Sunday, June 24, 2012

Jaw pain and Meniere’s disease

In the past I have written about my dental problems especially having some of my teeth extracted.  It seems to only make sense that a tooth ache could cause issues with balance, tinnitus and possibly ear problems. And of course there may be a Meniere’s disease connection as well.  Sam, a regular commenter, sent me a link from which talks about temporomandibular joint disorder. The temporomandibular joint” is the area directly in front of the ear on either side of the head where the upper jaw (maxilla) and lower jaw (mandible) meet.”

I know when I have dental problems or the muscles in my face are sore this leads to ear pain, headaches and lately tinnitus. There was also another email from Liz this week who described the problems she had with pain around her face that lead to some rather serious issues as well as dealing with fibromyalgia.

For me it seemed to affect every system in my body. Tinnitus, ear fullness so much fluid gathering around my face that it impacted on my teeth and they would crack in high winds or supermarket air and eventually fall out or my dentist would pull out remarkably healthy teeth. betahistine and BFZ (diuretic helps enormously but barometric pressure at extreme is a nightmare. low blanket cloud with wind and high clear pressure trigger attacks and also I cannot wear glasses to san or read as attack is immediate and i have to lie down before I fall down and throw up.
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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Exercise, tinnitus and Meniere’s disease

I have been sick the past week with bronchitis, which is something I really dread because of the coughing, wheezing and the lack of sleep that comes with it. Although it hasn’t brought on a Meniere’s disease attack (keeping my fingers crossed!) I have definitely been lightheaded enough to be concerned. One thing that I have noticed in the past week is bout of tinnitus.  In the spring when I was sick I heard the same kind of soft pounding noise.  But it seems that tinnitus comes in different sound on different occasions.

This past week I got an email from Richard of Miami about his experience with tinnitus and exercising. Here is part of the letter…

I notice that every time I go to the gym and have what for me is a good workout, by the time I drive home, I have a rather loud humming on the right side of my head coming mainly from inside my right ear. I think the doctor once told me that was just another form of tinnitus, the most common form being that high-pitched never-ending tone, which I have in my left ear. Do you think there's a connection between exercise and this humming form of tinnitus, and if so, can anything be done about it? Have you yourself ever experienced this phenomenon?

I wonder if the movement of exercising somehow causes the inner ear mechanisms to cause this type of tinnitus, I’m not really sure.

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Sunday, June 10, 2012

Histamine intolerance and Meniere’s disease

A common thread on this Meniere’s disease blog is the connection between this disorder and allergies. I continue to see comments from folks who suffer from both. One of the comments came from Kelly this week.

Comment from Kelly Hi everyone; I've been suffering from Meniere’s for two years. Constant vertigo and vision issues, neck pains and everything else. I'm currently investigating histamine intolerance. It is recognized in Europe as a disease but not in America. Meniere’s is listed as a secondary symptom of histamine intolerance. Google it and learn all about it. It's worth trying.
Good luck and God bless you all!!

According to webmd dot com histamine is a naturally occurring substance that is released by the immune system after being exposed to an allergen. Histamine is responsible for many of the symptoms of an allergy. And naturally an antihistamine is the mmedication that prevents symptoms of congestion, sneezing and itchy, runny nose by blocking histamine receptors.

From what I have read histamine intolerance can bring about allergy like symptoms, which is initially caused by eating certain foods that contain histamines.

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Saturday, June 2, 2012

Ongoing battle with depression and Meniere’s

The emotional aspects of Meniere’s disease is something that I have touched upon in several posts over the years, mainly because it is an important issue and one that has been a real problem for me. Stress, anxiety and depression are common and understandable with anyone who has experienced this terrible disorder.  Even today I still have an ongoing battle with depression.

Depression has been a problem for me for many years, way before Meniere’s disease entered my life. Through counseling and medication I thought that I had it under control until a few years ago when I had my first Meniere’s attack.  The fear that came with Meniere’s and the stark reality of how it was going to change my life made the depression much worse. Probably the one thing that it affected me the most was not being able to work. Luckily my social security disability came through which did relieve some of the pressure financially but not completely.

So how am I going to deal with it? I might go back to counseling in the near future, I’m not sure but it is definitely something that I would consider because you have to do whatever you need to get better. 

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