Sunday, May 10, 2009

What caused my Meniere's disease?

One of my earliest blog posts I described how I started to get dizzy after a car accident. From there the attacks became more frequent and more severe. Well I don’t really know if the Meniere’s was caused by the accident.

The first ENT that I went to that discussed the possibility that I had Meniere’s disease didn’t think that the accident had caused my illness. He explained that since the accident wasn’t that bad and the fact that the bone around the ear is very hard, the impact probably didn’t cause my meniere’s. But to me it seemed more than a coincidence that the attacks started after the accident.

There are a lot of possible causes for MM.

The main theory about what brings on MM is the excess fluid buildup in the within the inner ear (labyrinth) which is made of 2 parts the bony labyrinth and the membranous labyrinth. The membranous labyrinth is filled with a liquid called endolymph that connects with nerve receptors which in turn sends balance information to the brain. If the volume of endolymph isn’t consistent, than the messages that are send to the brain could be inaccurate. This is why you have to cut back on sodium. The salt that you intake can increase the volume of endolymph in your inner ear. This is also the reason that diuretics are prescribed.

Is this the only reason? No, according to Dr. Hain of Chicago, immune diseases, viruses, head injuries and other possible reasons can also be attributed to Meniere’s disease. Click on the following link to find out more information from Dr. Hain.

Remember that MM is illness that is still a bit of a mystery. So don’t think that every case of MM can be tracked back to a disruption of the endolymph fluid in your inner ear.

Of course I still don’t know what caused my Meniere’s disease.


  1. Have you considered Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo? If movement brings on dizziness it could be that. It can also be initially triggered by a sudden head motion.

    Also, find out the exact tone of your tinnitus. Meniere’s related tinnitus seems to be around 300Hz. If it is high pitch, it is not Meniere’s.

    Good Luck!!

  2. Stuart,
    I was tested for vertigo and unfortunately it wasn't that. At least with vertigo it is easier to take care of.
    thanks for the comment and stay in touch