenly for no apparent cause but not remaining conscious describe drop attacks. Patients may feel like they were pushed from behind. In general, you can stand up without experiencing lingering sensations. Drop attacks are common in the advanced phases of Meniere’s disease. Only 10% of people with Meniere’s disease deal with drop attacks.
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A case study shares some surprising light on Meniere’s disease and what possibly its underlying cause. Participants in the study had some form of injury, either in the head or neck. Some patients had them 10 to 15 years before the onset of their symptoms.
Unknown to many, repercussions of injuries to the head or neck may take that long before problems manifest. For this reason, a patient’s history is very critical for doctors to consider. Head or neck injury can result in a misaligned vertebra in the topmost area of the spinal column. A misalignment in this spot has been seen to cause stress to the brainstem, leading to various health problems, including Meniere’s disease.
Here at Rickards Precision Chiropractic & Wellness in Escondido, California, we employ Blair Chiropractic, a niche within the upper cervical chiropractic. It is a very gentle technique that realigns the bones of the neck that are out of alignment. No cracking or popping of the head is involved in this method. Instead, the adjustments are safe and encourage the bones to realign naturally. People in case studies have found lasting relief after receiving this unique form of care.
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