Need Some Positive Support Please!

Discussion in 'Support' started by Karen Parsons, Jan 11, 2016.

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    1. Karen Parsons

      Karen Parsons Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      I am a new person on this forum & it has been amazing to read all the positive posts from people who are living with T & still able to enjoy their lives. Unfortunately I am not doing so well at the mo! My T started very suddenly in Aug 2013 & I (as with many others) found it extremely difficult in the beginning. This time last year I was in a much better place & was living with my at much better & had many days when I hardly noticed it. Then in April the menopause kicked in with a vengeance & almost over night my anxiety returned & has been there ever since! In Oct last year I thought I would try HRT but had a really bad reaction & it really made me feel very poorly for a while, in fact I'm still not feeling 100%. The worst thing is though is that my T has shifted completely (I think this is due to all the anxiety I have been feeling) & I have new noises in both ears & I am in a complete panic about what to do, I feel I am back at square one but with the added stress of my hormones being all over the place - not sure how much longer I can cope!!
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    2. glynis-harbron

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

      England, Stoke-on-Trent
      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Meniere's Disease
      Hi Karen,
      Welcome to the forums.
      Anxiety can spike tinnitus and anxiety with the menopause .
      I would see your doctor for help with anxiety and talking therapy to help so don't suffer in silence .
      For the sound itself you can download sounds to help mask tinnitus like a app called Relax And Sleep.

      Sound therapy at night will help you and keep it below your tinnitus sound.
      Your brain will work hard to listen to the lower sound you have chosen and pushes your tinnitus to the background and that helps in the day too.

      Im 50 and at the menopause stage so know how it can make you feel.
      keep posting for support...lots of love glynis
    3. Owen

      Owen Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unclear. Inflammatory allergic reaction/AIED
      You have my deepest sympathy. I'd be lying if I said I was in a good position to offer support, as 18 months since onset, my tinnitus is in fact 2, distinctly different types of tinnitus, with one being central, whilst the second is in the ear. the central one gets louder, then quieter, then disappears for a bit, then back, whilst the ear one changes in amplitude and cannot decide if it is continual or chirping. As I type this, I have just, this second heard a slight change and a drop in volume of the central one, even though I am totally aware of it and thinking about it. Any second now though and it could pick up again.

      I too have issues with hormones - in my case, thyroid hormones - and depression, anxiety etc. are all symptoms of thyroid problems and also my emotional response to tinnitus!

      Sadly, I have no idea what causes my tinnitus flare ups, they do not seem to relate to how tired I am, how stressed I am, what I've eaten, my emotional state, or anything I can quantify.

      All I can offer is to try and think back to those moments when it has settled down and you have coped well. It's what I do. Last night I had a terrible night of virtually no sleep, but I just think to myself that only a couple of days earlier, I managed to sleep through without issue. I also remember that only a few weeks ago, it settled for a couple of weeks and I had a fortnight of good quality, rested sleep.

      Oh and there it goes getting louder again :confused:

      Oddly, it has just made me think of the following Harry Potter quote:
      "Ah! Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans! I was most unfortunate in my youth to come across a vomit-flavoured one. And since then, I'm afraid I've lost my liking for them. But I think I could be safe with a nice toffee... Hum! Alas! Earwax."
    4. Sound Wave

      Sound Wave Member Benefactor Team Tech

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Probably headphones
      In your case positive support is easy -> you have habituated once, so you can do it again.

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