Shakey Mo's thread of misery

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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

not sure what aero's goin thru but he's been super-helpful to me so hope I can return the favor

Force Boxman (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 2 November 2012 16:48 (five years ago) Permalink

jesus seems like a ton of health crises lately

yeah i didn't want to clutter up the thread with my own misery, but i've had this sciatica/piriformis thing for the last couple months that has me walking with a cane (s/o to morbs), and not for long distances. i've been playing gigs but only if someone else loads my gear in & out. rehab is very slooooow, but at least i can sleep/drive/work.

have a sandwich or ice cream sandwich (Jordan), Friday, 2 November 2012 18:14 (five years ago) Permalink

Is that sciatica in your leg or your back? That stuff scares me, glad you're doing OK.

Yeah, when friend said "Klonopin" I was like, "oh I didn't really want to hear that heavy shit".

flamboyant goon tie included, Friday, 2 November 2012 18:18 (five years ago) Permalink

it started with a back injury over the summer and there is probably still some disc weirdness involved, but at this point i feel entirely in my hip/butt/leg. it sucks and i have to make an effort not to be an asshole to people while i'm standing or walking. luckily, my gf is a massage therapist and almost a PT, so that helps a lot (although it means that she has to come home to more work sometimes). anyway.

have a sandwich or ice cream sandwich (Jordan), Friday, 2 November 2012 18:39 (five years ago) Permalink

just wish I could hit on some sort of mental exercise to help me ignore this... ugh. second night's sleep of atavan+crickets not as good as first. woke up at 1:30 and had trouble getting back to sleep but then when I looked at the clock again it was 5:30 so I uh guess I slept? I don't even know any more

Force Boxman (Shakey Mo Collier), Saturday, 3 November 2012 20:54 (five years ago) Permalink

pretend it's applause? :/

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 3 November 2012 23:54 (five years ago) Permalink

I've lived with tinnitus since I was a small child. It is interesting reading this thread, because for me, sadly, its a fact of life and one I realise Ive kind of got used to at least enough to sleep and not stress too much. But if I pay attention, I notice the continous sound of swooshing and a sort of ringing like the fading aftershock of many bells. I have something like 50% hearing loss in my right ear which has made things worse - it is due to a hole in my eardrum. ENT specialist says I can get it surgically repaired but it doesnt even guarantee it'll fixz the hearing loss and could make the tinnitus worse. fuckin.

So yes much sympathy from this deaf old bat.

Una Stubbs' Tears (Trayce), Sunday, 4 November 2012 00:16 (five years ago) Permalink

I imagine the stress would be hundredfold worse as yours came on suddenly. You arent used to it.

Una Stubbs' Tears (Trayce), Sunday, 4 November 2012 00:16 (five years ago) Permalink

have you tried an electric fan, white noise machine, etc yet - having some other noise your ear can focus on can be a blessing. I know a lot of musicians who sleep with the TV on - not ideal, I know, but as a temporary remedy it can be a thing.

Inconceivable (to the entire world) (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Sunday, 4 November 2012 00:32 (five years ago) Permalink

Theres also an excellent white noise app on the iphone that does all sorts of diff noises like ocean, crickets, fans, rain etc. Unfortunately I dont recall the name of the one i had and it seems to have been uninstalled but it was very good.

Una Stubbs' Tears (Trayce), Sunday, 4 November 2012 00:38 (five years ago) Permalink

Jesus, this sucks. Sorry, man.

EveningStar (Sund4r), Sunday, 4 November 2012 00:48 (five years ago) Permalink

I bought an alarm clock thing that has a bunch of noise settings - none of them mask it completely but the "summer night" one with the chirping crickets comes the closest. the only thing that really masks it completely is when I'm in the shower, that wide-spectrum sound of running water. (many times I have wished I could live my life in a shower, but alas) ... but functioning day-to-day is just really hard because I feel like it's constantly distracting, and it's so high-pitched that it cuts through pretty much everything. I know basically I have to wait for my brain to re-adjust to ignore it, but right now I'm in this state of trying to *consciously* ignore it, which is very hard, because it's like I can both never just let my mind go nor concentrate.

I was at the comic book store today (Veronica wanted to spend her first $5) and I couldn't bring myself to even care about looking for something for myself because why bother, I wouldn't be able to enjoy reading it

Force Boxman (Shakey Mo Collier), Sunday, 4 November 2012 02:08 (five years ago) Permalink

I can both never neither just let my mind go nor concentrate.

fixed

Force Boxman (Shakey Mo Collier), Sunday, 4 November 2012 02:09 (five years ago) Permalink

Shakey, I don't know if this will help, but it's an idea. Removing your specific tinnitus frequencies from music you can fall asleep to: http://www.dianehallinen.com/servicesoffered/tinnitus-therapy--notched-music

good luck to you, aero, Trayce - I had a couple weeks of it a few years ago (post-explosion at a jobsite) and hope never to again.

