What Can Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care Do For Someone With Meniere’s Disease?

by The Atlas Of Life on September 15, 2010

meniere's disease, kevin broomeOn Monday, I was tagged in a Facebook update by Dr. Kevin Broome. Here is what it said:

“Just signed up a new patient with Meniere’s Disease because he read my interview on The Atlas of Life brought to us by Brandon Harshe. Get the word out there guys, people need to get checked! Thanks Brandon!”

This is why I have done interviews on this site. I want to get the word out about what we do and it is working. This is not the first I have heard of this scenario, and it won’t be the last. But I do want it to be more frequent.

So if I’ve sent you interview questions, fill them out and email them back to me. It might actually mean a referral or two for you.

In honor of this post, I thought I would repost Dr. Kevin Broome’s experiences with Meniere’s disease and how Upper Cervical Chiropractic care helped him. Enjoy!

Dr. Brandon Harshe: You suffered through Meniere’s disease throughout your childhood. Can you tell us about that? When did you first get under upper cervical care? How did it help you?

Dr. Kevin Broome: “To be honest, it’s hard to describe a Meniere’s attack to someone that has never experienced it.  It hits with a force that physically rocks you, the vertigo is so debilitating that your eyes can’t focus on any single object.  You are lost within yourself.  The only option is to fall down so that you “feel” the floor beneath you.  The uncontrollable vomiting induced by the vertigo hits with extreme velocity and completely catches you off guard.  To be honest, its hell on earth, best description I can give you.

My first attack came on Christmas Eve when I was in 5th grade.  It lasted about three hours and after the holidays my mom took me to my pediatrician who said it sounds like Meniere’s disease.  Three years later, the “specialist” finally ruled out all other possibilities and diagnosed me with Meniere’s.

My parents spared no expense in trying to get me well.  They took me to Duke, Vanderbilt, Lahey Clinic in Mass. to be examined by the world renowned Meniere’s specialist.  I was becoming bitter then because I kept thinking to myself, “How do you become a specialist in something if you do not know what causes it and don’t know how to fix it?”

At the prime of my body expressing symptoms, I was missing 90 to 95 days of school each year, being home schooled and having an attack a day, if not multiple.  As a child, the tinnitus and the fluctuating hearing loss was my biggest concern because it stopped me from communicating the way I was used to.  Having Meniere’s bilaterally, there were days that I was legally deaf, couldn’t hear a sound.

I wouldn’t wish this disease on anyone.

When I was 14, my mother created and founded a Meniere’s disease support group in Charlotte, NC.  Her intention was to allow me to see others were affected by this disease as well.  Unfortunately, I don’t remember ever going to a meeting because I was too embarrassed.

Dr. Ray Drury had asked my mother to come and speak to the group based on results he was getting in his office.  Reluctantly, my mother let him come and speak, thinking, “What can chiropractic do for Meniere’s?”

If I remember correctly, he had to come and speak twice to the group before my mom made me an appointment.  Doc was the first doctor that told me what my problem was and where it was coming from.  After my first correction, on the way home, my ears got quiet, my hearing returned to around 50%.  I knew then that upper cervical was going to get me well.

At that time, I didn’t understand what re-tracing was, and boy did I ever re-trace.  It took me a few months of healing before we saw any profound results but my senior year in high school I only missed 9 days of school whereas the year before I missed 94.  I was also well enough to play for my high school’s state championship soccer team.

I owe my life as I know it to Doc and his ability to leave his comfort zone and spread the word of the healing potential of upper cervical.”