I have had these symptoms for about 3 years. A cough, clearing my throat, lightheadedness dizzy, no spinning or vertigo though, ringing in ears. I started taking the OTC Chlor-trimeton and most of the real bad symptoms went away (I was almost incapacitated). I have been taking the drug for about 2 years. Still clear my throat and cough have slight ringing and lightheadness.
I have been to 4 allergists, they agree that I must be allergic to something, but they are out of answers. I have been to countless other specialists, ENT, Brain, Etc. all negative.
I have also been allergic to seasonal stuff for 25 years (tree pollen, grass) etc. But, this is all the time.
The antihistimines that I tried at first, were the ones that didn't make you sleepy. Like allegra or clariton. They did not work for me. I tried the OTC Chlorotrimeton, which does make you sleepy (it has a 'brain component' in it). I was feeling much better in about 2 weeks.
Anybody out there who has or knows anything about this allergy?
In May of 2000 I woke up with my left ear plugged and ringing in that ear. Nothing really helped as far as decongestants, etc. An ear specialist said it was probably a virus that had attacked my inner ear and now was gone, but the ringing was still there. He did not prescribe prednisone at that time. In September the same thing happened with my right ear. I went back to the ear specialist. He said he no longer thought it had been a virus, since it is unlikely that someone would contract a virus in both ears at separate times. He put me on 60 mg of prednisone and the whole situation cleared up. At the same time I had a blood test for food allergies and found I am allergic to some foods. I went off those foods, but going off the prednisone I eventually got the same symptoms back. Lately I have been taking an adrenal supplement and getting the best results I have ever had without prednisone. I am still investigating my allergies, but since the prednisone cleared up my symptoms I am suspicious that my adrenal glands (which should do the same thing as prednisone for me unless they are fatigued) are not working properly. There is a saliva test I am going to have done next week to check my hormone levels and adrenal function. Good luck with your situation. Did you have any hearing loss associated with the tinnitis? I have some hearing loss.
Do you recall how many mg of prednisone you were on and for how long? Have you had any allergy testing yet other than the diet you mentioned? I had a blood test you can now get through some chiropractors by US Biotek Laboratories called the ELISA/ACT test. Also I am going in to the allergist for skin scratch testing next week. I thought the blood test was really helpful, but there was at least one thing I discovered I am allergic to that was not on the list of foods, that is safflower oil. Hope you find your answers soon.
The allergen free diet that I was one excluded all dairy products. In fact it excluded just about everything - I starved!
So my allergist is totally convinced that it is NOT food of any sort.
I only take predisone on the weekends (when I am outside a lot) during the spring pollen season and I don't recall how many mg it is. But my allergist does not want me on this stuff for very long, because there are some awful side effects. I would not view predisone as a very good long term solution.
BTW - I have had complete skin scratch tests and I am negative for all they tested for exccept the pollen (which I have know about for 25 years). Again I believe that I am allergic to something airborne, that is very common)
There are some treatments that are currently being tested that attack the allergy in a different manner. That is - that you do not have to know what you are allergic to, and everybody gets the same treatement, regardless of what the allergy is.
I am interested in these new tests where you can be treated without knowing what you are allergic to. Are these treatments available now? Tell me more if you know anything more about it, would you? Thanks.
I first saw the new allergy treament approach on a news magazine show on TV. I asked my allergist about it, and he said it was not yet approved by the FDA.
He said I would be a good candidate, because the current allergy treatments today rely on finding out what you are allergic to before the shots can begin. The new treament is a treatment that addresses how the body reacts rather than what causes it to react. Ask any allergist about it, and they can explain it better than I.
I do not believe that it is available yet. - But I'm ready for this as soon as it is.
I thought you might be interested: I called an acupuncturist and he told me he had treated several people with my symptoms and one in particular was a woman who lives in the next town over from me. The woman had severe tinnitis in both ears for five years and after five visits with him she was cured of it and recovered completely. I talked to the woman on the phone myself and she says it is true, she hasn't been in to see him since 1999 and no problem with her ears since then. I have an appointment for next week. I'm ready to try it. I have never been to an acupucturist before, beleive me, I know nothing about it and am not trying to drum up business for any acupuncturists. Just thought you might be interested in the story.
Just wanted to let you know I had my first appointment with the acupuncturist today. It didn't hurt, I was relieved about that. One of my problems with my ears is that I have dizziness if I try to go from a standing or sitting position to lying down. Also, after I have been lying down then get up I am dizzy. Today when I had to lie down on his table I was dizzy for a few seconds. By the time he had given me the treatment and I sat back up a half hour later I felt no dizziness at all. I was told by the other woman who had tinnitis that the ringing didn't go away for 4 or 5 treatments, so I am not surprised I still have some ringing in my ear, but the fact that I was not dizzy was a milestone for me. There is hope. He also told me I was allergic to gluten, through muscle testing. The gluten allergy did not show up on my blood test for food allergies. He said the blood test only picks up about half the allergies that are there. What a horrible thought. I go back again next week. Anyway, that was my update. Hope you have been feeling better lately.
Update: I have had two acupuncture treatments now. Plus muscle testing for allergies. We have determined that I am allergic to onion, B-complex, and have a problem with some type or types of oil and we are going to test the oils separately to next time to find out which one. My dizziness is gone for the most part, and today I listened to a phone call using the ear that I could not hear out of up until now. I could understand what the person was saying even though it was still muffled. This is a significant improvement for me and proves that I can still improve further. The tinnitis that was once so unbearable is something I don't think about anymore. It is there, but reduced so much that it is tolerable. I hope to keep getting better over the next couple of weeks.