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Fresh

Tinnitus is just another withdrawal/ toxicity symptom. Some people first develop it when starting meds.

and it's an indication that there's too much drug for the person to tolerate.

 

Other people develop it as a withdrawal symptom , and it can begin up to 18 months after stopping.

See our thread on "Head Noise and other symptoms in the Head" here https://www.google.com.au/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=4&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwjpp5Pd6fnLAhXjKqYKHdk4BowQFggvMAM&url=http%3A%2F%2Fsurvivingantidepressants.org%2Findex.php%3F%2Ftopic%2F1388-head-noise-and-other-symptoms-in-the-head%2Fpage-2&usg=AFQjCNGodZQQjJtonjRmx5IBN0r5j6pG0w&sig2=fzoP6ykmVbQMIZzP5w2CSQ&bvm=bv.118443451,d.dGY

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Alana

Is it common for, or has anyone else experienced evolving tinnitus? Mine changes every month or so...or roughly every 5 to 7 weeks. I get a new tinnitus sound added on each time. This is concerning to me. Can withdrawal do this?

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KarenB

Mine changes also.  Sometimes it's high-pitched sounds, sometimes one ear, sometimes two, sometimes a roaring ocean kind of noise.  Sometimes constant, sometimes it changes with my movements. 

 

I believe it's just my brain working through what it needs to in order to heal.

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Junglechicken

Mines been going for 9 months now.

 

It varies in intensity and pitch and also sometimes sounds like a jet engine. I have actually learned to live with it - it's pain I struggle with.

 

However thanks to SG and friends, I am now onto Mr Echart Tohl and the Pain Body. Working on my understanding of the psychology behind this.

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Franklander

My story with tinnitus has been somewhat confusing. When I think about it, I might have developed some sort of tinnitus when I was younger, and most likely forgot about it. Reason why, during my second week of reinstatement until now, it might have been resurfaced when I looked into it for the first time on detail. However, Hyperacusis has been something I've never experienced before and now follows my former symptoms. Worse because this Sunday I've experienced a screeching noise during a subway trip and I'm dreading that it might have damaged my inner ears. I just don't know if this symptom had resurfaced due to the reinstatement of because of the WD. It is something I've never experienced before, and I've gone off Lexapro CT more than once.

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Fresh

You've differentiated between tinnitus (ringing in the ears , sounds inside the head) and hyperacusis , sensitivity

to sounds outside the head. So many of us have that experiences of even small noises becoming unbearable ,

uncomfortable like nails screeching on a blackboard. I literally jump when I hear a door slam , and am particularly

sensitive to noises from neighbours where I live. Each additional time we start and stop medications , we're prone

to develop new symptoms.

 

Neither of these symptoms is permanent , so the screeching subway isn't likely to have done any permanent damage.

Perhaps you would like to start a topic about "hyperacusis" in this section?

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Dan998
"Hyperacusis is the name for intolerance to everyday sounds that causes significant distress and affects a person's day-to-day activities.

 

The condition can vary quite a lot. For example, some people find loud noises extremely uncomfortable, some find certain noises particularly annoying, some develop a fear of certain noises, while others experience pain when hearing ordinary sounds.


 

Hyperacusis can also be a side effect of certain medications. If you're taking any medication, check the leaflet it comes with to see if hyperacusis is listed as a possible side effect".

 


The NHS Choices website has more info and links about tinnitus and Hyperacusis

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caperjackie

Mine changes too ......... for the most part I just live with it with the help of white noise from the radio or TV. I used to get a few hours break from it every few weeks (such blissful silence) but have not for a very long time. At 5 years off I figure this one may be permanent ....... not great but there are far worse things ....... like still being on these foul poisons.

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ikam

I have a type of pulsating tinnitus in one ear. It is as if magnified heart beat that I hear in my ear. Irritating in times. Don't know if I should investigate it further or treat ad WD? I have had it for over half a year...

Has anybody have symptom like this? What could be an explanation?

