Chiropractor Made Tinnitus Worse?

Discussion in 'Support' started by Natalie Roberts, Nov 18, 2015.

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    1. Natalie Roberts
      Depressed

      Natalie Roberts Member Benefactor

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Pregnancy or mild hearing loss.. Who knows.
      I started seeing my regular chiropractor around the time the T started about 3 weeks ago. I didn't initially think there could have been a problem with the way he adjusted my neck causing T, but now I've been thinking maybe its possible. Has anyone ever heard of a chiropractor adjustment causing T? I recently switched chiropractors because of this and have an appointment with a new chirporactor dr this afternoon for rib pain (pregnancy induced) and was going to mention the T. I'm just a little nervous that an adjustment to my neck area may make it worse? Well, honestly I'm nervous doing anything may make it worse.. Any advise would be appreciated. :thankyousign:
       
    2. glynis-harbron
      Feminine

      glynis-harbron Member Benefactor Hall of Fame Ambassador Team Awareness Team Research

      Location:
      England, Stoke-on-Trent
      Tinnitus Since:
      2004
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Meniere's Disease
      Long-term pain and discomfort from conditions in the neck can also aggravate tinnitus in the same way TMJ problems do. Studies have shown that patients who have suffered an injury to the head and neck region, such as from a car accident, or who have neck pain or stiffness for other reasons, such as arthritis, are more likely to experience tinnitus.

      Furthermore, there is some scientific evidence to support how the nerve endings in the neck make connections in the hearing centres of the brain, explaining how neck problems may affect tinnitus. Quite often the tinnitus associated with neck injuries may be more severe, and can be combined with other symptoms such as headache, depression, and problems with memory and concentration.

      Treatment generally depends on the cause of the neck problem, but the results from treating the underlying neck problem are often good. Treatment options can be discussed with your family doctor, who in some cases will recommend simple measures such as the use of painkillers and physiotherapy...lots of love glynis
       
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    3. I who love music
      Cheerful

      I who love music Member

      Location:
      Michigan
      Tinnitus Since:
      mid seventies
      I've been going to a chiropractor often for years. Anything he does is supposed to promote wellness. I've never had a spike after a chiropractic visit.
       
    4. Natalie Roberts
      Depressed

      Natalie Roberts Member Benefactor

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Pregnancy or mild hearing loss.. Who knows.
      That makes me feel better. I just never had problems with long-lasting tinnitus before seeing the other chiropractor so I was a little nervous he maybe did something the last time he adjusted my neck. Everything I do makes me nervous for an increase or spike. :/ Feel like I'm walking on egg shells.
       
    5. Natalie Roberts
      Depressed

      Natalie Roberts Member Benefactor

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Pregnancy or mild hearing loss.. Who knows.
      I never have had neck problems, trauma to the neck or anything like that. I just noticed my T started after my chiropractic visit and alignment of my neck as well as back. Again, I don't know if this is related or not. I just was feeling a little nervous to visit someone else worried they make make it worse..
       
    6. Blackbird26

      Blackbird26 Member

      What is your reason to see a chiro to begin with? Yes I most certainly think an adjustment to your neck could cause tinnitus.
       
    7. noisebox
      Loved

      noisebox Member

      Location:
      Yorkshire, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      West End show. Came back 2015 vitamin D overdose prescribed
      If you did not have T before you had your neck adjusted then maybe it has caused it. Did you have total silence before going.
      I personally had T a few years before seeing mine about neck pain. She helped my neck pain and I believe my T to a degree. She has never made it worse.
       
    8. Natalie Roberts
      Depressed

      Natalie Roberts Member Benefactor

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Pregnancy or mild hearing loss.. Who knows.
      I was seeing the chiro for chest and back pain. He adjusted my neck on 2 of the visits.
       
    9. Natalie Roberts
      Depressed

      Natalie Roberts Member Benefactor

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Pregnancy or mild hearing loss.. Who knows.
      I mean if I did have T before the adjustments, it wasn't something that was bothersome to me. I did have short burts of ringing (like less then 5 minutes) in either ear before the constant T began for several years but nothing like it is now. That is why I switched chiropractors. I cannot say for certain in contributed or not, but I wanted to talk to a different chiro and get their opinion before having my neck adjusted again. I'm just worried it will make it worse. My appointment is this afternoon and the primary reason for going is not my T, but rather severe rib pain from pregnancy.. I really just wanted your experience on if it ever was made worse by seeing a chiro. :)
       
    10. Blujay

      Blujay Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      10/1900
      I read of one person who got instant, severe, and permanent tinnitus from a single neck adjustment.

