Menier’s Disease
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1)

What is the cause of Meniere Disease?

The causes are as follows-

• Head injury

• Middle or inner ear infection

• Allergies

• Alcohol use

• Smoking

• Respiratory infection

• Past illness of ear problem

• History of inner ear problems in the family

• Migraine

• Stress

• Family history

• Fatigue

• Viral illness

• Motion sickness

2)What can trigger an attack of Meniere disease?

Meniere’s disease is a effective condition that results in severe vertigo, tinnitus, a feeling of fullness in the affected ear, and hearing loss. Since these symptoms are so severe and seem to be able to strike at any time, it is important to understand what may trigger an attack.

3) Can Meniere’s Disease go away on its own?

The middle stage of  Meniere ’s disease consists of continuing attacks of vertigo, with the attacks becoming less severe. Tinnitus and hearing loss often become worse. During the middle stage, you may experience some periods of remission (where your symptoms go away), which can last for up to several months.

4) Can you fly if you have Meniere’s Disease?

Most people have no difficulty at all with flying and many report feeling better for the experience. … If your main problem when flying is severe ear pain, it is not related to your Meniere’s, but is caused by a difference in the pressure in the middle ear and the cabin.

5) What not to eat when you have Meniere’s?

Avoiding eating foods or fluids that are high in sodium. High salt intake results in fluctuations in the inner ear fluid pressure and may increase your symptoms. Aim for a diet high in fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains and avoid canned and processed foods. Keep sodium intake consistent from day to day.

6) Can Meniere Disease be cured?

No cure exists for Meniere’s disease, but a number of treatments can help reduce the severity and frequency of vertigo episodes. There are no treatments for the hearing loss that occurs with Meniere’s disease. All of the treatments — some conservative, some aggressive — are to stop the spells of vertigo.

7) Can you drive a car if you have Meniere’s Disease?

If you are a driver, you must stop driving if Meniere’s disease is diagnosed. This is because you may have sudden attacks of vertigo. So be careful

8) Can Meniere’s be caused by stress?  

It is not known whether stress and anxiety cause symptoms or whether Meniere’s  disease leads to stress and anxiety.

9) Is Meniere’s disease fatal?

No one knows exactly what causes it, but it may be related to a buildup of fluid in the inner ear. Although it can be troublesome, Meniere’s disease is not contagious, and it isn’t fatal. Meniere’s disease is a chronic (ongoing) problem.

10) Is Meniere’s a disability?

Because of the severe nature of the vertigo associated with Meniere’s disease, it can be hazardous for those suffering from it to be in a work environment.

11) Is there surgery for MD?

Endolymphatic sac surgery controls vertigo in 60-90% of patients, it has a low risk of hearing loss, and it can improve the patient’s hearing over time.

12) How long do Meniere’s attack last?

Symptoms usually begin with the feeling of pressure in the ear, followed by tinnitus, hearing loss and vertigo. These episodes will last anywhere from 20 minutes to four hours. People with Meniere’s will generally experience episodes in clusters with long periods of remission.

13) How do you test for Meniere disease?

The diagnosis of melioidosis is made with a microscopic evaluation of a blood, urine, sputum, or skin-lesion sample in the laboratory. A blood test is useful to detect early acute cases of melioidosis, but it cannot exclude the illness if it is negative.

14) Is there a difference between vertigo and Meniere disease?

Meniere’s disease is a condition where the membranes and structures within the inner ear contain too much fluid and become distended. Its cause is not well understood, but Meniere disease has a classic trio of symptoms: fluctuating hearing loss in one ear, vertigo and tinnitus (ringing in the ears).

15) How long do the symptoms last?

Attacks can last an average of 2 to 4 hours. Symptoms include vertigo, dizziness, nausea, and a progressive loss of hearing. The exact causes of Ménière’s disease are not known.

16)What is the treatment?

Medications. Your doctor may prescribe medications to take during attacks of vertigo.  These may include motion sickness and anti-nausea medications.

Non-invasive therapies and procedures.  Your doctor may recommend vestibular rehabilitation, cognitive behavioral therapy, a hearing aid.

Injections. Your doctor may inject mediations directly into your ear.  These medications may include antibiotics and steroids.

Surgery. If your vertigo attacks are debilitating, your doctor may even recommend surgery.  Procedures include endolymphatic sac procedure (removing small portion of bone over the endolymphatic sac), vestibular nerve resection (cutting the vestibular nerve), and labyrinthectomy (removing a portion of the inner ear associated with balance).

Lifestyle changes: Your doctor may recommend that you change your diet or reduce your stress to help improve your symptoms.

What are the complications?

  • Inability to walk or perform activities due to uncontrollable vertigo
  • Hearing loss on the affected side
  • Dizziness
  • Buzzing or roaring in ears
  • Accidents while driving

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