Shakey Mo's thread of misery

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puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Monday, 29 October 2012 16:53 (five years ago) Permalink

that sucks -- sorry shakey. do you think it is headphone/loud music induced?

tylerw, Monday, 29 October 2012 16:55 (five years ago) Permalink

aw sorry to hear that dog.

Author ~ Coach ~ Goddess (s1ocki), Monday, 29 October 2012 16:55 (five years ago) Permalink

Sorry to hear. I've had occasional bouts with tinnitus and assorted wax-related weirdness, and it's irritating as fuck. Hope it clears up.

5-Hour Enmity (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Monday, 29 October 2012 16:57 (five years ago) Permalink

I have no idea what induced it but yeah as a musician I've spent my share of years next to the crash cymbal. at this point I don't really give a fuck what caused it I just want to a) sleep and b) figure out how to deal with it

Force Boxman (Shakey Mo Collier), Monday, 29 October 2012 17:00 (five years ago) Permalink

Sounds awful -- good luck treating this if treatment is possible.

WilliamC, Monday, 29 October 2012 17:28 (five years ago) Permalink

sorry man. is it ignorable when you're louder situations (crowded room, listening to music, etc)?

also, i don't mean to rub this in at all, but i'm curious because i worry about it a lot -- did you wear earplugs at all when playing and going to shows?

i've certainly had the sensation of tinnitus when going to bed after a loud show, and every now and then i'll randomly get a high-pitched swelling tone in one ear for about 10 seconds, then it goes away. it's been enough to scare me into wearing ear plugs for most of the shows that i play and all of the ones i attend (unless it's acoustic jazz or whatever).

have a sandwich or ice cream sandwich (Jordan), Monday, 29 October 2012 17:52 (five years ago) Permalink

yeah I get intermittent ringing too.

I stood in front of a couple of huge amps at a Drive By Truckers show a couple of years ago and I spend the next day terrified that I'd permanently damaged my hearing, god I felt awful. Now I'm all about earplugs. But i still sometimes listen to my music a bit too loud on my headphones :/

I have heard that other ambient noises can help distract you from it when you're trying to sleep, like the white noises suggestion upthread etc.

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 29 October 2012 17:56 (five years ago) Permalink

Sorry Shakey. Good luck man.

Deafening silence (DL), Monday, 29 October 2012 17:56 (five years ago) Permalink

i'll randomly get a high-pitched swelling tone in one ear for about 10 seconds

I get this too, and it's not even the same as the ringing in my ears I get after a show. It sounds like a tea kettle going off in the bathroom down the hall.

pplains, Monday, 29 October 2012 18:24 (five years ago) Permalink

^i asked an audiologist about it once and she said to try not to focus on it (ie ignore it the best you can).

have a sandwich or ice cream sandwich (Jordan), Monday, 29 October 2012 18:26 (five years ago) Permalink

Yes, whatever you do, try not to focus on that incessant ringing in your ears that will never, never quit, yes that one just ignore it.

pplains, Monday, 29 October 2012 18:28 (five years ago) Permalink

I've never worn earplugs

Force Boxman (Shakey Mo Collier), Monday, 29 October 2012 18:30 (five years ago) Permalink

sounds absolutely terrible, shakey, hope you get better soon!

goole, Monday, 29 October 2012 18:34 (five years ago) Permalink

we're all at the mercy of our bodies, have empathy for anyone who's got it especially rough, hope this is only a temporary condition Shakes

Victory Goon (some dude), Monday, 29 October 2012 18:38 (five years ago) Permalink

maybe (pending) crying babby will distract u? :/

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 29 October 2012 18:47 (five years ago) Permalink

I had about a two week stretch of constant ringing last year but luckily it went away. I have been very careful to avoid headphones since then and I think it's helped.

pun lovin criminal (polyphonic), Monday, 29 October 2012 18:48 (five years ago) Permalink

that is reassuring. I have a cousin who says he went through something similar (altho it occasionally recurs).

