Prednisone Really Helped Me

Discussion in 'Support' started by engineerLA, Feb 14, 2014.

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    1. engineerLA

      engineerLA Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2014
      Just wanted to share this success story in the hopes that it will help some of you.

      I got severe Tinnitus suddenly about 14 days ago. It may have begun with a sinus infection but then became something completely strange -- I got an intense high pitched (12,000 Hertz) pure tone with other overtones in my right ear that was so loud and continuous it literally melted my brain. Sound was distorted a bit. I became sensitive to any high frequency sounds. I could not tell which ear the tinnitus was in because it seemed to be in the center of my brain. It was so bad I couldn't sleep, couldn't work, couldn't think. Literally it was overwhelming and I thought I was going to have to drug myself or kill myself because there was no way I was going to be able to live with it. Then I found out it could be a risk of sudden hearing loss and I got scared. I got into an ENT and did a full exam and hearing test.

      It turned out I had no hearing loss. My hearing is very good for my age (44). But they did find something unexpected. I had a completely blocked eustachian tube in the right ear. Possibly from allergies or infections or who knows what.

      They prescribed a 10 day course of Prednisone, a steroid that reduces inflammation.

      24 hours later after beginning the course, the tinnitus is 95% resolved and I feel amazing. What a huge relief.

      For some people I think that tinnitus can be caused by a blockage in the plumbing in the ear canal. It's really worth having that checked out. An audiologist can test whether your ear drum is vibrating properly, whether there is fluid in there, whether a tube is blocked etc.

      I would even suggest just simply convincing them to let you try a 10 day course of Prednisone as a test because you might find out it really helps.

      Another thing of course is that in some cases there is a chronic infection and that may require a culture and antibiotics. If you have an ongoing problem that is not coincident with any actual hearing loss a test that might be worth doing is Prednisone + antibiotics to see if it helps.

      A few other interesting things I discovered:

      If you can figure out the exact frequency of the sound of your tinnitus -- and you happen to have an audio frequency generator -- it's worth trying this too -- it did give me some relief: tune the frequency generator (or Rife machine, or synthesizer or whatever) to the frequency of your tinnitus tone and play that into your ear. It seems to create destructive interference or at least it stimulates the auditory pathways that are causing the problem and "neutralizes" the tinnitus for a while. This, as well as downloading some tinnitus white noise, rain and wave tracks were all helpful in at least providing some temporary relief.

      I also found some supplements for Tinnitus that helped (I have no connection to these companies and your mileage may vary but they helped me):
      http://www.tinnitusformula.com/store?gclid=CNitise5zLwCFYqDfgodqTQAuQ
      http://www.pureformulas.com/tinnitu...ofessional-formulas.html#sthash.yCa4t9fS.dpbs

      But while they were stopgaps, the only thing that TRULY solved the problem was the Prednisone.

      After experiencing only 10 days of severe tinnitus I really have sympathy and compassion to all of you here who are struggling with this problem. It is a totally debilitating problem and it MUST be solved -- there MUST be a cure for this. I am hoping and praying that all of you find relief and that my story may be helpful to you. Truly best of luck to you all and don't give up hope.
       
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    2. EddyLee
      Tolerant

      EddyLee Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2013
      Great! Report back when your T completely disappeared which shall be pretty soon ;)
       
    3. Gosia
      Balanced

      Gosia Member

      Location:
      France
      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      earplugs/ hearing loss
      Hi !thanks for the testimony. Could you please answer a few questions ?
      1) what dpes of prednidose did you take?
      2) did you have any other symptom of stuck Eustachian tube? Such as fulness in the ear?
      3) was the noise any different on the left side of your head? the left tube was unstuck or just stuck a little less?
      4) what did they do to test your tubes ( funny, just yesterday my ignorant gp said it CANNOT be checked..) even if I read plenty of times on the net it can.
       
    4. engineerLA

      engineerLA Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2014
      1) what dpes of prednidose did you take?

      Oral - don't remember the dosage. It was 10 days.

      2) did you have any other symptom of stuck Eustachian tube? Such as fulness in the ear?

      Yes fullness and tinnitius.

      3) was the noise any different on the left side of your head? the left tube was unstuck or just stuck a little less?

      one side was stuck or infected or both, the other was normal

      4) what did they do to test your tubes ( funny, just yesterday my ignorant gp said it CANNOT be checked..) even if I read plenty of times on the net it can.

      they did a pressure test to see if the tubes cleared. You need an ENT for that not a GP.

      Please see my other threads with a lot more info. I cured it.
       
    5. Jokko
      Amazed

      Jokko Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2015
      @engineerLA I have a problem with eustachian tube it cracking always this problem can cause tinnitus?
       
    6. Gosia
      Balanced

      Gosia Member

      Location:
      France
      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      earplugs/ hearing loss
      Thanks a lot @engineerLA . Pity you don't remember the dose. Duration is one thing, dose another. I'm asking cause I'm suspecting problems with my tubes and your case sounds similar to mine, however I don't have the feeling of fulness. I needed this info to compare with myself. I'm in France here gps have much more power and qualifications ( theoretically..) than elsewhere. They only send you to the specialist if you're a heavy case. i didn't necessarily expect him to test my tubes but he should know it's possible to test it except telling me otherwise. He was so sure of himself. Anyway, thanks. I will read your other posts.
       
    7. Mad maggot
      Breezy

      Mad maggot Member

      Location:
      New zealand
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2008
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Shouldn't anyone's first response to developing T always be to see their agP and then ENT? I mean if you had a simple case of blockage or something like that causing your T any ENT should be able to find that and solve it fairly quickly wouldn't they? Or even some GPs might pick this up? I think most people with this kind of T would eventually have it cleared up as it would not be a permanent problem.
      So glad you discovered the cause of yours and that it can be solved fairly simply and quickly. Here's to T free days ahead for you and maybe soon for everyone.
       

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