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USA | Atlanta, GA | 41/m 220lbs 5' 11"
Moderate Drinker - Semi-Active - Under a Moderate Amount of Stress Daily
Low Level Tinnitus Already Present
ADHD/Mild Bi-Polar Issues/OCD
I started experiencing a slight ringing in my right ear about two weeks ago, very minor but noticeable. Then I had a fairly average cold/sinus infection and the ringing increased in volume, to the point of being noticeable but still relatively low level.
After about 3 days I went to the ER, the doctor claimed it was just swimmers ear (due what he claimed was a swollen ear drum). I was given drops and started on some left over (not expired) Amoxicillin I had on hand.
The Friday after Thanksgiving (one week in) the slight-dizziness started, very mild - just a slight lean to my walk, however I was clear headed and focused. That's important to remember.
So, went to my GP and I *think* she mistook the milky-white drops in my ear for infection, ordered a steroid shot, a 6 day methyl-presidone pack and Levaquin (antibiotic) + a nasal steroid.
Bonus Snag: There was a mix up on the prescription instructions and I ended up doubling up the oral steroid w/the shot. Needless to say I was a mess, stopped all medications and was given a milder ZPak.
This past Wednesday I finally saw an ENT, had my right ear cleaned and a hearing test that showed as normal. I was told since I couldn't tolerate steroids I would have to 'wait it out' with healthy foods, water and exercise.
The ENT said it was a 'minor' case of Labyrinthitis and I could be better in two days, or a few weeks -and typically it's a one step forward two steps back situation. I was given 2mg of Valium (4x daily) prescription to assist with 'centering' my balance. Thus far I have only taken 2 daily.
So here's my current status- after beating back a horrible sense of 'fight or flight' for a few days which sent adrenaline pumping through my veins where I was a ball of stress, jumping to conclusions etc. (thx Google I have found a sense of relative calm +decided I will only use the Valium for extreme emergencies and try to be a 'normal' as possible, since I hate the grogginess.
So I can-
Walk /Run Decently - No Spins/Vertigo
Handle Focused Activities - Driving, Online Gaming
Handle Workload (Design/Web) - With Extra Focus/Concentration
Ringing has Lessened
Mood Swings Subsided
However I am struggling with-
Time of day/Situational Awareness/Periphery
Memory and Focus
Please tell me this is normal two weeks in, and that I will get better?
Thank you all-!
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