What Is Meniere’s?

This post was written by Mike on August 9, 2009
Posted Under: General Information on Meniere's Disease / Syndrome

What is Meniere’s Disease?

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The video below can be seen at the main Meniere’s Disease help site Menieres-Help.Com.

We have put the video on here also so we can add the full transcript underneath for people who are either hard of hearing or can not view the media for some reason….(you can scroll down to see the video)

Dr. Steven D. Rauch – Massachusett’s Eye and Ear Infirmary – Boston .MA. explains just what Meniere’s Syndrome is in simple easy to understand terms. People are often anxious to get a real diagnosis and have explained what “Disease” it is they have. It is not a disease as such, and this is what we always try to tell Prosper Ménièrepeople. Meniere’s is just a name given to a set of symptoms your doctors don’t know the original cause of: An idiopathic condition. There could be many original causes that are triggering inflammation within the inner ear and the consequent build up of fluid. They only refer to it as “Meniere’s Disease” or “Meniere’s Syndrome” once they have ruled out other more sinister possibilities such as a tumor. The name comes from Prosper Ménière, the physician-in-chief at the Institute for deaf-mutes in Paris in the 1800’s.
So what the doctor is saying when he or she says you have “Meniere’s” is that you have symptoms for which they don’t know the cause. That is where the doctor usually palms you off with various drugs (usually a mix of anti-histamines, anti-inflammatory or diuretics mixed with sometimes tranquilizers and occasionally what are essentially travel sickness pills). Sufferers are too often told to take the drugs and live with it. Occasionally sufferers who are persistent enough are referred to “specialists” for various invasive surgical options, or steroid injections. So does that mean you are stuck with the horrible symptoms of Vertigo, deafness, tinnitus and dizziness etc for the rest of your life? Absolutely not.

The truth is hardly anyone looks for the actual root cause. Which is shocking because there is a cause for everything that happens in the body; it’s called “cause and effect”, a simple law of nature. There are many possible causes for Meniere’s, vertigo and other vestibular conditions. The trick is finding yours. If you identify your root cause or causes then you have found the key to your cure:  Click here to learn to do this.

By giving the body all the nutrition it needs (and rarely gets in today’s society) the body can often take care of itself and a as a result keep Meniere’s symptoms at bay. We see this all the time. For more information on the nutritional supplements used to support the immune system and ultimately keep Meniere’s sufferers free of symptoms click here. The use of supplements is not a cure, neither is it a treatment. The right quality supplements can support your immune system enough for it to deal with the inflammation causing your symptoms, therefore keeping you symptom free. To take that further and actually eliminate the cause of the inflammation, the root cause of your Meniere’s click the link above at the end of the last paragraph.

Below, Dr Rauch’s analogy of an old car is perhaps not the best but you can understand what he is getting at. And certainly it is not something we “have to live with”

At the bottom of this page is another video explaining the workings of the balance organs in the inner ear.

What Meniere’s is, from a doctor’s perspective:


Menieres Disease. In order for an ear to work normally, there are a number of regulatory systems. These systems manage the prodcution of the two different flavors of the inner ear fluid, they manage the chemical composition of those fluids, the recycling of those fluids, the nerve signals entering the ear, the nerve signals leaving the ear, circulation entering the ear, circulation leaving the ear, communication between the different parts of the inner ear.

All of those systems have to be working perfectly, for the ear to be working perfectly. If anything goes wrong with any of those systems, the ear may fail.

Since the inner ear houses organs of hearing and balance, the failure can affect hearing or balance, or both. If the pattern of failure affects both hearing and balance, and if the pattern of failure is intermittent, if it comes and goes, it’s called Meniere’s Syndrome.

We don’t know what’s wrong in there, it may be different in different patients, it’s all called Meniere’s Syndrome. And that name simply means that the ear is unreliable or unstable or fragile.

The best analogy is to an old car. When you bought the car it ran perfectly, some day it wont run at all, but as the car is aging there may be a period of time, days or weeks or months or even years where that car is not dependable. There are a million different things that could be wrong under the hood; what you have to live with is an undependable car, sometimes it will start, sometimes it wont, sometimes it runs sometimes it stalls. If you have Meniere’s Syndrome, you have an ear like that.”


Read also:

How to overcome Meniere’s disease

Autoimmunity as a cause of Meniere’s disease

email Meniere’s Help at: meniereshelp@gmail.com

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