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ChessieCat

Hi ikam,

 

Have you had your blood pressure checked?

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ikam

I don't have high BP...it usually happens just before I go to sleep, in bed and when I wake up

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KarenB

When I've had tinnitus these are the times I get it too, though mine presented differently.  I recall that turning over in bed would set it off, and lying still made it a bit better.

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ikam

it seems similar with me, lying still makes it better...

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GirlfromD

These last couple of weeks the ringing in my ears or tinitus or whatever it is, has gotten very intense, and the last week i almost feel like i can here birdsinging all the time, and it is making me crazy. Will this maybe fade soon, I hope the tinitus is better in a couple of days, because it was so intense today that i couldn't watch tv, I panicked because i thought i could hear birdsinging in the program i saw, and i need that to distract myself. I dont know what to do, this is so hard! Please help

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ikam

I have found white noise cd helpful in times...

 

when you get "pre-occupied" with it (I tend to do) it becomes worse...I try o minimise this, tell myself that it will pass; any additional emotions make it worse for me...

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GirlfromD

I have found white noise cd helpful in times...

 

when you get "pre-occupied" with it (I tend to do) it becomes worse...I try o minimise this, tell myself that it will pass; any additional emotions make it worse for me...

Okay I will try that thanks. 

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Cressida

I have a type of pulsating tinnitus in one ear. It is as if magnified heart beat that I hear in my ear. Irritating in times. Don't know if I should investigate it further or treat ad WD? I have had it for over half a year...

Has anybody have symptom like this? What could be an explanation?

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Cressida

I ve had pulsatile tinnitus for 3 years. I hear it over the left side of my head. It has got quieter generally but the volume fluctuates with head , neck and shoulder tension. I will know I am fully recovered when it goes

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LilyBlueRose

I'm just wondering if any of you suffer with ear congestion/ pressure as well? I have for a year now. It came on two weeks after stopping celexa.

 

I just read a lot of articles about how common tinnitus is with ssris. Just a tip that I'm sure most of you know, but white noise really helps.

 

Also this is worth a try.

http://np.reddit.com/r/WTF/comments/3l3uri/these_guys_lighting_a_mortar_shell_in_their_garage/cv3474n

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2yDCox-qKbk

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ChessieCat

One of my withdrawal symptoms when I have dropped too much is ear pressure and sometimes I have had pain with it.  A couple of times it was so bad that I updosed.  On a couple of other occasions I was able to put up with it and didn't updose and it improved.

 

At one time my tinnitus was really bad and was driving me nuts but I have found that as my dose has got lower it is barely there and hardly bothers me now.

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Junglechicken

Mine is still going strong after 14 months.

 

That oh so lovely high pitched tone that can suddenly drop in pitch or intensity.

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Mimi11

I have head noise and tinnitus. The tinnitus comes and goes and mostly notice at night, but the head noise (hard to describe other than that) has been a pretty much constant companion throughout WD. Interestingly enough, it has really lessened in the last couple of weeks, almost imperceptible. I wake up in the morning and my head (brain) is quiet. First time in 16 months. 

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Survivor1

I have head noises (seeing some improvement) and myoclonus of the stapedial muscle in the left ear.  Had it really bad after klonopin wd, and went away eventually.  Restarted after several rapid tapers/ct's.

 

Have about 10 episodes a day, sometimes it is painful and disorienting - feels like a hard slap inside the head; many times it is faint only.  Yesterday had a 5-min continuous episode and ear was smarting after :( .  I hope it goes away, only then can I resume my taper.

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Bobo32

I've had bad ear congestion and tinnitus while taking xanax and lexapro. Congestion went away when I stopped xanax. Now I quit lexapro but tinnitus is stills there. Lower but still there. Anything helped with that? Now I'm 2 weeks off lexapro but still have tinnitus

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Why

I have this as well.

And like of most of others is mostly in my left ear.

