47 Replies to “25 Lifestyle Changes that Improve Meniere’s Disease”

  1. WOW! Excellent information! A month ago Menieres came blazing back into my life with a vengeance. I did go to the ENT doctor, but more importantly I found as much info as possible and changed my lifestyle immediately. Using the exact techniques outlined in this video. I literally walked away from my old lifestyle. Really watching my sodium, eliminating caffeine, nicotine, alcohol and white sugar. Journaling. Walking. Watching my Stress. 2 weeks later I am feeling REALLY good. Like I may actually have a life again! WOW! I already did meditate and eat many organic/pasteurized foods prior to the Menieres diagnosis. I am fixing to be the very best version of myself. I have more energy! Thanks so much for this video that highlights what YOU can do to get your life back! It is incredible. All you need to know in one tight little package. Much love to all!

  2. Thank you for creating this content. I wish this type of info had been out there when I was first diagnosed!

  3. As a person who has been dealing with menieres for over 28 years now, this is all every helpful for anyone who's dealing with this syndrome. Thanks for all the great work you do here!

  4. It's funny you mentioned a cup of coffee it took me a long time to realize that was what was triggering my symptoms.

  5. Sodium on its own, is not always or necessarily a trigger. But, like he said, avoid big loads of too much. All but home made pizza is out. In the U.S., avoiding sodium at high levels is nearly impossible because it is hidden in so much food. 27 years ago, when it began for me, it was hard Now, they pump more sodium into processed foods more then ever. Forget about ALL fast food.
    Caffeine is a big trigger. Chocolate is a big trigger. Just, drop them both. Forever!
    Tyramine, found in leftovers and fermented foods, is a trigger. (Yes, most people do not know this yet.) Avoid all cheese except farmers (fresh) cheese! Avoid fermented foods like kimchee, tap beer, red wine (or all wine), and all the many other fermented foods. Meat left over in the fridge also has tyramine. Best to eat it all at once and do not store it long. There is tyramine in some vegetables but, for the most part, it is so low, you can ignore it.
    There is one thing you cannot ever avoid: pressure changes due to seasonal changes in the weather. Fall tends to be the worst. Spring can also be pretty bad. Mid winter is a toss up. Summer (except for the heat and humidity) is usually the best but STAY HYDRATED. Indeed, be sure to drink water. Not to excess but, have glass in the morning, one at lunch, one at dinner, and maybe 2-4 more during the day, depending on how much water you loose (heat, dryness of winter, exercise).
    The low sleep temp is also great advice! Also keep your thermostat at 69 or lower (67/66) during winter (put on a sweater! drink decafe tea [warning: it has caffeine in it! if you have any sensitivity to caffeine, you may have to give that up too!]) and then, you can cool it in summer at 72 or higher (versus 78+, which can be a trigger). Also use a humidifier during dry months. Keep your sinuses and middle ear happy. It helps.
    Wash your face before bed and splash with cold water to remove pollutants.
    Bath at least ever 2-3 days. Bathing every day might be too much and drys you out. Use moisturizer on your skin. Cetaphyl is non comedogenic (no zits). Worth the extra cost. Use the lotion.
    Take a vitamin D supplement in winter months. 400-1000 IU. However, have your GP do a vitamin D test. They might want to hit you with a big dose (x2) to get it back up if really low. Which, for most of us in winter, trapped in our homes sick, it is!
    OK, that is not all of it but, that is a quick 27 years of living with it has taught me. Be sure to go to a research and teaching university medical center ENT or otolaygology clinic for a definitive diagnosis. Also see a neurologist there too. Almost for sure, MD is also vestibular migraine or tightly interacting. There are a number of drug options for that. Verapamil is most common but also some other serotonin inhibitors and other options your neurologist can help you with.
    The absolute best time to try out a new drug is when you are not in a period of attacks. A new drug can cause things to be worse. But, going on a low low dose of something when not feeling so bad, often will result in much better results.
    BTW: you absolutely do not need to have a scan of your head. This is a bad ENT or other doctor covering all the bases. But it is costly and most of the time, shows nothing. Using proper skill and diagnostic methods, a skilled ENT and neurologist, can tell what you have. A GP and younger doctors with less experience, cannot. So go to that research and teaching hospital!

  6. i had dizziness and imbalance started 3 years ago and my vertigo attacks started 2 years ago now had my last attack 11 months ago now i don't feel vertigo but when will my dizziness and imbalance go away ? i cant do anything cant even go to office or do any reproductive work

  7. Going through possible diagnosis with my husband now and while I'm no trying to speculate (it's really hard not to) I will become informed! Google is a scary place and while I knew what meniere's was (husband has a family member with it) I had not delved into the topic. I have noticed that there is a lack of information for helping family members with this diagnosis. I'd love to hear your wife's perspective and advice for someone who loves an individual with this diagnosis. How did she help you, when did she know when to just back off and let you have your bad days etc. I have garnered much respect for this community as I learn. Thank you!

