Tinnitus One Month Now, Please Help Me, Thanks

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    1. Rachel79

      Rachel79 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      07/15
      If someone can help me. Had tinnitus over a month. I am significant depressed and it's making sad and I got two kids to take care of. It's worse when I sleep and I feel lots of pressure. And the ent says it's possibly my tmj. Does anybody know bout tmj or if this will be a lifetime?
       
    2. 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
      Hi, Rachel,

      I'm so sorry to hear you're having a bad time right now. Since you've only had tinnitus for a month, it's very possible that things will improve as time goes on. One thing you could consider doing is to get a prescription of prednisone from your doctor; some people whose tinnitus is new have had good luck with it helping or reducing their tinnitus.

      Tinnitus is usually worse when you lie down to sleep, because there is nothing to distract you from the sound. Do you have an app you can play, or a sound machine, that has nature sounds on it? That would help mask the tinnitus, so that you could get some much-needed sleep.

      That pressure you are feeling in your head is very common, especially in the early days of tinnitus. I had the feeling of fullness (or pressure) for quite awhile when mine first started, and it finally went away. I don't have it any more, but I remember how bothersome it was to have it all the time.

      I don't know much about TMJ, but you could try going to a dentist or a TMJ specialist to have them check your jaw, and determine if that might be causing your tinnitus. Do you have any symptoms that are related to your jaw?

      It's hard to say whether your tinnitus will go away on its own, or stay with you. However, if it does stay with you, the good news is that most people habituate to it after they've had it for awhile. They can still hear the sound, but it doesn't bother them any more. You can help yourself toward habituation by trying to live your life as normally as possible. Find ways to keep your mind distracted most of the time, and I believe you'll find that things will improve.

      I'm sure other people on this forum will have additional suggestions for you. Stay calm, don't panic, and follow some of the suggestions on this forum. I'll bet things will begin to look better for you!

      Best wishes and hugs,
      Karen
       
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    3. Rachel79

      Rachel79 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      07/15
      Yes I have symptoms of head pain ... clicking of my jaw. My jaw is off they say I need a,splint. I also have some sensitivity. I know I can be strong. I think about all the people that are worse off... and how selfish I am. But I can't help it.... my heart is a mess my mind is a mess. I just don't want my children to see what I am going through. I have always had some sort of tinnitus. But this one is different. It seems to be louder and lower like a bell or something. And consistent. I stop taking depression medication after 6 months just like that. And I started getting quite depressed and then this ringing happened. I don't know if I ruined myself. Or what I did. But I am staying positive as I can. Thankyou for all your replies. Thankyou for your help
       
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    4. 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
      Rachel,

      You mentioned that you got off the depression medication suddenly. I know that with some drugs, you are supposed to taper off them gradually. Did the increased tinnitus start right after you got off the drug? I'm wondering if it's because you got off it so suddenly that your tinnitus changed.

      Something similar happened to me. Mine got much worse right after I got off a blood pressure drug. At the time, I didn't know you were supposed to taper off the meds. It's been five years since then, and my tinnitus is still there, but at least it has gotten easier to live with. Maybe yours will, too.

      I don't know much about TMJ, but maybe the splint would help. Are you going back to a doctor who can provide that splint for you?

      Take care, and keep us posted on how you're doing.
       
    5. Rachel79

      Rachel79 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      07/15
      What does your tinnitus sound like? Has it changed. And I am seeing a,dentit in three weeks. I an trying to get things going. What do u do to help it? Do u have to mask it so it doesn't get worse??
       
    6. 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
      My tinnitus, which I had for about 25 years before it got worse, is a high-pitched hissing sound. I also ended up with pulsatile tinnitus (sound of heartbeat in ear) at about the same time. Yes, my tinnitus changed from what it was when it was mild. I didn't notice it much, and it didn't bother me much back then.

      What has worked best for me? Well, at first, I needed masking sounds in my bedroom all the time, so I could sleep. Water sounds worked best. Now, I don't need it any more. I also experimented with various types of supplements. I am still taking magnesium chloride tablets about an hour before bedtime. Those help with calming and with sleep. I was taking niacin, and may go back to taking it. Also, I'm still taking NAC (N-acetylcistene), which I think may take some of the edge off the tinnitus. Another thing that works well is distraction. Keeping my mind busy with games, puzzles, etc. really helps. Exercise helps, too. Getting outside for a walk always calms me down, and seems to make my tinnitus calmer, too.

      As far as masking is concerned, I think it might help you right now. Later on, you may not need it any more. It won't keep tinnitus from getting worse, but it will help you cope with it better.

      What will protect your ears from further damage is NAC, from what I've read. You might want to consider taking it to see if it helps you.
       
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    7. Rachel79

      Rachel79 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      07/15
      So if I have a,high pitched sound. Will the water sounds work? Also hearing aid? I just want to live a,normal life again.
       
