Meniere’s disease is a common, yet painful disorder that affects the inner ear. It causes severe dizziness, or vertigo. Sufferers also may have fluctuating hearing loss, ringing in the ear (tinnitus), and sometimes a feeling of fullness or pressure in their ear. It is a very frustrating condition because, until now, there was no known cure available.
Now, several studies have shown a direct connection between Meniere’s disease and temporomandibular disorders (TMDs), which share many of the same debilitating symptoms.
In fact, some patients have reported improvement in their Meniere’s symptoms as a result of the treatment for their underlying TMJ disorder. With the growing research in the overlap of these conditions, it gives people hope in managing their Meniere’s symptoms if their TMJ pain is addressed.
Symptoms of Meniere’s Disease
The signs and symptoms of Meniere’s disease include the following:
- Recurring episodes of vertigo:A spinning sensation that starts and stops spontaneously, episodes of vertigo occur without warning and usually last 20 minutes to several hours, but not more than 24 hours. Severe vertigo can cause nausea and vomiting.
- Hearing loss:Hearing loss in Meniere’s disease may come and go, particularly early on. Eventually, most people have some permanent hearing loss.
- Ringing in the ear (tinnitus):Tinnitus is the perception of a ringing, buzzing, roaring, whistling, or hissing sound in the ear.
- Feeling of fullness in the ear:People with Meniere’s disease often feel pressure in the affected ears or on the side of their head.
Coincidentally, every one of the symptoms of Meniere’s disease is commonly found with TMJ disorder: tinnitus, pain or pressure in the ears, and dizziness. Tension headaches, neck pain, and migraines also seem to go hand in hand with patients suffering from Meniere’s disease.
There’s a common agreement in the dental community that 90% of all TMJ symptoms are muscular in origin. The muscles that are associated with the ear are mostly controlled by the trigeminal nerve, which also innervates the major muscles of the head and neck. Poor alignment of the jaw can lead to compression of the trigeminal and facial nerves and spasms of any of these muscles, leading to head, neck, and ear pain.
The misalignment of the joint can also affect the nearby ear structures.
When a person’s bite is off, or in what’s called malocclusion, the muscles of mastication and associated posture muscles have to compensate. This constant compensation can lead to muscle spasms and trigger points, many of which are close to the ear. The result of this is the compression and bunching of the surrounding muscles.
TMJ Treatment Shown to Impr0ve Symptoms of Meniere’s Disease
A study by Bjorn and Agerburg showed that a coordinated treatment of TMJ discomfort in patients with Meniere’s disease is an effective therapy for symptoms of this disease. The results also suggested that Meniere’s disease has a clear association with TMJ and that these ailments appeared to be caused by the same stress, nervousness, and muscular tension.
Several cases of Meniere’s have been completely resolved through treatment to re-align the jaw. Treatment relieves stress on the socket of the temporomandibular joint, which in turn allows the nearby nerves and muscles to go back to normal as well.
TMJ Treatment in Pasadena CA
If you suffer from Meniere’s Disease and subsequent jaw discomfort, I urge you to start exploring your options for treatment for TMJ. Start by researching drug-free options, like TruDenta TMJ treatment offered here at Pasadena Pain Management. We can help you identify the underlying cause of your migraines and get you on the right treatment plan.
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