Meniere’s disease/syndrome is idiopathic and due to endolymphatic hydrops. It is characterised by fullness in the ear, episodic vertigo, and fluctuating hearing loss and tinnitus. Meniere’s syndrome is due to endolymphatic hydrops, which is secondary to various medical conditions that interfere with the reabsorption of the endolymph. For example, head trauma, whiplash injury, viral infections, autoimmune disorders, otosclerosis and thyroid disease. Some patients suffer from Meniere’s disease and Benign paroxysmal positioning vertigo simultaneously.
Put simply; “An inner ear disorder that causes episodes of vertigo (spinning).”
Ménière’s Society http://www.menieres.org.uk/
Alcohol can be a problem for some people with Meniere’s disease as it can cause the tiniest blood vessels at the very end of the system to contract and so restrict the blood supply to the inner ear. Small amounts of alcohol – one standard drink, such as a glass of beer (285ml), a glass of red wine (100ml) or a pub measure of spirits (30ml) – can actually improve the peripheral circulation, but any more has the opposite effect.