Rachel Jensen
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Rachel Jensen

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  • About

    Gender:
    Female
    Location:
    Urbana, IL
    Occupation:
    pianist, piano teacher, vocal coach
    Tinnitus Since:
    c. 1971
    As the result of hearing today's People's Pharmacy broadcast, I am suspicious that my tinnitus could be related to a thyroid problem. Fascinating - I had always assumed (and so had an ear specialist I'd consulted 40 years ago) that my tinnitus was the result of my profession. He announced that there was nothing to do for it but run a radio all the time. Now I have had tinnitus in both ears for almost 43 years. My mother had a thyroid problem (and took medication for it) but she had never disclosed that to me until a few years ago, when I asked her about it shortly before she died. I immediately talked to my MD, asking to be tested; the result was negative; my doctor immediately dismissed my suspicions. However, I really wonder if the result was valid, aware that these tests very often give a false negative. I exhibit a number of symptoms associated with hypothyroidism (extreme intolerance of cold, dry skin, continual battle with my weight despite an enlightened diet, [lately] unexplained pervasive fatigue, joint pain, low blood pressure, splitting nails, tinnitus, frequent respiratory infections, tendency toward constipation, waking several times every night). There is also a tendency to become depressed, particularly lately. I work quite a bit but enjoy what I do immensely; I have wonderful friends; I lead a quiet but rich, self-possessed existence. My fatigue and depressive tendency do not make sense to me. I think perhaps I need to consult a new doctor who might take me more seriously. I am lucky that I long ago acclimated to my tinnitus; I notice it in quietness and when there is a sudden new sound, but I am able to shut it out.
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