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Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease
Posted by: Don
Date: October 22, 2002 10:56 PM

In 1994 I was diagnosed as suffering from Meniere's Syndrome - nausea, "fullness," vertigo, vomiting, hearing loss in one ear. After seeming successful drug treatment (obtained in Canada - Serc) for 5 years, the other ear became involved. Serc didn't work -(probably, original case just burned out. Pressed my doc to test for autoimmune inner ear disease. (Prednisone help with hearing and Western Blot positive, prompted AIED diagnosis.)

Symptoms now include persistent fatigue, lethargy, hands shaky, etc. Now on Prednisone and Methotrexate, but conditions continue to deteriorate. Found Dr. Jefferies "Low Dose Cortisol," Dr. Wilson's "Adrenal Fatigue-----", and, Dr. Teitelbaum's "Fatigue To Fantastic"...all, suggesting a possible hormonal trigger of autoimmune's misguided attacks on cochlear system.

Got my PCP to schedule endocrinolgist consult - should I push him for some of the alternative medicine thyroid, adrenal, etc. tests.

RE: Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: October 23, 2002 5:54 AM

In my opinion a more fruitful approach would be to consider this to be a toxic syndrome with two possible origins: (1) heavy metals and (2) intestinal toxicity. And certainly both of these conditions can be found in one person since heavy metal toxicity tends to lead to and cause intestinal damage. Here is an article which should help get you started thinking down this path:

RE: Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease
Posted by: Don
Date: October 24, 2002 4:42 AM

The fatigue, etc., make sense with my still several mercury fillings, and, I've had irritable bowel syndrome (now dormant after H. pylori found with endoscopy). But where do the autoimmune attacks on hearing and other vestibular disorders fit with the merc poisoning?

RE: Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: October 24, 2002 1:51 PM

The immune system recognizes mercury as an invading force, white cells are mobilized (and the types of white cells in the "distribution" are altered) but of course the system is designed to deal with organisms, not atoms and can do nothing effective. Antibodies are made, but are not effective against metals. However, they can attack tissues and may end of attacking your own tissues. At least, that's the theory. Sounds reasonable to me.

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