Force Boxman (Shakey Mo Collier), Monday, 29 October 2012 18:54 (five years ago) Permalink

Don't know what to say, that sucks. I became inflicted with tinnitus in one ear over a decade ago, which started immediately after being exposed to a loud noise. It's slowly subsided since then to the point where I don't constantly think of it, although I still find it easier to sleep with a fan or white noise of some sort rather than silence. I also am prescribed alprazolam (Xanax) which has been shown to reduce ringing in the ears in some scientific studies, although it's not specifically approved by the US gov't for that use (but doctors are allowed to prescribe "off label" for unofficial uses). 1/2 mg twice a day, with the nighttime dose an hour before bedtime.

Lee626, Monday, 29 October 2012 19:07 (five years ago) Permalink

Sorry to hear about this, Shakey Mo. Hope it settles down soon.

Tinnitus usually goes hand in hand with hearing loss (esp sensorineural noise induced hearing loss). Did the audiologist / ENT find your hearing OK? If there's no hearing loss (or not much) I'd be optimistic that this will improve sooner or later.

The only approach I know that helps with tinnitus is masking it: white noise, "nature sounds" or whatever, quiet music. Go ahead and sleep to reggae if your wife can put up with it. Maybe something or the slower and dubbier side?

Melatonin might help you sleep even if the ringing is bothering you, probably worth trying again. I wouldn't expect herbs or other concoctions to help with the tinnitus directly. Sedatives (like Xanax and other benzodiazepines) might help a little with the tinnitus or would at least put you to sleep despite it.

Plasmon, Tuesday, 30 October 2012 00:35 (five years ago) Permalink

sorry to hear this dude. :( ear problems terrify me.

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Tuesday, 30 October 2012 00:53 (five years ago) Permalink

Anything that attacks your rest also attacks your sanity and that's just awful to have to deal with, even if it is "only" tinnitus. Get well, soon, Shakey Mo, cuz that babby is going to keep you awake plenty enough on its own.

Aimless, Tuesday, 30 October 2012 01:27 (five years ago) Permalink

Sorry to hear of this Shakey -- again, like all here I wish you an improvement soon.

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 30 October 2012 13:43 (five years ago) Permalink

i feel bad for you. i've had this for about 5 years now, a constant quiet ringing noise in both my ears. i'm kinda used to it now so don't really pay it any attention but every time i'm in silent places i hear it quite clearly. it mainly sucks when i go to bed. don't really have any tips to offer though

Jibe, Tuesday, 30 October 2012 13:57 (five years ago) Permalink

after not sleeping Saturday, Sunday or Monday night finally got a doctor at Kaiser to prescribe me some Ambien at 7pm last night. felt like I was having a total panic-attack-breakdown all day yesterday. managed to sleep a couple hours at a time last night at least, going to buy wave machine today and take it easy. at least my dad is here to help out.

Force Boxman (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 31 October 2012 15:06 (five years ago) Permalink

Did the audiologist / ENT find your hearing OK? If there's no hearing loss

audiologist said I have no hearing loss. ENT said this might be a precursor to hearing loss. or it might just go away. who knows.

Force Boxman (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 31 October 2012 15:07 (five years ago) Permalink

Just saw this thread, best wishes SMC, and hope you benefit at least from a better night's sleep

Ward Fowler, Wednesday, 31 October 2012 15:17 (five years ago) Permalink

thx for all the well-wishing guys

this is really rough

Force Boxman (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 31 October 2012 18:23 (five years ago) Permalink

yeah it's a bummer. musician/music lovers nightmare too.

my cousin was having ear problems and his doctor gave him prednisone, which helped, not sure if his case was ringing tho, think it was more of a feeling of blockage/hearing loss.

space dokken (Edward III), Wednesday, 31 October 2012 18:26 (five years ago) Permalink

Ouch. Sorry to hear this. Stay up, man.

you killed my cousin back in '94 - FUCK YO TRUCE! (longneck), Wednesday, 31 October 2012 18:40 (five years ago) Permalink

best of luck shakey, sorry you're going through this

all mods con (k3vin k.), Wednesday, 31 October 2012 18:50 (five years ago) Permalink

alex in nyc saved my fucking life when tinnitus came for me. I don't like to talk about it publicly but let me tell you you will be ok and sleep will once again be a thing you have. I will never forget the time I spent unable to sleep because of the ringing though. it was the worst. I am better now. (however i now have offsetting horrible shit that I would happily increase the volume of the tinnitus to be rid of but no takers on that front so far.)

