Patient Number 241 ——- Fiyaz Ahmad from Faisal Abad.
AOA. My son Anwar Ahmad, age 48 years , medium built body has a very strange illness. First of all, he feels vertigo. His body starts trembling. He complaints that his vision has become blurred. Some time he start vomiting, a sever vomiting which lasts for hours. Many time he fell down as if he has no control on his body. His uncle have a believe that my son is under control of Genii. He called a person who claims to be expert of removing Genii. That person carried his treatment but no relief. One of my friend told me that Homeopathic system of medicine can show some miracles in some illness. I would be very thankful if you prescribe a suitable medicine to cure the illness of my son.
Doctor’s reply .:
First of all, i would like to clear about Genii. Genii definitely exist but as for as your son’s illness is concerned, it is a very rare disease called ” Meniere’s Disease” and have no concern with Genii. This disease was first identified by a French Dr. Prosper Meniere (1799 – 1862 ). He claimed that inner ear could be the source of condition combining vertigo, hearing loss and Tinnitus, which is now known as “Meniere’s Disease. In this article we will discuss in details about it.
Table of contents”
- What is Meniere’s Disease?.
- Effect on brain.
- Can you live a normal life with the disease?.
- How long the disease lost?.
- How do you stop its attack?.
- What triggers the disease attack?.
- Any natural medication?.
- Food to avoid.
What is Meniere’s Disease?
Meniere’s Disease is a very rare inner ear condition that can cause vertigo, a strange type of dizziness, in which the patient feels as if he/she is spinning. The patient hear ringing or different sounds in the ear ( Tinnitus). Loss of hearing which comes and goes, a feeling of pressure in the ear, at worst, loss of body balance. Usually one ear is affected . Hearing loss can be permanent.
A French Doctor Prosper Meniere suggested in 1860 that symptoms come from the inner ear and not from the brain, as most people believed. The cause of Meniere’s Disease in not known. As the time passed, Doctors believe that they know how the symptoms of the disease happen. They describe it as follow:
“Fluid builds up inside a part of our inner ear called ” the Labyrinth” , which has a structure that helps with hearing and balance. The extra fluid interferes with the signals our brain receives, causing vertigo and hearing problems”
How people get Meniere’s is not clear. Researchers have several and different theories about what might affect the fluid in the inner ear.
Causes could be :
- Poor drainage —- because of blockage of an abnormal structure in the ear.
- Autoimmune response —- when our body’s defense system attacks healthy cells.
- Allergic reaction.
- Viral infection to the inner or middle of ear.
- Inherited tendency.
- Blow to the head. (Injury ).
- Migraine headaches.
- Alcohol use.
- Stress or anxiety.
- Side effects of certain medications.
It is quite possible that a combination of issues come together to cause Meniere’s.
Symptoms of Meniere’s Disease differ from person to person. Symptoms can appear suddenly. No fixed interval known, and how long will remain, not known. Sudden symptoms are considered as attack, which vary in length , usually last between 20 minutes to 24 hours. The following symptoms can occur during attack:
- Vertigo: —– the most obvious symptoms can include :
A spinning sensation , even a person is stationary.
- Irregular heartbeats.
It is very difficult to predict when a vertigo attack will occur. It is recommended to keep vertigo medication in hand all the times.
- Tinnitus: ——– It is hard to know when it will start, but mostly you hear when you are gong to sleep, or even during sleep. Following sounds are common :
1 – Ringing.
2 – Buzzing.
3 – Whistling.
4 – Roaring.
5 – Hissing.
A person with Meniere’s Disease may experienced rise and fall of hearing level. The patient will be more sensitive to loud sounds. At the time pass, the patient will have long term hear loss.
Anxiety, depression and stress:
Above psychological symptoms could develop to the patient of Meniere’s Disease. These symptoms can occur any time, without any alarm and can affect the ability to work. When a person lost hearing completely, he/she will find difficulty for social interaction, with family and friends.
Meniere’s disease has the following stages:
The Aura stage——- may include following symptoms:
1 – Headaches. 2 – Dizziness or vertigo. 3 – Increased ear pressure. 4 – Tinnitus 5 – Sensitivity to sounds.
6 – Hearing loss. 7 – Sensation of uneasiness.
The Early stage ——– These symptoms may appear:
1 – Tinnitus. 2 – Violent vertigo. 3 – Ear fullness.
4 – Fluctuating hearing loss.
