Tinnitus 95-100% Gone — Ketamine Was My Big Breakthrough

Discussion in 'Success Stories' started by Mattly, Nov 12, 2020.

    1. Mattly

      Mattly Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      07/20
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      All,

      Thought I would post an update as it might help some people. July 27th I woke up to screeching tinnitus that seemed to be coming from the middle of the head at 8 kHz. Quite debilitating. Was not caused by noise trauma the night before - no idea what brought it on. I was given a few shots of tequila by a restaurant owner, maybe that contributed.

      When I woke up the hissing was very quiet and high pitched and throughout the day got louder and a lower tone. I tried everything - N-Acetyl-Cysteine, Nicotinamide Riboside, Vitamin B, Curcumin, Zinc, etc. Hyperbaric chamber, infrared laser, etc. Took prednisone the first week and third week which seemed to help a little bit then discontinued. I did seem to get a little relief a few times after trying a blow up neck cushion for 20 mins but that didn't always work. Got an adjustment from a chiro, also I had knots in my jaw that he removed.

      For the first month or two it was pretty bad, I was listening to tone videos off YouTube etc. I did a high frequency sweep test online that seemed to agitate it. I did start notice that the better sleep I got the quieter it was the next day. Alcohol didn't seem to have a relation to it, sometimes after a night on the beers it was very quiet the next day, sometimes louder.

      Eventually a GP prescribed 10mg amitriptyline daily. On the first day I took it I managed to have very deep REM sleep - first I had had in a long time and the hiss was higher toned and quieter. I took it for about 6 weeks or so and it did allow me to habituate to it but the hiss never went away, I just started ignoring it for most of the day. However the amitriptyline makes you feel wiped out the next day if you don't take it around 5pm or 6pm - I was taking it closer to 8pm or 9pm because I didn't know if I was going to go out earlier in the afternoon and didn't want to be zonked on it or drink on it. It also did play with mood and make you a bit depressed if you missed it which I didn't like. I eventually stopped taking it since I was habituated mostly.

      That was the big breakthrough. The second was that I was reading online about a NZ study using Ketamine. Next time I was at a party I saw someone with it and tried it. The next day the tinnitus was completely gone - as in 0%. That lasted about three days before the tinnitus came back but at 5% of the volume it usually was at. Over the next couple of months I tried it again every 1-2 weekends. I have not tried it for maybe 6 weeks now and the tinnitus is between 0% and 5% of the original volume. Yesterday it was at 0%. Today it's probably about 5% but habituated to it so I don't hear it unless I think about it.

      I think in my case the tinnitus was caused by some sort of neuroinflammation. I read all the reports on Tinnitus Talk and I saw that there were a few people with a middle of the head 8 kHz hiss and they seemed to also indicate it was caused by neuroinflammation even if they did not self diagnose this (I figured that out from their description of events).

      Anyway I hope this helps for some people - getting deep REM sleep, a course of Amitriptyline to habituate (but don't take it long term) and then a few doses of Ketamine seems to have really conquered tinnitus for me.

      M
       
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    2. Steph1710
      Old hag

      Steph1710 Member Ambassador

      Location:
      England
      Tinnitus Since:
      08/04/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Antibiotics - I think
      Congratulations! That's wonderful news! :)

      May your tinnitus continue to be gone.

      Steph <3
       
    3. Mags

      Mags Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Mid October 2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Stress
      Fantastic news and enjoy the silence! Thanks for sharing. I've had mine for 4 weeks now. Not much change yet but I'm keeping positive and your story helps.

      Mags
       
    4. tbuzz89

      tbuzz89 Member Benefactor

      Location:
      NYC
      Tinnitus Since:
      Intrusive 03/2020; Very mild 2008
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Power Tools as a trigger, AirPods for the long term damage.
      This is truly wonderful and I'm very happy you've had such great results! I really hope you're enjoying your silence!

      Been thinking about reaching out to the local ketamine infusion clinic soon to see if I can start a treatment. Reading your story gives me a bit of hope as I also have that "middle of the head" hiss.
       

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