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Drop Attacks in Meniere’s Disease

Understanding and Managing Drop attacks in Meniere’s Disease


Image showing person falling to represent a drop attack

One of the most distressing symptoms of Meniere’s disease is drop attacks. These sudden terrifying falls without warning can be potentially dangerous, especially for older adults. In this article, we will discuss drop attacks and provide strategies for managing them. It is important to remember that not everyone who suffers from the other symptoms of Meniere’s, such as dizziness, vertigo, tinnitus and hearing loss, experiences drop attacks.

Symptoms of Drop Attacks

Drop attacks are, without doubt, one of the most extreme symptoms of Meniere’s disease. These sudden falls without any prior warning are caused by a sudden loss of balance, and the person may feel as though the ground has given way beneath their feet. Others speak of a sudden feeling of being on a jet coaster and their legs are thrown in the air. It can be a surreal experience and a dangerous one.

Causes of Drop Attacks

The exact definitive cause of Meniere’s disease is unknown, but it is believed to be caused by a buildup of fluid in the inner ear. This fluid buildup can affect the balance and hearing systems, leading to symptoms such as drop attacks. In drop attacks themselves, it would seem logical that a sudden shift in either fluid or crystals within the endolymphatic sac puts sudden increased pressure on the balance nerves.

Frequency of Drop Attacks

The frequency of drop attacks in Meniere’s disease can vary from person to person. Some people may experience several attacks per day, while others may have only a few attacks per year. The severity of the attacks can also vary, with some people experiencing mild falls and others experiencing more severe falls.


While there is no cure for Meniere’s disease, there are steps that can be taken to prevent drop attacks. These include making certain lifestyle changes such as reducing stress, maintaining a healthy diet, and avoiding triggers. Medications can also be used to manage symptoms, such as diuretics, antihistamines, and corticosteroids. Physical therapy and assistive devices can also help improve balance and reduce the risk of falls.


Managing drop attacks in Meniere’s disease is critical to improving the quality of life for those who suffer from this condition. Lifestyle changes, medications, physical therapy, assistive devices, and surgery are all strategies that can be used to manage drop attacks. Making certain lifestyle changes such as reducing stress and maintaining a healthy diet can help prevent attacks. Medications can be used to manage symptoms, while physical therapy and assistive devices can improve balance and reduce the risk of falls. In severe cases, surgery may be suggested.

Drop attacks in Meniere’s disease can be distressing and potentially dangerous. However, with the right support and management strategies, people with Meniere’s disease can live a full and active life despite the challenges posed by drop attacks. If you are experiencing symptoms of Meniere’s disease, it is essential to see a healthcare professional for proper diagnosis and treatment.

Sudden Drop Attack – JAMA – Video

“Drop attacks are sudden falls without warning that can occur without loss of consciousness or neurologic symptoms as a rare manifestation of Meniere disease. Patients typically describe a sensation of being pushed, thrown, or knocked to the ground or have a sudden illusion of environmental tilt causing the fall. This video shows a drop attack (also sometimes called an otolithic crisis, Tumarkin drop attack, or drop vestibular attack) in a 47-year-old man with Meniere disease manifest as longstanding recurrent vertigo, fluctuating hearing loss, and tinnitus in his left ear. Pathophysiology is thought to be associated with sudden changes of utricle or saccule function or by sudden stimulation and mechanical deformation caused by pressure differentials within the inner ear or by a rapid change in electrolyte levels in the endolymph and perilymph.” JAMA Neurology.

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References/Further reading:

  1. “Meniere’s Disease” (National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders) –
  2. “Meniere’s disease: Symptoms and causes” (Mayo Clinic) –

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Improving Posture to Alleviate Vertigo: A Comprehensive Guide

Vertigo is a condition characterized by dizziness and a sensation of spinning or tilting. It can have a significant impact on one’s daily life and activities. Vertigo can be the most debilitating symptom of Meniere’s disease. While there are several treatments available for vertigo, improving posture is often overlooked as a potential remedy. In this article, we will explore the connection between posture and vertigo and provide tips for improving posture to alleviate vertigo symptoms.

Research has shown that poor posture can contribute to vertigo. Misalignments in the neck and spine can lead to imbalances in the inner ear and result in dizziness. Additionally, slouching and hunching over can reduce blood flow to the inner ear, exacerbating vertigo symptoms.