The Attack stage : ——–A notorious stage for these symptoms:
1 – Uncontrolled eye jerking. 2 – Nausea and vomiting.
3 – Cold sweats. 4 – Anxiety and panic. 5 – Fast heart beat.
6 – Blurry vision. 7 – Trembling. 8 – Diarrhea.
9 – Heart palpitation.
In between attack stage : ———After attack stage, the patient will be tired and need to sleep for several hours to recover. many patients do not have any symptoms after they wake up. Some patients may have these symptoms:
1 – Fatigue or sleepiness. 2 – Appetite changes. 3 – Headaches.
4 – Heavy head sensation. 5 – Groping to find correct words to say.
6 – Feeling faint or lightheaded. 7 . Difficulty concentrating.
8 – Sound Distortion. 9 – Loss of self confidence. 10 – Anger.
11 – Vomiting. 12- Vision problems. 13 – Sudden falling.
14 – Walking problems.
The last stage of Meniere’s disease:
Patients may feel the following:
1 – Issues with vision and balance. 2 – Tinnitus 3 – Hearing loss.
Effect on Brain:
The extra fluid in the inner of ear interferes the signals our brain receive, causing vertigo and hearing problems.
Can you live a normal life with Meniere’s Disease?.
There in no cure for Meniere’s Disease, but your doctor can suggest the ways to manage your symptoms. Your Doctor can suggest to control the attacks by changing your diet. You must limit your salt intake.
How long the disease lost?
Since there is no cure for Meniere’s disease, it is a chronic disease and may persist for 30 years or more. Hearing loss goes through out the life. A hearing aid might be a solution ( consultation with a doctor is a must).
How do you stop Meniere’s attack?
It is almost impossible to stop Meniere’s attack. Some precautionary steps can help to prolong the attack. These steps are:
- Reduce salt in your diet.
- Stop smoking.
- Avoid alcohol and caffeine.
- Avoid exposure to loud noises.
- Manage stress.
- Be conscious at home and on the job to avoid falling or having an accident if you feel dizzy.
What triggers the disease attack?
Some Meniere’s patients experienced or find certain events and situations that can be the cause of attack. These situations include”
Stress, fatigue, overwork, emotional distress, additional illness, certain foods, pressure changes and too much salt in the diet.
Unfortunately up till now, researchers and scientists are unable to find a 100 % effective cure for Meniere’s Disease. Doctors usually advise the patients to take medications to reduce symptoms before attack. They advise the patients to keep the medication in easy approach.
When a Meniere’s disease patient hears or experience ringing or other noises in one or both ears , this is called Tinnitus. In Tinnitus, only the patient hears the sounds and other people do not hear. It is common in older adults. It is usually caused by age related hearing loss, an ear injury or a problem with the circulatory system.
In Homeopathy system of medicine , there is a medicine to reduce or eliminate the Tinnitus. Medicine name is ;
Carboneum Sulphuratum 200 —- Pour 5 drops of medicine in 1/2 glass of clean water and drink it when you hear sounds.
A personal experience;
About one year before, when i laid down to sleep, i hear a strange sound in my ears, Sound was like the sound of a small engine running and making a sound like ‘took took” continuously. The sounds volume increased day by day. I faced difficulty to sleep. I took 10 drops of a Homeo medicine named “Verbascum” mother tincture in 1/2 glass of water and drank it 2 times a day for 10 days. And sound of “took took” was gone.
Any natural remedies to cure Meniere’s disease ?
Some herbal such as Ginger root and Ginkgo Balboa may provide some relief from vertigo in some people. However, according to the NIDCD, no evidence support using herbal supplements and acupuncture to treat Meniere’s disease.
What can you NOT do with Meniere’s Disease ?
Avoid thing like coffee, tea, soda, energy drinks, chocolate and diet pills. Caffeine will excite the nervous system and make migraines and tinnitus worse . Eat a low sodium diet. Sodium causes fluid retention and can make symptoms worse in inner ear.
Food to avoid:
- Processed foods such as smoked meats, bacon, hot dogs, sausage, ham and salami.
- Most canned foods, unless the label indicates low or no sodium added.
- Packaged foods , macaroni, , cheese and rice mixed.
- Olives, pickles and sauerkraut.
- Soy and Worcestershire sauces.
I do hope you will be now well aware of your son’s illness. I pray to All-Mighty Allah to bless your son with a smooth life.