Some thoughts on it :

 

-since it comes and goes away, and changes intensity, shouldn't it be related to chemical changes in the brain, instead of structural damage of it?

 

-it's mostly on one side (left). We should investigate what's the morphological/chemical difference between the two sides

 

What do you think guys?

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ikam

My tinnitus has become much worse since colonoscopy. I am unsure why. Maybe because of sedation. Also stress, anxiety. Possibly low iron, anemia...

I used to have only pulsstille tinnitus in one ear, now I have this high pitch sound, kind of in the middle of head. Always when it is quieter...

Trying to ignore it, which is not easy

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Aelius

I`ve had persistent tinnitus since 18th February after commig off of Buspirone completely. Like most of other people here I have it in my left ear. I had four good days when it was completely silent but after going swimming two weeks ago everything got worse and I can hear it all day long. I joined Tinnitus Sufferers group on FB with more than 14 thousand members. Some people there have T for years after going off of ADs. From what I have learned there`s a high probability T will never go away once it`s activated.

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ikam

it has been on increase with me...hissing has been moreless continuous...

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ikam

Hopeful:

 

Does tinnitus ever go away?

Studies have indicated that, even without any ‘treatment’, the noises disappear or at least diminish in the majority of cases, as the brain loses interest in and stops surveying the signal. This process is called ‘habituation’ and it can take several months or years.

Tinnitus can become emotionally distressing in the initial period. This is commonly due to misconceptions as to the cause, prognosis and management of tinnitus.

There is also a general feeling of not being taken seriously by the medical profession. Many are told: ‘It is not serious, there is no cure, and you have to learn to live with it’. It can be argued that this is, to a certain extent true.

In most cases there is not a serious underlying medical condition and you will gradually learn to stop paying attention to the tinnitus noises, in the same way that you ignore all the other ‘predictable’ noises of daily life. Reaction to these sounds are more dependent on your frame of mind and reaction, than the actual sound itself.

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Bobo32

4 months off. Improved tinnitus but still there. I dont want to reinstate but im wondering if thats the only thing that will make it go away 

anyone had a relief from tinnitus without having to reinstate ?

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scallywag

Bobo: I haved moved your post from the topic "Ear Issues - Blocked Ears, ETD, and tinnitus" to this topic that is specifically about tinnitus.

 

On 2017-07-12 at 2:17 PM, Bobo32 said:

4 months off. Improved tinnitus but still there. I dont want to reinstate but im wondering if thats the only thing that will make it go away 

anyone had a relief from tinnitus without having to reinstate ?

 

Please read this topic from the first post for answers to your question.

 

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cathyfrench

Dear all,

 

I also have tinnitus so I wanted to share with you on how nasty it is.

 

I have developped very high-pitched tinnitus since withdrawing too quickly from Sertraline 3 months ago and from stopping Xanax cold turkey 4 months ago.  I am now back on Xanax but my tinnitus is really bad. I have also pressure in the ears. It is terrible and make me very depressed. I  have also developped PGAD when I was tappering down Sertraline from a 50 to a 25 dose. I took benzos for only 4 months from January to April and at very low dose but I developped very nasty withdrawal symptoms when I was made to stop Xanax cold turkey. They developped two weeks after stopping  Xanax (earworms, burning skin, akathisia, hyperacusis, hyper sense of smell, sensitivity to light etc) At the beginning when I brought my Sertraline dose from 50 to 25, my tinnitus was very mild, (like a criket song) since it got worse, I went to a psychiatric hospital to help me with all my symptoms but instead of helping me, they put me on risperidone and anafranil and my tinnitus rocketted. I also had to take 4 courses of antibiotics (Augmentin and 3 courses of antibiotics for cystitis) and omeprazole and corticoids in june for various health issues.

 

Tinnitus is making my life a misery, I listen to white noise to help but I cannot concentrate on anything than it and I hope that we will one day get rid of this nasty withdrawal symptom.

 

Take care

 

Cathy

 

 

 

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