I Am a New Member Joining the Pulsating Tinnitus of the Left Ear Club

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    1. terry123

      terry123 Member

      Location:
      Everett WA
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2012
      I am experiencing a lot of anxiety, panic, and I am so glad I found this website.

      The doctors have found signs of possible infection and are treating the infection with cipro drops.

      I am seeing an eye nose and throat specilist next week for testing. Reading and being able to share with fellow suffers will be of great support for me.

      I am going to take a deep breath and hope and pray, and deal not only with the noise in my head but the anxiety and no that I AM NOT ALONE !!

      Terry
       
    2. Emma

      Emma Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2012
      Cipro drops are "ototoxic", meaning they can cause T or cause it to get worse. What do you mean "possible" infection? One ent said I had and ear infection but I went to a different doc and he said I didnt. I wasnt willing to take any extra medication just so the ent could cover his back just in case I got an infection. What were the signs of infection he said you had?
       
    3. terry123

      terry123 Member

      Location:
      Everett WA
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2012
      He said I had redness, tendernes, sensitivity and he observed changes in the eardrum.
      The sound volume and pain have gotten better, I hve been using the drops for three days and seem to be improving.
      I am having a rough time with the anxiety and panic feelings. I am learning to breathe deeply and try to relax with some positive effects too. I really felt alone and baffled and wondered if I ccouls live twith this insane sounds repaeating themselves. After finding this site if others can do it for years Maybe I can too. the alternitiver sounds a little too peaceful for me
       
    4. Emma

      Emma Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2012
      Oh I see. I am scared when people take ear drops because I know they are ototoxic. I was just worried that you were being prescribed these unnecessarily. I dont know what would be an alternative to ear drops for an infection, except for a machine called an earpopper that pushes air through your nose and is supposed to clear fluid from the ear. I never tried it so i cant say for sure if it is safe or effective. anxiety can be treated either with exercise, therapy, medications so you can definately feel better with time. How would you describe these "insane sounds"? If you like, you can share that info on this thread:

      https://www.tinnitustalk.com/threads/describe-your-tinnitus.1075/
       
    5. Jardojo

      Jardojo Member

      Location:
      Arlington, Texas
      Tinnitus Since:
      07/2012
      I initially saw a PCP about my ear with T and she said I had a subtle infection, prescribed me generic antibiotic drops and said "it might cure the tinnitus." When I went to the ENT specialist they told me to throw the drops away. Like Emma said, some doctors will prescribe you something just to cover themselves or they just dont know what else to tell you. A second opinion might be a good idea. Hope you get better!
       
    6. terry123

      terry123 Member

      Location:
      Everett WA
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2012
      A pulsating ring heatbeat timed in the left ear and skull. Am I doing this chat thing correctly?

      I am new to the website??

      I would guess from my reading it is low volume sound, based on the water faucett test.
       
    7. Emma

      Emma Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2012
      Terry- are you familiar with the term Pulsatile Tinnitus. I think that is the type of tinnitus that is timed with the heart beat.
       
    8. Karen
      Talkative

      Karen Manager Staff Benefactor Hall of Fame Ambassador

      Location:
      U.S.
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2010
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      First time: Noise 2nd Time: Ototoxic drug
      Hi, Terry,
      Welcome! I'm also experiencing pulsatile tinnitus. I've had it for almost 3 years now, and I have a high-pitched ringing sound, plus the pulsating timed to my heartbeat. When mine first started, I didn't know what was going on! I had never heard of pulsatile tinnitus until I did some research on the internet and finally figured it out for myself.

      I'll be interested to hear what your doctor has to say when you go back for testing. Please keep us posted!
       
    9. terry123

      terry123 Member

      Location:
      Everett WA
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2012
      I have an appointment schedule for wed of next with with ENT specialist.

      I would really like to hear more about you ! and your experiences with this.

      How long have you been dealing with this .

