6 Strategies for Coping with Meniere’s Disease
- By Dizzy & Vertigo Institute
- May 31, 2021
Dietary ChangesWhat you choose to consume is perhaps the most important factor in Meniere’s symptoms. The most common symptom triggers are caffeine, chocolate, alcohol, and salt. Thus, avoiding or limiting these goes a long way in reducing symptoms. If you’re dependent on caffeine in the morning to find your focus, then you might try natural alternatives such as Vitamin B12, ginseng, and even calming music. Adopting a low-salt diet (1,500-2,000 mg per day) is extremely important. The more salt you consume, the more water that your body retains. There’s evidence suggesting that this high water retention correlates to aural fullness – one of the common Meniere’s symptoms. Eat whole foods (preferably non-GMO and organic) instead of processed foods. This is a generally healthy practice with loads of benefits. Additionally, it’s worth getting an allergy test done to see if you have any hidden food allergies. Food allergies and sensitivities are known to cause acute migraines and even tinnitus.
Vestibular RehabilitationVestibular rehabilitation exercises are designed to help retrain your brain to account for the balance abnormalities in your system. The goal is to retrain the ability of the ears, eyes, muscles and brain to process balance information correctly. A provider such as an audiologist or physical therapist with a vestibular background can provide at-home exercises customized to you to improve the lingering imbalance between attacks.
Healthy HabitsNo matter your condition, general healthy habits can have a significant impact on one’s day to day experience. Some of these healthy habits include:
- Get plenty of sleep on a regular schedule.
- Exercise frequently with whatever level of activity you can handle without triggering symptoms.
- Remain consistent with the time and amount of food you consume daily being sure not to skip any meals.
- Adequate fluid intake throughout the day is necessary including water and juice (low-sugar), especially to replenish fluids secondary to hot climates and physical exercise.
- Manage your stress levels by finding relaxation techniques you can do anytime and anywhere.
- Accept that restful time is medicine, not laziness.
MedicationsThere are a variety of medications that may be recommended for specific symptoms of Meniere’s Disease. Some of them include:
- Motion sickness drugs: These medications include meclizine (Antivert) and diazepam (Valium). These are meant to alleviate the spinning sensation that vertigo causes, as well as the nausea and vomiting.
- Drugs for nausea: Prochlorperazine (Compazine) is an effective medication for treating nausea during an episode of vertigo.
- Diuretics: These drugs reduce fluid retention in the body. For Ménière’s Disease, doctors might prescribe a combination of triamterene and hydrochlorothiazide (Dyazide or Maxzide).
- Aspirin is known to cause tinnitus and should be avoided.