Poll: How Do You React to Sugar?

Discussion in 'Support' started by LukeYoung, Jun 22, 2016.

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Does sugary foods affect your tinnitus?

  1. Yes, sugar spikes my tinnitus

  2. No, sugar doesn't affect my tinnitus

  3. Depends, sometimes sugar can affect my tinnitus (explain in comments)

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    1. LukeYoung
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      LukeYoung Member

      Location:
      Queensland, Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/16
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      A loud concert
      Just like to know if it affects your tinnitus and how much.
       
    2. Mario martz
      Creative

      Mario martz Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2016
      It depends man!
      for example i ear a lot of wheat and it doesnt spike.
      but on saturday i just had 1 drink with a spoon for regular sugar.
      and i had 2 days with louder T.
      so, no more sugar for me lol
       
    3. LukeYoung
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      LukeYoung Member

      Location:
      Queensland, Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/16
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      A loud concert

      Just wanting to get some numbers :)
       
    4. LukeYoung
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      LukeYoung Member

      Location:
      Queensland, Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/16
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      A loud concert
      Any effects with Gatorade or Powerade?

      I enjoy those drinks and can substitute soda for them if they don't spike my T.

      So let's hope they don't haha.
       
    5. Mario martz
      Creative

      Mario martz Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2016
      There must be a low sugar version of those no?
      you can try them, i mean i wouldnt do it, but that is because i dont like it to spike haha.
      but for example some people find that beer eases their tinnitus, and some others have an awful spike.
      so... you never know, unless you try it.
       
    6. LukeYoung
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      LukeYoung Member

      Location:
      Queensland, Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/16
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      A loud concert
      That's true I have had some since T, and I don't think it spiked it..

      Not sure to be honest
       
    7. Markku
      Inspired

      Markku Director Staff Benefactor Hall of Fame Team Trobalt Team Tech Team Awareness Team Research

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2010
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Syringing
      Sugar doesn't impact me at all.
       
    8. LukeYoung
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      LukeYoung Member

      Location:
      Queensland, Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/16
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      A loud concert
      Great news! I'm scared cause I love sugars. But haven't had anything since onset, except banana
       
    9. Tom Cnyc

      Tom Cnyc Member

      Location:
      NYC
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Warehouse event after years of enjoying music.
      if you've had beer, you've had tons of sugar. your body treats it the same.

      Don't get all hung up on food. I did for 2 weeks and it just fed my anxiety, which was way worse than anything else in terms of intensity. Normalcy is important. This is hard enough without self fulfilling prophecy.

      The one thing I can say I had to cut back on was coffee. I wont have more than one cup and I used to drink 4 a morning just 2 months ago. My guess is that is also tied to anxiety; I'm better than a few weeks ago, but still generally anxious. Stims aren't exactly the best thing for anxiety. I'm sure as the anxiety continues to fade, I'll be able to add caffeine back in.
       
    10. LukeYoung
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      LukeYoung Member

      Location:
      Queensland, Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/16
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      A loud concert
      Thanks for your reply mate!
      Yeah I've just had anxiety and depression before my onset, and wanna learn as much as possible and take steps so I don't have unnecessary spikes I guess.

      I had a bottle of Gatorade today, I didn't seem to spike tonight, tomorrow might be a different story but I think I'm okay.

      Salt is probably one I feel would affect people.. Salt and caffeine.. Anything that dehydrates or changes blood pressure and such as tinnitus changes are linked to pressure changes, for me anyway.

      I really think it would be foods or drinks that could narrow or widen blood flow that spikes T.

      It makes sense. As people say their T is worse when laying down. Which is most likely due to blood pressure in the head changing.
       
    11. Mario martz
      Creative

      Mario martz Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2016
      If i were you i would have a chocolate Milkshake for Breakfast! :D
       
    12. LukeYoung
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      LukeYoung Member

      Location:
      Queensland, Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/16
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      A loud concert
      Depends how my T is I guess..

      36mg of sugar in the Gatorade I had today.

      Which is pretty significant. So I guess I'll know if it reacts?
       
    13. Tom Cnyc

      Tom Cnyc Member

      Location:
      NYC
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Warehouse event after years of enjoying music.
      @LukeYoung

      Spending time on this site you'll get some good information, but be cautious because a lot of it from the bias of rightfully terrified people.

      Before worrying about blood pressure - get a test. They probably tested you when you went to the ENT. Was it high? If not - don't be too alarmed.

      My guess is people perceive it more when laying down is they potentially have
      A - an ear to the pillow
      B - less stimulus around them, and focus in (not moving, getting ready for bed, etc)

      Blood pressure is lower when laying down, so that's unlikely the cause.

      I'll tell you what I wish I could find on this site 5-6 weeks ago. I got tinnitus from an acoustic trauma - the loudest, most garbage dubstep party you could imagine, in a stone warehouse. I shouldn't have been there, but went to see some friends from out of town. The first 2 weeks were utter hell. My symptoms have backed off tremendously since then, and judging by 6/16 as your onset, they may for you also.

      I doubt I'll have remission or life without temporary "spikes" (whatever the hell that means), but I can say that I'm sure the main reason I'm starting to feel better is that I'm calming down and not making every decision about whether or not it'll increase tinnitus symptoms (other than exposing myself to dangerous sound levels). More than likely it won't, if it does it's probably because I expected it to.

