Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Meniere’s disease and magnesium

I am always searching and reading about different ways that people have curtailed and helped alleviate their meniere’s disease. One of the things that I have come across lately is magnesium.
First of all magnesium is an important mineral that provides certain functions for the body. It transports energy. It helps produce protein and it is essential in the contraction and the relaxation of muscles.

Magnesium is found in many foods such as:

  • Bananas
  • Nuts
  • Beans
  • Grain

What is the connection between meniere’s and magnesium?

It seems that magnesium deficiency is linked with tinnitus, the ringing in the ears disorder commonly associated with meniere’s. It is also connected to migraines with are also associated with meniere’s. I have read conflicting reports as to how common magnesium deficiency is in the body. As with any supplements or vitamins, check with your doctor before taking them.

I suppose that you can put magnesium in with the alternative treatments for meniere’s and specifically tinnitus. I have read that many sufferers of Meniere’s’ disease have been helped with these types of treatments. So don’t be quick to write off anything just because someone says it doesn’t work.

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  1. Good points David. "Alternative" treatments should not be easily discounted. WE have seen success with nutrition. Also we have seen relief using other alternative methods such as acupunture, cranial adjustment etc............keep the posts coming, he more light that is shed on Meniere's the better.

  2. I know this post is almost 3 years old, but I just found out that "Nexium" causes magnesium deficiency. I was on Nexium and Omeprezole (which contains nexium ingredients) for about 10 years now. I stopped taking it two months ago because when my first Meniere's attacks occured, I stopped drinking alcohol regularly, and my reflux went away. So, yes I was diagnosed with unilateral Meniere's BUT I'm hoping supplementing and getting back to normal magnesium levels will help my body to self correct. I am so upset to find this out. It might have been prevented if #1, I knew that the reflux was directly tied to alcohol use, #2, my doctor told me about supplementing my magnesium while I was on Nexium. WE NEED TO BE OUR OWN HEALTH ADVOCATES. I'm learning that over and over now.

    1. I find this interesting. I've been taking Nexium, then Omeprazole, for several years now. Granted, my MD symptoms just started a little over 3 months ago, but I find and learn more and more by reading this blog and other sites. I did try going off the Omeprazole, but after 5 days, I ended up back on it. I found that most of the issue's I was having was from wheat products (intolerance, not allergy), but I'm a coffee die hard, and have myself down to 2 small cups in the morning and that's it (no other caffiene, mostly water) which probably doesn't help with my MD symptoms.