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Old 03-28-2007, 07:15 PM   #11
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Hi Dave, I'm so sorry your tinnitus came back! It sounds like you are doing well coping with it. Very discouraging though when you experienced it getting better for awhile. Seems like it can be cyclical. Mine is there during the day, but it can be fairly easy to ignore a lot of the time. For some reason when I'm laying down to go to sleep or waking up, it's like a roar as if there's pressure in your head...a little like what you hear in an airline cabin. Sometimes a high pitched whine will superimpose over it. Occasionally it's hard to hear things when it flares up at nite. Thanks for letting me know about the msg. Hopefully yours will go back down for awhile again, and it's only a temporary flare up. Seems to have a mind of its own.
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Old 03-29-2007, 10:22 PM   #12
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Thanks, but I am in it for the long haul... This temporary reduction I think was from the meds, and being away from the work noise for a few weeks... I just got used to it... I know until there is a major breakthrough in nerve repair, I have this 24/7.
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Old 08-31-2015, 10:35 AM   #13
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I am new , so please excuse me if I am not posting correctly , could use help . I woke up from my first cervical surgery 2 years and 8 months ago with this noise in my head that sounds like a thousand locust . Dr. keep sending me to ENTs , I keep telling them I need a dr. that treats tinnitus from a nerve or muscle that is compressed going to my brain stem that causes it also , now my brain stem shows up abnormal . The noise has amplified at least 20 times and never goes back down . It is so loud now I don't know how much louder I can stand it . I need help !
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Old 08-31-2015, 04:46 PM   #14
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Hi cowgirl,

That must all be terrible for you and I am sorry to say it is outside my realm of experience. All I can offer is sympathy and to ask whether your Drs are taking you more seriously now it shows up that you have an abnormal brain stem.

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Old 02-18-2019, 04:15 PM   #15
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Hi, I'm new to this site as of yesterday...not sure if I'm doing this right, so please let me know if I'm posting OK .

Has anyone with C-spine problems experienced ringing in the ears (tinnitus)? I have spondylolysthesis as well as slightly herniated discs. This loud ringing in both ears started up with a strain to my neck in January, and severe upper back/neck spasms. The spasms wouldn't stop in spite of 2 trigger point injection series. So, in the past few weeks I've had 2 epidurals, but only about 50% improvement in pain.

If anyone has ear ringing, what pain meds do you use? A lot of pain meds can cause tinnitus such as NSAIDS, Aspirin, etc. Tylenol doesn't seem to do anything for my back pain or headaches. Unfortunately, that's the one pain reliever that is listed as not causing tinnitus. Very frustrating. Any advice would be helpful.

Thanks, Suz
I have very similar symptoms. Neck spasms due to stenosis, bone spurs, instability, straightening, etc.. with cord compression. However, I didnt have tinnitus until I fell and hit my forehead twice in a minute, a year ago. It started immediately, it is intermittent. I do not take any pain rx other than meloxicam (anti-inflammatory) and flexeril 3X day, so I can't help with relating it to meds. Good luck!
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