Progression of Meniere’s Disease: Symptoms of Every Stage

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Meniere’s disease is a condition that causes vertigo. Some patients who are seeking vertigo relief in Morgantown unknowingly have this disorder. It can be exceptionally crippling for those who suffer from it. The symptoms of this condition are quite debilitating, particularly vertigo. It can impact the quality of your life negatively. Moreover, it can cause you to miss out on various important family, social, and work events.

Here are some of its life-affecting symptoms:

  • A sensation of fullness, congestion, or pressure in the affected ear, often in only one ear
  • Vertigo – a feeling that you or the things around you are spinning out of control. The false perception is there, even when there is no movement at all. Episodes of vertigo happen unexpectedly and may occur at least 20 minutes up to several hours (but not more than 24 hours)
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Fluctuating hearing loss – without proper and immediate care, it may aggravate over time and turn permanent.
  • Tinnitus – Buzzing, ringing, or hissing noises in the ear
  • Cognitive and mental fog

Meniere’s disease commonly affects people aged 20 to 50. However, it can start appearing in anyone at any age. The vertigo it brings affects people in different ways. For some, their vertigo bouts may come and go. Others are miserable to have it frequently.

In addition, vertigo flare-ups are more regular during allergy season for some people. It may help explain why people with Meniere’s disease experience a terrible, clogged up feeling in their ears. It is not because the allergy causes it, but rather, the irritation from the allergy affects the Eustachian tube, which already feels pressure, creating even more impact.

The Sequence of Meniere’s Disease Symptoms

In order to get vertigo relief in Morgantown, it is vital to understand that knowing all the symptoms of Meniere’s disease is not enough to show you the whole picture. The symptoms of this condition can vary depending on what stage of the situation you are in. 

Meniere’s disease has phases: an aura, the early stage, attack stage, and in-between. There is also the late-stage of Meniere’s disease. Let’s see what symptoms go together with each stage. By learning these symptoms, you can proceed to move to a personal safe place to let the actual Meniere’s disease attack pass over.

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The Aura Stage

It may include the following symptoms:

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness or vertigo
  • Increased ear pressure
  • Tinnitus 
  • Sensitivity to sound
  • Hearing loss
  • A vague sensation of uneasiness

The Early Stage

These symptoms may appear:

  • Tinnitus
  • Spontaneous, violent vertigo
  • Ear fullness (called aural fullness)
  • Fluctuating hearing loss

The Attack Stage

This stage is notorious for these symptoms:

  • Nystagmus – uncontrolled eye jerking
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Cold sweats
  • Anxiety and panic
  • Fast heart rate
  • Blurry vision 
  • Trembling
  • Diarrhea
  • Heart palpitations

In Between Attacks Stage

After the attack stage, you will be tired and may need to sleep for several hours to recover. Many patients remain symptom-free. However, others may continue to exhibit any of these symptoms.

  • Fatigue or sleepiness
  • Appetite changes
  • Headaches
  • Heavy head sensation
  • Being easily distracted
  • Groping to find the correct words to say
  • Clumsiness
  • Diarrhea
  • Feeling faint or lightheaded
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Sensitivity to sound
  • Sound distortion
  • Loss of self-reliance and self-confidence
  • A feeling of motion sickness, queasiness, or nausea
  • Anger, fear, worry, and anxiety
  • Vomiting
  • Problems with the vision– blurring, bouncing, glare intensification, focusing, etc.
  • Feeling unsteady– suddenly falling, staggering, or stumbling, problems walking, looking for something to hold onto when walking, and continually looking down.

The Late-Stage of Meniere’s Disease

At this stage, you may feel the following:

  • Issues with your vision and balance replace vertigo
  • More intense ear congestion and tinnitus
  • More significant and constant hearing loss
  • These symptoms can get worse when you are in low lighting, if you are fatigued, or if you see a lot of visually stimulating sights surrounding you.
  • Drop attacks happen where you fall while conscious

Vertigo Relief in Morgantown Through Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care

How does Meniere’s disease happen? The simplest explanation is it develops due to the abnormally excessive amount of fluid in the tubes of the inner ear. Researchers found a link between the nerve pathways that begin in the upper cervical spine and an irregular alignment of the top two bones in the neck.

A misalignment in the uppermost bones of the neck can interrupt the flow of information transmitted via the nerve pathways that regulate the tonicity muscles of the Eustachian tube. How does this misalignment come about?

If you have experienced any trauma or injury to the neck or head, then it is possible. Any blow to the head or events that overstretch the neck muscles may cause the neck joints to move out of their positions.

Upper cervical chiropractic care focuses on aligning the top bones of the neck, the C1, and C2 if they have shifted out of alignment. A misalignment can negatively impact the central nervous system, resulting in Eustachian tube dysfunction. Upper cervical chiropractors use a gentle and precise method, encouraging the misaligned bones to return into their proper place more naturally. But the question is, does this method work?

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