Tansy & Anyone Else: Suggestions for Tinnitus?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by LittleBluestem, Dec 12, 2005.

  1. LittleBluestem

    LittleBluestem New Member

    I have had Tinnitus for about a decade and CFS for about two.

    When the tinnitus began, I first saw a chiropractor to check for pinched nerves since I also had a very sore neck at the time. The chiropractic adjustments did not help the tinnitus (did help the neck), so the chiropractor referred me to an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist.

    The ENT did a bunch of tests, including an MRI, and could find no cause. He said it could be due to allergies and prescribed a 'non-drowsy' anti-histimine, which did not help.

    I am currently taking Ginko Biloba, which reduces the noise level. When 40 mg. tablets was all the local drug store had, I found that 40 mg. 3X/day works better than 120 mg. once a day.

    Any suggestions?
  2. zerped

    zerped New Member

    Thanks for the tip on tinnitus. I live in Portland, and our OHSU hospital is one of the top research facilities in the country on tinnitus, and I'd never heard about the ginko biloba. I'll give that a try. Right now I'm experimenting with a homeopathic concoction called "Clear Tinnitus." Haven't used it enough to rate it, but I don't seem to have much of a good track record with anything homeopathic. Good luck.

  3. tansy

    tansy New Member

    is much better than it was, it improved alongside more general improvements. It's still noticeable when the fluid in my ears becomes blocked, then my hearing deteriorates and the tinnitus gets worse. Successfully treating my chronic sinusisitis also lowered the degree of tinnitus. Allergies used to make my tinnitus worse.

    My neck problems have been implicated; even so keeping my inflammation levels down seems to have helped with my ear problems generally.

    It's good you have found one remedy that helps, ginko improves microcirculation. My circulation has improved through concentrating on inflammation and coagulation alongside treating chronic infections. Ironically when I tried ginko it did nothing for me; but the same applied to other supps and herbs which further down the line are proving to be more effective.

    love, Tansy
  4. LittleBluestem

    LittleBluestem New Member

    Since my tinnitus appeared mid-CFS, I hope it will go away when the CFS abates. If not, I guess I just continue living with it.
  5. natrlvr2

    natrlvr2 New Member

    For yrs. the drs. used to ask me if I had it. I always said no because I was so used to it,I did not realize I had it.So now when Drs. ask,I tell them YES I do.But they do not care at all.They ignore you and go on to the next thing.I am so happy I am not usually bothered by it,because I can see how it could drive some people nuts.I do beleive mine is from loud rock-n-roll music for too many yrs. and I also take too much actepminphen in my Vicodin.(Drs. refuse to give em a better drug)
  6. smiffy79

    smiffy79 New Member

    mine was caused by loud rock music..
    we have tiny hairs that pick up their own pitch and that hair vibrates and so causing the sound, the particular hairs ~ one from a face melting guitar solo from iron maiden ~ become damaged (bent) and so it continues to make the sound. the other pitch i hear is from an ac/dc tribute band named dirty/dc (AWESOME) they were great!!!

    i do however find it becomes louder and more prominent when i get stressed out and my blood pressure goes up, its just a case of ignoring it. i do play music all day long and have the tv on in the evenings whether i watch it or not so its more noticable when i try to sleep.

    its my own fault though so i cant complain. plus its a constant reminder of smoe seriously cool music.
  7. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    I believe mine is caused by the slight state of seizure which afflicts many of us. It can also cause racing brain, RLS, anxiety, sensory overload, and insomnia. If you have any of these things, you might want to consider asking your doc about it. Klonopin is an antiseizure med.

    Dr. Cheney has an excellent article on it in the Library here.

    Love, Mikie
  8. getfitat40

    getfitat40 New Member

    My tinnitus is a result of numerous ear infections from freshman year of college. My ENT put eartubes like they do for kids to try to alleviate it. It did nothing except change the pitch of the ringing in my ears so now they don't match. I cannot sleep without a fan (all winter long) and travel with a sound maker.
  9. smiffy79

    smiffy79 New Member

    by eartubes do you mean gromits? small funnel shaped tubes?
  10. getfitat40

    getfitat40 New Member

    It was 20 years ago, but I remember that the ENT called them ear tubes. They were very tiny and actually fell out over time just like the kids. I'd ask my Mom but her memory is even worse then mine. I'll think on it though for you.
  11. smiffy79

    smiffy79 New Member

    yeah gromits fall out over time i had glue ear but it was caused by a deformity in my ears, i didnt have a tube in one ear and it was deformed in the other causing near deafness so the surgeon made me some and fitted them when i had the gromits.

    i have a question for you though, the surgeon drilled a tiny hole in the roof of my mouth and i can make a loud high pitched whistle through it, do you have one?
  12. getfitat40

    getfitat40 New Member

    Sorry for the delay in answering your question. No I don't think he drilled anything...no whistling. Do you know why your surgeon did that? BTW - you could go on Ellen DeGenerras' show with the whistling. She wants people with unique talents.
  13. tansy

    tansy New Member

    I found this on Joe Mercola's website. It won't apply to everyone with tinnitus byt may provide a clue in some cases.

    "Ringing in Ears Could Be Linked to Eyes"

    Tinnitus, a near constant ringing or buzzing in the ears, affects 50 million people in the United States alone.

    It can cause depression, anxiety, sleep disruption and other problems. The annoying ringing in the ears that marks tinnitus could be linked to the eyes as well as to the ears.

    It could be a simple problem of miscommunication in the brain.

    This is the first research to show that a failure of the complicated way our brain systems talk to each other contributes to the cause of tinnitus.

    The researchers studied eight patients who had gaze-evoked tinnitus (GET), in which the loudness and pitch of this buzzing increase when a patient looks to the side.

    GET sometimes develops after surgery to remove tumors of the auditory nerve.

    Normally, the visual and auditory parts of the brain communicate with each other to determine which one gets priority. Looking to the side, or lateral gaze, should suppress auditory brain activity.

    But in GET patients this does not happen. The researchers think this failure of one sensory system to suppress another may be an important feature of tinnitus.

    Neurology March 2001
  14. LittleBluestem

    LittleBluestem New Member

    Thanks for the additional information. It sounds like I need to add heavy metals to the list of things to be tested. The Ringing Ear - Eye article was interesting, but I don’t notice any increase in my tinnitus when I look to the side. No medications, infections or awesome rock concerts I can blame it on either.

    I did spend too many hours on and behind lawn mowers and the occasional tractor without ear protection when I was young, but the tinnitus appeared years later. I had started work in a environment with white noise shortly before the tinnitus started. I wondered if that could be the cause and hoped that it might go away when I left there, but it did not.

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