Terror, Spike, Panic

Discussion in 'Support' started by UKJon, Aug 29, 2015.

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    1. UKJon

      UKJon Member

      Location:
      Leicestershire, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      Oct 2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Prolonged stress followed by bereavement
      Hi folks,

      If you've read my previous posts, you'll know my T is mild and I've been making real progress lately as my anxiety has been very difficult to deal with. I've been doing a lot more and getting some normality back after this year's breakdown.

      This afternoon however, after a good day, I got a terrible fright. I came off my PC (not playing any film or music) and my T had spiked. I'm now in total panic mode again as I was not expecting this and was not even anxious. This has not happened before. I am now terrified once more after so many better times recently. It went back down again after a short while but now I'm thinking it might get worse and stay worse.

      My recovery is coming apart. I hope it is just a temporary thing.

      Encouragement only please. I simply cannot deal with scare stories right now.

      Thanks.

      Jonathan
       
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    2. Ed209

      Ed209 Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      07/2015
      Spikes can come and go so first and foremost do your utmost to bring your anxiety down. I myself had a day just like you are describing now just over a week ago and it was absolutely awful, I had the worst feeling imaginable but it's mainly your own anxiety that's making it worse.

      I know it's next to impossible but you've got to calm yourself down by doing something else, play a game, watch a film, play chess. Basically do anything to distract yourself.

      Anxiety and stress will just amplify everything, do not underestimate what stress does to you like I did. The super loud volume that hit me went after around 2 days. I've still got T above my baseline but the bad days for me are getting less and less.

      First of all was there any loud sound involved in your spike or was it just random? Chances are it will calm down, so do your best to relax.

      The panic attacks that T can create are not very nice at all so I totally feel for you. Look at me, last week I was literally having the worst day of my life. The last few days have been a LOT better and my mind set today from a week ago would have seemed impossible with the state I was in, but here I am. Things can change a lot quicker than you imagine. Stay positive.

      If you're anything like the state I was in these words probably won't help much, but it might help you to know I've been where you are now.
       
    3. glynis-harbron
      Feminine

      glynis-harbron Member Benefactor Hall of Fame Ambassador Team Awareness Team Research

      Location:
      England, Stoke-on-Trent
      Tinnitus Since:
      2004
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Meniere's Disease
      Hi UKjon.
      Tinnitus spikes can come and will go and lots of reasons for it to happen.
      Computers can spike tinnitus and stress and anxiety and a lot more I could mention.
      Try stay calm .
      Lying down place one hand on your stomach and one on your chest and breath in slow making your stomach rise also to the slow count of three and breath out slow and repeate it a few times .
      Try a warm drink or a relaxing bath.
      Tinnitus comes with lots of unwanted emotions and there is help for that if you need it .
      Take care and I will help you all I can....lol glynis
       
    4. Robert44

      Robert44 Member Benefactor

      Location:
      New York
      Tinnitus Since:
      April 2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      loud concert
      My T never spikes. It's actually a little better softer than the original. The only thing that happen is that one time I suddenly got T on my left side out of nowhere. That scared the hell out of me.
       
    5. Karen
      Talkative

      Karen Manager Staff Benefactor Hall of Fame Ambassador

      Location:
      U.S.
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2010
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      First time: Noise 2nd Time: Ototoxic drug
      I agree with the other comments above. Tinnitus can often spike, sometimes out of nowhere. However, for most of us it goes back down to baseline level. Just don't panic, and do something relaxing. I know I've had spikes like that before, too, and it has always returned to baseline.

      Good luck, and please let us know how you're doing tomorrow.
       
    6. UKJon

      UKJon Member

      Location:
      Leicestershire, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      Oct 2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Prolonged stress followed by bereavement
      Thank you for your kind words.

      My T is back to baseline this morning but I had to take a Zoppiclone to guarantee sleep last night. However, I feel that I've got to start all over again with the habituation due to the shock I received yesterday.

      My spike was random. No loud noise was involved. This doesn't happen usually. I was habituating albeit slowly. I was starting to think about getting back to work, earning, travelling and socialising again. That's all gone today.

      I only really hear T in bed or in quiet environments. I don't hear it outside or in most of the house. If I've been out, my T rings for a bit when I'm back inside but dies down again after a few minutes.

      I sleep very well due to meds and my little masker and the sound of water in a brook. Sometimes I don't even need the masker. I try and relax too and stay calm.

      Yesterday's spike was noticeably louder IN the house for a while. I don't know what caused it but it caused havoc for me mentally. I started to cry as I saw all my recent progress washed away instantly. I was regaining confidence for the first time this year since my mother died at Xmas. It was looking after her at home for three years followed by her passing that made me ill and brought back the T. I had it during another breakdown in 2009 but it was 'slight' and eventually went away.

      So, I was starting to live again and thought that I'd worked out what my T did and what the regular pattern was. I was beginning to believe that it had done it's worst.

      Now it's all new questions again and uncertainty and renewed fear.

      Kind regards.

      Jonathan
       
    7. UKJon

      UKJon Member

      Location:
      Leicestershire, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      Oct 2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Prolonged stress followed by bereavement
      I had another spike today whilst resting. A spike of total silence. This was of course fantastic but I don't know what's going on anymore.
       

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