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Unread 08-09-2012, 09:37 PM   #1
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I would say i have been going through PCS for about 5 months now, and before i never had a constant ring in my ears. But i realised yesterday that it started ringing out of the blue.

Sometimes i get a small ring, where it will ring and then stop after a few seconds. But this one is sort of constant.

Is that normal for random symptoms like this to come on so late?
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Unread 08-10-2012, 04:45 AM   #2
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My tinnitus (ringing in the ears) comes and goes. A drink of cold water can cause it to get very loud. There are lots of triggers.

A common problem is paying attention to it. Once your brain zeroes in on the sound, it can start to obsess and make it appear to be worse. Learning to ignore it when possible is the only solution for many of us.

My ears ring at about 1100 hertz. That is between C6 (high C) and C#6 on a piano. The pitch has remained consistent for years even though the volume varies widely.

There is little than can be done. The stuff sold on TV has a very poor track record and is expensive. Quietus is one of the names. I forget the other but it is an expensive lipoflavinoid compound.

Just know that plenty of us hear what you are hearing.
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59 years old, retired due to disability, married 34 years, father of three, grandfather of four, Suffered a serious concussion at 10 years old (1965) stopped most driving after concussion at 46 years old (2001), Post Concussion Syndrome/Multiple Concussion/Impact Syndrome with PTSD, immediate/short term visual and auditory memory problems, slowed processing speed, visual/auditory processing difficulties, insomnia, absence seizures, OCD, 14 concussions since first concussion at 8 years old, Taking paroxetine for 14 years and gabapentin for 12 years. Added L-Tryptophan and stopped paroxetine after 3 months of tapering. I currently take 500 mgs of L-Tryptophan AM, 500 mgs noon, and 500 mgs PM.


As of Nov 15th, Due to high stress issues resulting in PTSD, docs put me on 3 meds. Clonazepam but only for 30 days ) .125 mgs twice daily (Doc presc. .25 mgs 2x daily but half a tablet is good) , citalopram (Celexa), an SSRI , and olanzapine (Zyprexa), an atypical anti-psychotic that usually causes weight gain before bed. I lost over 30 pounds since mid July. It just stopped the weight loss. Took me off the gabapentin. I am feeling better than I have in years.

This great feeling only lasted a month. Back to the same old PCS doldrums.

May 2014, I am off the olanzapine due to a 6 fold price increase. Back on 600 mgs of gabapentin before bed.

I am also taking L-Theanine to help with GABA regulation


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Unread 08-10-2012, 11:52 AM   #3
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Would this go for things like feeling your heart beat aswell? I have had several ekg's that came out normal (i dont know why they wanted multiple ekg's) aswell as an echocardiogram done which came out completely normal. Yet i still feel my heartbeat most of the time.

I had a feeling from the very beginning that my heart was completely fine, even though my family has a history of major heart problems. I have a feeling that im just obsessing over it and thats why i can constantly feel my heartbeat.

But there were a few occasions where i could feel my heart beat wayy before i received a blow to my head and suffered the concussion.

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My tinnitus (ringing in the ears) comes and goes. A drink of cold water can cause it to get very loud. There are lots of triggers.

A common problem is paying attention to it. Once your brain zeroes in on the sound, it can start to obsess and make it appear to be worse. Learning to ignore it when possible is the only solution for many of us.

My ears ring at about 1100 hertz. That is between C6 (high C) and C#6 on a piano. The pitch has remained consistent for years even though the volume varies widely.

There is little than can be done. The stuff sold on TV has a very poor track record and is expensive. Quietus is one of the names. I forget the other but it is an expensive lipoflavinoid compound.

Just know that plenty of us hear what you are hearing.
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Unread 08-10-2012, 01:38 PM   #4
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I bet your issue has more to do with your mind getting stuck obsessing about the sensation, whether it is the tinnitus or the sound of your heartbeat.

Once the brain gets tuned into a sensation, it can increase the sensitivity of that sensory system. Actually, the sensitivity is not increased. The system that filters out sensations get over-ridden so rather than the brain tuning out and ignoring the sensation, the brain focuses on the sensation.

