Tinnitus Worse After a CT Scan with Oral and IV Contrast — Anybode Else?!

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    1. quietatnight
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      quietatnight Member

      Location:
      Rockford IL
      Tinnitus Since:
      1990
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic trauma / firecracker
      Hello everyone.

      I had to have a CT scan with oral and IV contrast 6 days ago. When I got home after the scan, that night my tinnitus seems to have gotten worse. It seems to keep changing from higher to lower every other day.

      I did some research before I had the scan done and everything I read, and what doctors had told me was that “the contrast, oral or IV, is NOT ototoxic and will NOT cause any damage to your hearing.“ I got the same information from Dr. Nagler's post that I found on Tinnitus Talk.

      I was just wondering if anyone here has had any experience with this or heard anything about this subject.

      Thank you in advance for any information that you have to share, I would really appreciate it.

      Louie
      Quietatnight
       
    2. GregCA
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      GregCA Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

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      Otosclerosis
      I did the same test a few months ago. No change in my tinnitus.
       
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      quietatnight
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      quietatnight Member

      Location:
      Rockford IL
      Tinnitus Since:
      1990
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic trauma / firecracker
      @GregCA, thank you for responding.

      May I ask what was your CT scan for? Mine was my abdominal area intestines, stomach, liver, gallbladder and other surrounding digestive organs. I wonder if they give a person more contrast for that than if they were only scanning just an ear or a hand. That would mean the dose amount of contrast would vary quite a bit depending on what part of the body you’re having imaged and probably put a person at a higher risk of ending up with an ototoxic reaction?

      I have had CT scans with contrast done before with no problems but that was a few years ago. I’m very surprised that I had a reaction.

      Also, I did make a stupid mistake and fell asleep before I drank a lot of water when I got home from the test. I had forgot all about that step, I drank a couple of bottles when I woke up the next morning. I read a post from a CT tech, he said that most of the contrast is already out of your system before you even leave the hospital. I guess it gets into the bladder pretty fast and urinated out.

      Anyway, I’m just kicking myself for just not refusing the contrast. Never again. I just hope that my tinnitus will settle back down to its baseline in a few days.

      Thank you.

      Louie
      Quietatnight
       
    4. SB1981

      SB1981 Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Multifactorial
      Dr. Nagler said in the rare instances a worsening was reported it was transient. Hopefully that holds true and it will resolve quickly.
       
    5. Matchbox
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      Location:
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      August 2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise Induced, Prednisone (drones), Barotrauma (distortions)
      What is funny is that my tinnitus actually improved from the IV contrast.

      It is an iodinated molecule which breaks down to iodine. So could be doing something thyroid related... maybe?

      Or the fact that it is saline and just more fluid than usual.

      It didn't help me forever and faded over a day.
       
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    6. valeri

      valeri Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Australia
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      09/2011
      I had an abdominal CT with IV and oral contrast in August and it spiked me only temporarily, for a few weeks. It will settle down. So far I've only heard of temporary spikes from the contrast dye.

      Try not to stress too much, you will be fine!
       
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    7. Ed209

      Ed209 Member Podcast Patron Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame

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      I had a chest CT with contrast done in 2017 and there was no change in my tinnitus either.

      I think it will pass, Louie. Take care of yourself, buddy, it’s good to see you again.
       
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    8. GregCA
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      GregCA Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

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      Mine was also the same as yours.
       
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      quietatnight
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      quietatnight Member

      Location:
      Rockford IL
      Tinnitus Since:
      1990
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic trauma / firecracker
      @valeri, thank you for your response and encouraging support.

      I was wondering if you remember if you drank a lot of water and about how much, when you got back from your scan in August? (I keep asking myself did I drink enough water soon enough to get all of that poison out of my system). Also, about how many weeks it took for your tinnitus to get back down to your baseline?

      Sorry for all the questions but I do appreciate any information you can give me.

      Louie
      Quietatnight
       
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      quietatnight
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      quietatnight Member

      Location:
      Rockford IL
      Tinnitus Since:
      1990
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic trauma / firecracker
      @Ed209, may I ask do you remember if you drank a lot of water when you got home from your scan and, if so, about how much?

