Thread: Meniere's
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Old 01-06-2013, 05:33 PM   #2
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Re: Meniere's

Currently there is no known cure for Meniere's Disease. The best way in treating MD is through diet. There are a lot of foods that trigger episodes such as anything with salt, caffeine, nuts, red wine, processed meats, watermelon, etc. Unfortunately the list goes on and on. I know this might not be your case, but Ménière's disease is highly highly misdiagnosed. There are four red flag symptoms related to MD. Low pitched roaring tinnitus in the affected ear. The tinnitus tends to increase in severity either right before, during or immediately following an episode. Aural fullness or pressure in the affected ear that also tends to increase during an episode. Low frequency or low pitched hearing loss that tends to fluctuate especially during an episode. Eventually all pitches will be affected and the hearing loss will stop fluctuating in later stages of the disease and will eventually become quite severe. Lastly the main and most severe symptom of MD is the vertigo, which is a true violent spinning sensation where the room and objects are spinning around you whether your eyes are open or closed. The episodes of vertigo tend to last for several minutes or hours, however some patients experience vertigo for days at a time before symptoms ameliorate. This often leads to nausea and vomiting. You do not need to have all of these symptoms to have MD, but you do have to have the vertigo. Periodic dizziness or imbalance and unsteadiness is not MD. If the spinning only lasts for seconds at a time with movement it is not MD. A lot of physicians diagnose patients with MD, because they don't know what else it is and there are no blood tests or specific tests that will diagnose it. The tests performed just rule out other problems and if nothing can be found you are typically just diagnosed with MD. However the most important thing in diagnosing MD is your case history. Most of the time it is a peripheral vestibulopathy or weakness in the vestibular system. The best way to treat MD besides diet is through vestibular rehabilitation therapy (VRT). VRT helps to reduce the severity of the episodes of vertigo and also helps to reduce the frequency of episodes, but it is important to remember that this will not completely eliminate episodes if you truly have MD.

 
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