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    1. angela aird

      angela aird Guest

      Hi iam 46 female from the South of England. My Tinnitus started in April 2013 i have never had any problems with my ears until then.

      First time i went to the doctors with the problem he prescribed me a nasal spray, the 2nd time anithistermine (sp) and passed me onto the ENT at the local hospital. Finally after 4 months i got my appointment to basically be told nothing we can do.

      I have bad bouts of tinnitus for about a week then it seems to quieten down for awhile (never goes away) but don't seem as bad. Then comes back extremely bad every 6 weeks or so for a week.When its this bad i hardly sleep its my whole head that is effected, a very loud white noise kind of sound. I have got to the point i hate bedtime, i stay up as late as possible but that still don't help, as soon as i lay down it starts, music do not help. iam at my wits end and wondered if anyone could give me any more ideas.

      many thanks.
    2. Cher69

      Cher69 Member Benefactor

      York, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      Hi Angela - I understand the sleeping stuff - I dreaded bedtime as I knew long hours lay ahead willing mysellf to sleep. So my advice to you now is to go ans ask for help with this - in my experience which is only limited and I started with T in May and my biggest hurdle was sleep - I found the following worked eventually.

      Initially sleeping tablets from the doc = got me some sleep a few nights but didnt put me on the road to dealing with this so if you need a few nights sleep to recover then sleep tablets can help as a temp relief.

      Long term - I needed 2 sorts of Anti D's citalopram got me sorted after a few weeks but then I dipped again - I should have gone back to the docs then but I delayed and tried various other ideas - which didnt work for me but can for others - acupuncture, herbal stuff etc I followed good sleep routines etc etc but just couldnt regain my ability to 'go to bed and know I would sleep'

      The doc eventually put me on another type of AntI D that has helped and to date Im still on this combination

      I have also helped myself with the following - general rules - no coffee after noon - and I have started and enjoy relaxation routines for self help - everyday I take time to un-wind and listen to my selection of guided meditation stuff.

      I believe in doctors and drugs but I also believe in self help what ever that means for each of us.

      My T is annoying at the moment due to a cold I hope - recently before the cold I was sleeping without any masking but I now need this again and I have found white noise too annoying so I prefer different sort of masking - again its about finding what works and helps you and be prepared to change it.

      The other thing I did when sleep was a 'worry' was to sleep on the sofa - try not to think ' omg its bedtime' instead think im comfy on the sofa get a duvet pillow and settle down to watch TV put the TV on a timer so if you fall asleep it goes off and your warm and comfy and will sleep for a while if you awake try not to think negative think - I have slept and I didnt try !! Each night I did this and each night the sleep I got turned into a positive rather than a negative.

      Eventually I then moved back to the bedroom and did the same - focus on the positive sleep even if 4 or 5 hours dont think OMG Ive not slept 7-8 hours one day you will I promise.

      I now sometimes sleep all night and wake up amazed and proud I have - the nights I dont then I think well I got 4/5/6 hours sleep or whatever and then that will do until tomorrow !

      Try to find positives and they will build into bigger gains - but do go to the doc for help if you need a little more support.

      Once you master sleep (from my experience) the rest will follow

      Cher xx
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