Should I Push My Doctor for Corticosteroids?

Discussion in 'Support' started by Lessico, Aug 9, 2016.

    1. Lessico

      Lessico Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear wax, headphone user, i don't know
      I have been trying to recollect what has happened in the days before the onset, one week ago.

      Three days before onset I went to the disco without protection (won't happen anymore), I was scared to get it but when I got home I had no problem

      The afternoon before the onset I did a lot of aerobic exercise and then I tried some weight lifting (I hadn't lift anything in years).

      I wasn't prescribed a MRI, not even corticosteroids. Both my GP and the best ENT I could get left for holiday, should I ask the GP substitute again?

      I'm sorry I have to bother you guys with my silly questions, you have it worse than me for sure but if there is still a little chance to escape this I want to take it ASAP. Thanks for everything.
    2. glynis

      glynis Manager Staff Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame Advocate

      England, Stoke-on-Trent
      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Meniere's Disease
      Hi Lessico,
      Steroids can help some people so worth a shot in the first week or so after noise exposure.
      ..lots of love glynis
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    3. yonkapin

      yonkapin Member Benefactor

      Melbourne, Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      March 2012
      I would definitely push your doctor for it.

      Ideally you would want to start treatment within a 72 hour window, but there are studies that cite permanent improvements as a result of corticosteroid treatment weeks out from initial onset.

      I've been through 3 or so courses to deal with my hyperacusis and tinnitus, and even though I only considered these treatments a year plus after the onset, I experienced temporary relief in my symptoms for 3-4 weeks during and after treatment. They are very useful drugs, and the side effects are over stated especially given that the courses needed for hearing injuries are very short.

      Good luck, be persistent and don't be afraid to seek a 2nd or 3rd opinion.
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