My symptoms got worse and after a second spinal tap I found out that I didn't actually have intracranial hypertension so I stopped the medication. I'm wondering if my tinnitus started due to the diamox or the severe stress and anxiety I was under for two months straight. The day I stopped the diamox my doctor prescribed Meloxicam and Flexeril for the pain in swelling in my shoulders and neck from the stress. My tinnitus sounds like a hissing high pitched tea kettle that seems to be more pronounced at night. Two weeks ago was when it was at its worst and I could literally feel my ear drums vibrating. My ears also feel like they need to pop a lot.I'm not sure what to do next and I worry that the meloxicam will only make things worse even though my pharmacist said that less than 2% of people on meloxicam get tinnitus. So I'm kinda stuck.I haven't taken meloxicam in three days because I'm afraid to but I do think it helped with my head and neck tension and I'm thinking that plays a role in my tinnitus. I asked my doctor if meloxicam is ototoxic but she hasn't written back yet. Like do many others I struggle with feeling overwhelmed by a noise that doesn't seem to go away but does range in intensity. Any thoughts would be comforting
Have you had any physical therapy sessions for your neck?
No, but I started swimming every day in hopes that would help build my muscles back up
I don't know about those medications. It is possible that the tinnitus started because of stress. Or not. There is a very common pattern to know exactly what it is from, yet it is mostly guessing. Personally, I would recommend learning to relax--be warey of most medications for tinnitus with the exception of antidepressants, if needed. I have similar tea kettle tinnitus (9 years). Learn stress reduction breathing. Here is my list of other things that help me: During Day Listening to Mozart or Vivaldi on my Bose QC25 or Aftershokz bone conductive headphones For Best Sleep Hard workout 3x/week minimum (before 6), break from screen time (TV, phone, computer, etc.) two hours before bed, 3mg NOW melatonin (10 minutes before bed at the latest, as needed, which is rare anymore), white noise generator (birds, rain, waves), hot relaxing shower right before bed. Also grounded at night/did “earthing” when things were really really bad.
Thank you for your reply .....I've been working hard these past few weeks to push beyond the overwhelming feeling that comes with trying to adjust to this....I have a whole new appreciation for silence...I wish I would have realized how good I had things before this......