Inconceivable (to the entire world) (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Wednesday, 31 October 2012 19:02 (five years ago) Permalink

if you don't wanna talk out it publically plz webmail me cuz dude I need some coping techniques/reassurances

Force Boxman (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 31 October 2012 19:03 (five years ago) Permalink

esp as a fellow musician

Force Boxman (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 31 October 2012 19:04 (five years ago) Permalink

done

Inconceivable (to the entire world) (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Wednesday, 31 October 2012 19:23 (five years ago) Permalink

feelin 4 u shakey mo

flopson, Wednesday, 31 October 2012 19:26 (five years ago) Permalink

Shakey a close friend of mine had this, similar thing, ENT said "nothing wrong, probz psychosomatic", but he figured it out, I'll e-mail him for some details

flamboyant goon tie included, Wednesday, 31 October 2012 19:41 (five years ago) Permalink

plz do many thx

Force Boxman (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 31 October 2012 20:02 (five years ago) Permalink

yeah I had this too in my right ear. I figured it was because of the sub in my car (which was puny compared to some of the ones my friends had!) since I was in the drivers seat, bla bla bla. anyway it's annoying as hell for a while - when I was at a show or hearing someone give a speech I would have to tilt my head if I was on the right. I don't think it's totally gone away, but I do think my brain has evolved a mechanism that shuts it down to the point where I don't ever think about it anymore.

frogbs, Wednesday, 31 October 2012 20:12 (five years ago) Permalink

that took about 2 years by the way

frogbs, Wednesday, 31 October 2012 20:13 (five years ago) Permalink

during that time having a fan in the room was more than enough to make me forget about it

frogbs, Wednesday, 31 October 2012 20:20 (five years ago) Permalink

ugh good luck shakey, this sounds like a truly awful thing to have to deal with, it must be incredibly draining

just1n3, Thursday, 1 November 2012 00:34 (five years ago) Permalink

oh christ, that temporary whiney ear thing has happened three times in the last 12 hours... (worried)

make like a steak and beef (dog latin), Thursday, 1 November 2012 12:01 (five years ago) Permalink

finally got a full night's sleep last night. chirping-cricket-loop + atavan required. (Ambien no worky)

Force Boxman (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 2 November 2012 16:10 (five years ago) Permalink

wimoweh wimoweh wimoweh
oooooooooh ooohhhweee oohhh umumaweh
- bob marley

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 2 November 2012 16:14 (five years ago) Permalink

Shakey I messaged you, my friend took Klonopin.

flamboyant goon tie included, Friday, 2 November 2012 16:15 (five years ago) Permalink

we're sending our love down the well for you Shakey <3

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 2 November 2012 16:15 (five years ago) Permalink

lol VG

yeah thx goon I got yr message. I have a psych appt next wednesday we'll see what they say. hopefully something as extreme as klonopin won't be necessary. I am weirded out enough having to take atavan - I am not a big fan of the pharma industry.

Force Boxman (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 2 November 2012 16:18 (five years ago) Permalink

well, I can triple-sign that last part from the woeful non-delivery I'm experiencing.

good wishes to Shakes and underaero

saltwater incursion (Dr Morbius), Friday, 2 November 2012 16:33 (five years ago) Permalink

sorry morbz

jesus seems like a ton of health crises lately

Force Boxman (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 2 November 2012 16:47 (five years ago) Permalink

had an amazing experience at the ENT just now with aero jr - they're checking his hearing (just standard workup stuff) and what they do is play a tone and then after he looks in the direction of the tone a light goes on above it with a little stuffed animal. (pos. reinforcement for looking in the right direction, I figure.) he's getting them all and then at one point he looks to the right when there's silence in the booth, and I think, aero jr., please only look over in the direction when you hear a tone or it makes it hard to measure, only then the light goes on, and I say to the aud tech: "was that 4k?" and she smiles and nods. just absolute total nothing for me in the right ear at 4k. lol at loud music, A+ 4k eradicator would mosh again

