WELCOME TO MENIERE’S DISEASE HELP

Welcome to the Meniere’s Help Blog. This blog is connected to our main website Menieres-Help.Com

The website has over twenty pages of in depth, positive information on how to deal with Meniere’s disease.

Mike Spencer The Need for BalanceThis blog is used for updated information related to Meniere’s, such as new articles, news, success stories, research, medical studies and clinical trials. All aimed at helping you the sufferer either manage your Meniere’s symptoms or eliminate the condition from your life.

Meniere’s Help (Menieres-Help.Com) has been dedicated to bringing positive information, a deeper understanding of this idiopathic condition and resources to Meniere’s sufferers since 2004. Please browse through the main site and find a wealth of information about this condition and always keep in mind that we now know that NOBODY (pre-invasive, destructive surgery) has to live with Meniere’s. To think anything else is an outdated and incorrect view, but sadly a view that still prevails throughout the medical community.

All contributors and friends of Meniere’s Help have lived through Meniere’s themselves, overcome the condition and have been supporting other sufferers and helping them do the same since before 2004.  At the time of writing this message, I have now been researching and writing on the subject of Meniere’s triggers and underlying root causes for over 7 years and continue to do so. Every year it gets clearer and easier as to how to rid yourself of Meniere’s. 1000’s of sufferers who have contacted us over the years and were able to free themselves of all their symptoms stand in testimony to this fact.

There is no one single magical silver bullet to deal with your symptoms, but with enough knowledge you can find what matches your individual case. Every case is slightly different and there can be several possible root causes and many contributing factors. This blog has over 100 posts and articles dating back from 2008 through to today and the main website has over 20 pages.

You can learn how to manage your symptoms by reading Managing Meniere’s Disease – How to Live Symptom Free and you can learn how to eliminate Meniere’s from your life completely by reading The Need for Balance – Dealing with the Causes of Meniere’s. In both cases, gaining the knowledge available is not enough. You must use that knowledge and act accordingly, taking appropriate action in your individual case. Always remember we are here to help so never hesitate to email us at meniereshelp@gmail.com

The common theme throughout the Menieres Help site and this blog is that you can, not only live symptom free but also find your root cause and eliminate it from your life altogether, therefore ridding yourself of Meniere’s forever.

You CAN get your life back. This has been done by thousands  (to our knowledge alone), and is being done all the time. So read through the main site, this blog and/or read ‘Managing Meniere’s Disease‘ and The Need for Balance, get informed and get your life back.  Arm yourself with knowledge and TAKE ACTION.

Use the search box on the right side to find what you need, search our archives and popular posts or contact us at meniereshelp@gmail.com. If you have Meniere’s, we know exactly what you are going through. You will usually receive a reply within 2 hours, rarely more than 24 hours.

If you are a doctor or health professional we welcome any input, discussion or debate. Our 100% confidence in the positive message that everyone can overcome Meniere’s comes not only from our own personal experience but scientific medical data, studies and statistics and most importantly the experiences of multiple thousands who have contacted us over the past 12 years and continue to do so.

Mike Spencer

Founder of Menieres Help

Researcher and author of Managing Meniere’s Disease, The Need for Balance and the Meniere’s Help Reports ten part series self help guides.

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Are Your Meniere’s Symptoms From Chiari Malformation?

By Mike Spencer

Founder of Menieres-Help.Com. Researcher and author of Managing Meniere’s Disease – How to Live Symptom Free, The Need for Balance – Dealing with the Causes of Meniere’s and The Meniere’s Help Reports Ten Part Series

Meniere’s Disease or Chiari malformation?

In my books I cover at length the idiopathic nature of MD and the fact that ‘Meniere’s’ is simply a label for a set of Meniere's Disease or Chiria malformationsymptoms, the root cause of which can vary from person to person. Identifying the root cause or causes in your individual case and correcting or eliminating these from your life can free you from Meniere’s completely.

I recently received an email from the husband of a long term Meniere’s sufferer looking for answers. His wife had recently had a drop attack and ended up in hospital where she was diagnosed with ‘Type 1 Chiari Malformation’.

