Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by donna13210, Mar 26, 2003.

  1. donna13210

    donna13210 Member

    I'm fairly new to the boards and thank everyone for their informative and encouraging posts.

    I developed tinnitus (ringing in the ears) some years ago and it seems to be getting worse lately. I thought I read somewhere it could be related to the FMS.

    Anyone else suffer from it? I'd be interested in any treatments you may have tried, preferably herbal/natural. (I take enough Rx pills already!) :)

    Take care all,
  2. teawah

    teawah New Member

    I also have the d**n ringing in my ears. For years and years. I will be just going along and all of the sudden one of my ears will just close down and then start ringing. I was diagnosed w/tinitis but have never heard of anything that helps. I will keep an eye on this post to see if anyone else has any ideas that help.

    Sorry I couldn't help you.
  3. Susan07

    Susan07 New Member

    I have had ringing for years, both ears, at least 2 different sounds - 24/7 but don't take anything for it. It also makes it hard to hear my alarm clock! You might try the health food store (where they have employees that know their stock). I have seen advertizements in some of those small catalogs that come in the mail, but haven't tried it yet.
  4. Shirl

    Shirl New Member

    We have one member that has his under control, its Mel, if he sees your post he will share what he does with you.

    Or you can go to the top of this page where it says; 'Search Messages', then type in 'Tinnitus', a whole lot of threads will come up for you to read.

    Hope you find some help soon.

    Shalom, Shirl
  5. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    I believe the tinnitus is just sensory overload in disguise. The Klonopin has greatly helped mine. BTW, ringing isn't the only form of tinnitus; it can be humming or clicking too.

    Love, Mikie
  6. Bigfoot

    Bigfoot New Member

    I've had it since a virus of some sort in June of last year. Both ears are now ringing 24/7 and I've been told that nothing can be done! It's one more thing that keeps me from sleeping. I miss silence SO much! It helps if I have some sort of noise on (tv, stereo, computer noise, etc.) As hard as it is, you have to try not to think about it or it will be even harder to take. I'm still looking for something to help and when I find it, I'll let you know. Hang in there. Dave
  7. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    Have you tried Klonopin?

    Love, Mikie
  8. Bigfoot

    Bigfoot New Member

    Hi Mikie! No, I haven't tried Klonopin. I'm going back to the dr. in a week and I will sure ask him about it. THANK YOU for the tip! I'll give it a try. Dave
  9. donna13210

    donna13210 Member

    I agree, if I don't think about it, I hardly notice it. Like the pain of FMS, you just kind of get used to it! But as someone else mentioned, it's especially hard to ignore when trying to sleep! I was in need of a clock radio some time ago, so I bought one with the "nature sounds", you know, like waves and bubbling brooks and such. It helps some....until the waves and brooks get on my nerves! :)

    Over the past couple of years I find myself turning up the sound on the tv more than before. Also, I am in customer service, wearing a headset, and find it hard to understand the customers words sometimes (but it could be THEM and not ME, who knows?).

    First, I plan to visit my local herb store, then I plan to see an ENT specialist as soon as I can find one nearby.

    Take care,
  10. stillafreemind

    stillafreemind New Member

    I have had this on and off for quite a few years. When it acts up I try to cut down on my caffiene consumtion and I take garlic and zinc.

    Ya know..I am not sure if it ever totally goes away..or if there is just such a difference in the volume that I get relief.

    Also..a really big thing that helps me..is doing some reflexology for tinnitus. If you go to your library and pick up a book on reflexology..it may really help you out..I hope so. It has helped me on alot of things..from hemmroids to tinnitus!!

    Good luck...Sherry
  11. donna13210

    donna13210 Member

    Thanks so much for the suggestions! I plan to check out the things you mentioned, especially reflexology. Acupuncture, too.

    I realize everyone who suffers from tinnitus doesn't experience it the same way. Mine seems so strange....it's like 5 different musical notes, mostly high pitches, being played at the same time, always constant and neverending.

    Thanks to everyone who responded to my post,