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Old 08-14-2007, 07:58 PM   #1
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help with tinnitus (?) loss of concentration, etc

hi everyone, new here
okay wanting some advice....
im 20 yr, female, healthy except for -
in the past year i have had trouble with various head/ear trouble.
have been put on cordilox (as my neurosurgeon thinks i have migraines without the pain)..not sure if its helping anymore.
my symptoms are:
- constant popping in ears - i can swallow, etc and make them pop (my ear drums are inverted said the doctor, but ear specialist/neurosurgeon said is fine?)
- trouble focusing and concentrating in the dark and when nervous (so much so i feel like im not myself/floating along..very weird)
- tinnitus (i think?) clicking inside head, whooshing, high pitched sounds
- some vertigo (although this has gotten alot better and rarely get it now)
i have been on various medication - stemetil, nose/ear drops. i have had an mri. everyone said everything is normal. but i dont feel it.
advice, etc?
thank you so much.

also wanted to add. my ears pop and keep popping during the day, roughly about 6pm with each pop it starts hurting and a few hours later i cant pop my ears and thats when i feel spaced out, cant concetrate, etc the most.

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Old 08-18-2007, 02:31 AM   #2
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Re: help with tinnitus (?) loss of concentration, etc

Hi there
Sorry i can't offer you much advice but just to say i hope you get some relief from these rotten symptoms.
Have you tried simple home remedies like inhaling steam with menthol and chewing gum instead of poppingf your ears?
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Old 08-20-2007, 03:16 AM   #3
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Re: help with tinnitus (?) loss of concentration, etc - pulsatile tinnitus

thanks for your reply chewing gum doesnt do anything.
iv done some research....does anyone know anything about pulsatile tinnitus?

 
Old 08-20-2007, 03:40 AM   #4
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Re: help with tinnitus (?) loss of concentration, etc

Hi there dont know if what Im going to say helps much but Iv had the same sort of trouble for two years now. It sounds like eustachian tube problems you have. Normally when you swallow you are not aware of your ears popping but when there is a problem you can feel them popping. You may be popping your ears so often that without trying to you are damaging the tubes therefore they are sticking. I know when I pop mine a lot they get to the point where they block and I cant hear very well and then all of a sudden they pop and everything is fine. I have tinnitus too dont know if the ear infection caused mine or not. Had mri etc done and the specialist is at a loss to explain my tinnitus as I dont have nerve or hearing damage. I get pulsing in my ear too, do you have fluid problems in your inner ear? Normally the wooshing noise is caused by this. If you have pulsing in the ear eustachin tube dysfunction is one of the most common problems. Iv had nose drops and sprays (steroid based) and have now got a grommet in my ear. Sometimes when I yawn the air blows right through my ear tube and then the pulsing starts, maybe your ear tube is opening up too much. I would go back and see the specialist. Funny thing is I suffer from migraines as well so maybe they are all linked. Good Luck Andrea

 
Old 08-22-2007, 03:26 PM   #5
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Re: help with tinnitus (?) loss of concentration, etc

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- trouble focusing and concentrating in the dark and when nervous (so much so i feel like im not myself/floating along..very weird)
I've been dealing with the exact same problems for the last year or two, but this quote stood out. Go to a search engine and find a description for "derealization" (or depersonalization) and see if it explains the "not myself/floating along" part at all.

Derealization is something I've acquired since my ear trouble came about (and I've heard other stories of folks with ETD having this cured after they have tubes put in [whatever you call that]). There have also been Doctors that tie anxiety (what you may refer to as "nervousness")/panic/derealization/other mental states to ETD and other inner-ear trouble, which is exactly what I've started to have as of these past 2 years (really life altering stuff... I finally sympathize with people who whine about these disorders). I think there's a correlation.

Anyways, I know what you're going through. It sucks. Hopefully there are real answers somewhere. Mine's getting worse every week, so I'm finally going to put everything else aside and spend some money (sigh).

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Old 08-25-2007, 09:20 PM   #6
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Re: help with tinnitus (?) loss of concentration, etc

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Hi there dont know if what Im going to say helps much but Iv had the same sort of trouble for two years now. It sounds like eustachian tube problems you have. Normally when you swallow you are not aware of your ears popping but when there is a problem you can feel them popping. You may be popping your ears so often that without trying to you are damaging the tubes therefore they are sticking. I know when I pop mine a lot they get to the point where they block and I cant hear very well and then all of a sudden they pop and everything is fine. I have tinnitus too dont know if the ear infection caused mine or not. Had mri etc done and the specialist is at a loss to explain my tinnitus as I dont have nerve or hearing damage. I get pulsing in my ear too, do you have fluid problems in your inner ear? Normally the wooshing noise is caused by this. If you have pulsing in the ear eustachin tube dysfunction is one of the most common problems. Iv had nose drops and sprays (steroid based) and have now got a grommet in my ear. Sometimes when I yawn the air blows right through my ear tube and then the pulsing starts, maybe your ear tube is opening up too much. I would go back and see the specialist. Funny thing is I suffer from migraines as well so maybe they are all linked. Good Luck Andrea
Gosh, it might sound like i should go see the ear specialist again then. I can continue to pop my ears all the time, my gp said i probably had eustacian tube dysfunction months ago. My neurologist has given me medication for my symptoms, which is sort of helping but im still not myself and he said the popping of my ears was a seperate problem altogether and i havent addressed it yet. I've also had nose drops/sprays - steroid based and they didnt do anything. As soon as i have the money i'll go back to my ear specialist. Thanks

 
Old 08-25-2007, 09:23 PM   #7
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Re: help with tinnitus (?) loss of concentration, etc

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I've been dealing with the exact same problems for the last year or two, but this quote stood out. Go to a search engine and find a description for "derealization" (or depersonalization) and see if it explains the "not myself/floating along" part at all.

Derealization is something I've acquired since my ear trouble came about (and I've heard other stories of folks with ETD having this cured after they have tubes put in [whatever you call that]). There have also been Doctors that tie anxiety (what you may refer to as "nervousness")/panic/derealization/other mental states to ETD and other inner-ear trouble, which is exactly what I've started to have as of these past 2 years (really life altering stuff... I finally sympathize with people who whine about these disorders). I think there's a correlation.

Anyways, I know what you're going through. It sucks. Hopefully there are real answers somewhere. Mine's getting worse every week, so I'm finally going to put everything else aside and spend some money (sigh).
This also sounds like me. I have a history of anxiety disorders- depression, social anxiety, panic disorder/panic attacks and post traumatic stress disorder. I am fine now though, but to a certain degree find i get my social anxiety occassionally. What are the doctors called who tie the anxiety and ear trouble together? Are they just ear specialists, and/but how do i determine if they believe the link between anxiety and ear trouble? And when you say you are going to spend some money on it, what treatment if you dont mind me asking? Thank you

 
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