Your Meniere's Disease Symptoms and
Chemical Reactions - Could There Be Any Connection?
It is important to realize that your body already has
a preset chemical structure. When you make a decision to take any
chemical (ANY chemical), you are doing it to change this chemical
structure: to feel differently, to maybe get relief from your Meniere's
You may choose to do this yourself or have a health
professional advise you on what might be, in their judgment, the best
way to create a different feeling. You are seeking a different outcome.
You may do this consciously knowing you may have some side effects. Or
you may do this completely unaware that side effects might be an issue
and possibly be the cause of your Meniere's disease symptoms. The body
always reacts to chemicals going into it or onto it. That is the entire
purpose of taking them.
Some common forms of chemical "applications"
that could be
triggering your Meniere's disease symptoms might be a drug taken orally (by mouth) or by injection, hair color, inhalants
(sprays), acne or skin care preparations, dental procedures, "adjusted'
bottled water, or eye drops. There are many ways to get chemicals into
your body: all of them are meant to create a change.
What you may not realize, though, is that this
‘planned” change has other (side) effects. And these effects come with
different levels of severity. In the medical literature, it is common to
find three levels of reactions: mild, moderate (a little more serious)
and very serious. This is something you want to be aware of because it
is possible that these chemicals, or applications, may be the cause of
your Meniere's disease attacks.
MedlinePlus mentions these phrases for any drug:
- XXXXX may cause side effects.
- Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are
severe or do not go away: Some side effects can be serious.
- The following symptoms are uncommon, but if you
experience any of them, call your doctor immediately: Symptoms of
overdose may include:
There are some everyday drugs, and other products, that people use BEFORE they
show up in a doctor's office with their Meniere's disease symptoms.
You can check each out the level of severity and their
side effects. I want you to look closely at these results. Is there any
relation to Meniere's disease symptoms? Even more to the point: how can
you get a diagnosis of Meniere's disease when these SYMPTOMS show up as
Because they show up as side effects, they are now
"assigned" a new term, a disease. No attempt is done to explore the
possible causes of these symptoms! I have seen this over and over! Many
people are on drugs for high blood pressure. Yet they now have low blood
pressure and all the symptoms that go with that. So you need to know
what is going. This is after all your body.
Now that you have become aware of the different levels
of side effects, pay close attention when you read “balance and hearing
symptoms”. The classic symptoms to arrive at a diagnosis for Meniere's
disease (balance and hearing issues) are:
Describing these sensations, or symptoms, that make up
a Meniere's disease diagnosis is always subjective, meaning that only
you can feel them to the level of your awareness. That means that you
can look fine, but feel awful. You can prove" (sign) that you may be a
bit pale and your pulse may be fast or slow, but no one can tell from
your appearance how you feel. (Feelings are recognized as SYMPTOMS: you
can see them.) The medical world uses the terms “signs and symptoms” to
describe situations. You can read a more detailed explanation about this
on our Meniere's disease symptoms
Once you have gone over a few and spotted these
balance and hearing symptoms, ask yourself if you may be having a
reaction TO something and maybe not really have Meniere's disease after
If I have corresponded with you, most likely I will
have sent you to one or both of these drug sites: RxList.com
http://www.rxlist.com and the U.S. National Library of Medicine,
(The World's Largest Medical Library), known as MedlinePlus
I use these sites for several reasons.
- The Internet has allowed people to become their
own researchers. So I want to offer them sites that are credible,
professional, and give true meaning or value to their search.
- I want these sites to show other resources so the
searcher can consider different points of view to assimilate several
opinions...or to confirm one opinion several ways.
- I use MedlinePlus as it is a very respected
health site for general information. The content is easy to read and
understand for the layperson. Again this is important in order to
help the reader make informed choices. As this is a "general" site,
with some persistence, you may find all sorts of resources other
than drug- related information.
- I send them to RxList.com for a very, very
important and specific purpose. This is a drug site. But the main
reason I send people to it is because it lists ALL the body system
REACTIONS OR SIDE EFFECTS. For a scientific researcher, this site
may not be what they seek, but for the layperson, they NEED to
understand that the body is made up of several different body
systems and EACH system may show a reaction to the chemicals they
are putting into or onto their body. I wonder if you realize that
the acne ointment you pat on your face or the cream you put on your
feet or the drops you put into your eyes can easily affect the rest
of your body.
Here is my methodology
- I will list the drug and their links to
MedlinePlus and RxList.com
- I then look at the levels of side effects (mild,
medium/moderate, and serious)
- I then look at how each chemical affects the
What I am looking for is how a drug for one purpose
can give you all sorts of other effects, which in some cases can be
mistaken for, or create the appearance of, Meniere's disease among other
things. I feel we use the term "side effect" inappropriately and we
don't give these effects the respect or the attention they deserve.
