Spicy Foods Lowering Tinnitus?

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    1. Telis

      Telis Member Hall of Fame

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      Calgary
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      11/2013
      My T is horrendous, I also have bad H. I don't have good days, or low days normally. Although I ate some spicy, very spicy soup last night and this morning my T is lower and my H less bothersome....Nothing to celebrate, but easily 10-15 percent better for the first time. Even the tones seem to be less intrusive and high pitched.

      Is this coincidence? I can't link it to anything else.

      Anyone else experience this?
       
    2. MattK

      MattK Member

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      2/13/2014
      From what I've read in general, and what I've read from others, spicy food, if anything, tends to increase tinnitus. Although, for me, food doesn't seem to make a difference one way or another.

      If I were you, I'd try it again. If every time you eat spicy food it gets better, then it could very well be that it helps you for some reason. I wouldn't be that surprised either, as everyone's T seems to be different. Even if you said it's nothing too great, I'm glad there is at least something that gave you some relief, even if modestly.
       
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    3. Blair14
      Tired

      Blair14 Member

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      New Brunswick, Canada
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      02/2002
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      Noise Exposure
      No Tellis, but that's great for you, what kind of soup, I'd be willing to try!
       
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    4. Telis

      Telis Member Hall of Fame

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      Yeah, this is what I thought as well. I have kind of, if anything been avoiding spicy food. I wonder if maybe my sinuses and ears are blocked up and this cleared something. I will give it another shot, see what happens. Even my white noise generator seemed louder and clearer, when normally I barely can her it because of my T.
       
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    5. Telis

      Telis Member Hall of Fame

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      It was beef satay Vietnamese soup...super hot. I was sweating and blowing my nose the entire time. Also, immediately after...my ears felt more clear.

      Maybe it was some kind of chemical release as well? I don't know, so weird.
       
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    6. Blair14
      Tired

      Blair14 Member

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      New Brunswick, Canada
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      02/2002
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      Noise Exposure
      Home made obviously! Shucks!
       
    7. Telis

      Telis Member Hall of Fame

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      No it wasn't....just standard Vietnamese beef satay soup.
       
    8. Blair14
      Tired

      Blair14 Member

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      Ok, never heard of it, what's the brand?
       
    9. Telis

      Telis Member Hall of Fame

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      I think any Vietnamese place would serve it...not sure of the brand.
       
    10. Blair14
      Tired

      Blair14 Member

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      02/2002
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      Noise Exposure
      Oh, I thought it might be store bought, my luck it wouldn't be available out here in the east.
       
    11. DebInAustralia

      DebInAustralia Member Benefactor Team Research

      Location:
      Geelong, Victoria
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      30/12/13
      Spicy food has no effect on my tinnitus

      I think your suspicions that the spicy soup cleared your sinus is more feasible
       
    12. billie48
      Sunshine

      billie48 Member Benefactor Hall of Fame Ambassador Team Research

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      There should be lots of Vietnamese pho or Vietnamese restaurants all across Canada. Just google with that and you will be surprised. Just go there and tell them you want the spiciest noodle soup. Check this out by specifying Vietnamese:

      http://www.tripadvisor.ca/Restaurants-g154956-c41-New_Brunswick.html

      I don't know if spicy foods can help with T. I like spicy foods myself. Heehee. Perhaps they cause the blood circulation to be faster and therefore can affect T.
       
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    13. Ilija
      Breezy

      Ilija Member

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      Jagodina, Serbia
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      8/2014
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      Have you had your ears and sinuses checked, when my ears get blocked which is next to always I get bad Tinnitus, I remember having a ringing in my ears all the time when I got a cold before the event that got me T.
      Try an inhaling treatment it's basically you put some herb I can't remember what it is into a pot of boiling water, towel over your head and just relax and inhale, might clear up your sinuses and ears and make your T better.
      Best of luck :)
       
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    14. Asian

      Asian Member

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      This is just a blind guess but maybe spices in your food are decreasing the inflammation in your head or ears or something of the sort ? I know for sure that turmeric/ curcumin spice is anti inflammatory and some people may possibly see some improvement in their T after taking it in suppliment form.
       
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    15. Blair14
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      Blair14 Member

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      02/2002
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      Noise Exposure
      I find spicy food is great when I have a cold, cleans out in my head and what ails me, in two days I feel I have it beat, so likely the same for you Tellis, what ever works. I'll try anything as long as its safe and proven, if it doesn't make my T worse, hey another menu item, I like to try different cultural food - long as I know whats in it.
       
    16. Blair14
      Tired

      Blair14 Member

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      02/2002
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      Noise Exposure
      @ billie48, ah that's why I haven't heard of any Vietnamese restaurants, they are mostly around Moncton and Saint John, thanks for the link if I am in the area. BTW what function do you use to pull down a quote as a header in your message?
       
    17. MattK

      MattK Member

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      Telis, is it possible that your ear problems are caused by congestion and inflammation? Have you had the chance to see an ENT about this?
       
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    18. nogood
      Torn

      nogood Member Benefactor

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      04/2014
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      ototoxicity/infection
      Vietnamese food are generally very healthy. .
      They use particular type of ginger which is very good for health ..good anti inflammatory properties
      let me look in market tmr see if i can name correctly. . King ginger or something. .
       
    19. Marlene
      English

      Marlene Member Benefactor

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      July 1996
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      Bacterial virus
      Telis you sound exactly like me ,in a nutshell.Blocked ears most of my days and sinuses,facial pain .
      I've tried most things ,heat from foods I've not .
      Never found what gives me the allergies,only had the basic tests at hospital ,other than that ,nothing help wise from Drs have been forth coming since .Another figure it out yourself I fear .
       
    20. billie48
      Sunshine

      billie48 Member Benefactor Hall of Fame Ambassador Team Research

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      I think it is the signature message in the profile.
       
    21. Telis

      Telis Member Hall of Fame

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      Yeah I did...she told me I have tinnitus and nerve damage...10 min appointment max. She did look in my ears though, said they looked fine.
       
    22. Telis

      Telis Member Hall of Fame

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      11/2013
      My T is just as bad now, short lived but my ears don't feel as full and blocked up. My right ear is also not twitching like it normally does...secondary symptoms compared to my T, but still good I guess. And my H still feels a bit better.
       
    23. Blair14
      Tired

      Blair14 Member

      Location:
      New Brunswick, Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2002
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise Exposure
      @Tellis well a little relief, lets hope it continues.
       
    24. billie48
      Sunshine

      billie48 Member Benefactor Hall of Fame Ambassador Team Research

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      Telis, that is good news and as time goes by there should be more improvement. Now just need to deal with the emotional side of things to improve the general quality of life. All the best to you.
       
    25. Jesse Pinkman

      Jesse Pinkman Member

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      11/2011
      I think for everyone with T wich is related to sinus issues, spicey food is a good thing because it clears up the sinuses.
       
    26. Marlene
      English

      Marlene Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Poole Dorset England
      Tinnitus Since:
      July 1996
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Bacterial virus
      Jesse might give that a try ,but not a curry person ,but will look up spicy food stuff ,see what I can find ,heard it said it can clear bad winter cold up faster .
       

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