In a four year study of 364 Chiari patients (http://asap.org/index.php/medical-articles/four-year-study-of-chiari-i-malformation/) it was found that 74% patients had “Meniere’s like syndrome “: dizziness, disequilibrium pressure in ears, tinnitus, decreased hearing, true vertigo and nystagmus.

This would perhaps be of particular interest to Meniere’s sufferers who also suffer from Migraines as Chiari often results in headaches.

Muskuloskeletal imbalances in the back, neck or jaw are commonly found root causes of Meniere’s symptoms. After correction or treatment in most cases symptoms are reduced or eliminated altogether. The reason that in some cases symptoms are not 100% eliminated may be that there is more than one root cause present in addition to long term damage to hearing nerves. As I point out in The Need for Balance and back up with scientific medical data, statistics and the experiences of sufferers, there may be more than one cause in each individual case. So it is important to cover all possibilities and deal with them accordingly.

The connection to Meniere’s and mukuloskeletal imbalances such as in the spine is often dismissed by mainstream medicine however the data proves otherwise. In the four year study of Chiari it was found that, in all 364 patients the most common and reliable finding was compression of the CSF spaces posterior and lateral the cerebellum.

Chiari patients are often not aware of the problem. Meniere’s sufferers are often not aware they have neck or spine issues. When chiropractic manipulation is not successful in reducing Meniere’s symptoms in those aware of neck problems, it may be prudent to get checked for Chiari.

According to Mayo clinic Chiari malformation type I occurs when the section of your skull containing a part of your brain (cerebellum) is too small or is deformed, thus putting pressure on and crowding your brain. The lower part, or tonsils, of the cerebellum are displaced into your upper spinal canal.

Dr. Thomas Milhorat, Professor and Chairman of Neurosurgery University of NY, Brooklyn explains things slightly differently:

“CSF [Cerebrospinal fluid] that is compressed has to go somewhere. In man, under normal conditions, we secrete spinal fluid. We can increase that secretion but we cannot decrease it. It happens at .37 cc every minute of our lives. When we’re upright, sleeping, running, resting. We produce 500 cc a day. It’s formed in the ventricles, circulates down through the 3rd ventricle into the aqueduct of Sylvius, into the 4th ventricle. It exits and then it surrounds all the structures of the nervous system. There is a watery bath between brain, spinal cord, cerebellum and the inner table of the skull. In Chiari patients there is reduced volume. Where does it go? Some of it is distributed up into the head, squeezed up and some is squeezed down and this may very well contribute to the formation of SM in some patients. We believe this displacement of spinal fluid into the cranial cavity may be a suitable explanation for the typical Chiari Symptoms. Distribution of CSF out of the posterior fossa into the semi-circular canals can produce in some a sea-sickness syndrome- dizziness, disequilibrium, pressure in the ears, tinnitus, and so forth. It appears to all begin with a too small posterior fossa that compresses the spinal fluid at the back of the head.

Direct bony pressure can also produce complaints. If the compression of the skull is too great, if the retroflexed odontoid (basilar impression) is too great you can have direct compression of cranial nerves or even brainstem. That can produce problems with swallowing, sleep apnea, hoarseness, tremors, and palpitations. Symptoms of Chiari I appear to be due to two basic phenomena that share in common a small back of the skull, a bony dysplagia of the base of the skull and cervical-medullary junction. These are increase of CSF pressure both in the head and in the spinal canal and direct compression of nervous structures. It is not a malformation of the brain itself.”

You can take three things from this article. One, that Chiari should be on your list of possible root causes to investigate. Two, musculoskeletal imbalances are a very real possibility for you to consider despite the ignorance and dismissive attitude of some within the ENT community and three, the list of various root cause of Meniere’s are very real and can be dealt with.

