Nose Spray Solved It!

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

    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
       
    12. Nonna
      Barefooter

      Nonna Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      1/17/16
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Allergies
      Same here, I've been popping ibuprofen, sudogest, xyzal daily with neti pot warm/cold water. I lay off the ibuprofen but can tell it brings down the inflammation. For me it's an allergy, so immunotherapy and an IQAIR purifier is all I know to suggest. I have been reading google forums of ppl who have long term taken sudafed as another option. The ringing, noises don't bother me anymore, the allergies to life is more upsetting.
       
    13. PassingThru
      Balanced

      PassingThru Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      1.17
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      unknown
      Hi Jamie! I haven't found a solution yet, but I can say that Flonase and a totally cleaned up diet has helped me tremendously. Also, getting enough sleep is a big help. Have you discovered your triggers? I know everyone is different. For example, I have a list of foods that trigger my symptoms and when I stay away from those foods life is much more enjoyable. I've started drinking alkalized water with eloctrolytes (I think the "filtered" water from the fridge was causing some of my symptoms) and I've started taking a probiotic. To help with inflammation, I've added ginger, tumeric, and cinnamon to my diet everyday (nothing in supplement form, just used as seasoning). I hope things have cleared up for you by now. FYI, my ENT also told me that Flonase takes 4-6 weeks and he was right. I started seeing a drastic difference after 6 weeks, but I have to take it by spraying it while standing at a 90 degree angle and aiming the nozzle up my nose and toward my ears. Then popping my ears gently to work the medicine into my ET. There are tutorials all over the web on how to make sure the spray gets into the ET. Take care..
       
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    14. Paul10

      Paul10 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Stress
      Congrats! You're lucky to get a camera test, sounds like you got a good ENT professional there! Also - for those who tried nasal spray and it didn't resolve your issues, please know that this does not rule out ET issues! ET's can be tricky to treat. Hang in there all, you'll get there!!
       
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