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    1. squareface
      Balanced

      squareface Member

      Location:
      uk
      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      life
      I've had this for 2 weeks now and I can honestly say I don't know how you all stand it. I've been reading about AUT00063 and that even if it works it's years away from actually being used. Going a bit nutty.
       
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    2. billie48
      Sunshine

      billie48 Member Benefactor Hall of Fame Ambassador Team Research

      Location:
      Vancouver, Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2009
      Welcome. Your T is very new. So if it is from acoustic trauma, you may want to get the doctor to prescribe some prednisone steroids to see if it helps.

      Members here often recommend some good supplements, such as NAC, Magnesium, Zinc, B12, D3, etc., and reduce intake of salt, sugar, MSG, caffeine, alcohol etc. You may also want to help yourself to get more sleep. Sleep deprivation is one sure way to fire up T. Get some bed time masking such as a sound machine or a sound pillow etc., so you can fall asleep better.

      Instead of sleep meds from the doctor, you can try natural alternatives such as Camomile tea, Hops, Valerian tablets, Melatonin etc. Check out this site on using natural herbs for sleep problem:

      http://www.christopherhobbs.com/lib...alth/herbs-and-natural-remedies-for-insomnia/

      Don't forget to do masking if T bothers you much. Here in this TT thread you will learn step by step how to get better. It has an audio player with many excellent masking sounds. Good luck and God bless.

      https://www.tinnitustalk.com/panic/

      (the icons on the left side give you instructions step by step)
       
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    3. James
      No Mood

      James Member Benefactor

      Location:
      California
      Tinnitus Since:
      Pulsing 03/2013
      @squareface
      Welcome to the forum. I hope you can find some support here, like @billie48 above. I agree, T is a difficult thing.
       
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    4. Karen
      Talkative

      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, @squareface, and welcome!

      I agree with the above comments, and want to add that tinnitus seems really unbearable at first. However, after you've had it for awhile, you can begin somewhat to acclimate to it. It's different for each individual sufferer, but for many of us it often settles down in time. We can still hear our tinnitus, but we don't react to it the way we did in the beginning.

      One thing you can do, although it's very hard right now, is to not panic, and try to live your life as close to normally as possible. In time, things will begin to improve.

      I can definitely still hear my T (I have both tinnitus and pulsatile tinnitus), but I've learned not to react to it as strongly as I did in the beginning.

      We're here for you, and everyone here really understands what you're going through right now.

      Best wishes,
      Karen
       
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    5. squareface
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      squareface Member

      Location:
      uk
      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      life
      Thanks you lot. It's been up and down for me mostly. And mostly down unsurprisingly. I was reading some of the more positive posts on this site earlier and becoming more positive. Then I came to a quiet but slightly annoying place and have had the extra high pitch ringing going. That one is nasty. My GP has me on diazepam at the moment but I'm now at the 2 week stage so I'm going to start cutting it down from tomorrow, there's no way I could deal with this and withdrawals from tranquilisers as well. From what I've read that's complete hell.
       
    6. grate_biff
      No Mood

      grate_biff Member

      Location:
      Oslo, Norway
      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      aucustic trauma, benzo withdrawl or both
      I can assure you it is! Its living hell. Psych ward for me starting friday:arghh:. Go easy on benzo┬┤s!
       
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    7. Karen
      Talkative

      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
      Good for you, @squareface! I'm glad you're cutting back on the diazepam. If you can eventually get off it, there are other ways to cope. I know it's hard, but it can be done.

      I'm currently taking some natural supplements that help a bit, including NAC, niacin, and magnesium. Magnesium is naturally calming, and has virtually no side effects.

      Keep us posted on how you're doing!

      Best wishes,
      Karen
       
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    8. squareface
      Balanced

      squareface Member

      Location:
      uk
      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      life
      Cheers both of you. Good luck with that @grate_biff. @Karen I didn't know that about magnesium. I think I've actually got some of that. When this nasty thing first kicked off I was down the shop buying any old rubbish people were telling me to buy. I think I've got Vitamin Everything and a bottle of something called Snake Oil. I have high hopes for that one.
       
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    9. Karen
      Talkative

      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
      @squareface, I'd love to know what the ingredients are in the bottle of Snake Oil!

      I did what you did, when my tinnitus first worsened. I tried so many different remedies, and spent way too much money. If you decide to try the magnesium, I'd be interested to know how it works for you. The type I take is magnesium chloride, which is supposed to be absorbed quickly in the body. I take it about 1 hour before bedtime, and it helps with sleep.
       
    10. squareface
      Balanced

      squareface Member

      Location:
      uk
      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      life
      I tried the magnesium. These are just 250mg ones. I was taking one at night. To be honest I don't know if they worked or not but I was able to get to sleep. So placebo or not, who cares? I got off to sleep. Still taking them now. Sorry I didn't reply sooner. Soon after posting this I read about AN's and went into panic mode for weeks and didn't want to see the word 'tinnitus'. Anyway, scan done and results came back ok. Hopefully now with that out of the way my general well being and anxiety will improve and sleep too.
       
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    11. Karen
      Talkative

      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
      @squareface,

      I'm glad the magnesium worked for you, at least for sleep. I think that, over time, you'll also find it is calming and relaxing, and helps somewhat with anxiety. I'm glad the scan results were negative, and hope that you'll begin to feel better soon!

      Best wishes,
      Karen
       
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    12. Fungus
      Dreaming

      Fungus Member

      Location:
      Wild, Wet and Wooly Wales
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Virus?
      Hi squareface,

      Glad to 'hear' (always smile to myself now when I type the word) that you are coping better taking on board the good advice of Karen. I'm also glad to hear that magnesium has helped...magnesium can make the bowels a bit loose, but that's all about all as a side effect.

      Your post will be heartening to those who have just developed tinnitus and feel that they will never be able to live with it. It may disappear, but more likely, you will become more and more able to cope and will go back to a normal life.

      I personally (and think Karen did,too)went through my own living hell a couple of months after developing tinnitus just over a year ago, and was suicidally depressed at the start of the year. I did not want to, or feel that I could, live with the condition....gave up on everything, unable to eat, sleep, drive, and eventually even to go out. I tried every 'remedy' I could fine.....wallet a lot lighter, tinnitus unchanged.Well, a year on, (ear T-tubes, sound generating hearing aids and anti-depressants) I am myself again. I go anywhere I want to go, drive for hours, socialise, go to cinemas/concerts/firework displays etc......and strangers don't know I have a problem.

      This is my long-winded way of saying that, for anyone who has had tinnitus for some months/years, that appropriate management can give you your life back

      Keep on fighting!

      Fungus.
       
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    13. squareface
      Balanced

      squareface Member

      Location:
      uk
      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      life
      Thanks Fungus. I didn't see your reply before this evening . Soon after my post I decided it would be best not to be on this website. Anyway things are much better for me now and what you said in your post more or less describes the feelings I have about tinnitus these days. I'm much better than I was and life is nearly back to normal for me.
       
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