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What is Meniere’s disease?

Meniere’s disease is named after a French doctor, named Prosper Meniere, who first described this disease in 1860s. It is the disease of the middle ear, which typically affects one ear at a time.

The disease causes symptoms like vertigo, specific dizziness, in which a person feels like spinning, ringing in the ears, also known as tinnitus, hearing loss and a feeling of fullness and pressure inside the ears. The hearing loss, which is transient in the initial stages may become permanent eventually.

Meniere’s disease can happen to anyone, but it is most likely to happen to people between the age to 40 and 50 years. It is a chronic type of disease, which can be managed by treatment and some lifestyle changes. Sometimes, people diagnosed with Meniere’s disease  go into remission, within a few years after diagnosis.

 

Causes

The exact cause oh Meniere’s disease is still not known. It has been observed that the symptoms of Meniere’s disease  start to appear when there is excessive accumulation of endolymph inside the inner ear. It is still unknown, what is the cause of increase in endolymph.

Some of the causes that may be involved for the increase of fluid inside the inner ear and contribute in causing Meniere’s disease  may include-

  • Anatomical abnormalities or blockage, that may not allow proper drainage of the fluid from the inner ear.
  • Viral infection
  • Improper or abnormal immune response
  • Genetic predisposition

Meniere’s disease is believed to be caused by combination of two or more above factors.

 

Sign and symptoms

Sign and symptoms of Meniere’s disease are usually episodic, that may include-

  • Attacks of vertigo, that may last for a few minutes to 24 hours.
  • Hearing loss in the affected ear
  • Sensation of ringing i.e tinnitus, in the affected ear
  • Feeling of fullness in the affected ear
  • Difficulty in balancing
  • Headaches
  • Nausea, vertigo and sometime sweating, caused due to vertigo

Usually, a person does not get all these symptoms at once in an episode. But one or two symptoms that may be always present are vertigo, tinnitus, hearing loss or fullness inside the ear.

Most of the times people do not experience any symptom between the episodes of Meniere’sdisease. If the patient presents with any similar symptoms during the non episodic period, it may be caused by any other disease like labyrinthis, which have very similar presentation.

 

Complications

The most common complication of Meniere’s disease is prospect of hearing loss in future.  The unexpected episode of disease, increases the chance of accidents and falling due to sudden vertigo.

The disease may also affect the quality of life of a person by unexpectedly interrupting the life during the episode, causing fatigue and stress.

 

Diagnosis

To make the diagnosis as Meniere’sdisease, doctor will confirm certain requirements-

  • There should be two episodes of vertigo, each lasting for at least 20 minutes or longer, but below 12 hours
  • Confirming the hearing loss by doing hearing tests
  • Symptoms of tinnitus
  • Feeling of fullness in the affected ear
  • Tests to rule out the possibility of any other similar disease

 

Homeopathic treatment

Homeopathy has excellent scope in the treatment of Meniere’s disease. The effectivity of the medicines depend upon the intensity and duration of symptoms. The homeopathic medicines are very effective in controlling the progression of the disease. They can control the symptoms and reduce the episodes significantly.

Dr. Ashok Choudhary is the specialist in treating the cases of Meniere’s disease. His approach of treatment not only gives relief in the symptoms of the disease, but also help improve the quality of life for the patient.

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