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In the ditch

Chall11
Chall11

I know it’s saying the same things again but feel so desperate today from the sleep deprivation. This is an utter hell realm of misery and I am not coping at all. I am lucky to have support from the mental health team but feel like my life has been robbed from me. The tinnitus is unbearable at night even with sound therapy. Habituation to this seems impossible. I know I am not alone with these experiences and thoughts and I appreciate any support.

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Befriend your tinnitus, call it a nice name, accept it and let the anger go. By doing this over time you just become ok with it ... this is what I did and now sleep with no sound therapy etc... yes I would definitely prefer not to have it but I have come to accept it’s ok to have it. I had 10 sessions of CBT and that really helped by lowering my anxiety and giving me acceptance....hope this helps

Chall11
Chall11
in reply to Bridgettt

Thank you so much 🙏🏼

Hello

I am so sorry this is happening to you .Have you tried (The most powerful sound for tinnitus) on YouTube it really does work . Please don't think you are alone I have been there it will get better for you. Ears and tinnitus have spikes. I have had tinnitus for over four years

We are all here for you any time.

I found going out of the house for a walk or concentrating on something really helped me forget about my T, also i invested in a sound machine, having two sounds on at once might be a nightmare for the family but it really does work.

Best wishes

Emily

Chall11
Chall11
in reply to emily62

Thank you so much that really helps 🙏🏼

I sympathise with you. I hear my T through everything. Somehow you need to try to not focus on it. Do anything to distract yourself, walking is good. Good luck.

Chall11
Chall11
in reply to KingsHea

Thank you so so much 🙏🏼

I sorry that you are going through a bad time at the moment I know hoy you are feeling I go go through the same thing the only support I can give you is to be strong I know it’s hard reach out the family and friends tell them how you feel educate them about T and also reach out to people on this forum we are all in the same boat.

Keep you and your family safe in this very bad time that the world is going through.

Best of luck

John

Chall11
Chall11
in reply to Joeb17

Thank you John. Really appreciate it 🙏🏼

Hi Chall11

I don’t usually read the messages on the forum but I’m laying in bed with lots of tears. Have had T for nearly four years, , 7 operations and now onto my second cochlear implant which is causing me pain at the moment. I take 4 mgs melatonin at night to make me sleep but wake up with t on my mind in the morning. I’m going through an anxious stage at the moment with t , it’s all I can think of. I also feel robbed of my life. We have to be strong though otherwise it has won. I find crying de stresses me but makes tinnitus worse. Good luck

Chall11
Chall11
in reply to 1Dar

Yes I find the same release thru crying and we all have the added stress now of the crisis. Tinnitus and anxiety have been much worse as a result. Trying to focus on the home schooling on v little sleep 🙈 love to you Cxx

Oh you poor thing that’s awful. Do you wear a hearing aid to mask the tinnitus. . I have a cochlear implant but it’s been more of a hindrance than anything .....hang in there and try to keep calm. Yes, the world is certainly changing .... take care xxxxxx

Hi Chall11, I’m not stalking you but just saying hello. I’ve had a tough week with anxiety and tinnitus , just can’t seem to get out of the vicious circle, waking early and panicking thinking here we go again .... another day! Do you get like that ? It sounds like you have children so maybe looking after them is a good distraction! Hope you are okay! All the best ! 😊

Chall11
Chall11
in reply to 1Dar

Thank you for your reply. Yes the same the anxiety and T very much worse because of the global situation and the lockdown. My son keeps me busy but yes some days are super hard. Sending lots of love xxx

I feel you SO SO much. My T is super loud at the moment and is exacerbating my anxiety which in turn is making the T louder and I can’t sleep properly etc.

I’ve completely lost my taste and smell and have this awful feeling of being detached from reality and my surroundings and even sometimes myself. This sends my anxiety into a deeper downward spiral which just then makes everything worse all over again.

I’ve 2 kids (7 and 4) who are so demanding at times and I’m struggling so much right now.

I’m on antidepressants anyway but have been tapering off them to start some new ones as these have stopped working (that’s what the GP thinks) after 10+ years.

Feeling super scared right now :-(

Chall11
Chall11
in reply to abic77

Hi I absolutely hear you and can totally resonate. I am a single parent dealing with the lockdown and the tinnitus/anxiety depression cycle. It’s super hard. Most of the time my son’s home schooling and activities keep me sane but on a bad day still need diazepam to cope plus the antidepressant and promethizine for sleep!! Tell you what if we can get through this we can get through anything. Yes also my tinnitus and anxiety have spiked because of the global situation. I try and do my breathing exercises every day and use sound therapy when I can. Trying to learn how to take it one day at a time. Xxx

1Dar
1Dar
in reply to abic77

Hi abic 77, I just read your message and feel very sorry for you. I don’t have young children thank goodness, but at the moment I’m going through a terrible stage with my tinnitus. I have had 7 operations on my right ear and now onto my second cochlear implant . It’s causing me pain so I can’t wear it until my anxiety goes down. I also take sleeping tablets and I’m seeing a Dr tomorrrow to change my anti depressants as I’m really anxious and depressed, can’t get my mind off it !

It’s a horrible thing , mine just never leave me. With this virus things do make it worse. I find this chat line beneficial , doesn’t make you feel alone. I try white noise but even that doesn’t cover up the ringing! Good luck with the home schooling!,,,,😊Don’t be scared .... it means the t has won !

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