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    8. Mad maggot
      Breezy

      Mad maggot Member

      Location:
      New zealand
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2008
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Make sure you get someone who really knows what they are doing with your TMJ. I wore a TMJ splint continuously (day and night only removing it to clean) for over twenty years until it wore out. I have a new porcelain one coming at the end of this month. I'm hoping it will prove to be the cause of my neurological problems including T.
      My T is sporadic and comes in bursts that last from seconds to minutes. It stops for a few minutes and then starts again. It's a loud buzzing, clicking or sometimes static noise that is loud enough to drown out speech. The T itself is very disturbing and not something you can really ignore but I could cope with it a lot better if it was just plain T. My problem is that it comes with other symptoms.
      When the noise in my ear starts (it's only in my left ear) my vision shakes and jumps and bounces and my head vibrates like a cell phone is inside my skull. I lose my balance and at times Iget violent vertigo with it. When the noise stops my head clears and my vision stabilises and I feel fine.
      As you can imagine it makes normal activities like walking difficult at times. In the beginning I was bedridden and unable to do anything. Seven years later I live a near normal life and the T and accompanying symptoms are unchanged. Only my attitude is different. I still get frustrated but I have been home schooling my eight year old and thirteen year old daughters for the last six years so I assure you that you will be able to manage just fine wi your T.
      The important thing is your T is new. So it's very possible it may go away completely and I hope it does. That would be great. If not, do not panic. Don't worry about your kids. You just need time. Time to get used to the new "normal." I would prefer not to have this pain in the rear end but I'm managing and am actually living a very happy satisfying life. T can be a very disturbing problem and difficult to deal with and on top of it I have these other problems and no explanation as to what is causing it. But I'm OK!
      You might not be able to imagine it now but even if this stays with you, you will find a way to live your life, care for your kids and enjoy things. I'm not clever or terribly brave and I'm managing just fine. I'm sure you will work out a way to cope and adjust too.
      All the best.
       
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    9. Rachel79

      Rachel79 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      07/15
      Thankyou so much. That makes me feel better. I really need just all the best advice out there. Thanks to the both of you. And God bless. God is Good. And I know I will be ok. I have to stay strong through him. And I'll be ok. Do u know if steroids is a good idea? Like prednisone?
       
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    10. billie48
      Sunshine

      billie48 Member Benefactor Hall of Fame Ambassador Team Research

      Location:
      Vancouver, Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2009
      Yes, God is good and merciful. Those of us who are Christian should put our trust in his wisdom. Romans 5:3-5 teaches us to rejoice in our suffering. Being Christian or whatever belief doesn't immune us from suffering. Sometimes, the suffering cannot be easily removed and cured, like T or 0ther chronic ailments. So it is to our benefit to cope with these while still remain positive.

      Prednisone may be helpful for some folks whose T is new from acoustic trauma. Here is a TT discussion thread about that:

      https://www.tinnitustalk.com/thread...dexamethasone-others-oral-and-injections.348/

      Talk with doctor about treatment with prednisone or other corticosteroids. Many members here recommend getting this asap for new T, especially for those with acoustic trauma.
       
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    11. I who love music
      Cheerful

      I who love music Member

      Location:
      Michigan
      Tinnitus Since:
      mid seventies
      T since '74. I learned how to not hear it. It ain't easy, but it's not impossible.. I don't hear mine anymore... please try this.. https://www.tinnitustalk.com/threads/back-to-silence.7172/
       
    12. BobDigi
      Kick ass

      BobDigi Member

      Location:
      UK, Fareham
      Tinnitus Since:
      5.6.14
      I think steroids have to be given 2weeks after tinnitus starts. I may be wrong, but I know its quite soon after onset.
      As for masking, only you will know what helps through trial and error! My t is high pitched and can't be masked with anything. But everyone's t is different.
      See what your dentist says. There's a chance your t can be helped. But if not, you'll be OK. It just may take some time to get there.
       
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    13. Gosia
      Balanced

      Gosia Member

      Location:
      France
      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      earplugs/ hearing loss
      Hi Rachel. I know exactly how you feel cause I've been there a few months back, but the truth is the more time passes by, the better we are. You will most probably be better or maybe even fully cured - there's a high chance for that. It's not a hopeless situation. Have you experienced any acoustic trauma ? If not, prednisone won't do much, most probably. Have you checked your hearing ? You mentioned stopping some AD. You must know that this kind of drugs cannot be stopped cold turkey. Doing so may cause T. Taking them may cause T. Not taking any and being depressed can also cause T. So many options, and only one symptom..You have to slow down a little, take some distance. Stick to the optimistic thought - it's not there to stay. Also , you cannot worry about it because this way you will tell your brain t is a threat and therefore it will freak out even more. I know the last sentence is easy to write and hard to do, but try at least. You have two kids - focus on them. Try not to think about T as much as you do for now. Read the positive stories here. Visit a few carefully chosen docs. Take care of your body. Try to rest as much as possible. Think that in the worst case, if it doesn't pass by itself, there are technics to teach the brain to ignore this sound. Hope this helps.
       
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    14. Rachel79

      Rachel79 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      07/15
      Thankyou so much. You made me feel so much better. The sound is so loud today. What's weird. I felt like I thought it was gone yesterday. I don't know. I guess I am wishful. I am doing all I can. I will do my very best to get better. I need to keep moving foward. And that way I will be ok. And I am thankful for this forum
       
    15. just1morething
      Benevolent

      just1morething Member Benefactor

      Location:
      U.S.
      Tinnitus Since:
      2008
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      barotrauma from airplane descent, noise exposure? ETD? TMJD?
      Hello Rachel, I hope your tinnitus isn't a lifetime and you get it resolved somehow soon. Autifony, Otonomy, etc. may come up with a solution for us hopefully. Loud tinnitus is hard to bear. I seen this Dr. regarding TMJ disorder as a sort of last resort for me. I have a elastic mandibular advancer from them that can help with TMD and sleep apnea. He talks about TMD being a potential cause of tinnitus, but no guarantees of course.
      http://www.mncranio.com/
       
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    16. Rachel79

      Rachel79 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      07/15
      I really can use the support because I am in the early stages of this tinnitus terror. And I feel so alone. Thankyou for everyone's help. With your help I am still able to work and spend time with my kids. Thankyou so much for all your help again
       
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