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July 12, 2005

Making Heads Or Tails Of Meniere's Disease

One of my clients came in with Meniere's disease. They hope massage and craniosacral therapy can bring some relief of the symptoms (usually dizziness)of Meniere's disease.

Not knowing too much about the condition, I asked the client to explain exactly what Meniere's disease is, but according to their research, it was difficult to explain because of the complicated medical language. So, I decided I would do some research to find a layperson friendly explanation of Meniere's disease. I hope this explanation is clear.

Some doctors have their own opinions as to the cause of Meniere's Disease, but "opinions" are not "facts." Most researchers believe that the symptoms that are called Meniere's Disease in most (but not all) patients are the result of "idiopathic endolymphatic hydrops" -- excess endolymphatic fluid (one of two inner ear fluids) from an unknown ("idiopathic") cause. Under this theory, acute attacks occur when excess potassium-rich endolymphatic fluid leaks through a separating membrane into sodium-rich perilymphatic fluid (the other inner ear fluid), contaminating it.

Posted by linda at July 12, 2005 12:03 PM

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