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Very sudden drop in mood - ringing in ears.

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Maltakano Sat 08-Feb-14 15:12:25

Hi, I'm a bit of a lurker but I need to write this down and maybe someone can share their experience or give some advice.

I woke up in the middle of the night with a ringing in my ears and it has hit me like a ton of bricks. I found it hard to get back to sleep last night- I managed after taking a zolpidem. Now I feel very anxious and all my thoughts are suddenly negative. For example, " I won't be able to sleep tonight", "I am going to have tinnitus forever", etc. I usually focus on something I have to look forward to, but I can't think of anything. I'm just scared.

I am recovering from nightmarish PND ( my dd is 18 months), and I generally feel quite well. I haven't recently changed my medication. I was singing in the car yesterday with my dd! Maybe the music was too loud or something.

There are a few other things I am concerned about.

My sister has just had dd2. She is so tiny, and I think the new baby might be a trigger for my anxiety. How can I help her if it freaks me out so much?

I don't feel I can talk to my DH or my parents. Despite having stuck with us through PND, I don't think he understands the illogical nature of anxiety, and it makes him feel bad if I share my bad thoughts. My parents are supporting my sister, and if they are anxious about me, it makes me more anxious.

My lovely gorgeous dd still wakes at least once a night, so I am already edgy at bedtime.

"The internet" says that tinnitus can't be cured. Honestly, I am going mad already, and it has been a day.

I feel like a weak person, who can't deal with normal things like a bit of earache and a lovely new baby.

So, help me! How to solve tinnitus? Is this health anxiety? How do I deal with the triggers?

Dinnaeknowshitfromclay Sat 08-Feb-14 15:16:28

It may be that you have an inner ear infection causing the tinnitus. I developed it and had it for a while, it got worse gradually until I eventually had the other signs of an infection too, slight fever, 'spongy' feeling around the back of my neck etc. A course of Clindamycin and I'm as right as rain. Get checked out perhaps?

Honeysweet Sat 08-Feb-14 15:17:22

It might be something as simple as an ear infection coming? Or a cold?
I would go to the gp on monday.

Meanwhile. When I had ringing in my ears for 3 months once due to middle ear infection, I had to hold my nose and try and pop out both ears regularly, a few times a day. [as well as he presecribed nasal drops].

Maltakano Sat 08-Feb-14 15:45:46

Thanks, I'll go and get some drops when dd wakes up. Hopefully get a to appointment on Monday. But how can I suddenly feel terrible? I'm so scared of going back to how I was when dd was born, that im super sensitive to any change in my mood.

Honeysweet Sat 08-Feb-14 15:51:23

I once felt very low in mood and out of sorts. Couldnt work out why. Next day I woke up with a raging ear infection.
Strangely I get ear infections now, but when everyone else was getting them as children, I never had any.

I doubt that this in any way means that you are going back to how you felt when your dd was born.

WithanAnotE Tue 11-Feb-14 17:43:44

I agree with others in that your ear problem might be due to an infection. I get loud "drumming" in my right ear usually caused by a blocked middle ear which is cleared-up with antibiotics. If it's be keeping me awake the lack of sleep alone really makes me miserable and anxious.

I also had to have physiotherapy (yes, really!) on my ear to correct an inner ear balance problem which meant I lost my balance often (it fixed the problem after one session).

Suggest you see your GP to get your ears looked at. I think it so hard not to worry yourself, especially given your prior PND, but physical things like ear trouble can genuinely effect your mood quite considerably.

Hope you can get it sorted soon smile.

LucieLucie Sun 16-Feb-14 01:21:30

Gluten intolerance can cause anxiety/depression and also ringing in the ears.

nirishma Sun 16-Feb-14 01:27:04

My husband had this it started last October after being an eejit and pulling a neck disk. Physio finally sorting him out now but he has sore ears and like you on zopiclone. Don't give up at first hurdle if you get a shit gp or ENT specialist ask to be referred to another. I'll let you know how he gets on. It will go eventually. It's just a
Background noise that your brain is focusing on at trnm

nirishma Sun 16-Feb-14 01:29:25

Sorry posted earlier. Your brain is focusing on this noise be cause you are anxious. My oh is also a v anxious person. Just need to tell your brain to focus on important stimuli not a signal like this that is pointless. Wayyy easier said than done. But it will go when you chill out. Honest smile

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