Sunday, February 14, 2010

Meniere’s disease diet

When you are finally diagnosed with Meniere’s disease the first thing that the doctor will talk about is lowering your salt intake. At least that is what the doctor told me. The general idea, at least it used to be, was that meniere’s could be controlled by eating or not eating certain things, a Meniere’s disease diet.

I have written in the past about how salt is supposed to be bad for you if you have meniere’s. The inner ear has membranes that contain fluid (Hydrops) which help with the sensory cells. If you don’t have any problems with your inner ear the amount of salt and sugar that you intake will have no influence over how much fluid there is and the amount of fluid is important because too much can cause the problems that you see with meniere’s disease. For a more detailed explanation see Dr. Hain’s website.


Of course there is also controversy as to whether this is the actual cause of Meniere’s disease. Many believe that is caused by a virus as opposed to the excessive Hydrops. I tended to believe that until recently. The past month or so I have been getting that feeling that you get when an attack is about to come on. It has been happening more and more. Coincidently I have been eating out at fast food places more the past couple of months. Is there a connection I don’t know but if ever did any research on fast food you would see that it is very high in sodium. I have also been eating a lot of candy lately too. I don’t know why but my eating habits have been poor and my meniere’s seems to be getting worse.

I am going to make a conscious effort to watch my diet and see if that is going to help any. I hope because the meds that I am taking are really making me tired.

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9 comments:

  1. Hi David,
    I was just blogging about my similar circumstance. After weeks of feeling good and thinking my meds are really working, I've had several Off Episodes during the past week. Thankfully, nothing has developed into full-blown vertigo but still. It could be one of three things for me, one of which is a conscious slacking off from the rigid low-sodium diet I've been on. I'm back to being vigilant about salt. Let's give it a couple weeks and compare notes. In a way, I hope it is sodium. As much as I hate to give up the copious quantities of cheese I was known for eating, at least I'd have some answers and a solid plan of attack. Plus, I lost 7 pounds on the lo-so diet.

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  2. that sounds good I hope that I can keep away from the fast foods and all that sodium.
    David

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  3. similar problems here except that salt is not a trigger for me. however, i've been comparing notes with another sufferer who lives an hour or so away and our symptoms seem to coincide with the weather. where i live, it's been crazy. snow, then sun, then snow again, then windy days (like today). this constant back and forth has really seemed to aggravate both of us.

    good luck to both of you!

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  4. I definitely think that the barometric pressure affects my symptoms. The other thing I noticed is that wine, particularly wine with high amount of sulfites, make my ear fill up. I always have the ringing but the fullness and pressure is what exhausts me. Also, since we are talking food and diets, I can no longer eat Chinese food. I think msg might have something to do with it too.

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  5. The snow doesn't bother me as much as the rain, especially a cold rain.
    And I know what you mean about Chinese food, I love it but I know that it isn't good for my meniere's.
    David

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  6. interesting side note...i just had some bloodwork done for weakness, fatigue, light-headedness, etc and it showed i was very very low on vitamin D. i now have to go on a regimen to get my levels up. it will take at least 14 weeks to see if it works, but i'm curious to know what effect, if any, it will have on my meniere's. i see my ENT tomorrow and plan on asking him.

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  7. Nicki,
    Let us know how it works out
    David

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  8. interesting note...i too am very low on Vitamin D and have been prescribed 50,000 units once a week for eight weeks I'm so unsure about taking it as wonder if it makes my ears full I'm stuck for a week...and the fullness in the ears is the worst and most exhausting of Meniere's I wear a hearing aid that's not the worst the fullness is exhausting

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  9. That is interesting, the fullness in your ears must be pretty bad
    thanks for commenting and stay in touch
    DAvid

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