The inner ear is responsible for our sense of balance and contains structures known as otolith organs and semicircular canals. These structures contain small, fluid-filled sacs and canals that detect the movement and position of the head and send this information to the brain.

When the neck and spine are misaligned, it can affect the position and movement of the head, which can cause the fluid in the inner ear to move in abnormal ways. This can send confusing signals to the brain about the position and movement of the head, leading to dizziness or vertigo.

Additionally, misalignments in the neck and spine can also affect the blood flow and nerve function to the inner ear, further contributing to vertigo symptoms.

Posture Training and Exercises for Vertigo Relief

Incorporating posture exercises into your daily routine can help improve alignment and alleviate vertigo symptoms. Neck and shoulder stretches, core strengthening exercises, and yoga or Pilates can all help improve posture and reduce pressure on the inner ear.

Postural training is a form of physical therapy that focuses on improving posture and body alignment. It can be particularly beneficial for individuals with vertigo, as it can help alleviate symptoms and improve overall balance.

Postural training exercises such as neck and shoulder stretches, core strengthening exercises, yoga and Pilates, and neck and shoulder massage can help vertigo patients improve posture and alleviate symptoms. Engaging in regular postural training exercises can help to prevent the development of poor posture and reduce the risk of vertigo.

The Role of Posture in Vertigo Treatment

We know that vertigo can be caused by poor posture, so then good posture is crucial in the treatment of vertigo. It can help reduce pressure on the inner ear and improve blood flow, alleviating vertigo symptoms. Additionally, incorporating good posture habits into your daily routine can complement other treatments, such as medication or vestibular rehabilitation. Good posture may be crucial in the treatment of vertigo. Maintaining proper alignment of the neck and spine can help reduce pressure on the inner ear and improve blood flow, alleviating vertigo symptoms. Incorporating posture exercises such as neck and shoulder stretches, core strengthening exercises, yoga and Pilates, and neck and shoulder massage can also help improve posture and alleviate vertigo symptoms.

Achieving Improved Posture for Vertigo Relief

The importance of good posture in vertigo management should not be ignored or avoided if you want to reduce or stop vertigo symptoms. Improving posture is a process that requires effort and commitment. Some tips for achieving improved posture include standing up straight, engaging core muscles, taking regular breaks to stretch, using ergonomic office equipment, and incorporating posture exercises into your routine.


Fix forward head posture

In conclusion then, improving and correcting your posture is a simple yet effective way to alleviate vertigo symptoms and other inner ear issues such as tinnitus and hearing loss. By incorporating posture exercises, postural training, and good posture habits into your daily routine, you can help reduce dizziness, improve balance, and improve overall quality of life. Remember to consult with your healthcare provider before starting any new exercise or therapy program.

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References/Further reading:

Ten Tips for Improving Posture and Ergonomics

Vascular vertigo and dizziness: Diagnostic criteria

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Toxic Mold and Meniere’s

The hidden dangers of toxic mold and Meniere’s Disease

Mold and mycotoxins may be among the least spoken about serious threats to our health. The possible connections between mold and Meniere’s is not among the most commonly spoken about subjects when considering triggers and causes either.

Yet the possible connections have been known for many years. It is important to understand there can be many possible root causes and what is relevant to one Meniere’s sufferer may have little to no relevance in another.

According to Dr Mercola, “From a toxicity point of view, some mycotoxins (toxic substances produced by mold) are actually far more toxic than heavy metals, in terms of concentration. Mycotoxins also tend to affect more biological systems in your body than do pesticides or heavy metals, partly because fungi have the ability to dodge your immune system by rapidly mutating, while at the same time producing chemicals that suppress your immune system.”

He also says, “If your immune system is stressed in any way, or if you are extremely sensitive and have allergy-like reactions to a variety of agents then you may be even MORE sensitive to mold than the average person and have chronic symptoms directly related to mold in your environment. But even if you are generally healthy, mold can still pose a significant risk if you are caught off-guard.”

You need a healthy immune system to avoid Meniere’s symptoms, that’s a fact. We have seen for over a decade and a half that supporting your immune system with high quality supplements and a good diet has helped many people reduce their symptoms significantly regardless of their root cause.

However if your Meniere’s symptoms are a result of toxic molds, it may take specific nutrients in high enough levels to detox it from your body.