      That said - sugar is terrible for a host of other reasons. It's probably the most addictive, least beneficial substance I've ever encountered, and cutting it out will only help everything in your life.
       
    14. Beste
      Disappointed

      Beste Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      02/16/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Benzo/Clonazepam, Stress
      I'm really confused about sugar. It sometimes spike my tinnitus and other times it has no effect on it. Weird thing.
       
    15. Fungus
      Dreaming

      Fungus Member

      Location:
      Wild, Wet and Wooly Wales
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Virus?
      I love sugar......not generally as the white crystals on their own....don't like it in tea/coffee etc, but biscuits,ice cream.....salivating even at the thought.

      I'm not a fat or salt lover...no butter dripping over things, no cream slopped on things, don't pile salt into every dish I cook. Vegetarian, so animal fats are out in any case.

      Caffeine dependent, probably....but hey, a better addiction than nicotine or dope.

      Thankfully, for me, no food/drink affects my tinnitus positively or adversely. Initially I would have eaten eye of newt or drunk bat's blood if I'd thought it would cure the tinnitus (accepting they are animal origin), but no more.

      I also am not adversely affected by noise etc.

      My tinnitus reached a peak over about 6 weeks and stayed there. A severe bout of 'flu cranked it up a notch or two in February 2015, and a different sound came along with a virus infection February 2016. Now it's pretty stable, 24/7, 365 days a year (probably 366 this year), but sugar,caffeine, salt, alcohol etc. don't affect it.

      Fungus.
       
    16. LukeYoung
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      LukeYoung Member

      Location:
      Queensland, Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/16
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      A loud concert
      That's true, I believe stress and anxiety is worse than diet all up.

      I just woke up and don't think my T was affected by that drink, so maybe I can enjoy sweet foods :)

      I had blood pressure checked with a doctor recently, they say all is good. I think it's just when you have that change in your head after changing positions it could spike, but who knows.
       
    17. LukeYoung
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      LukeYoung Member

      Location:
      Queensland, Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/16
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      A loud concert
      Very strange. Maybe it is something else and thought was sugar?
       
    18. LukeYoung
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      LukeYoung Member

      Location:
      Queensland, Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/16
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      A loud concert

      Thanks fungus. Good information, good to know!

      I used to have salt on every dish.. Not good I know. But past couple nights, I haven't had any really, let's just hope I don't get spikes from diet.

      If I do, I do. But would be nice to be able to enjoy whatever food and drink.
       
    19. Fungus
      Dreaming

      Fungus Member

      Location:
      Wild, Wet and Wooly Wales
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Virus?
      Luke, salt is definitely bad for the BP, so maybe just moderate the amount you use. No doubt loading everything with sugar is also pretty awful, particularly if there is diabetes in the family. Sugars are natural foods....why not enjoy them?

      Strikes me that if some food item is thought to cause a problem with tinnitus on some occasions and not others, then it's not likely that the food item was the source of the problem in the first place. (Or to be a bit more scientific, a 'chance association'). If I try a new food today and scrape my car this afternoon.....doesn't mean the new food caused me to scrape the car.

      Seems to me the same thing can be said about many nutritional supplements (some of which are VERY high priced). Unlikely I was deficient in X in the first place, therefore flooding the body by way of tablets of X is not likely to help tinnitus.

      Now, anxiety,depression, dwelling on tinnitus etc, they really DO influence tinnitus. Much easier to see how they could and would,too.

      So, tinnitus has come along and really can make life a total misery. Take away the little pleasures from food, drink, music, socialising etc. and it really will make life not worth living.

      So....gotta live with it......not die/want to die with it.

      Fungus.
       
    20. LukeYoung
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      LukeYoung Member

      Location:
      Queensland, Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/16
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      A loud concert
      That's for sure mate :)
      It seems like you gotta enjoy every aspect of life that you can!
       
    21. JasonP

      JasonP Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      6/2006
      Good question. I am beginning to wonder if sugar caused my T to spike last week. I was drinking a lot of soda. Way more than usual. I guess I will have to find out.
       
    22. LukeYoung
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      LukeYoung Member

      Location:
      Queensland, Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/16
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      A loud concert
      Not really sure hey, I would cut down anyway.
       
    23. PaulBe

      PaulBe Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Cairns
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Probably sound, though never proven
      I've never found anything that affects it one way or the other. Sobriety has proven unhelpful, luckily.
       
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    24. undecided
      Fine

      undecided Member

      Location:
      Greece
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown.
      Sugar and salt don't really affect me, at least I haven't established any pattern.
      But I've never been much into them, so there you go.
       
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    25. Vaba
      Shitfaced

      Vaba Member

      Location:
      New New York
      Tinnitus Since:
      Unknown
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown. Gradual, Progressive
      No foods or drugs (caffeine, alcohol, tobacco, salt, sugar, ibuprofen, benadryl, acetaminophen, cannabis, all claimed to affect T) change my T one bit.

      CHEWING and SWALLOWING any foods, however, and making any neck motion like that, spikes the shit out of my T.
       
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    26. gotyoubynuts

      gotyoubynuts Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      10/1990
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Concert
      You have somatic tinnitus!
       
    27. Vaba
      Shitfaced

      Vaba Member

      Location:
      New New York
      Tinnitus Since:
      Unknown
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown. Gradual, Progressive
      I know. Chewing/swallowing/moving my head only spikes it on the left side.

      I have not received an explanation for this yet. I have an established history of serious postural/musculoskeletal problems.
       

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