  8. Thank you so much for this video and your Channel. Since Thanksgiving 2014, I have had three vertigo attacks, spread out over the three years. My hearing has not been affected but diet definitely plays a factor on how I am feeling day to day which is often hard to explain but the closest I can explain it is like being on a boat that is anchored, with mild seas. Can one have Meniere's without hearing loss? I haven't been officially diagnosed with Meniere's but based on what I have read in the comments and doing a little research, what I have experienced seems like more than just crystals dislodging in my ear and labyrinthitis.

  9. Nice video. I started taking a daily 50mg magnesium supplement and haven't had any attacks and very little vertigo symptoms (occasional imbalance but hardly noticeable) for over 2 years in case anyone wants to try it. I mentioned it to an ENT and they told me if it works for me that's great and that there were no side effects to a magnesium supplement. I guess there is some speculation that the vertigo could be an electrolyte imbalance that the magensium helps.

  10. the evil food additive MSG is one of my primary triggers… cut this chemical out of  your diet completely!  NO MORE DORITOS, CHEETOS, some Chinese food, etc.  Be vigilant and READ LABELS!!!  you'd be surprised how many products include MSG!

  11. You have been such a help. I'm 22 and was just diagnosed with Menieres. It has completely changed my life. I have been hospitalized 4 times. My longest episode was 9 hours vomiting 20-30 times. I have not been able to drive since last October. I am trying to not get down, but I cannot go on with my normal life. These videos have been so helpful.

  12. Thank you so much for posting these videos. I was recently diagnosed with Menieres and as most of us have found out there is very little support. I've felt so helpless and lonely. My life has changed so drastically so fast, panic attacks and depression have set it but your videos bring hope. Thank you!

  13. Thank you for making this video. For me, stress is a huge trigger. So creating a lifestyle to minimize stressors would be helpful as well as getting adequate sleep like you mentioned.

  14. Sleep? What if your sleeping pills don't work anymore? I've had my dosage increased twice, and still keep waking up throughout the night. This is resulting in a loss of energy for everything, and of course recurring symptoms. And no, it's not stress and worry keeping me awake… I can't stay asleep… and by the time morning arrives, I am more exhausted than when I went to bed.

  15. I would never recommended "grassfed" pigs, cows…to eat. With sodium, cut out animal flesh, I'd cut that out before ANYTHING.

  16. Please search upper cervical chiropractor. This disease is due to neck misalignment. Only upper cervical can help fix this. I also have this disease and all my symtoms such as dizziness , ringing in the ear, blurry vision, head pressure, facial numbness all reduced significant after one adjustment ftom upper cervical. There r only 100 chiropractor in the U.S, so good luck searching

  17. Excellent information. Thank you so much. I was recently diagnosed and am on a roller coaster of emotions and “trigger” symptoms. I’m going to be vigilant on my new life style for the sake of my health. I only wish there really was a support group.

  18. Thank you so much for this information. Just at the beginning of the process of assessment but I am sure this will be helpful. Excellent information.

  19. Great info, my daughter is suspected to have Meniere's diseases, we are waiting for the appointment to confirm. However, she also has POTS (among many other things), which requires a high sodium diet – because it is a heart disease, she had to make the decision to basically take care of her heart or her hearing, which obviously meant her heart first. Now, I am going to see, if she can get a lot of the other trickers out of her life. I am hoping she will feel overall better – once all of her meds and lifestyle changes are balanced to its best level. Blessings!

  20. Any tips on decreasing stress in high school, especially when you have too much homework to do in one night, or teachers that stress you out. Because I'm finding that to be a really big trigger for me.

  21. I have to disagree with using the treadmill. I learn in Vestibular rehab. That the treadmill can cause an attack. Walking is the best exercise. Please ask your doctor about what exercises is safe for you condition.

  22. I’m a Ménière’s sufferer since 2013. My disease came on hard and fast, during my radiology residency. I was having attacks like every four days, pasting 8 hours plus. I tried everything. Sodium restriction( I became a vegan for a few months), DIuretics, transtympanic steroid injections(2 treatments of 6 total injections),oral steroids. Finally I have an endolymphatic sac decompression and it significantly helped my vertigo episodes decrease in duration and frequency. I do have a significant hearing deficit though. My right ear has become virtually deaf and I have moderate loss on the left.

    I appreciate you sublimating the trauma of this horrible disease and attempting to help others. I made a video blog throughout my first year with the disease, similar to yours. I received emails from across the world, both emotionally supporting people and explaining aspects of the disease and potential treatments. It was therapeutic. I’m proud of it.