Molds have been associated with health problems that in themselves have been linked to Meniere’s such as sinus problems and autoimmune disease. Diagnostic tests for mold toxicity are very specific and one of those is a hearing test.

Toxic mold exposure has also been linked to neurological damage causing memory loss, insomnia, anxiety, depression, trouble concentrating, confusion. headaches, fatigue, nasal irritation and nausea.

Mold has also been linked to, dizziness, vertigo, tinnitus, ear infections, hearing loss, autoimmune inner ear disease and Meniere’s disease itself.

Video: Meniere’s disease – Airborne allergies and Mold

In a study published in the journal Nature, ‘Proinflammatory cytokines and response to molds in mononuclear cells of patients with Meniere disease’ it was concluded that “Aspergillus and Penicillium trigger the release of TNF-? in MD patients and this could initiate or exacerbate the inflammatory response in the inner ear.”

Aspergillus and Penicillium are types of mold. There are hundreds of types of aspergillus molds and mildews that can be inhaled.

Penicillium is a fungus that grows on spoiled foods and can be ingested.

Video: Meniere’s, Tinnitus, Ringing of the Ears driven by Mold?

Solutions to toxic mold and Meniere’s

I personally suffered for 7 years with Meniere’s symptoms [ I bo longer suffer from the symptoms of Meniere’s disease ]. During the absolute worst period of suffering I searched for mold in my house. It was the rainy season in Japan where I lived and at that time of year the moisture is incredible.

I found a huge patch of mold behind a set of drawers very near where my head would be while I slept. I immediately set about cleaning the mold and as a result very quickly brought on a violent vertigo attack.

It would be advisable to get a professional in to clear the mold because it may be all over your home without you knowing. If a professional is out of the question, then at least get someone else to clean it for you.

According to American mold expert Dr. Jack Thrasher, as many as 40 percent of American schools and 25 percent of homes have mold infestations, unbeknownst to the people occupying those buildings.

He says, “It follows that adverse health effects of mold may be reaching pandemic levels.”

Regarding humidity and mold Dr. Thrasher says,  anything above 60 percent is going to lead to growth of mold and bacteria… People have to be very careful about this situation. That’s why I call it a pandemic

If your home is prone to mold it would be advisable to (after clearing the mold) use an air purifier during the damp periods and make sure your house is well aired naturally in dryer periods.


Glutathione is a powerful antioxidant produced in cells. Research suggests that mycotoxins in mold can decrease the formation of glutathione due to decreased gene expression of the enzymes needed to form glutathione.

Mycotoxin-related compromise of glutathione production can result in an excess of oxidative stress that leads to tissue damage and systemic illness.

Glutathione  is needed to detox mold from your body. Your liver is your body’s main detox organ. This is where glutathione plays a major role in detoxifying your mold mycotoxins.

When there is not enough glutathione to eliminate the toxins they start to stack up in the liver and cause mitochondrial damage – your cells’ energy powerhouse – affecting glutathione production.

Glutathione has been shown to improve protein, enzyme, and bilirubin levels in the blood of individuals with alcoholic and nonalcoholic chronic fatty liver disease. A study reported that glutathione was most effective when given to people with fatty liver disease intravenously, in high doses.

Glutathione can be found in foods such as: asparagus, avocado, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, spinach, broccoli, garlic, chives, tomatoes, cucumber, almonds, and walnuts.

However, dietary glutathione is poorly absorbed by the human body. Additionally, cooking and storage conditions can decrease the amount found in food. So if you have been exposed to mold mycotoxins it is worth supplementing pro-glutathione nutrients.

Milk thistle, N-acetyl cysteine and superoxide dismutase supplements can activate glutathione production naturally.

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By Mike Spencer

Founder of Meniere’s Help. Researcher and author of Managing Meniere’s Disease and The Need for Balance – Dealing with the Causes of Meniere’s

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References/Further reading: Deficient Glutathione in the Pathophysiology of Mycotoxin-Related Illness

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Social Security Disability Benefits Meniere’s Disease

How to Apply for Social Security Disability Benefits when you have Meniere’s Disease

We recently received this helpful article from Ram Meyyappan of  Social Security Disability Help. Hope you find it useful if you are out of work in the U.S. because of Meniere’s.

Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits with Meniere’s Disease in the United States.