      On the other hand, some improve, and some have no change.

      Be careful.
       
    11. eric peterson
      Sporty

      eric peterson Member

      Location:
      New York
      Tinnitus Since:
      Onset: 10/2003 Increase: 4/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      who knows? who cares?
      Correlation vs. causality is a funny thing, particularly when talking about your health. You'll see no shortage of stories on this site attributing the cause of someone's tinnitus or the severe increase in someone's tinnitus due to something that is either a freak accident, or in reality, truly unrelated to what caused someone's T. A happened, then B happened, therefore A caused B. Ok. Maybe. But what really happened is you got tinnitus, and then started looking backwards for things that might have caused it. If it's something like a loud concert without earplugs, that seems like you might have found your culprit, b/c a sh*t ton of people on this site got their tinnitus exactly that way. But once you start going down Jacob's ladder a while you end up at things that are increasingly less and less likely have caused your tinnitus. Some people just have tinnitus. No good known reason why. Just is. Hearing loss or whatever...and you didn't even go to a concert. I can't really come up with a good reason for mine, though I have a not terribly short list of possible culprits. I also started worrying myself about every single drug I had to take because they were all on a list of ototoxic drugs. Of course, that lists never says how ototoxic a drug is, and if whatever known tinnitus it may cause is generally temporary or permanent. And of course, I never thought about what benefits I was deriving in the short term (pain management, etc.). Nothing mattered except not risking my tinnitus ramping, even if just shortly. I guess the point that I'm getting at with all of this, is the world is full of risks. Every drug known has side effects. So my question to you is a two part one. What benefit, if any, do you derive from going to the chiropractor? And are you able right now to objectively think about your tinnitus to judge it before and after you go as to really notice whether it got any louder, or if you're just being emotional about it? because if you're feeling a lot better after going to the chiro, then I'd keep going and try and objectively see if it's making my tinnitus worse. If it isn't, awesome. If it is, then I'd have to weigh the benefits and the costs, which only you can do.

      Good luck,

      Eric
       
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    12. glynis-harbron
      Feminine

      glynis-harbron Member Benefactor Hall of Fame Ambassador Team Awareness Team Research

      Location:
      England, Stoke-on-Trent
      Tinnitus Since:
      2004
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Meniere's Disease
      My reply was just basic info from the BTA on neck and TMJ ...lots of love glynis
       
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    13. Natalie Roberts
      Depressed

      Natalie Roberts Member Benefactor

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Pregnancy or mild hearing loss.. Who knows.
      Your replies are always so in depth and thoughtful and I appreciate that. I went in, turns out she too suffers from tinnitus. She said her neurologist recommended downloading a metronome appreciation that vibrates, put it on the slowest setting and hold it to your temporal lobe of the ear that's more affected if you can tell for as long as you can handle it. She said it improves her tinnitus for several hours. Interesting . She adjusted my neck way up high by my atlas because she said it was pretty out of balance and I don't initially notice a spike or increase from what I've been realistically hearing all day. She also wants me to get my magnesium and b12 levels checked and talk to my OB about the safety in taking extra supplements but for now try increasing with food sources. The only thing I am noticing more of is slight dizziness and a headache so we will see how that goes as the day progresses. I do think there are a lot of benefits to going to a chiropractor I just may steer clear of neck adjustments depending on how this goes. Have you ever heard of the metronome thing? Seems strange but worth a try!
       
    14. Natalie Roberts
      Depressed

      Natalie Roberts Member Benefactor

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Pregnancy or mild hearing loss.. Who knows.
      Is it

      It is scary to think about all the causes that could have caused this or may affect it.. I don't notice an immediate improvement or negative effect so far, so we will see how the next few days go.
       
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    15. eric peterson
      Sporty

      eric peterson Member

      Location:
      New York
      Tinnitus Since:
      Onset: 10/2003 Increase: 4/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      who knows? who cares?
      No, i haven't. But if it helps, then it helps. Give it a go....
       
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    16. DebInAustralia

      DebInAustralia Member Benefactor Team Research

      Location:
      Geelong, Victoria
      Tinnitus Since:
      30/12/13
      Ive looked after many women during pregnancy with tinnitus that often resolves postpartum.

      id put my money on the pregnancy causing this, not the chiro.
       
