Had to Quit Smoking Weed Because of Tinnitus

Discussion in 'Support' started by JustCallMeZee, Jun 23, 2018.

    1. JustCallMeZee

      JustCallMeZee Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Constant exposure to loud music from earphones
      I'm a 19 year old in his freshmen year. I live in Pretoria, South Africa, and I think it's really cool to be able to interact with people from all over the world like this. So I'd like to say to all: good morning, good afternoon, and good evening

      I thought it would be a good idea to share the experience I've had with weed since my tinnitus became severe.

      Weed makes my tinnitus worse. Not only while I'm high (temporary spike), but even after I sober up, it stays worse. I've experienced the permanent spiking of my tinnitus four times because of weed, the first time loud music was involved, and the other three times, no loud noise was present. So I'm pretty sure about saying that weed has made my tinnitus worse.

      My tinnitus is already extremely severe, because I can't: watch TV, videos on my phone, play my ps4, listen to music (even at a low volume), or even chill with my family & friends (which is the worst). My tinnitus spikes if I do any of these things. Some call this Reactive Tinnitus, some say it's just a symptom of hyperacusis. Though my tinnitus is severe and seems to be getting worse daily, I am still hopeful.

      Well, I just wanted to share my experiences with recreational marijuana, especially for those who are continuously doing extensive research on tinnitus. I understand that not everyone's T gets worse when they smoke, actually, most just seem to experience a temporary spike. But I also understand that everybody's T is different, which is why I felt the need to share my experience.

      My T is noise induced if anybody is wondering.

      Have a wonderful day/night everyone.
       
      Last edited: Jun 23, 2018
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    2. J.Hartog
      Worried

      J.Hartog Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Netherlands
      Tinnitus Since:
      2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Life
      My experience also, weed spikes my T. Kind of sucks but maybe better for me.

      What is it that makes you hopeful if I may ask?
       
    3. John_415

      John_415 Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Netherlands
      Tinnitus Since:
      20-12-2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced
      Hey,
      I did weed once after T onset and had a very bad night, it just increases the way I feel so if I don't feel good with T it enhanced that.

      CBD oil also has a mellowing effect on me, perhaps thats a substitute? Some people on this forum noticed it could increase of maybe decrease T (sometimes permanently up or down) so do take care when using that. For me my T and H just stay the same with this.

      You also had T because of earplugs I see. I use the Etymotic EK5 sound limited earplugs that cap at 85db. Still high but perhaps if you have to listen I think they are a big improvement.

      Can I ask if your T was because of 1 noise exposure or because of many concecutive noise exposure??
      Im still at light T here, had some T that sounded average (hearing it during the day) after a major spike a while ago, but it went away (after using prednison). So im really walking on eggshells sometimes here to not go there again.
       
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    4. Bam

      Bam Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Neck/stress
      You had to quit weed....I had to quit life.
       
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    5. PetitGarsTimide
      Caffeine

      PetitGarsTimide Member

      Location:
      Twin Peaks
      Tinnitus Since:
      2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Dumb teenager who listened to loud music everytime
      Thanks for sharing your experience man, hope it will get a better for you ...
       
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    6. john paul
      English

      john paul Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      11/11/17
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      acoustic trauma
      Yeah same for me, cant smoke/vape or it will be increased for days afterwards. Its just not enjoyable anymore so ive stopped completely after 20 years of abuse. In my case its for the best anyway so i'm actually happy about it although i still have odd days where i wish i could. Unfortunatly i've learnt that fun and tinnitus just dont mix. :( but i try to see the positive aspects of everything.
       
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    7. Ed209

      Ed209 Member Podcast Patron Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      07/2015
      Hi Bam, how long have you had T for? I saw your post in another thread about your brother saving your life. That’s some heartbreaking stuff.
       
    8. Bam

      Bam Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Neck/stress
      @Ed209 Nearly 8 months or so in and yeah it’s a massive struggle to stay alive. I struggle to get out of bed because i miss my old life something crazy. My health was my sanctuary from depression, and this new broken, torturous existence just isn’t for me. I can’t work, can’t even watch TV as my T is so loud it drowns out the dialogue and I can’t concentrate on anything anyway. I walk by the motorway and the T screams over the top of it. I don’t think average people can even fathom T like this exists. It’s pure torture 24/7.

      I worry that even if I get through the summer the winter will almost certainly kill me off as I suffer from SAD and always struggled in those months when it’s darker. I never realised how mentally fragile i was until I got this and the manner in which it’s happened is heartbreaking. I can’t connect with anyone anymore I’m so consumed with the noise and the sadness of it all. All my joy is gone. The only way I could ever survive this is if the noise literally stopped dead tomorrow and I could then work on regaining my desire to live and rebuilding my fractured mind. Of course that’s not going to happen so I fear that’s it for me I’m afraid.
       
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    9. Ed209

      Ed209 Member Podcast Patron Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      07/2015
      I understand your misery, I really do. I’ll try not to make a long winded-post, but I want you to know that your depression is a fundamental part of your suffering. Tinnitus and depression together is a recipe for disaster, but, there is hope for you. If you can find an effective way to treat your depression I believe it will have a knock on effect to how you perceived your T. You’ve probably read my story, but, I’ll repeat it in case you haven’t. I felt just like you. My tinnitus is also louder than the TV, motorway (highway), etc, and is very piercing and multilayered. I’d already been through some seriously traumatic stuff earlier in my life when I had another condition and the surgery to correct it failed. I wanted to die that night because the suffering was unbearable. So, when my T ramped up to significant levels forcing me to quit my career in live music, I was beyond devastated. My entire life evolved around music, so to have it ripped away from me, was too much to bear. I became suicidal and was barely functional. But, over time I began to re-evaluate my life and realised I had to accept the noise or I’d never be happy again. Something in me changed when I did, and over time I stopped caring so much about it. Nowadays, it’s not so much of a big deal to me - which sounds crazy I know - I never thought it would be possible to feel this happy again.

