Meniere's Disease in Fort Worth
Meniere's disease is an inner ear condition that can result in episodes of feeling a sensation of spinning (vertigo). In addition to the spinning type feeling, you also can have hearing loss that often fluctuates with a progressive decline, and at times a permanent loss of hearing with ringing in the ears (tinnitus). Many times there is also a fullness type feeling or a pressure sensation in your ear, much like a change in pressure you experience when flying in an aircraft or being under water.
In most of the cases we see, Meniere's disease in Fort Worth will tend to affect only one ear or one side. For a diagnosis of Meniere's to be made the 'triad' described above and below must be present: Loss of hearing, ringing in the ear (tinnitus) and/or fullness as well as vertigo, or the feeling of spinning or shifting of one's visual horizon suddenly without any type of warning at times.
Meniere's disease can occur at any age, but it usually starts from around the age of 20 into age 50 or later. It is a chronic condition, and is viewed as not having a "cure" in the medical literature. Different approaches or types of treatments can help relieve these symptoms and also minimize the impact on your life long-term. However, upper cervical care offers hope.
Fort Worth Chiropractor Provides The Signs and Symptoms of Meziere's - The Triad
- Episodes of spinning (vertigo). A sensation that you are spinning around the room or that the room is spinning around you. It can begin and then stop suddenly. These bouts of spinning occur without any warning and can usually last anywhere from 20 minutes up to several hours, but typically will not occur more than 24 hours at a time. When the vertigo is severe it can cause nausea and vomiting.
- Loss of hearing. Loss in hearing with Meniere's disease may come and go, particularly early on in the manifestation of the disorder. Eventually, most sufferers can have some permanent hearing loss.
- Ringing in the ear (tinnitus). Tinnitus is the perception of a ringing, or roaring (sea shell sound), a buzzing or a high hissing sound or a whistling in your ear.
- Feeling of fullness in the ear. People with Meniere's disease often feel pressure in the affected ears (known as an aural fullness).
It goes without saying that this condition can be life changing. Some sufferers can find it difficult to leave their home, drive or even walk. It can lead to significant changes in one's life, in their activities of daily living (ADLs), their attitude, and it may cause depression and even feelings of hopelessness.
There has been extensive research in the field of specific upper cervical chiropractic that shows that a small misalignment in the upper cervical region (just under the skull at the very top of the neck) or the craniocervical junction (CCJ) can produce altered nerve impulses, interruption of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), changes in vascularity and inner ear function resulting in the symptoms collectively called Meziere's. Michael Burton, DC in Grand Rapids, MI has found a solid relationship between specific types of misalignment in the CCJ and Meziere's, which has been published.
This research includes over 800 papers that concludes this misalignment can have a direct effect on an individuals hearing and balance. Again, this research has identified certain directional misalignments that are common with this condition, down to the direction or side and other characteristics of the anatomical shift. We have seen these particular misalignments and characteristics as well in our practice.
At Upper Cervical Clinic of North Texas, we provide the service that specifically addresses the upper cervical spine in such a way that removes the pressure at the brain stem, that can affect the cranial nerves involved, with cranial nerves VIII and IX (Vestibular and Cochlear) being the primary ones involved in the manifestation of Ménière's.
With the use of our state-of-the-art instrumentation, we are able to measure whether or not this upper cervical pressure is present, and if so, with the use of exacting imaging we are able to measure the location and the degree of misalignment.
Typically, only a well trained upper cervical specific practitioner is able to take these images properly and deliver the correction necessary in such a specific manor described in the research. This is the difference in precise corrections and non-specific manipulations. There is never any forcing or pulling of any kind and never a pop or crack is felt with these corrections.
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