The medical community knows the effects. One
professional may use one drug for one purpose and another health
professional uses it for a different outcome: same drug, different
Actually Medline Plus makes such a statement in the
drug description by saying “Other uses for this medicine”. But the
patient who takes this drug, still ends up with all the effects,
although they may not be aware. The situation often arises where the
patient now seeks medical attention for these new symptoms, not
realizing that this could have arisen from a previous treatment.
This is how MedlinePlus talks about side effects and
what to do:
- Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are
severe or do not go away: Some side effects can be serious.
- If you experience any of the following side
effects, call your doctor immediately before you take any more “XXXX”:
In case of emergency/overdose”.
So it is possible that you may be talking a drug that
has listed side effects, but you are now being diagnosed with Meniere's
If you were aware of this information, you
would simply discuss this situation with your health care professional.
You obviously don't want that side effect. You certainly don't want the
unnecessary diagnosis. So take some action: educate yourself. And always
keep in mind that this is YOUR body and YOU have to live in it.
Here are some common drugs and their links. These are
everyday drugs I hear about. Look at the side effects. Most of the time,
only two levels of severity are noted. The third one, listing the
serious one, could be describes as "anaphylaxis". I have asked a lot of
medical professionals for some insight into what makes them use this
term or “a serious side effect”, but I really cannot find any definitive
This is very new information on statin side effects
Metipranolol Ophthalmic for glaucoma
Metformin (this has loads of side effects!)
Atenolol: a beta blocker: please note this warning
from the RXList website
- While taking beta blockers, patients with a
history of anaphylactic reaction to a variety of allergens may have
a more severe reaction on repeated challenge, either accidental,
diagnostic or therapeutic. Such patients may be unresponsive to the
usual doses of epinephrine used to treat the allergic reaction.
If you have gone through all the drugs or are least a
few of them, you may have noted a lot of balance-related symptoms, but
few hearing-related ones. And how does one test for "hearing
fluctuation? That is truly a personal decision.
If you search for the word "tinnitus" (hearing,
noise), you will find many possible causes. However, the purpose of this
article is to show you the different levels of severity for chemicals.
If you would like to learn more about side effects of drugs that CAUSE
hearing loss and maybe hearing fluctuation, look up the term "Ototoxicity
I mentioned above that drugs often have “multiple”
uses: again, this is where the levels of severity again come into play.
Medline Plus says (quote) “Other uses for this medicine”. If you
Google the term “ototoxicity drugs”, you will find over a million
responses. If you search for “ototoxic drugs”, you get 8 responses!!
(The power of words!)
Here is a direct quote from VEDA. Incidentally, this
is a great site to explore.
- “Ototoxicity ("ear poisoning") is due to drugs or
chemicals that damage the inner ear or the vestibulo-cochlear nerve,
which sends balance and hearing information from the inner ear to
the brain. Ototoxicity can result in temporary or permanent
disturbances of hearing, balance, or both.”
A further quote from their site says:
- ”Many chemicals have ototoxic potential,
including over-the-counter drugs, prescription medications, and
environmental chemicals. If you are taking any drugs on the advice
of your physician, do not stop taking them just because you see them
listed below. Speak with your doctor or other health care advisor
about your concerns.”
But please look at the fact they mention BOTH hearing
and balance effects which are the primary conditions of Meniere's
As an example from my nursing days, when it is "flu
season” and flu shots are promoted, please do your own research on them
before you get your jab. No matter what you are told, they do have side
effects. And again, levels of severity of the symptoms come into play.
From my own experiences in administering them, I have witnessed these
levels of side effects.
Health is your natural state. Your immune system is
your body’s natural protection. This is your overall defense mechanism.
It reacts automatically. And it reacts because it doesn’t like things
that are not natural to it, like chemicals. It works “behind the scenes”
all the time to keep you healthy. It allows certain things, but reacts
to others, sometimes “irrationally”.
If your body is healthy, it can withstand many more
intruders than an unhealthy body. A healthy body is strong enough to
handle these intruders. It doesn’t like intruders because they could
harm you. So it does its best to keep them out. The ones it can’t keep
out, it reacts to by trying to wash them out (inflammation) or by
getting you to vomit.
Help your body by being aware of what you put into or
onto it. When you are happy and healthy, your body is in its right
place. If you are not, try to figure out what you are doing to it. You
have some valuable and easy to use tools to do your in-depth research.
By Karin Henderson - Nurse, Retired.
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