Another Newbie

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by Gareth Smith, Mar 7, 2017.

    1. Gareth Smith

      Gareth Smith Member

      Manchester (UK)
      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Got the dreaded T a week ago probably after dental work. To be honest during day I have to listen for it and I can't hear it outside. It is now whilst typing this in the middle of the night after my third successive night of lack of sleep in the silence that it sounds very loud.

      It is the high pitched version, I visited the practice nurse at my GP who told me that I had reddening of the ear canal and a grey build up behind the ear drum on my right ear (T in both ears) She told me that she could prescribe antibiotics but advised me to wait three weeks to see if it will be gone and my T will hopefully be gone by then. If not she said she would then refer me to ENT. She seemed positive about it going but I seem to think she was trying to not worry me.
      I am already trying to get it in my head that it is permanent and I have to just learn to live with it I know its only a week but I have done everything I would have done without the T and certainly plan on doing so.
      My only fear is the lack of sleep cycle over coming me. Tonight I hit the pillow relaxed and it was pretty quiet but my mind wouldn't relax and the sound got louder the harder I tried to sleep the more anxious I got and suddenly my legs felt weak and I am now wide awake.

      I am very reluctant to take Meds to help sleep but as a Newbie from anyone in my position any tips, I have thought about going for a walk if I get anxious again in the night with my dog, or even doing some work.

      If I have to live with it so be it, my mum has had it over 30 years and still had a full life and she told me that she really has to dig deep to hear hers and even if she does she moves on very quickly at night.

      I know it is only a week and hopefully it won't get louder, it is quieter in the day or am I just getting used to it.

      Please tips on how to sleep
    2. billie48

      billie48 Member Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      not sure
      Welcome to the forum. It seems that your T is mild in that during the day you T is quiet. Sleep time is often a challenge for new T sufferers because that is the quietest time of the day and the mind can be too stressed to sleep. But don't worry too much about it. Your T is truly very new and that it seems to have a medical cause which may be corrected later and then T will either fade of subsided. You need to stay positive to keep stress and anxiety away as they are bad for T. You may want to consider masking your T even at bed time, using perhaps a sound machine or sound pillow, or a computer with speakers. Try to stay away using earphones during sleep as some members have bad experience with it.

      You can sleep with doctor's meds, but you can also consider using the natural alternatives to help sleep better, such as Melatonin, Lemon Balm, Valerian, Hops, Catnips, Passion Flower, Chamomile, Lavender, Kava, etc. You can do google search or check for each of them to know how people review these products, and see if you can take them as a supplement. Check out this site on using natural herbs for helping to sleep or to calm the nerves. /

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