My mom suffers from minier's disease. It's a ringing in ear, dizziness ane vertigo like symptoms every so often. It's due to magnesium deficiency I believe. She is also diabetic and definitely not paleo. Any ideas or suggestions out there? I do crossfit and follow paleo closely (not 100%). Would love your thoughts and comments. Thx all!
No one is entirely sure what causes Ménière's disease. I have never heard anything about magnesium deficiency. It is thought to be linked to an increase in fluid of the inner ear. Many recommend decreasing sodium intake, if that's the case (there's no solid connection between dietary sodium intake and endolymphatic fluid).
I have also heard that it is beneficial to stay away from aspartame and MSG. I don't know what evidence there is for those suggestions, but they are good ideas in ANY situation. Accupuncturists claim some success with tinnitus (the ringing in the ear), and might be beneficial for Ménière's. Other than this, it is not horribly well understood. There are surgical and pharmaceutical approaches that offer short-term relief, but I'm unaware of any permanent treatment. I'm sorry I can't provide more reassuring information. Best of luck; I hope that she can find some relief.
I have meniere's disease. It sucks. It sucks ass.
Right now, my vertigo attacks are 90% controlled by a very low sodium diet (typically 1000-1200mg a day). I use paleo as a framework for eating low sodium because paleo foods don't taste bland and crappy if you cut the salt by 3/4. But as much as I understand, it's a fluid imbalance in the inner ear, and keeping a steady lower sodium diet to reduce retained fluids is about the best thing you can do diet-wise. Paleo style eating isn't going to do a whole lot on top of that. Most people have some other triggers though, and gluten seems to be one of those triggers for some people, so going gluten free can help. Sadly, even a low sodium diet doesn't affect the other symptoms for me, and my doctor says that I'll probably still end up with residual hearing loss. But as other commenters have mentioned the actual attacks tend to burn out... it's unpredictable whether it will take 5 years or 15 years.
It is not, however, related to diabetes. Those are two separate things.
I'm not sure about Ménière's Disease, but for what it's worth, I had a period of fairly debilitating vertigo/dizziness about 10 years ago, and self-treated by adopting neti, or nasal irrigation. My MD had nothing to offer except antidepressants(!) or an MRI, which I could not afford. Every once in awhile it comes back, but neti seems to keep it at bay. Maybe not relevant at all, or maybe worth a try.
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