Dizziness, Headaches and now Tinnitus supposedly

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Hey Everyone,

I hope someone out there can shed some light on the situation I'm in as I honestly am losing the will to live at this moment. In early August this year, I had severe dizziness in which I almost felt like I was going to collapse. Happened for no reason at all (I did bang my head 2 weeks before on a shed door - not sure if that's linked at all). 

I'm only 24, healthy adult, never had any problems before, but ever since that day, I had been getting progressively worse with the dizziness, nausea and been numerous times through A&E, felt like I honestly was going to die. Anyhow, I managed to get through it up till this day and feeling a lot less dizzy (manageable) but about a month or so after in September I started to hear a loud high pitch noise that's refusing to shift even now. ENT said its Tinnitus and wanted to find out why I had the dizziness, they think it was Labyrinthitis (GP also said that to). So they did a hearing test to rule out a few things like Meniere's/Hearing loss, the hearing results came out 100% and they said I could hear even a pin drop! Now they want to make sure its nothing serious so just been for an MRI of the "internal acoustic meatus" whatever that means but awaiting the results.

My query is, will this loud high pitch noise (Tinnitus?) that's in my head ever go away? Was it a result of my head injury right back in July? If I plug my ears right now or cover them, I feel the noise is coming from within the brain. I have tried that Tinnitus relief that was to join your middle fingers on the base of the skull and use the index to tap but that didn't do anything, however, I noticed a completely different noise from the left ear compared to the right ear whilst tapping, not sure if that's helpful to know.

GP said it would go away within a few weeks, but its been 4 months almost. Is there any light at the end of the tunnel.

Thanks in advance for any replies! Kind Regards, Cal

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    Morning Cal,

    Well, it seems as though you are being well looked after medically.  Are you in England by any chance, it sounds as though you are, from the way in which you're speaking (writing) ??  I'm in England and think the NHS do a brilliant job.  I'm really looked after since my bout of Meningitis years ago, caused through ETD.  I see my ENT consultant twice yearly.

    You do definitely have Tinnitus.  I have suffered from it for over 30 years....that's not to say you will though.  Are you feeling stressed, as that can bring it on.   Many of us on this Forum suffer Eustachian Tube Dysfunction (blocked ears) and that causes tinnitus too.  I have it in my left ear.  It isn't coming from the ear, it's how the brain is trying to sort out sounds.  Google and read about it.

    You may have a virus that's caused Labyrinthitis, that too causes dizzyness.

    I'm sure you'll get sorted and hopefully, the tinnitus will go or at least reduce

    in sound.

    Kind regards

    Anne

    PS   it may have been when you hit your head that's resulted in tinnitus.

     

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      Hi Anne,

      Many thanks for your reply! Yes you're correct, I'm from England cool

      I agree that the NHS is great, however I didn't have a pleasant time in A&E as they didn't look concerned at all (but seeing others struggle in A&E, I guess they are strained to the limit), I actually had to discharge myself because 5 hours of waiting was enough for me. The ENT doctor however is at least taking interest so I really hope things do get better, thanks for sharing your situation too and for giving me reassurance its Tinnitus, thought something was honestly wrong inside my head!

      I honestly can't believe what Tinnitus does, if you have had it for 30 years, and I have read forum after forum that it's long term chronic if it doesn't resolve within 3 months, I'm guessing my hope of it going is definitely going down the drain. I've Googled so much it's making me more and more worried which is why I found this forum which is a great place to understand more specifics to the conditions that individual people have.

      In terms of Eustachian Tube Dysfunction, I did read about this and got worried as I had to make an emergency long haul flight as one of my family members passed away abroad, and I was worried about the flight/ear pressure...etc but thankfully everything was ok, no pain/discomfort and even now I don't experience blocked ears so the only thing on my mind was the hit on the head that could have caused this, or of course viral labyrinthitis. As you mentioned stress, another immediate member of my family passed away as well earlier this year so things have been tough to deal with, maybe that triggered something off but I'm a lot more calmer now. I just hope things get better..

      Thanks for sharing your situation too!

      Kind Regards,

      Cal

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      You're very welcome Cal and hoping everything resolves soon for you.

      Try not to get stressed, as hard as it may be, as it does so much damage

      to our health.

      Sorry to read about losing your loved ones.

      Anne

      Anne

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      Anne,

      Can the ETD cause lightheadedness and different types of sounds going off in yr head and like a buzzing sensation in the head as well? I know T does buzzing but it actually FEELS like it's buzzing..it's just dunny that those of us with T seem to have ETD as well doesn't it. Also, do you or anyone else on this forum have any indention or ridges anywhere on yr skull? Just curious with all the symptoms

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      Sadly, yes Terrie,  Tinnitus is awful.  I have a high pitched whistle.  I've learnt to try

      and ignore it.  It's only when someone mentions it or I'm in a quite environment that

      I become aware of it....like now.

      Do try not to worry as it will certainly exacerbate it.

      Anne

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    It never goes away you have it for life no one knows how it happens and no one knows how to stop it like myself you just have to get used to it. XX
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      Hi Cnut,

      Thanks for sharing that information. Been reading about Habituation, just hope it happens sooner, really can't stand the noise.

      Kind Regards,

      Cal

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      Cal, it does get better one way or another. Either it will go away or you will grow accustumed to it. Iv had mine for ovr a yr an half. I still have bad days. I can't even watch an action packed movie without it blaring. We got snow, and that cud b the cause of mine Goin bonkers of late..so some days it is more tolerable. I actually have to think about it to hear it but other days...not so good. I'm just learning to take the good with the bad..you will too if it lingers. Stress does make worse, so try deep breathing techniques. They help. Diet affects it as well..salt, sugar, all the good stuff..ee all in this 2gether and are here when ya need to talk and have someone totally understand...just hang in there..if u banged head hard enough, it takes awhile for the inside to heal from bruise and swelling. Give it time..take care and keep in touch with us on the forum..we will all keep trying to find some kind of link and cure to this dreaded symptom in our heads..

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      Hi Terrie,

      Thanks for your reply, and for your encouraging words, they are much appreciated.

      Honestly when all this started, I just didn't know who to turn to, there is only so much you can tell the doctors, but I know they can only base things on symptoms to diagnose, but it's nice to be able to post here and get feedback from people suffering from similar symptoms, and like you said, we are all in this together. I honestly thought my life was over until you realise that although there isn't an easy way out, whatever will be, will be and it has to be manageable. Thanks for the information about the stress - I'll have a look into deep breathing techniques as I skimmed over that recently. I really hope though the head heals quickly and all this goes away, it's absolutely horrible that just a bang can knock your health back completely, but thanks for the advice, sharing your situation and will keep in touch on here.

      Kind Regards,

      Cal

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      I know it sounds callous but that is the reality of the situation we find ourselves in i dont have dizziness  just tinnitus my problem relates to my tumour but i promise you you will be able to manage it XX
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      Hi Cal,

      ​This has been an interesting discussion and very helpful.  I too have Tinnitus this has been caused by my Acoustic Neuroma in the middle ear.  I have to make a decision to have the operation or not.   I see that you have a tumour as well.  Did you have it removed and if so how?

      ​Pam

       

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      Hi Pam,

      Thanks for your reply. At the moment I haven't heard back in relation to whether or not its a tumour (I really hope not) so I can't comment on that at the moment.

      Kind Regards,

      Cal

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