    I have since deleted these videos, though, so that potential employers wouldn’t know I was affected. Perhaps you can post a video about that. There are many moral and legal issues to explore.

    Also, anything concrete on barometric pressure, temperature and dew point and their effects on the inner ear would be welcomed.

    Brian Manfredi, Saratoga Springs.

  23. I wake up at 10 a.m. with vertigo I sleep sitting straight up, which is not good for your back, I close my eyes and wait a few minutes and if it doesn't go away, I force myself to get out of bed and walk down the hallway grabbing the walls and door knobs as I go and it takes about an hour and a half for the feeling to go away. I take the pills I'm supposed to and then the pacing starts, and I Pace until 5 a.m. when I am so exhausted I can finally go sit straight up in my bed and go to sleep for about 6 hours and then I'm up again. I don't eat fast food. I don't eat pork because its salty, I don't eat chips or Doritos or anything like that. But I have found that Morton salt put stabilizers calcium silicate in the salt to keep it from clumping. When I cook with it I get vertigo. So I switched to Pink Himalayan salt which has no stabilizers and you use a lot less because it's salty. And yes you are correct an overabundance of sugar will bring on a bout of vertigo. I haven't had a donut in 5 years and I took one bite and went into vertigo about an hour later. Seems to me this disease wants you to be a vegan who does nothing but drink water and exercise, because It obviously doesn't want you to go to work. Or go anywhere fun or drive too long in a car basically it just turns you into a agoraphobic vegan. Sorry I'm so bitter it's been a long time. I've been to every doctor I've tried every diet I've tried acupuncture I've tried manipulations I've been ENTs, Specialists of every kind apparently there's nothing wrong with me except the fact that I can't get off the floor stop throwing up or see straight, but hey according to them everything is fine. I hate the fact that so many people have this and yet how much money is dumped into fixing it every year? Not a lot.

  24. And I know it's really important to get your sleep and I normally do not sleep 6 hours it's about 4 but my vertigo rips me right out of my sleep. And I don't know why it keeps happening while I'm asleep since I'm not moving and I have my head perfectly positioned between 2 pillows so it cant move.

  25. For me cutting coffee, chocolate, sleep a lot, watch diet, worked really well for me. my only problem is that because i cant change my work (cook), the stress, anxiety, standing up work, with a lot of noise continuing for 4 years changed my menieres, and currently i´m diagnosed with menieres and PPPD… currently starting a long term sick leave, and i dont know what to do.

  26. I've suffered from dizziness and head pressure since January 2018 with no diagnosis from a doctor, but realistically its most likely this condition. I'm currently on betahistine, doctor prescribed it to me, im on day 4 of it but I think it wont work, I think im going to try cut down on sodium based foods as at this point I have done so many things to try and rid this horrible illness that I am starting to lose hope, I find it hard to stay positive throughout this period as I am 21 and many of my friends my age don't understand how it affects me. Generally ive seen on all these videos that people's vertigo seem to be a lot worse than mine, mine generally more feels like plane turbulence, and its never seem to make me fall over or anything, but whenever im sitting or lying down or walking I experience the symptoms. I generally just feel so depressed about it all and don't know if it'll ever end. If anybody could respond to me just to talk about this with me as I am yet to talk to anybody experiencing similar symptoms I would massively appreciate it as this whole thing has caused depersonalization, anxiety and panic attacks and much more stuff. I feel like it'd just help me cope better if I can talk to people that are going through the same thing

  27. I don't know if I have Menieres,but I I have been suffering from vertigo for 18 months now.It is so devastatingly stressful.My worst attack was 9 hours of vomiting lying on my bed.Another time I was 10 hours on the kitchen floor with no vomiting.I always get a sense of tightness in my head like my brain is being squished.Also I have never in my life suffered from headaches,but during and after the vertigo episodes I have pain behind one eye and vague shooting pains across my skull.Also at the height of the attack I have difficulty focussing my eyes ,with a sensation they are spinning around in their sockets.I was just walking home 2 hours ago when I suddenly went dizzy and it was hard to walk straight.But I have lay down for an hour and now I feel OK.But it's the uncertainty that gets to you.It may happen again in 5 minutes or it might be a week.

  28. Simply…. ANYTHING THAT DEHYDRATES YOU! Plus stress loud noises and low lighting are triggers too! I noticed taking strong antibiotics once I felt better so theres definitely a connection between foods….eating non dairy diet and healthy taking probiotics helps alot!!!

  29. I don’t take salty food never did I don’t drink alcohol stit got it I drink lots coffee sweat quit. That still noise there

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