If you suffer from Meniere’s disease or know someone who does, you’re probably familiar with the classic symptoms – vertigo, ringing in the ear, a sense of fullness in the ear, and hearing loss.  However, what many people may not be aware of are the other symptoms that either accompany an attack or appear between attacks.  These lesser-known symptoms include:

  • Anger, fear, worry & anxiety
  • Diarrhea
  • Changes in appetite
  • Clumsiness
  • Rapid pulse
  • Cold sweats
  • Neck ache or stiff neck

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Meniere’s Disease & Your Neck

Most common treatment approaches for Meniere’s involve rehabilitation therapies for the inner ear, dietary changes to try and affect fluid balance in the body, and various medications to keep symptoms at bay.  While these treatments may give some temporary relief, they don’t address a possible cause of the condition.  Because the body’s sense of balance and hearing rely on signals traveling over the spinal cord and nerves, as an upper cervical chiropractor, I look for areas of abnormal nervous system function.

The uppermost vertebrae in your spine, the atlas (C1) and axis (C2), have the job of providing protection for the brainstem.  Following an accident or injury, these vertebrae can misalign causing a distortion in the signals traveling to and from the brain.  In the case of Meniere’s disease, this can be a possible explanation for the severe vertigo attacks and tinnitus that accompany the condition.  Oftentimes, people may not make the connection between an accident (even a mild one) and the onset of their symptoms, especially if years have passed between the two.  However, if an atlas misalignment is found to be causing dysfunction within your central nervous system, the ability of your body to send and receive those signals is compromised.  Gentle upper cervical chiropractic adjustments can restore normal spinal alignment and relieve abnormal pressure from the nerves, spinal cord, and brainstem.  Given some time to heal, the body can begin to function normally again, giving Meniere’s sufferers their quality of life back.

 

References:

http://vestibular.org/menieres-disease
Elster E. Sixty Patients With Chronic Vertigo Undergoing Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care to Correct Vertebral Subluxation: A Retrospective Analysis. J Vert Sub Res

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