New Approach (Dr. La Torre)?

Discussion in 'Support' started by gaia lorenz, Nov 23, 2012.

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    1. gaia lorenz

      gaia lorenz Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2008-2009 then October 2012
      I have found this site

      http://www.drlatorre.eu/

      The Italian version is complete I hope the English version too.

      Please have a look, tell me your impression. I am tempted to go with it.

      Thank you,

      Gaia
       
    2. Karen
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      Karen Manager Staff Benefactor Hall of Fame Ambassador

      Location:
      U.S.
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2010
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      First time: Noise 2nd Time: Ototoxic drug
      Hi, Gaia,

      I had never heard of this person or this treatment, so, being the cautious person that I am, I tried researching it. Here's what I found, on Yahoo groups:
      http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/copinglist/message/31924

      I'd be very careful about this, if I were you! He doesn't sound like he has any real credentials. I sense "snake oil".

      I'd like to hear what others think. Anyone else want to chime in?
       
    3. click
      Busy

      click Member Benefactor

      Location:
      West Cornwall, England, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/04/2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Not sure
      I went there and clicked on an ad on the page - because it mentioned Gosport (where I am at the moment)... Mum facelift - when you see the before and after photos the cream has even managed to change the colour of her eyes! wow :)

      Didn't believe a word 'Dr' Latorre wrote either.
       
    4. Karen
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      Karen Manager Staff Benefactor Hall of Fame Ambassador

      Location:
      U.S.
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2010
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      First time: Noise 2nd Time: Ototoxic drug
      Yes, and it sounds like Dr.Latorre attributes all of our conditions to the same thing: hydrops (too much fluid in the ear), if I understand him correctly. Pretty simplistic, if you ask me. It would be much easier to cure tinnitus, Meniere's, etc., if it could be attributed to one single thing. Too bad it's not!
       
    5. gaia lorenz

      gaia lorenz Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2008-2009 then October 2012
      Hi Karen,
      Thank you for your reply.
      I got in contact with Dr. LaTorre out of curiosity. What it does is not so crazy, I think. The treatment starts with some drugs (Antidepressant and antianxiety) : paroxetina (20 mg/die), clonazepam (1 mg/die) e L-sulpiride (50 mg/die) for about 3 months and then you stop gradually, in the meantime there are some dietary requirements. Lots of water everyday, no salt and no carb , only veg, fruit fish/meat..only for 10 days or a week. Only fresh food. Then some injections of cortison .
      Better explained here:

      The therapy
      My treatment against hydrops, the only one that I propose with few variants to every patient affected by tinnitus, dizziness, vertigo, subjective lack of balance, ear fullness, sensorineural hearing loss or a full Meniere's Disease, comes from the synergistic association of different pharmacological and non pharmacological components. The therapy is frequently updated. I have treated, since 1998, several thousand patients. The treatment lasts generally 3-4 months. It can't cure the patient in a definitive way, because relapses are in any case possible, but they can easily be treated at the moment of the recurrence without the need for a life-lasting treatment.
      The treatment is effective only against hydrops. Nothing can be done, of course, to restore real (but never proved in advance) permanent damages, that remain untreatable.
      There are no side effects and treatment is easy to perform for everybody, not requiring a real medical assistance, but few contraindications to some of the components must be previously excluded.
      In a first initial period the treatment includes only an overload of water and special drugs active on neurotransmitters to create a barrier between the stress and the release of ADH.
      Often this phase is already enough to improve the situation in an evident way, allowing to avoid further treatments. In case of failure or partial success of this easy first phase there will be the need to add other components, a special diet for 10-15 days, a therapy with steroids, able to act on the interaction between the inner ear and the ADH, a local treatment with self-inflated air using a simple device (Otovent). This second level-therapy is anyway repeated for 10 days each month for 3 months, even in case of early success to prevent short term recurrences.

      Further levels of treatment are sometimes needed.

      I don't know but somehow it doesn't look completely fake. Maybe I am just fooling myself? :)
       
    6. click
      Busy

      click Member Benefactor

      Location:
      West Cornwall, England, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/04/2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Not sure
      I don't suppose any of us can be sure gaia - sometimes it's almost impossible to work out who is genuine and who isn't.
       
    7. FrankN

      FrankN Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2011
      I spoke with Dr. LaTorre via Skype twice. The fee for the first conversation was 60 Euros and for the second one 30 Euros. Dr. LaTorre is giving directions about therapy via Skype. He will send you written instructions by email and you will have to ask your local general practitioner for help with recommended prescriptions.

      I explained him my symptoms: I do have either tinnitus or pressure in both of my ears, but never both symptoms at the same time. Also, I have no hearing loss, dizziness, vertigo or nausea. My symptomatic problems started when one of my teeth became infected and released pus into my mouth.

      Dr LaTorre told me he was confident that I had hydrops of the inner ear. I did my own research later and found out the following:

      1) Hydrops of the inner ear is frequently under-diagnosed if not accompanied with classical symptoms of Meniere's disease, such as dizziness, vertigo and nausea. This is the main message of Dr Latorre, but also the opinion of other ENT specialists, such as Dr. Paparella whose wife has hydrops.

      http://www.tinnitusjournal.com/detalhe_artigo.asp?id=474

      In addition, the inner ear fluid pressure measured clinically does not have a reliable correlation with symptoms. (Many healthy people have increased, and many patients with hydrops have normal inner ear pressure !)

      2) Official medicine treats hydrops with diuretics. Dr LaTorre, however, claims that his therapy with abundant water, inexpensive central neural system medications in low doses and diet is superior. Unfortunately, Dr LaTorre sends you his instructions only in Italian, not in English and his approach has not yet been tested clinically. Dr LaTorre claims that the clinics he contacted showed no interest to conduct testing.

      3) Information regarding Dr LaTorre does not show adequate proof that he is a legitimate ENT doctor and when I contacted the Medical Association in Italy I received no answers concerning my inquire (which is a common practice in Italy). However, when talking to him personally and when discussing this issue with other physicians, I believe he is indeed a physician trained in ENT.

      4) I sent him multiple emails where I used different names and described symptoms differently. Dr LaTorre did not give me the same diagnosis in all cases. Therefore, I do not believe he is scammer.

      5) I tried diuretics, and my symptoms indeed improved, but they did not disappear.

      6) I have not yet tried his therapy and therefore cannot make comment. I showed his instructions to a friend of mine who is an Italian doctor, and he replied that Dr. LaTorre's suggestive protocol makes some sense, however, it needs clinical testing.

      This is how much I know.
       
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