      I can’t help thinking that me falling asleep after I got home and not starting to drink a lot of water is the reason for my spike that I’m going through. I just don’t know what I was thinking. Part of the problem was the CT tech never told me to ”drink a lot of water.“ What a stupid thing for me to do. I should have known better. I’m having an impossible time dealing with that. I have done a lot of research in the past few days and everyone seems to have a different opinion on the subject. Some have even said that the IV contrast is already out of system before you even leave the hospital when the bladder is emptied.

      Anyway, I’m just sick over this, I feel like I made so many bad choices and I keep beating myself up over it.

      Thank you for your support as always I really do appreciate it.

      Louie
      Quietatnight
       
    11. ajc

      ajc Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2002; spike 2009; worse 2017-18
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud music - noise damage
      Stop being paranoid.

      Lack of drinking lots of water after the scan has nothing to do with your spike.

      What is making your spike worse is that you're now constantly analyzing it, listening for it, and thinking if it's back to baseline.

      Go watch a movie, go hiking, do something fun to take your mind off of it.
       
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      quietatnight
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      quietatnight Member

      Location:
      Rockford IL
      Tinnitus Since:
      1990
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic trauma / firecracker
      @ajc, you’re right I do tend to catastrophize things and always think the worst. I have OCD and I tend to get stuck in a loop so I do understand what you mean. It's difficult at times for me to break these loops when I’m going through one of these bad spikes. I do try and ignore it but it’s difficult as you know. I only have had 2 hours sleep a night the past couple of days. It’s been very tough.

      Thank you for your kind encouraging words and support.

      Louie
      Quietatnight
       
    13. Ed209

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      I don’t remember drinking anything if I’m honest, and I don’t recall them telling me to, either.
       
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      quietatnight
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      quietatnight Member

      Location:
      Rockford IL
      Tinnitus Since:
      1990
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic trauma / firecracker
      @Ed209, do you remember if you had oral contrast or IV contrast or both? And what part was your CT scan imaging?
       
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      Location:
      Rockford IL
      Tinnitus Since:
      1990
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic trauma / firecracker
      I don’t know if this is important or not but my CT scan was a week ago on Tuesday, and
      my tinnitus started to increase on Wednesday morning, Thursday it was very bad, then when I woke up Friday my tinnitus was totally gone and back to my baseline, then Saturday it was back up again, then Sunday totally gone and back to my baseline, Monday it was back up again and now today on Tuesday it’s very loud.

      I thought that this is interesting.

      I’m not sure what it means though, I would think that it’s an encouraging sign that I had a couple of good normal days. I was thinking if I had done any permanent damage to my hearing, it wouldn’t go down to normal, not even for a couple of days.

      Is it fair to think that?
       
    16. Lane

      Lane Member Hall of Fame

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      02/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Single 25 mg dose of (anticholinergic) drug Promethazine
      Hi @quietatnight -- You may want to check out this video on the wife of Chuck Norris who almost died from gadolinium poisoning (from an MRI).

      FULL MEASURE: June 11, 2017 - Fighting For Her Life
       
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      quietatnight
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      quietatnight Member

      Location:
      Rockford IL
      Tinnitus Since:
      1990
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic trauma / firecracker
      @Lane, that was a very interesting video, it's very scary and alarming to even imagine that something like this could happen. I’m willing to bet these companies knew about the side effects of this drug. They just had too much invested in R&D to just shut it down and take it off the market right away. It’s always about the money.

      Thank you for taking the time to share this with me.

      Louie
      Quietatnight
       
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    18. valeri

      valeri Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Australia
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      09/2011
      No I didn’t drink any water. I was in hospital for bowel obstruction so I had a tube shoved down my nose and throat to release abdominal pressure. So no drinking or food, just IV fluids which were set to 100 ml per hour.

      I remember 3 years ago a bit of pulsatile tinnitus after the same contrast combo but only for a week or two.

      Same with this one in August.

      You will be fine, it should subside soon. Could it be anxiety regarding the procedure?
       
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      quietatnight
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      quietatnight Member

      Location:
      Rockford IL
      Tinnitus Since:
      1990
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic trauma / firecracker
      @valeri, thank you for your last message, I really appreciate your kind and supportive words. Knowing that I was not the only one that did not drink a lot of water after the test was very encouraging to me.

      I hope that your doing well.

      Please stay safe from the virus.

      Thank you.

      Louie
      Quietatnight
       
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