Habituation Setback

Discussion in 'Support' started by clare hart, Jul 15, 2014.

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    1. clare hart

      clare hart Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2010
      Months ago when I first joined the forum, I wrote how well habituation was working for me. Well, the last couple months, especially the last couple weeks, this has changed. I am aware of it all day and especially of course in the silence of my bedroom at night. Even masking it with the fan which used to work, when it first became an issue for me, doesn't help much.

      I am wondering if others find that increased tension in their lives will affect their T. I have had a stiff neck, tension due to finances, and find myslff gripping my steering wheel, tensing my jaw (I also have TMJ disorder), or just tightening my shoulders and posture to make it worse. I have to do deep breathing to try to relax and have the headache go away. Sometimes that works.

      Headaches have come back (though last time they didn't increase the T) about 2 months ago.

      I am not willing to take meds like ativan, but I also have not started any supplements like I have often read about. So I will look into these threads again and try some things.

      Just looking for some feedback. Thanks a bunch, Clare
       
    2. clare hart

      clare hart Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2010
      I just read this thread: https://www.tinnitustalk.com/threads/tinnitus-spike-and-upset-tummy.5483/

      I too have been having GI upset (was never a problem for me before, not for a week at a time, one week off, one on, etc.) for a couple months. I never associated it with the tinnitus increasing, just thought it was part of the fibromayalgia and anxiety. So much to learn.
       
    3. Kathi
      Balanced

      Kathi Member Benefactor

      Location:
      NJ/USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/30/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      HFHL and stress
      @clare hart --
      When I had my onset of T, I had GI problems--for about 4 months. Then when I got the anxiety under control (I used to grip my steering wheel and clench my jaw), the GI problems cleared up. I take Xanax under a doctor's supervision, with no problems--but I understand if you don't want to take any meds.

      I'm habituating but I notice that when I'm anxious, my T is more intrusive. From what I learned here, increased tensions=stress=anxiety. I started walking briskly daily and I do meditation and relaxation exercises--they help my feeling of well being.

      I hope you feel better soon. ((Hugs))
       
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    4. clare hart

      clare hart Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2010
      Thanks Kathi. I need to get back into yoga. A number of my physical issues are limiting that, but I shouldn't let that stop me. Roller blading is another thing I used to like to do. I think if I pcik up again with some of this physical exercise, it will ease the anxiety, increase the dopamine, and so on. :)

      Thanks for your encouragement. :huganimation:
       
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    5. I who love music
      Cheerful

      I who love music Member

      Location:
      Michigan
      Tinnitus Since:
      mid seventies
      I'm a shrugger, a teeth grinder, a worrier, a former migraine sufferer (24 yrs), and living with T for over 40 years.
      I'll be short..
      Measure your response to T. Do not measure the T. This is magic.
       
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    6. clare hart

      clare hart Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2010
      Thanks music man. That is good advice and I am taking it to heart. I love magic.
       
    7. valeri

      valeri Member Benefactor Team Awareness

      Location:
      Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2011
    8. clare hart

      clare hart Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2010
      Thanks for the encouragement Kathi. The GI stuff is a bit better. I am going to talk to my doctor about Xanax. I am probably just being stubborn because I used to rely on Valium (not for long thank god) and benzos scare me.

      I agree about the meditation. I will have to find a peaseful area (my fiance comes home from work about noon or 1 and puts on the tv for "background noise," reruns of old comedy series often. All they sound like to me is canned laughter.) and meditate. I am usually fairly calm but the irritation is just below the surface some days.
       
    9. I who love music
      Cheerful

      I who love music Member

      Location:
      Michigan
      Tinnitus Since:
      mid seventies
      It's supposed to get you thinking about your response to T, not the T. And it does. And of course, thinking about your response to T gets boring, ... and suddenly, well, not suddenly, but pretty soon you're not noticing the T. BeCAUSE, you've told your brain to measure your response, not the T.
      It is magic.
       
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    10. Jay M
      Thinking

      Jay M Member

      Location:
      South Carolina, USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      4/4/14
      TNT. ...KaBoom!
      Tinnitus 'N Tension are like chocolate and peanut butter.
       
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    11. washashore
      Fine

      washashore Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Massachusetts
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2014
      Delicious?
       
    12. clare hart

      clare hart Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2010
      I like both separately, but not together - wrinkling nose.

      Do I win? :rolleyes:
       
    13. Leah

      Leah Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Chardon, Ohio USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      2007
      Wow, great advice just in time ..spike arrived this morning.
       
    14. I who love music
      Cheerful

      I who love music Member

      Location:
      Michigan
      Tinnitus Since:
      mid seventies
      ... and what was your response to it? Be honest.
      The next time, measure your response again.
      Don't measure the T.
      In a few weeks you'll probably differently about T.
       
    15. clare hart

      clare hart Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2010
      So today my T is not apparent as it has been during the day, and when I plug my ears is only slightly there. I expect this is an anomoly, lol. My T is not as severe as many report so it is probably more likely I will experience more periods when it is mild. But it is far better than the last couple weeks so I am enjoying that. Maybe my stress level has gone down. I know I don't feel the physical tension as much and the tightness and soreness is almost absent from my neck.
       
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    16. Leah

      Leah Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Chardon, Ohio USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      2007
      How did I respond? Very upset, :(
       
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    17. I who love music
      Cheerful

      I who love music Member

      Location:
      Michigan
      Tinnitus Since:
      mid seventies
      That's a good response because it's honest. Keep doing it.
       
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