Overcoming Meniere's Disease with Vitamin Supplements
What is Meniere's Disease?
Meniere's disease is an inner ear disorder that affects balance and hearing. It causes episodes of extreme dizziness that can last a few hours or a few weeks. There is no know cause for the condition or what triggers it. Here are some thoughts of what causes the condition.
- Improper fluid drainage, perhaps because of a blockage or anatomic abnormality
- Abnormal immune response
- Viral infection
- Genetic predisposition
- Head trauma
Because no single cause has been identified, it's likely that Meniere's disease is caused by a combination of factors.
Most people start to experience the condition in their 40's or 50's but it can effect people of any age, even in children. Sometimes there is a ringing in the ear that comes along with vertigo.
Some tend to lean toward the idea that Meniere's may be triggered by a virus or just a spontaneous episode of vertigo triggered by the inner ear. The effects can be debilitating to some including loss of work, the ability to drive, not able to eat or get out of bed.
Meniere's Disease in considered a chronic condition, various treatments and strategies can help relive symptoms and minimize the diseases long term impact on your life.
There are several different methods people seek to get relief from the condition and we will go over a few below than include exercise, diet and supplements that may help.
Meniere's Disease and the Ear
My Encounter with Meniere's Disease
I first had an attack a couple of years ago of the condition over Labor Day weekend. It happened at night and I just went to bed. When I woke up in the morning I was not able to walk, and was nausea and unable to eat anything.
We believe to be something with the inner ear but my ear did not hurt or have a ringing sound to it. After a few days of not being able to get out of bed and keep any food in me I decided to go to the emergency room where they did MRI's, Scans, blood work, etc on me until they determined what it was and sent me to a specialist.
The medicine they sent me home with gave me a little relief but the vertigo would just need time to go away on its own. After talking with a doctor and finding out there was no cure besides exercise I figured there had to be additional information and something available to prevent attacks. For me even though diet and exercise worked I still needed something in addition to that.
The vitamin regimen listed below is what helped me more than anything along with the combination of eliminating somethings from my diet and exercising more often.
Meniere's Disease Healthy Eating
Diet and Meniere's Disease
Some notice that certain types of foods may trigger and episode of vertigo with this disease. It's best to eat a healthy, plant based diet along with fruits, fish, nuts and other proteins.
Try to avoid items that have caffeine, aspartame, and are high in salt or sugars. Also items such as aspirin and Ibuprofen may help cause an or increase the episodes of attacks. I know that after I stopped drinking diet soda it help me greatly reduce the dizzy spells and keep me on track. I still continue to have vertigo whenever I eat the or drink the wrong foods.
Search for the best diet and see what works for you. Work with your doctor or a nutritionist in order to make sure you see the best results and stay healthy.
Herpes Simplex Virus 1 and Meniere's
Some attacks may be caused by the Herpes Simplex Virus the same one that causes cold sore outbreaks. This has not yet be determined but as a person that tends to get cold sores I noticed that my dizzy spells occur more often when I have an outbreak.
Try to prevent cold sore outbreaks by washing your hands, eating healthy and taking L Lystine to prevent cold sores. If you feel a cold sore coming on take the Lystine supplement along with drinking plenty of water and using over the counter cold sore medicines for treatment.
What Triggers you Vertigo Attacks?
What things trigger your dizzy spells?
Exercise and Meniere's Disease
Before you have an episode of dizziness or even while having one there are certain recommended exercises that can help out with the condition.
Yoga and other stretching exercises are suggested by others who have battled the condition.
Vestibular rehabilitation is another form or method of head, eye, and neck movements to assist in the balance function and help a person become more stable. This is usually taught by a trained professional or physical therapist but there are some useful YouTube videos that will get you started on the techniques.
Daily exercise is recommended if you are able to do so to keep up with the disease and stay balanced. Be careful if you exercise while dizzy as not to fall or injure yourself. There are several exercises that can be done while sitting or in a laying position.
Exercises for Meniere's
Vitamins and Meniere's Disease
L-Lystine for Meniere's
Vitamins and Supplements for Meniere's Disease
While there are several medicines that may be prescribed by a doctor for temporary relief of Meniere's Disease and an attack, my best results have been seen by taking a variety of vitamin supplements. The following combination works well for me but dosages and combinations may vary with others depending on your situation.
If I am having an attack especially while out somewhere and I need to drive home I always carry a bottle of L Lystine with me and take a couple when a vertigo episode happens. For me this seems to calm down and sometimes eliminate the attack altogether.
The body cannot make Lysine but it is required to synthesize almost all proteins.
The supplements I take every day in the morning with a full glass of water and keep me symptom free are:
(1) Lemon Bioflavonoid
(4) Beta 1,3 Glucans
(5) Ginkgo Biloba Extract
(6) C-2000 Complex C
(7) E-400 Vitamin E
(8) Methylsufonylmethane (MSM)
I have much more clarity and don't have attacks anymore unless I drink too much soda which I know I shouldn't do.
This is considered the "John of Ohio" Meniere's Regiman. If you google the John of Ohio Meniere's you can read more information about the vitamins and why they help.
Books to Read
Written from a survivor of Meniere's Disease
Suggested Reading for Meniere Sufferers
If you do a search all of the Internet for Meniere's Disease you will probably spend hours reading about the causes, treatments, and other information that can be so overwhelming you won't know what to do.
My suggestion is to go to Amazon, type in Meniere's Disease and look at the books available. Before purchasing a book read the reviews. In the reviews there are several helpful items that people suggest that have helped them with this condition.
Another good source to find information is at the WebMD website. There you can read the basic information about Meniere's and read about how it is treated. There are also some links below that may be helpful resources to find out more information.
Find What Works Best for You
Remember only you can determine a safe and healthy way to be able to live and avoid having an episode with Meniere's Disease. Whether it's exercise, removing salt and sugars from your diet, changing to a high protein diet, or add vitamins into your routine.
It all trial and error and what works for some may not work for others. Do some research and be careful when reading what others have done. There are always people trying to sell you something and it's best to take notes and do your own research.
So far for me the changing my diet, exercising more and taking the vitamin supplements I mentioned above have made a world of difference. I don't worry every morning when I wake up if I will be able to get out of bed or not. This gives me more time to be creative and also spend time with my young grandsons who mean the world to me.
If you have any questions or comments please post them below, I will try to help out as much as possible.
Websites for Meniere's Diesease
- The "John of Ohio" Meniere’s Regimen
Suggested Vitamins and Dosages
- Meniere's disease Definition - Diseases and Conditions - Mayo Clinic
Meniere's disease — Comprehensive overview covers symptoms and treatment of this balance and hearing disorder.
- Ménière's Disease-Topic Overview
What is Ménière's disease?Ménière's (say men-YEERS) disease is an inner ear problem that affects your hearing and balance. It normally occurs in only one ear at a time. But over time, it develops in the other ear in up to half of those who have it.Th
- John's Menieres Treatment
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