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Meniere's Disease Treatment Options and Information

Meniere's Disease treatment can be divided into two sections: acute and chronic. In the acute stage, you could be dealing with one or all of these.

In the acute stage most people just need to remain quietly where they are: on the floor or lying down. It is best if they could focus on one spot, but many cannot. Some people like to have company and have their hand held. Others want to be alone. It is not wise to give or take drinks, as choking could be an issue. It also adds to the probability of vomiting.

Make sure you have discussed these Meniere's disease attacks with your family so that they don't panic when one happens.

Medication wise, the doctor may order antihistamines, anticholinergics, sedative-hypnotics, anti-emetic agents, (anti-nausea) diazepam, (to relax) (e.g., atropine or scopolamine), or diuretics (water pills) and other medications may relieve dizziness or vertigo and associated nausea and vomiting.

Between attacks, different medications may be prescribed to help regulate the fluid pressure in your inner ear, thereby reducing the severity and frequency of the Meniere's disease symptoms and episodes.

Naturally any injuries suffered from an unpredictable fall, must be cared for. For the family this kind Meniere's disease attack is very frightening. And if this is happening out in the public, it is devastating. (For this reason, many people with Meniere's disease become recluses or depressed and frightened.) You might be interested in our page on dealing with Meniere's disease as a family.

Help may be needed with walking due to loss of balance. Rest is crucial during severe Meniere's disease episodes, as is a gradually increase in activity.

It is important not to participate in hazardous activities such as driving, operating heavy machinery, climbing, and similar activities until one week after your Meniere's disease symptoms disappear. During the attacks, avoid bright lights, TV, or reading, as they may make symptoms worse.

Some attacks may occur during the night, so be sure you have a night light on; you'll be relying more on vision to help maintain your balance.

Chronic problems and Meniere's disease treatment.

There have been reported cases of permanent recovery. But many people continue to suffer for years. Many have tried all the possible Meniere's disease treatments with little or no lasting effect and relief. What works best for them is the relief of immediate symptoms.

Surgery on the labyrinth, endolymphatic sac, or the vestibular nerve may be required if symptoms are severe and do not respond to other treatment. This treatment procedure is focused on relieving symptoms by lowering the pressure within the endolymphatic sac.

The most commonly performed surgical operation for Meniere's disease is the insertion of a shunt, a tiny silicone tube that is positioned in the inner ear to drain off excess fluid.

In another more reliable operation, a vestibular neurectomy, the vestibular nerve which serves balance is severed so that it no longer sends distorted messages to the brain.

In cases that are very severe and that do not respond to medication or diet regimens, your physician may suggest other surgical procedures for Meniere's disease that relieve the condition.

These may include;

  • vestibular neurectomy
  • labyrinthectomy
  • sacculotomy (placement of a stainless steel tack through the footplate of the stapes)
  • ultrasonic irradiation
  • endolymphatic-subarachnoid shunt
  • and cryosurgery for relief of frequent vertiginous attacks and degenerative hearing

The reason for treatment between attacks is to prevent or reduce the number of episodes and to decrease the chances of further hearing loss. A permanent tinnitus (ringing in the ears) or a progressive hearing loss may be the consequence of long-term Meniere's disease.

Unfortunately, all operations on the ear carry a risk of hearing loss.

Lifestyle changes are encouraged.

  • Meniere's disease diet recommendations include a low-salt diet to reduce fluid retention. A hydrops diet regimen will probably be recommended. This is important for virtually all patients. Experience has shown that STRICT adherence to this dietary regimen will result in significant improvement in most patients with Meniere's disease.

People who have chosen to use uniquely formulated nutritional supplementation along with anti-inflammatory products and natural nutrients that enhance circulation have experienced tremendous success and relief of their symptoms. This combination appears to control the inner ear fluid levels, while nourishing the depleted cells.

Others include:

  • Abstention from alcohol and cigarettes
  • Reduced exposure to stress
  • Avoiding sudden movements that may aggravate symptoms

Meniere's disease symptoms can often be controlled with treatment. Recovery may occur spontaneously. However, the disorder may be chronic and disabling.

Many people have tried almost every treatment and procedure there is, but balk at the thought of having their inner ear nerve cut. This, they know, will result in permanent hearing loss. Few are willing to do that although the Meniere's disease symptoms are so unpleasant.

By Karin Henderson - Nurse, Retired.


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