Sunday, October 21, 2012

Vitamin B and Meniere’s disease

Taking vitamins on a daily basis has become very popular for many folks and that is definitely a good thing. There also seems to be a lot of meniere’s sufferers that take vitamins as well. Does it help with the meniere’s, I don’t know but many think it does.  We had some great comments recently about this same subject. In one comment vitamin B was discussed.

This is from JohnH …

Dr. Miles Atkinson was an otologist who did extensive research on Meniere's disease in the mid 20th century. I have only read snippets of his papers. I can not comment on the quality of his science. He was a faculty member at NYU. He believed that Meniere's had its roots in a chronic vitamin B complex deficiency which lead to dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system (ANS). The ANS is incredibly complex and could aid to explain the perplexing array of Meniere's symptoms and associations. Dr. Atkinson reported successful treatment of Meniere's patient's with high dose B vitamins. B vitamins are water soluble and B-12 are poorly absorbed via the GI tract.

That is really interesting although I don’t think that I have seen anyone else talking about vitamin B as something that controls or relieves Meniere’s disease. 

You have to be careful taking vitamins and supplements always check with your doctor to see if there may be any potential problem.

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  1. I take B-12, not for my Menieres, but from a broken back and nerve damage a number of years ago.
    If I stop taking it, I have violent muscle spasms.
    I can see how it could help with the Meniere's too.

  2. Well I've been taking multivitamins & minerals for a few months now, this includes vitamin B. I've doing fine for the last two months and a half, but I couldn't say if this is due to the vitamins or just coincidence. I also take Omega-3.

  3. I have always taken a multi-vitamin. I started taking a B-complex vitamin as well about a year ago, and was still taking it when my MD symptoms began, so I can say it hasn't done anything for me. Still taking it, though.

  4. Dr. Atkinson apparently reported success in some MD patients by treating with niacin (vitamin B3). I personally take a high dose liquid B complex preparation which includes a variety of different B vitamins. Here is a list of Dr. Atkinson references obtained through PubMed. Unfortunately, they are too old to include abstracts. A local medical library should have these articles for anyone interested. If I can get my hands on any of them I will let you know. (btw: I wonder if my local ENT, a purported specialist in MD, had even heard of this guy. If he had he didn't pass along the info. He only suggested salt restriction, which personally did me not one iota of good. He actually said to me when delivering the diagnosis ... "well, at least you have two ears" ... LOL ... he was telling the truth, but .... gee-whiz ... probably a good thing he isn't an oncologist.


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    Ménière's syndrome; its investigation and management. ATKINSON M. Med Times. 1951 May;79(5):255-64.

    Ménière's syndrome; observations on vitamin deficiency as the causative factor; the general disturbance. ATKINSON M. Arch Otolaryngol. 1950 Feb;51(2):149-64, illust.

    Ménière's syndrome; observations on vitamin deficiency as the causative factor; the cochlear disturbance. ATKINSON M.
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