Nose Spray Solved It!

Discussion in 'Success Stories' started by Jamie G, May 27, 2016.

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    1. Jamie G

      Jamie G Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear infection/swollen Eustachian tubes
      I had a really bad cold and blocked ears in September last year, antibiotics helped the blocked ears to finally clear but as my hearing returned to normal I could hear a high pitched ringing sound. Having been worried there was nothing that could be done about it, I went to an ENT doctor and he used a camera to identify swelling inside my nose. He prescribed a couple of sprays and the swelling went down and now 2 months later the sound is virtually unnoticeable :)

      Jamie
       
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    2. christinefisher
      Worried

      christinefisher Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Greece
      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud Noise
      Happy you are free now :)))
       
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    3. JohnnyMx
      Sunshine

      JohnnyMx Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Apr/2013
      Great news!

      Just remember... take care of your ears more than ever!
       
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    4. barbb

      barbb Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
    5. Jamie G

      Jamie G Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear infection/swollen Eustachian tubes
      I used one called Otrivine Adult Nasal Spray for a week and another called Avamys Nasal Spray suspension for 6 weeks @barbb
       
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    6. barbb

      barbb Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      I will mention them to my ENT
      Are they prescriptions? @Jamie G
       
    7. Jamie G

      Jamie G Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear infection/swollen Eustachian tubes
      @barbb yes they were prescriptions, took a couple of days for my GP to order them on the NHS. I wish you luck! :)
       
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    8. Coleman Shedman

      Coleman Shedman Member

      Location:
      Maryland USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Glad for your success. So basically this is Afrin (nasal decongestant spray) followed by Flonase (nasal steroid spray) if I'm not mistaken? Do you not live in the US? Neither of those requires an Rx here.
       
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    9. barbb

      barbb Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
    10. Coleman Shedman

      Coleman Shedman Member

      Location:
      Maryland USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      barbb, essentially yes. I think Otrivine is slightly different chemically than Afrin or Dristan or whatever but pretty sure they work about the same and are equally effective. Avamys (again my understanding) is chemically the same as Flonase. I wouldn't use a nasal decongestant (Afrin, etc) for more than 3 days in a row without talking to a doctor first. Flonase I think is pretty safe long term. I've been using it daily for a couple of weeks now to see if it helps. I'm told it can take up to 6 weeks to notice a difference so I'll probably give it at least a couple of months. (Maybe doctors just tell people to use it on the off chance that it will help and, even if it doesn't, maybe they hope you'll habituate by the time you figure out it doesn't).
       
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    11. Jamie G

      Jamie G Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear infection/swollen Eustachian tubes
      Update: turns out it didn't entirely solve the problem. Seems that my tubes became swollen again after I stopped using the spray. I find a combination of decongestants and restarting the nose spray really helps but the T ends up returning again quite quickly soon after I stop. After a few days of nose spray/decongesting I can feel my ears popping often and there is a noticeable decrease in ringing but it is only a temporary fix. Does anybody have any ideas on a better, more long-term solution?

      Thank you,

      Jamie
       

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