Nightly Tinnitus Attacks/Spikes — The Reason?

Discussion in 'Support' started by Lesky, Jan 11, 2013.

    1. Lesky

      Lesky Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      12/1997
      Hi folks.

      I am getting crazy piercing tinnitus attacks during the night which is up to 5 x time louder than my usual level. I always wake up shocked and scared with the intensity of the sounds and physical sensations in the head/ear connected to the tinnitus.

      The weirdest sensation is a humming, vibrating sound as of a generator or refrigerator. It has my brain/head buzzing/vibrating every 3rd second. Its like having electrical stimuli in the head which makes sleep impossible.

      Whats the reason for this? I am spending the days in a silent environment, so its not that my ears are responding to bad exposure to sound during the day.

      When I wake up in the morning my bad ear is "aching" and feels tired from enduring the storm of the night. Once upon the time my ear would feel rested after 8-12 hours of sleep and not exhausted like this!

      I´m taking Mirtazapin for sleep, but I feel with these attacks getting worse and worse its not enough.

      Thanks in advance.

      Regards
      L
       
    2. Molan
      No Mood

      Molan Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2005
      Hello Lesky have you been to your Doctor to rule out any current problems in your ears, nose or throat? If there is a current undiagnosed infection this could be what it causing you problems at the moment.
       
    3. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      Lesky

      Lesky Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      12/1997
      Molan: Thanks for the reply.

      Should I not feel any symptoms of infection to have it? I mean I do not feel like I am sick or have a cold or anything else. Could I still have an infection without experiencing any of the usual symptoms of a cold?
       
    4. Molan
      No Mood

      Molan Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2005
      Infections can come in sorts of shapes and forms. Their symptoms may not always be obvious or in some cases cannot even be felt for a quite a while.

      Since there has been a change to your Tinnitus at night time it must have been triggered by something. It could also be something in your diet perhaps. If it were me I would go to the Doctor just to rule out any obvious infection.
       
    5. Karl

      Karl Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Chicago
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2011
      Lesky-
      Do you think it's the Mirtazapin? How long have you been taking it?

      I take it and I really like it. It gives me good dreams. But could it be affecting you differently?
       
    6. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      Lesky

      Lesky Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      12/1997
      Hi Karl.

      I have been taking Mirtazapin since 2009 and have never experienced any change to my tinnitus on it previously. It does not have tinnitus as a side effect as I am sure you know.

      Without going into specifics: In october 2011 I overexposed myself to sound and as a result got worse tinnitus, hyperacusis and also chronic ear pain.

      Even since then - the last 16 months I have been getting gradually worse = more sound sensitivity, more chronic ear pain and lately my tinnitus has also begun flaring up on a regular basis. I think these nightly attacks is related to my ongoing aggrevation of ear problems.

      I can´t know for sure, but my feeling is that Mirtazapin has nothing to do with it. I say that because when my ears were "better", I never had any issues that could possible be related to Mirtazapin.

      I just figured I would ask if others has similar experiences at night. Furthermore I have no explanation to why my general condition is getting worse, thus not being able to say for sure whats causing these nightly spikes. I just hope they won´t leave a more lasting impression on the days than it has thus far.

      Amazingly some of the sounds I hear these nights I have not heard in my head since back in 1997-1999 when I first got tinnitus.
       
    7. Karl

      Karl Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Chicago
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2011
      Lesky -
      Tinnitus is a constantly puzzling. A neurologist may be able to help.
       
    8. Ron Robles
      Confused

      Ron Robles Member

      Location:
      Tucson arizona
      Tinnitus Since:
      Sept 4 2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Not sure
      Ok who takes what for sleep or headaches that does not spike thier tinnitus please help I get headaches and take tylenol and does not help has anybody tried adivl and no spikes.
       

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