Meniere’s Disease can result in sporadic episodes of vertigo. The spinning sensation and fluctuating

hearing loss can make it almost impossible to maintain the responsibilities associated with full time work

activity. If the symptoms associated with Meniere’s Disease have prevented you from performing fulltime work activity and have resulted in the loss of income, Social Security Disability benefits may be able to help alleviate some of the financial strain.

There are two disability programs that you may qualify for if you suffer from this condition, including Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

Qualifying for SSDI Benefits

In order to qualify for SSDI, you must have earned enough work credits through your previous work history. As of 2013, you earn one work credit for every $1,160 that you earn.

You can earn a total of up to four work credits per year. If you are age 31 or older, you must have a total of 20 work credits in order to qualify for SSDI benefits. If you are under the age of 31, you must have worked half of the time since turning age 21.

For example, if you are 29, you must have worked four of the past eight years in order to have enough work credits to qualify for SSDI benefits. If you do not have enough work credits to qualify for SSDI benefits, you may be able to qualify for SSI benefits.

Qualifying for SSI Benefits

SSI is a needs-based program. You do not need any work credits to qualify for SSI benefits. You must, however, meet the financial criteria that have been set forth by the Social Security Administration (SSA).

In addition to proving that you are disabled according to Social Security guidelines, you must also not earn more than $710 per month as an individual or $1,060 per month as a couple. Your household assets must also not exceed $2,000 as an individual or $3,000 as a couple.

Meeting the Blue Book Criteria

The easiest way to qualify for disability is by meeting a condition that is listed in the Social Security Blue Book or a condition that meets or equals a Blue Book listing.

The Blue Book is a publication set forth by the SSA that lists all of the conditions that could possibly qualify an individual for Social Security

Disability benefits, along with the criteria that must be met for each condition that is listed.

Meniere’s Disease is covered under Section 2.07 of the Blue Book, which covers disturbance of

labyrinthine-vestibular function. According to the Blue Book, in order to qualify for disability benefits with Meniere’s Disease, you must be able to prove that:

• You suffer from disturbed function of vestibular labyrinth demonstrated by caloric or other vestibular tests; 

• You suffer from hearing loss that has been established by audiometry.

To prove your disability to the SSA, you will want to include copies of certain medical evidence with your disability application. Examples of what should be included are:

• Bekesy audiometry results

• Pure tone and speech audiometry results

• Positional and caloric testing results

• Copies of polytomogram results

• Imaging reports of the skull and temporal bone such as CAT scan or MRI with or without contrast material.

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Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits

You can apply for Social Security Disability benefits online ( or in person at your local Social Security office. You will be asked to fill out a number of forms including the Adult Disability Checklist, the Adult Disability Report, and the actual disability application.

If you are applying in person, you should bring copies of the medical records mentioned above with you to your appointment. If you are applying online, you will be provided with a cover sheet that will allow you to fax your medical evidence to the Social Security Administration.

Make sure that you do so as soon as possible to avoid delays in the processing of your application. You will receive a decision regarding your disability claim within three to six months of the date of your application.

If your claim for Social Security Disability benefits is denied, you have 60 days from the date of the denial notice to appeal the decision. If you need to file an appeal, you may want to consider retaining the services of a disability attorney.

A disability attorney can help you determine why your initial claim was denied and will help you gather the evidence that is needed to strengthen your claim.

Article by Ram Meyyappan

Social Security Disability Help

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Holistic approach to Overcoming Menieres Disease

This lady combined supplementation and diet changes for a yeast overgrowth with Chiropractics to free herself of Meniere’s symptoms

“Hi Michael,

Sorry for the delay in replying to you.

I am doing much better these days. I was taking the supplements for over 4 months without any improvement and not being able to pinpoint any factors which was my trigger. Someone told me about a doctor in Belfast who no longer worked for the NHS as he took a more alternative therapy view on health, a more holistic approach. I attended his clinic about 3 months ago and after a consultation and some investigations he diagnosed my problem as candida overgrowth. For this he put me on supplements to deal with the bacteria overgrowth and a strict diet (no yeast, no dairy, no sugar). He also had me attend a chiropractor as he felt my neck had a lot of tension in it which could be triggering some of my dizziness/vertigo. Since I have been on this diet & supplements and finished course of chiropractor treatment i am feeling much better, more energy, no vertigo in 2 months, sleeping better….just feeling like my old self again! The only thing that still bothers me at times is the tinnitus but i can live with that!

Thanks once again for the help and support i received from you


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