It is like playing slug bug. Once you start looking for VW bugs, even when you stop looking for them, your brain continues to notice them.
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As of Nov 15th, Due to high stress issues resulting in PTSD, docs put me on 3 meds. Clonazepam but only for 30 days ) .125 mgs twice daily (Doc presc. .25 mgs 2x daily but half a tablet is good) , citalopram (Celexa), an SSRI , and olanzapine (Zyprexa), an atypical anti-psychotic that usually causes weight gain before bed. I lost over 30 pounds since mid July. It just stopped the weight loss. Took me off the gabapentin. I am feeling better than I have in years.

This great feeling only lasted a month. Back to the same old PCS doldrums.

May 2014, I am off the olanzapine due to a 6 fold price increase. Back on 600 mgs of gabapentin before bed.

I am also taking L-Theanine to help with GABA regulation


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Unread 08-10-2012, 08:35 PM   #5
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I have had the ringing since day1. I am lucky as it has not bugged me so far. But it is alsways there and loud!
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I had extremely loud ringing in my right ear from the moment of the injury. It wasn't until months later that my left ear started ringing too. Now I have a constant high pitch ringing in both by ears that drives me absolutely bananas. I've also had a delayed onset of other symptoms...I can't tell you if it's normal because I don't know what that means....but it's common.
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I get ringing in my ears when my general level of opiate pain meds creeps too high. Ears start to ring, then hearing can go out altogether. Very unnerving.
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Sometimes its really bad, out of nowhere i'll be concentrating on one thing and then BOOM the ring starts. But usually i can distract myself with something and most of the time i dont even notice it.

But sometimes its extremely annoying -.-
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Mine can get very loud. Right now, my right ear is very loud and my left ear is about half that volume.

Sometimes, sounds appear to trigger it.

I have had to learn to just deal with it.
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As of Nov 15th, Due to high stress issues resulting in PTSD, docs put me on 3 meds. Clonazepam but only for 30 days ) .125 mgs twice daily (Doc presc. .25 mgs 2x daily but half a tablet is good) , citalopram (Celexa), an SSRI , and olanzapine (Zyprexa), an atypical anti-psychotic that usually causes weight gain before bed. I lost over 30 pounds since mid July. It just stopped the weight loss. Took me off the gabapentin. I am feeling better than I have in years.

This great feeling only lasted a month. Back to the same old PCS doldrums.

May 2014, I am off the olanzapine due to a 6 fold price increase. Back on 600 mgs of gabapentin before bed.

I am also taking L-Theanine to help with GABA regulation


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Unread 08-14-2012, 08:05 PM   #10
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Default Tinnitus to be wary of

We all get Tinnitus periodically thru our lives we all know that it can be Suicidal in its relentless atack on us but is it to be concerned with 99% of the cases NO even if it lasts a day or 2. If its not audible for 24 hours its not to be a worry


Tinnitus like mine Measured at 43 Db in 1993 and 57 Db in 2009 is a concern At 4300Cps peek frequency it Blocks out a lot of the human speach region. middle C is 256 Cps and by comparison to human speach is VERY BASSY. NOW we are to worry not about Brain issues its not seen on MRI CT or other Scans IVe had them all. Some neuro surgeons say they have a cure its some thing to do with Cutting nerves OK NOt in my brain or face or Ear! IVe had my TGN severed in a Accident Sorry that pain is Hell every day of my life . Ill live with the tinitus At 43 Db I am at the upper end of tinnitus Noise Probably close to a record . Ivve lived like this since 1993 its all day every day ANd during my sleep .
I do not want it and I want a real Definitive Cure for it but untill them you only have MY personal word that Gabapentin Calms this noise .Its still there but its probably at 35 Db down from 57 that is is now. IF I increased my dose I probably coudle reduce it further .
IF I miss one dose it rises rapidly I get back on track it reduces I tried a day with NO gabapenjtin by 12 hours I was virging suicidal by 24 it had me reaching for my Gabapentin and By 12 hours of double dose it was under control once more.
Despite this test its not medically Proven and is not to be undertaken without a doctors permission .
I take Gabapentin for many things MY Back pain MY tinnitis And a permanent headache Also NO known Cause . They each respond to a level of Gabapentin Its as if I need so much for each problem .But I am holding just below maximum legal dose . after 20 years .
Tinnitus can be transitory or permanent It is the leading cause of Suicide And I m concerned as I am at such a high and consistent level . That is my only concern .

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I would say i have been going through PCS for about 5 months now, and before i never had a constant ring in my ears. But i realised yesterday that it started ringing out of the blue.

Sometimes i get a small ring, where it will ring and then stop after a few seconds. But this one is sort of constant.

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