Monday, April 08, 2013
About 2 years ago I noticed that after I took my evening medications and as I laid down to fall asleep, I was having ringing noises in my head (known as tinnitus). Well at the time I just thought that it was an indication that my medications were working. About 6 months ago it became louder and started occurring sometimes during the day. Last month it became very loud and I could not concentrate, so I told my nurse about the problem. Right away she told me to call my Doctor and the next day she called me and told me to go to the emergency room. I went to the ER the next day. The Doctor looked in my throat (which surprised me) and checked out my ears. She said she found nothing physically wrong with her observations. My Physician called me the next day and he said to stop taking my cholesterol medication (simvastatin 20mg) and Tylenol. But after a week there was no change so he told me to go back on my medications. He had me set up a MRI test to see inside my head if there was a problem. I made an appointment for April 25th. I hope the results provide an answer to this condition.
Since then I have been experimenting with the tinnitus. I have found out that when I lie down it gets worse. So now I use two pillows to prop up my head up when I go to sleep and this has helped. And instead of laying on the couch to watch TV, I sit. I also have found that background noise helps with the tinnitus. Taking a shower is also a great way to get rid of the noise. Also listening to music also causes the tinnitus to decrease. Two years ago my older brother gave me an i-pod and I am finding out how beneficial that present is. When I use the i-pod the tinnitus disappears. But I have to charge it up, so when I do, I use the ear phones with my radio.
I am looking for suggestions on controlling the tinnitus. So if you have any information or advice about this condition feel free to add a comment. It will be very much appreciated.