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Help other Meniere’s sufferers. Do you have experience with neck/spine issues and Meniere’s or Ciari? Tell us all about it in the comment boxes below or email meniereshelp@gmail.com

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How to Overcome Meniere’s Disease

Meniere’s Disease has several possible root causes, many triggers and contributing factors. Find your cause and you have found your cure. This can be done, has been done and is being done all the time.

balanceThe need for Balance is not only true for the ear but everywhere in your body, from micro cellular level to macro musculoskeletal level. When something is out of sync elsewhere inside the body, this can lead to a knock on effect, or domino effect that ultimately can result in inner ear dysfunction.

From the endocrine system, metabolism and thyroid, the gut, blood flow, the back, neck and jaw and importantly the immune system in general. Any one of these, if dysfunctional, out of balance, then this can lead to the symptoms of Meniere’s. Balance in your lifestyle and diet is also important. Poor diet can lead to many dysfunctions and disorders, while stress can manifest poor health in many different ways.

When you have Meniere’s disease, you lose balance in equilibrium but this loss of balance can be a result of imbalances elsewhere within your body and life. Learn how to bring your body and lifestyle back into balance, total homeostasis and you can stop the symptoms of Meniere’s.

Watch the video below for more.

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Causes of Meniere's disease

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Dealing with the Causes of Meniere’s Disease – Click book image

 

Help other Meniere’s sufferers. Do you have a success story to tell? Have you reduced, managed or completely freed yourself of Meniere’s symptoms? Tell us all about it in the comments boxes below or email meniereshelp@gmail.com

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Meniere’s disease – The Spine and TMJs

Misalignment in the cervical spine, neck and jaw have all been linked to Meniere’s disease. Many people who have neck and Meniere'shad chiropractic readjustments and manipulation of the cervical spine have freed themselves of Meniere’s symptoms, notably C1 through C6.

The most commonly found misalignment in the neck is C1 or also known as the Atlas bone. The skull sits on this cup like bone and often in Meniere’s sufferers or sufferers of vertigo, it has slipped out of place. This is usually due to trauma of some kid such as whiplash or sudden jerk like movement.

This can go years without being detected, and years before causing disturbances with equilibrium and the ear.

Treatment for TMJ/TMD has also been successful in stopping Meniere’s in some people. Such testimonials are common in emails to Meniere’s Help. Neither cause is recognized by ENTs and GPs in general but the numbers speak for themselves. When researched, the science also backs this up.

This message was posted by Bryann in a Meniere’s group on Facebook recently (May 2017) regarding TMJ and Meniere’s:

“Hey y’all, just a treatment update. I’ve been in treatment for TMJD with Dr. Foskin and Adelina in Oklahoma City since November 2016 and I’ve been symptom free since December 2016. I just had a check up this week and it looks like my jaw is stabilizing!

Please, please, please get an assessment to rule out TMJD!!! I would have never thought I had it, but I did! An amazing thing about this last visit, when I was first assessed, I had a tremendous amount of neck and shoulder pain. I had Dr Foskin do the same assessment and the pain is gone! I also used to have a lot of headaches and they are gone too! If you are having random neck and shoulder pain, this is a telltale sign of TMJD.  Good luck to you all in your journey to health!”

Have you had your neck, back and jaw checked for any irregularities?

Watch the video below for more.

 

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You can read more information on links to Meniere’s symptoms and the neck and spine on this page

On the page linked to above you will read in one section about the work of Doctor Michael Burcon and his peer reviewed paper in 2010 after performing a study on 139 patients. In March 2017 a press release was published and circulated on social media with the headlines ”

“After 155 Years, the Cause of Meniere’s Disease has Finally Been Discovered,”

The headline is rather misleading in that yes, although neck and spinal issues are very significant in a many Meniere’s cases, it cannot be claimed to be “THE” definitive cause, just as nothing else can be claimed to be the outright definitive cause. The reasons for this are simple, there are several possible causes and possibly more than one cause in each individual case. This is discussed at great length, how to find your own particular cause(s) and how to eliminate them from your life (therefore eliminating Meniere’s from your life) in the book, The Need for Balance – Dealing with the Causes of Menieres.

The significance of this press release is that Doctor Burcon’s work has now extended to 300 patients over 6 years.

“Six years of treatment on 300 patients demonstrated a 97% improvement in the intensity and duration of vertigo attacks,” Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research.

