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I've been dealing with this for two years now and it all coincided with a traumatic band practice in which my ears started ringing intensely afterwards. I must have not put the earplug in all the way or turned my amp up too high... whatever the problem it didn't seem too different from any other time I played except for the intense ringing. Well I waited for several excruciating weeks thinking it would go away, but it never did, although it subsided somewhat. It was nearly unbearable for those first couple months. Anyway since then other symptoms have developed and I'm lighter in the pocket from all the doctors but not really much better. I have the thumping in my ear, which seems to coincide with any noise or vibration in the room. A good example would be when I'm on the phone and every word a person speaks causes my ear drum to thump in exact rythymn with their words. Another thing I've developed are twitches, which occur mostly in my arms, hands legs and feet but also occasionally in my head and seem to magnify when I talk. Speaking of talking, that has become more difficult because it feels as though there is a tightening in my face or muscle that inhibits the muscles in my mouth from articulating as easily as before. Talking appears normal to the people I know but it feels a lot less effortless than it used to be, and even a struggle under the worst circumstances. When I get excited or am active, I feel very nervy and shaky. I don't know if all of this is related to stress precipitating from all of my symptoms but I've almost become at peace with all of this and yet they do not subside. There is not a single day that has gone by that I haven't thought about all of this and the ringing still bothers me at night. The doctors have not been much help at first diagnosing me with lymes diseases, and then realizing I was mistakenly diagnosed, to taking mris and finding that all of my sinuses were infected and treating it with little improvement to my symptoms. I feel like I am all out of answers and am trying to accept that I will have to live with all of this, but I can't believe that in just one day, I would go from feeling absolutely perfectly fine, to feeling like I have to carry a huge burden on my shoulders every day. I look on the internet and find nothing with my collection of symptoms... Any idea what I’m dealing with? Or what course of action I should take? I’ve already seen a neurologist, an ent, an allergist, a few general practitioners and in infectious disease specialist who discounted my original diagnosis of lymes diseases given by my original general practitioner.


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replied December 6th, 2009
Cold, Flu and Viral Infections Answer A8280
Hi and welcome to the forum! I am glad to help you.

Tinnitus or ringing in the ear is a symptom and may result from underlaying causes like ear infections, foreign objects or wax in the ear, nose allergies that prevent(or induce) fluid drain and cause wax built-up, aging, may appear as side effects from consuming some medications and etc. The most common cause for tinnitus is noise-induced hearing loss.

Given the symptoms that you described, it is likely that you may suffer from noise-induced hearing loss. The difficulties that you feel while talking may result from the stress and the nervousness that you feel. You may consider seeing ENT(ear, nose and throat) specialist and to have your hearing examined. You may also consider taking Vitamins from the B-complex to reduce the stress and nervousness. You may consider seeing neurologist once again to confirm or rule out any neurological disease that may cause the twitches in your legs while walking.

Please keep in mind that I provide with medical information only. I am not able to diagnose medical condition online. Please contact your doctor or other qualified healthcare provider such as ENT specialist or neurologist for further information about diagnosis and treatment options.




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