Hi everyone, thought I'd introduce myself and have a go telling my tinnitus story... 2015 has been a pretty crappy year for me. My job (I'm a gardener) went into overdrive after a new contract started in March - I threw myself into it as at the same time my partner and I split up after nearly 13 years. This also coincided with finding out my mum had terminal cancer. Jump ahead to November, work had calmed down a bit, I'm back living at my mums. My mum is now in a hospice During the intervening time I started taking some antidepressants (citaloptam) as I wasn't coping to well. After a week or so I could hear a low level "wooshing" noise in my ears. There were other side effects like insomnia etc I stopped taking them after a month as I really didn't like how I was feeling. I think that was the start of my ear problems. In late November everyone was getting colds etc, I think I got a cold but instead of going all snotty and manky I just got a really sore throat and a massive headache - that's when the tinnitus became really noticable. I now get a feeling of fullness in my ears, high pitched electric sound all the time. I don't know if its both ears but its definitely affecting my right ear. I sometimes feel light headed in the morning too. I feel off balance, I also get pain in my temples. I've been to the doctors once and was told I might have fluid behind my eardrum - I should've pushed for more to be done but I wasn't having a good time that day. I'll be making another appointment for the 4th January and won't leave the doctors until I am satisfied that I'll be getting some help on this. I don't know if its trauma from work (petrol driven machinery) - even though I wear ear defenders?? Or maybe caused from an extreme amount of stress over an extended time Maybe even from the cold/sore throat thingy I had Either way, its driving me up the wall most of the time I found this site and thought I'd sign up and try to get a bit more informed about tinnitus. Rather than just taking the doctors word on everything I think its better to get a bit more informed on stuff. Although I got a bit freaked out reading stories about people committing suicide due to suffering from tinnitus Anyway, its great to be here and nice to meet you all Regards David.