      What I have noticed, is that if I’m depressed, or stressed out, my T gets even worse. So in my case, there is a definite relationship between how I’m feeling and how bad the T perception is in my brain. If we consistently associate negative emotions to our T, our subconscious knows, and drives it more and more into our active awareness. This vicious cycle is incredibly hard to break, but it can be done.

      Being depressed makes getting out of bed hard let alone anything else, which is why it’s important that you try and get more help with it if you feel you need it. In the meantime write down an action plan of what you want to achieve in your life and strive to make it happen. Setting up small goals for yourself is a great way to motivate the brain and get you out of the downward spiral you’re in. Have you ever tried cold shock therapy? Swimming in cold, or ice cold, water? Might be worth looking into as it can have a dramatic effect on our mood. I only improved when I started getting involved with life again. The noise in my head slowly became less and less significant as time passed and I kept myself busy. Exercise in general is also very beneficial.

      Please know that there will always be support for you here on this forum. Love and time can heal all wounds.
       
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    10. john paul
      English

      john paul Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      11/11/17
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      acoustic trauma
      facking hell man :(
       
    11. AUTHOR
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      JustCallMeZee

      JustCallMeZee Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Constant exposure to loud music from earphones
      I'm only 19, the fact that I have my whole life ahead of me really keeps me going. I wanna get my degree. I wanna find a good job. I wanna build my dream house. I wanna start a family. And I wanna see my kids grow. All that keeps me motivated, and though the tinnitus is unbearable at times, living a full life is worth it, so Imma keep going. But most importantly, what keeps me hopeful, is my faith in Christ. I don't want to impose my beliefs on anyone, so I'm not going to say much about this. All I'm gonna say is that the fact that I'm happy and my mental health is stable in the midst of the continuous screeching in my head, goes to show that God is answering my prayers. I know I'm going to get better.

      I've had T for 4 years now. I was going through depression and to cope with that depression I would listen to loud music on earphones almost every hour I was awake. That's how it initially developed, I was 15 at the time. But it was relatively mild, to a point where I habituated in short space of time. I remember it was a high pitched tone but low in volume.

      It wasn't until last year December, where I started going to clubs, drinking and smoking (things I've never done before) that my tinnitus became a problem. Fast forward to today, my T is at an all time high, multiple tones (about 5 in the left ear and 4 in the right) and they're all competing to see who can drive me the craziest. Lol.

      So to answer your question, it was definitely consecutive noise exposure.

      I feel you man :( like I said I can't even chill with my friends and family, imagine all the other things I had to give up too. Hang in there man. It WILL get better, for the both of us.
       
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    12. Bam

      Bam Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Neck/stress
      In a strange way I’m okay with it JP. I’ve no kids, I’m nearly 40 so had a decent tilt at life. Never much wanted to get old and now I certainly don’t with this crap. My old man was only early 40’s when he died and I had a feeling the same might happen to me. What do they say about the good and death.
       
    13. john paul
      English

      john paul Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      11/11/17
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      acoustic trauma
      Have you tried any supplements? Some anti inflammatory stuff might help? have you literally had no change or moments of relief? Been to doctors? stress induced T can resolve once the stress is tackled or so iv read.
       
    14. glynis
      Feminine

      glynis Member Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame

      Location:
      England,
      Tinnitus Since:
      2004
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Meniere's Disease
      @Bam,
      Tinnitus can be mental torture for some people and life to cruel to live this way.
      I know because I suffer greatly with my ears and other issues .
      I am in a better place than I was two years ago with my ears but it's been hard loosing my parents in the same to years and heart ripping.
      Life can get better but we are the one's whom can only make it happen with small steps in the right direction and it's the positive times that build up and out way the down times.
      I still struggle health wise and trying hard get to grips with all of it that stuffs up plans and physically draining...
      but hey ! I bounce back so never give up on life and fight for a better life for you and be proud of what you achieve ....
      love glynis x
       
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    15. NcName

      NcName Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      I'm relatively new to the experience of tinnitus. Mine initially began around 2 months ago and luckily went away. Within that time period I did research and used that research along with my own experience and formulated a hypothesis on the main cause of tinnitus.

      My best educated guess is that tinnitus has very much to do with our circulatory system. Weed has adverse effects on our blood and blood flow. Research proves this.

      Again this is purely speculative but I'm inclined to believe it as true.

      Obviously, if marijuana is causing your symptoms to worsen you need to quit or suffer the consequences. Plain and simple.
       
    16. Wolfears

      Wolfears Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      Jan 20/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Most likely accoustic trauma

      Hang in there bro...sounds like your damage is of physical nature (neck injury).
      These things can be fixed.
      If I were you, I would find the best chiropractors, osteopaths and accupuncturists money can buy and go as frequently as possible.
       
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    17. Starthrower
      Wtf

      Starthrower Member Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      January 2002
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Dental Surgery

      Ahh @Bam this makes sense. You are almost the same age as your father when he passed away in his early forties. Believe me there is so much ahead for you. And dealing with the age of your father and your own age with tinnitus...

      I agree with @Wolfears but I suggest looking into physical therapy for your neck issues. That really helped me.
       

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