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    17. canyonero

      canyonero Member

      Location:
      Eastern US
      Tinnitus Since:
      7/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma?
    18. Natalie Roberts
      Depressed

      Natalie Roberts Member Benefactor

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Pregnancy or mild hearing loss.. Who knows.
      can you tell me more about this? Are you a nurse or a dr? My OB just doesn't have much information on this and pregnancy so I haven't found many success stories. Anything you can tell me would help and ultimately get me through these last 8 weeks. I'm really struggling.
       
    19. jb96734
      Cheeky

      jb96734 Member

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Hi @Natalie Roberts - I am currently pregnant at 8 weeks and I feel like my tinnitus is getting worse each week. I did develop T during by third pregnancy which unfortunately I had a miscarriage (happened in November 2015) then got pregnant early January of this year. After the miscarriage my T was barely noticeable, but not that I'm pregnant again, it got louder. I was wondering if your T got better after giving birth?
       
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    20. Natalie Roberts
      Depressed

      Natalie Roberts Member Benefactor

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Pregnancy or mild hearing loss.. Who knows.
      Im sorry to hear about your miscarriage :(

      This is also my third pregnancy and the only time I've ever experienced tinnitus that was not fleeting.. My tinnitus seems the same (maybe slightly better) since I gave birth 4 weeks ago, however my reaction to my tinnitus is much better. I don't have as much anxiety to it as I did when it initially started so I feel better overall. I think it may be improving slightly though which is a plus. My ent said if my tinnitus is caused from my hormones it should resolve after pregnancy when my hormones return to normal (after several months) or it could last for a few months after i stop breastfeeding. There's just no saying for sure. But my ent said pregnancy hormones can cause changes in hearing and vision so to wait it out;) I am hopeful it continues improving over time.
       
    21. jb96734
      Cheeky

      jb96734 Member

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      @
      I'm glad it has gotten slightly better for you and I'm hopeful as well. I was just recently diagnosed with Eustachian Tube Disorder, so I am not too sure which caused my T to start. If it was from my 3rd pregnancy or my ETD. I had a bad week this past week, letting my T get to the best of me, crying almost every night. Last night when I found this forum and reading "success stories" I told my self "I'm young and I have two kids and one on the way - I have a lot to live for and this T will not break me down." I'm glad I found a mom on here. :) I believe the support of this forum will definitely help me cope. Crossing fingers that after your hormones stabilize and soon after your done breastfeeding that your T subsides as well.
       
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    22. Natalie Roberts
      Depressed

      Natalie Roberts Member Benefactor

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Pregnancy or mild hearing loss.. Who knows.
      I have gotten a bunch of support here with women who have gone through tinnitus during pregnancy, mothers who have tinnitus and everyone else on this forum who have helped me stay sane!


      When my tinnitus first started I cried a ton and had panic attacks all the time. That was over 4 months ago and I'm doing so much better now!the support and information I found here helped me a ton to get to where I am now! I don't have any sort of ear disfunction and they aren't sure what the cause of my tinnitus is (whether pregnancy or hearing loss) but I am still hopeful it continues improving!

      Tinnitus is hard and it's really hard dealing with tinnitus while being a mom and pregnant on top of all that! But know you have your kids to live for and try and focus on them when things get really rough. From what my ent and perinatologist told me tinnitus caused by pregnancy usually goes away at some point after delivery but it can take time or it can be instant. I've heard from several women here who knew someone with tinnitus during pregnancy and it went away after delivery so it could happen for you (and me) too!

      One thing that I've learned is time is the biggest alley in this battle! As time has gone on for me I've felt better and better. It does take time though and it's hard while you're waiting to get to that point. Once you stop giving your tinnitus all your attention you can start to heal. It's easier said then done, I get it. But it really does happen- I promise! I never thought I would be where I am today when this first started. I thought my life was over in the beginning and now it's just an annoyance..

      Anyway I'm here whenever you need support!
       
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    23. jeannie
      Stressed

      jeannie Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise-induced, Ear Infection, Medication... Who knows?
      If being pregnant and changing hormones can cause tinnitus, I wonder about peri/menopause..?I had asked my gynecologist and he said no of course.but I'm thinking yes.
       
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