not feeling those lighters (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Friday, 22 March 2013 17:07 (five years ago) Permalink

well they've given me a prescription for seroquel now

xp

his girlfriend was all 'ugh and he wears a solar backpack' (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 22 March 2013 17:08 (five years ago) Permalink

pitch 4k eradicator

kinder, Friday, 22 March 2013 17:12 (five years ago) Permalink

ugh totally going through the pharmaceutical grinder here... the seroquel helped me get to sleep but the side effects were awful, felt like I'd been hit in the head with a hammer the day after, just totally slow and groggy. so stopped after two days. now they had me try a different benzo/sleep drug last night, restoril, which resulted in probably the best night's sleep I've had since this began, but this morning I'm super-agitated and hyper. I have an appt with BOTH therapists Thurs am to try and find some long-term solution that will help me sleep without heavy side effects. but I just feel totally discombobulated, going through so many drugs... when will I ever feel normal again :(

his girlfriend was all 'ugh and he wears a solar backpack' (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 26 March 2013 18:34 (five years ago) Permalink

so now I am on remeron. so exciting. actually it's been good - my sleep is better, altho I still wake up multiple times during the night. the difference being now I can actually get back to sleep with no problem afterwards. so regular sleep has helped me be less crazy/out of it during the day, which has made the tinnitus easier to deal with. I seem to be going for longer periods where I don't think about it at all now (and by longer periods I mean, like, 15-30 minutes) but that's some improvement. And I don't feel constantly stressed out w/chronic back pain... so this is all good but progress is slow.

four Marxes plus four Obamas plus four Bin Ladens (Shakey Mo Collier), Monday, 8 April 2013 18:49 (five years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

so I am now back to sleeping 8 hrs a night. huzzah! I have also resumed pretty much all my regular habits (playing music, smoking weed, etc.) That being said, my tinnitus is still exactly the same as it was the first day I noticed it, and I still find it hard to accept it and not be periodically irritated/depressed by it, but there's pretty much nothing I can do. *sigh*

four Marxes plus four Obamas plus four Bin Ladens (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 9 May 2013 23:32 (five years ago) Permalink

sleep is an awesome improvement though, am so glad you finally cracked that

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 9 May 2013 23:33 (five years ago) Permalink

It's great to have you back!

schwantz, Thursday, 9 May 2013 23:37 (five years ago) Permalink

congratulations, shakey!

polyphonic, Thursday, 9 May 2013 23:39 (five years ago) Permalink

Are you using Remeron to get 8 hours? That is a fantasy amount for me.

I will forlornly return to my home planet soon (dandydonweiner), Thursday, 9 May 2013 23:44 (five years ago) Permalink

i'm glad you're feeling at least a bit back to normal! keep on keepin' on!

i guess i'd just rather listen to canned heat? (ian), Thursday, 9 May 2013 23:46 (five years ago) Permalink

yes I'm on 15mg remeron. I take it at night... it's not like ambien where you are like *wham* asleep 15 minutes later but I don't have the panic/anxiety symptoms that were waking me up and keeping me awake.

tinnitus itself is still annoying as fuck, feel like I have to constantly make an effort to think about something else.

xp

four Marxes plus four Obamas plus four Bin Ladens (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 9 May 2013 23:48 (five years ago) Permalink

what are the side effects of Remeron?

I will forlornly return to my home planet soon (dandydonweiner), Thursday, 9 May 2013 23:54 (five years ago) Permalink

so I am now back to sleeping 8 hrs a night

! congratulations! I didn't get that back for four whole years.

not feeling those lighters (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Friday, 10 May 2013 00:17 (five years ago) Permalink

Congrats on the sleep!