The paper was actually released in 2016 and is discussed in The Need for Balance. Dr Burcon explained: “Seven hundred and twenty one consecutive patients diagnosed with Meniere’s disease have entered my clinic, most denying a history of a head/neck injury,” .

In the press release, The Journal went on to state: “Most patients are diagnosed with Meniere’s in middle age. That’s because they were injured in high school or college, when they were learning to drive, playing sports or attempting to do something they came to regret. Luckily, it’s not too late to benefit dramatically from upper cervical specific care. These doctors take post graduate training to get certified in their technique. They spend more time testing to create an adjustment, based on x-ray analysis, tailor-made for the patient. This translates to faster, safer results, especially with patients with one-sided neurologic disorders like Meniere’s disease or Trigeminal neuralgia.”

Having communicated with Dr Burcon on several occasions I cannot imagine he was responsible for the sensational headline. But that said, his work is significant and should not be ignored or ridiculed as it is by some who have alternative (and lucrative) treatments.

Dr Burcon says: “The reason it took so long to discover the cause of Meniere’s disease is simple, it takes an average of 15 years from the time of the trauma, a whiplash/concussion injury caused by a vehicular accident or significant blow to the head, before the onset of symptoms.”

Ligaments are damaged allowing an upper cervical subluxation complex to slowly develop over time. Additionally, the brain slips lower into the foramen magnum, slowing the flow of cerebrospinal fluid out of the skull, creating normal pressure hydrocephalus. Since the skull acts as a closed hydraulic system, less blood flows into the head. This syndrome is often missed on supine MRIs. These films should be taken upright, seated or standing, and should include the upper cervical spine in addition to the head.

Whether it be the neck, the spine, the jaw or teeth, Musculoskeletal imbalances are and important possibility taht you should get checked for and corrected if need be.

By Mike Spencer

Founder of Menieres Help -Supporting sufferers since 2004

Researcher and author of Managing Meniere’s Disease – How to Live Symptom Free, The Need for Balance – Dealing with the Causes of Meniere’s and The Meniere’s Help Reports – Ten Part Series

Help other Meniere’s sufferers. Do have experience with Meniere’s, the spine, neck or jaw? Tell us all about it in the comments boxes below or email meniereshelp@gmail.com

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Menieres disease and food allergies

Food allergies and gut issues have been linked to Meniere’s disease. This is one of several possible causes you can candidacorrect or eliminate in your life. Studies have shown that up to 30% of Meniere’s sufferers have food allergies and/or intolerances. Intolerance to gluten and candida overgrowth are common.

The gut has more neurons than the central nervous system and the bowels are where serotonin is stored. The proliferation of chemicals in foods and the environment that destroy good gut bacteria is having an effect on human health in many ways. Meniere’s disease is one possible result in some people. Watch the video below for more.

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Meniere's disease, food allergies and the gutHelp other Meniere’s sufferers. Do you have experience with Meniere’s and gut issues, food allergies or intolerances? Tell us all about it using the comments boxes below or email meniereshelp@gmail.com

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Meniere’s Disease – Amalgam and Mercury Toxicity

Mercury leaking from amalgam dental fillings is just one of several possible root causes of Meniere’s Disease Meniere's Disease amalgamsymptoms. When people have removed amalgam from their mouths often they find themselves free of Meniere’s altogether.  This is one of the most common themes among sufferers who have contacted Meniere’s Help over the past 12 years.

Exposure to mercury is a major heath concern and amalgam is not the only way it may get into our bodies, though it is the most common. People who live near coal burning power plants may be at risk and in recent years vaccinations are sometimes laced with mercury, supposedly to cause an immune response.  Considering The World Health Organization states that no amount of Mercury exposure is safe, this is a concern that should be taken very seriously.

Do you have amalgam in your mouth? Have you considered having it removed. Watch the video below for more.

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Help other Meniere’s sufferers. Do you have any experience with Meniere’s disease and amalgam or mercury? Tell us all about it in the comments boxes below or email meniereshelp@gmail.com

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