Meniere's Disease

by Fran Murphy
(Gulf Breeze, FL)



Have suffered with this disease for many, many years. For no reason, I will have an attack and experience a headache, become very hot and finally start vomiting. If I recognize symptoms early on, I can prevent the attack by taking meclezine.

Can a chiropractor help?

Hello Fran,
Are you also going deaf? That's an important part of the diagnosis of Meniere's syndrome.

More usually, the attacks of vertigo, a spinning world, absolutely horrid and ultimately vomiting is the result of a condition called Benign Positional Paroxysmal Vertigo. BPPV. Vertigo dizziness ...

It's often brought on by turning in bed, turning your head, looking up, or at a strange angle, and has to do with the inner ear balance mechanism, rather than the nerve to the ear.

Have you had cold water squirted in your ear? What was the result. Have you ever heard of the Epley manoeuvres?

Frankly, I go through all of that first, before adjusting the neck. The problem can be in your neck, and some people are helped by cervical manipulation, but more often it's in the inner ear itself, in which case the treatment of choice is not drugs, or cervical manipulation, but the Epleys.

The diagnostic test is Hallpike Dix test. Your head will be turned in certain positions to see if it provokes vertigo, and spinning of your eyes.

Look for a chiropractor who specialises in the Epleys and BPPV first. If the problem is indeed in the inner ear organ, adjusting your neck can sometimes make it worse.

Get back to me in a couple months and let me know what's happening. I hope this has contributed.

Dr B

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Oct 19, 2015
Hearing Loss
by: Leila

Hi my name is Leila and I have had hearing loss since I was 30 years old. Vertigo, buzzing etc are what I have faced with every day. Recently my niece who is a Chiropractor adjusted my neck and I am amazed how much my balance has improved. Is there any help for my hearing?

Hello Leila,
You almost certainly have Meniere's disease and because there is no chiropractic research that I know of, we make no claims about regaining hearing loss.
However there's considerable anecdotal evidence; in fact the very first chiropractic adjustment resulted in a man called Harvey Lillard regaining his hearing. Ask your niece about him.

I have had only one such case, and you might like to read about at the Perhaps DD did it after all link below.

Ask your niece if she knows about the Epley manoeuvres. They are a great help for those suffering from vertigo.

If you do regain some hearing, as Mr Simons did in my story, make sure your niece writes it up as a case study.

Good luck, and let me know how you get on.

Dr B

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1. Mr S is a 76 year old man with neck pain of some 9 months duration. Luckily, most of the discomfort is upper cervical which is only rarely arthritic; his lower cervical spine is a degenerative mess that I have left alone. After seven treatments his pain and stiffness is 50 percent better, and he is happy in the circumstances. He can sleep through the night now and that makes a huge difference.

2. Mr P is 32 year old man with very severe lower back pain radiating to the big toe which is 30 percent numb. He had an episode three weeks ago, took anti-inflammatories and was soon better as is typical of the medial disc herniation. But before it healed, after a trivia it came roaring back, much worse. The characteristic crossed sign was evident; sitting in a chair, straightening the right leg provoked severe left back pain and tingling in the leg. He is doing well.

3. Severe lower back pain is scary; just ask Mrs P. Just watching her get out of the car I she was in trouble; she had a slipped disc at L4 making her lean towards the opposite side; luckily she had no pain in the leg. Despite family pressure that this was far too severe for a chiropractor, she persevered. Within five days she was standing upright, and after two weeks almost pain-free. 

Despite a hectic job, she wisely took my advice and stayed home for what I call exercising bed rest.

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He has a pincer deformity in the hip causing the stabs in the groin, and a degenerative facet causing the sciatica. Both are responding well to chiropractic and he is well pleased; sixty-five percent better after three treatments.

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6. I too have had serious lower back issues, luckily fixed by my own chiropractor; so I too have to do my exercises, take care when lifting supers full of honey, gardening and using the chainsaw. Regaining the function of your spine is just as important as the pain.

7. My own granddaughter, only 7 is hypermobile giving her pelvic, knee and ankle issues. X-rays show a mildly dysplastic hip. Years ago we would have called it growing pains. She too regularly needs chiropractic care and luckily responds well. Increased range of motion is more difficult than too stiff in my opinion. Our care is for kids too.

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