EZ Snappin, Friday, 10 May 2013 00:18 (five years ago) Permalink

Is the Ambien you sometimes use the 12.5mg CR version? It's a dual-layer pill, some kicks in immediately (or within 15-20 minutes), the rest 3-4 hours later to help prevent waking up in the middle of the nite. I've been using that for the last year (after 8 years of taking the standard 10mg version) and it helps immmensely, although I do need to switch to something else temporarily for a week or two every several months so the ambien starts working again.

and in his absence, she (Lee626), Friday, 10 May 2013 01:04 (five years ago) Permalink

what are the side effects of Remeron?

I am, fwiw, apparently very sensitive to a lot of medications' side effects and remeron has a very mild side effects profile. the most common side effects are an increase in appetite and cottonmouth (hmm this sounds familiar), neither of which have really bothered me.

four Marxes plus four Obamas plus four Bin Ladens (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 10 May 2013 15:41 (five years ago) Permalink

lol that does sound familiar

my wife's sleep issues are worse than mine, so I don't know if remeron's an option for her or not but thanks for the info

I will forlornly return to my home planet soon (dandydonweiner), Friday, 10 May 2013 19:21 (five years ago) Permalink

Congrats on your sleep, weed and music resumption! Funny, the other day a Ray Charles/Milt Jackson (sans horns) piece came on my iTunes and I thought, "Hm, wonder how Shakey's doing."

Tarfumes The Escape Goat, Friday, 10 May 2013 19:23 (five years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

I don't like how the daily grind of dealing with this occupies so much of my mental real estate. my life is back to normal for the most part but I still get distracted/depressed about it on the regular

Mr. Scarf Ace is Back (Shakey Mo Collier), Monday, 3 June 2013 15:40 (five years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

well it's been a year. my sleep is mostly back to normal (babby notwithstanding) I'm down to a quarter-tab of remeron a night and expect to phase that out over the next few weeks. so that's good. I can function and do stuff, for the most part. It still bugs me - I have a hard time concentrating in silent environments, or if there's like a silent scene in a movie or tv show for ex. I wear an earbud most of the time at work, which I guess isn't so bad. Chronic back pain persists for the most part, it comes and goes. Maybe a new bed will improve that, I dunno. I try not to complain about the tinnitus much cuz really what's the point, it is what it is and I just have to deal with it.

what's up ugly girls? (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 1 October 2013 23:07 (four years ago) Permalink

Congrats on making such huge strides over the past year. I know it isn't easy but it must be heartening to look at the low points and see them far in the rearview mirror.

EZ Snappin, Tuesday, 1 October 2013 23:59 (four years ago) Permalink

wtg shakey!

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 2 October 2013 01:37 (four years ago) Permalink

Great to hear, hope things continue to improve.

Plasmon, Wednesday, 2 October 2013 02:20 (four years ago) Permalink

eleven months pass...

Hi I mostly lurk but I have (currently) mild tinnitus so I think about Shakey sometimes. Anybody know how he's doing?

ugh (lukas), Tuesday, 16 September 2014 19:19 (three years ago) Permalink

He has a new source of misery, reading Tom Disch's The Dreams Our Stuff Is Made of.

Colossal Propellerhead (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 16 September 2014 19:21 (three years ago) Permalink

Οὖτις ἐμοὶ γ' ὄνομα

Roberto Spiralli, Tuesday, 16 September 2014 19:22 (three years ago) Permalink

Ohh

ugh (lukas), Tuesday, 16 September 2014 19:34 (three years ago) Permalink

I am still alive. My tinnitus is the same. I don't take any drugs anymore (well, beyond weed + liqour), I sleep 6-7 hours a night (still getting woken up by a toddler at this point). My back pain comes and goes.

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 16 September 2014 19:55 (three years ago) Permalink

comin up on 2 years Oct 1

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 16 September 2014 19:55 (three years ago) Permalink

thx for asking btw

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 16 September 2014 19:55 (three years ago) Permalink

My wife's got worse this summer but her ENT is starting to think its TMJ. Which would be good news IMO bc there are things they can do about TMJ.

Mine is awful at this precise moment, coincidentally.

arthur treacher, or the fall of the british empire (Jon Lewis), Tuesday, 16 September 2014 21:12 (three years ago) Permalink


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