      HOW DO YOU LEARN TO COPE WITH THE FEELINGS THAT GO WITH THIS PROBLEM???

      I HOPE I CAN FIND THE COURAGE AND ENDURANCE NECESSARY TO LIVE DAILY WITH THIS?

      I NEED TO KNOW IF THERE IS A REAL POSSIBILTY OF LIVING HAPPY AND PRODUCTIVELY WITH THIS.

      YOUR SUPPORT AND IMPUT ARE SORELY NEEDED AND APPRECIATED.
       
    10. terry123

      terry123 Member

      Location:
      Everett WA
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2012
      HOW DO YOU LIVE WITH IT ?
      I AM HOPING TO GET THROUGH THE ANXIETY AND THE PANIC STAGE THAT IS JUST SETTING IN NOW?
       
    11. Karen
      Talkative

      Karen Manager Staff Benefactor Hall of Fame Ambassador

      Location:
      U.S.
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2010
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      First time: Noise 2nd Time: Ototoxic drug
      That's a good question. I guess I've learned to cope as best I can with it. I went through the same panic and anxiety stage that you are now going through. I'm doing much better now than I was then, but I still find it hard to get through each day. Mine is quietest in the morning, and bad in the late afternoon. I've learned that it seems to go in cycles, along with my blood pressure. My blood pressure is very good (optimal, actually) in the morning, but in the late afternoon, it can be pretty high (not terrible, but, say 140/85). So what I do to cope is go for a walk at that time of the day. That brings my blood pressure back down to 120/80 range, and so does eating dinner. Then, I usually feel better again to get through the evening.

      In other words, I have a sort of daily routine or rhythym that I am trying to live with.

      I've had various tests, including MRI/MRA of brain, CT scan of temporal bone area, and carotid artery scan. Nothing turned up that was unusual. So, I'm still searching for answers, just as you are. In the meantime, I take various supplements to keep myself calm. The only prescription drug I take is Synthroid, for hypothyroidism. I've heard, by the way, that having a thyroid condition can bring on pulsatile tinnitus.

      I'm just taking it day to day, as you are, and hoping that it will either one day calm down, or I'll find a solution.
       
    12. Fish
      Balanced

      Fish Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Poland
      Tinnitus Since:
      July 2012
      Welcome to TT forum.

      I don't want to scare you of course because we all react differently but my own tinnitus (regular not pulsatile) started shortly after using cipro antibiotic. I am not 100% if that was the cause but I will NEVER EVER take this drug again in my life. Recently I was sick and asked my doctor for a safer alternative - I got an amoxicillin antibiotic that didn't make my T worse.

      Good luck.
       
    13. Emma

      Emma Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2012
      I am referring here to cipro drops. i cant speak for ALL ear drops
       
    14. Karen
      Talkative

      Karen Manager Staff Benefactor Hall of Fame Ambassador

      Location:
      U.S.
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2010
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      First time: Noise 2nd Time: Ototoxic drug
      Emma, I'm glad you noted that, about the ear drops.

      I'm scared of any type of drug with the name Cipro (ear drops or pills) after what I've heard about it. It seems that Cipro is highly ototoxic, as you and Fish say, and it can cause other side effects for some people that don't show up until months after they've taken it.

      I took Cipro myself after the onset of my bad tinnitus, before I knew about the side effects, but I guess I was one of the lucky ones; it didn't seem to make my tinnitus any worse than it already was! Anyway, to be safe, it would be best to ask your doctor for something other than Cipro.
       
    15. Jardojo

      Jardojo Member

      Location:
      Arlington, Texas
      Tinnitus Since:
      07/2012
      I havent had it for long, going on 8 months now. I think initially coming to grips with it is the hardest. I cant say Im really coping that well so I dont know if Im the one you want to ask. I think Im still grieving. Now, I have good days and bad days. Sometimes I forget I have it and some days its louder and I get really depressed. I hope I can adjust to it eventually but so far that hasnt happened for me.
       
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