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ITo follow up previous correspondence(s)....I trust you have access to my previous emails....
I woke up today with silence in my ringing ear....THEN a loud ringing started in my ear again....it lasted a minute or less....then I was left with the more quiet ring I HAD been experiencing. Left and right ears are sounding strange.....could this be ear drum retraction clearing up or my tubes opening more? Let me know if you need more info....
Follow up....Tinnitus is lessing at times....hope it continues. Some ear and head pain come and go. Clicking and pressure come and go....where am I in this process? FYI MRI, CT scan, Ear bones scan, hearing test and bloodwork results were "normal". Eardrum retraction and inflamation were still present last week.
It seems my ear ringing is a bit worse at the later part of my day lately....why?
Is this because my ears are more sensative to sound due to retracted ear drum, ear pressure, or inflamation? Seems some days I wake to more comfortable "head noise"....Like when you are in a loud envirnment and your ears ring afterward....could mine now be similarly effected by less noise due to Retracted ear drum, inflamation etc...?
Thank you for your support through this most difficult process in my life. As, I've supposed you've guessed, I have suffered with anxiety disorders my whole life. This particular sinus / ear infection /ear ringing / clogged ear experience TRIGGERED MANY childhood and life issues I've SO NEEDED to deal with. With my theoropist I've tackled MUCH over the last few weeks!
In addittion I've dropped 30 lbs and been exercizing DAILY!! My food choices have been, with my beautiful wife's help, SPOT ON Weight, Blood sugar and Anxiety level has improved ALOT! I'd been smoking 30-55 cigarettes daily....I've decreased to 10 per day over the last 2 days....AND WILL QUIT SOON!!!
Ear ringing has, at times shifted now to the OTHER EAR....loud, soft, left, right.....I feel confident that these changes ARE part of healing as inflamation, pressure and tube heal! I feel better w masking the noise too...at first I felt afraid that creating masking sounds around the house was admitting a LIFE SENTENCE OF TINNITUS. NOW I see that it helps keep me engaged in my wonderful life....AND I should have FAITH and TRUST that this will heal and correct soon! NO tests I have had contadict this fact!
Thanks again....I'd appreciate your response and thoughts regarding my e-mail(s)
I DO FINALLY BELIEVE that this ringing WILL STOP....infamation, tubes, anxiety
Ok....update. NOW ringing has started in my right ear....didn't have this before. Is inflamation changing? Tubes changing? I feel, although this is a new discomfort, that it is a sign of healing. Also ENT says things are on track....
Could this be a good sign....changes.
I am curious to allergy test findings as well.....Tinnitus noise levels have, at times, hit lowest volumn levels in weeks....encouraging for sure. THEN it gets louder....and so on and so on. I feel healing is on but allergy possibilities may be infaming more....ALSO HAVE CUT DOWN ON SMOKING ALOT! From 50 smokes per to 10 or less per. Been coughing a bit and feels like throat mucas is looser. Ears still clicking and feeling clogged alot of the time.
Thoughts on ALL are appreciated!
Symptoms are ringing, (was in left ear for 4plus weeks now in right as well....also get louder surges that last a minute or so) Also ear pressure builds....clicking sounds when I swllow etc...Started w sinus /ear infection 6 weeks ago....no prior issues. MRI Brain was normal...CT Sinus was normal....Ear Bones Scan was normal....hearing test was good. SO concerned about life of tinnitus....my Primary and ENT say nothing is pointing in that direction and that I will return to normal. This is 6 weeks old and I'm scared. Infection is gone....Dr. says inflamation from infection is still present.....Taking Nazanex, Warm Gargles w pinch of salt. Trying not to smoke as much (tough). Went from 50 per day to 10.....Excercizing, Dropped 27 lbs, Blood Pressure normal (medication), Blood Sugar normal (medication)....Do you agree that this will "get back to normal"....taking so long??
So how do I present my Dr w request for more agressive treatment(s)? Also....I've cut out all caffine but smoking, especially under this present stress, is not going as well. I've cut back alot (to less than a pack per...10/15 cigs a day....was 2 packs plus) I never use salt nor do I eat obvious salty foods.
I get a little dizzy at times but chalked it up to ear infection issues and anxiety.
Sounds like these issues will pass....but I'd like to do all I can to shorten this and avoid future episodes.
That's excellent. You should be commended for cutting back. Any cutting back will help.
I would simply be honest. Physicians, myself included, appreciate honesty.
Tell him that you are worried that this is not going to get better and it is affecting every aspect of your life.
When I have responded the best in the past is when patients tell me how scared/nervous they are. This really hits a nerve. Try that.
If you are getting dizzy, then that does go along with Meniere's. Ask the ENT about this as well.
The course of Meniere's is unpredictable. Some get better, some don't
Make sure you tell your ENT that you are getting dizzy. Ear pain or fullness/congestion with tinnitus and dizziness are classic signs of this.
Certain alternative treatments may be beneficial in Meniere's.
One such involves placing an antibiotic directly into the inner ear.
The ENT can do this.