Jaq, Sunday, 4 November 2012 17:47 (five years ago) Permalink

As a bass player who stood next to a drum kit for over 10 years i can totally understand your misery.
As soon as i noticed my ears were ringing i started to use plugs, but it was too late then. Haven't played in a band for years now, but still compose stuff on the computer using headphones.
Slight difference in volume and pitch, right ear (i stood on left of drums) is louder than the left. Noticed just how bad it was when i went camping and there was no other sound around. Was so bad i had to listen to music on headphones to distract me from just how bad it was.

I believe there's a few treatments to ease it, but no actual cure, acupuncture is rumoured to help?

not_goodwin, Sunday, 4 November 2012 18:20 (five years ago) Permalink

praying for u shakey, feel better

http://www.vocations-holyfamily.com/pics/Healing.jpg

the late great, Sunday, 4 November 2012 18:23 (five years ago) Permalink

man, i don't know why you're fucking around with crickets on an alarm clock at a time like this, sounds like you need a serious white noise machine? my ex-gf used to have one similar to this, i got pretty used to it: http://www.amazon.com/Conditioner-Marpac-formerly-Sleepmate-980A/dp/B000KUHFGM

have a sandwich or ice cream sandwich (Jordan), Sunday, 4 November 2012 21:10 (five years ago) Permalink

good wishes to anyone with ongoing health stuff. it's one of the most frustrating and unfair things there is, and incredibly isolating too, to feel physical problems that nobody else is feeling but yourself, and have to deal with them and have your thoughts filtered through the body that is experiencing those feelings.

Heterocyclic ring ring (LocalGarda), Sunday, 4 November 2012 21:13 (five years ago) Permalink

the music therapy idea is interesting...sounds fun, at least.

have a sandwich or ice cream sandwich (Jordan), Sunday, 4 November 2012 21:17 (five years ago) Permalink

Related to Jaq's link above, AudioNotch might be worth looking at. Some good information on that site about notched audio therapy.

Brad C., Sunday, 4 November 2012 21:34 (five years ago) Permalink

does weed make this shit better or worse (sorry for this post)

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Sunday, 4 November 2012 22:19 (five years ago) Permalink

- bob marley

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Sunday, 4 November 2012 22:19 (five years ago) Permalink

OOh that looks interesting. I might have to try it (depending on the cost I guess)

Una Stubbs' Tears (Trayce), Sunday, 4 November 2012 22:20 (five years ago) Permalink

does weed make this shit better or worse (sorry for this post)

depends on the weed & your state of mind

if it's early on in the situation I would not recommend it

Inconceivable (to the entire world) (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Sunday, 4 November 2012 22:35 (five years ago) Permalink

I've had fairly severe tinnitus in both years for the past 14 years or so. It gets a little worse every year. It's incredibly high-pitched and never goes away. There's nothing in the world loud enough that I still can't hear the tinnitus above it. And unlike most people I find that white noise and the like doesn't really help, I prefer silence. Because when I'm listening to white noise the ringing just mingles with it and makes me feel like I'm listening to a malfunctioning television instead of soothing white noise. And sometimes playing the piano can make my tinnitus temporarily louder for a couple of days, which has interfered greatly with my playing. But I just try to ignore it and for the most part I'm used to it. I'm not sure I could cope if it got much louder, though.

Melissa W, Sunday, 4 November 2012 22:35 (five years ago) Permalink

Yeah mine's never been particularly loud, it goes through stages of being very ringy to the point it almost... feels painful? I'm sure its psychosomatic but it does. Like whem you've drunk too much and yr head is going SHPPSSSSSSSHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.

The other night, howeer, I was woken up by a sudden, much much louder than usual, single-frequency high pitched squeal in my ears that wouldnt fuckin go away, it was enough to wake me. Thankfully that stopped after a while but ugh.

Do people mostly have single-note tinnitus? Mines more like a real chorus of tones, I've always wanted to try and reproduce it with a synth.

Una Stubbs' Tears (Trayce), Sunday, 4 November 2012 22:44 (five years ago) Permalink

My tinnitus invades my dreams a lot, playing the role of fire alarms and alien spaceships zipping across the sky.

And mine is a chorus of high-pitched sounds with occasional low-pitched strains. I also get this thing every once in a while where I feel like I've gone completely deaf in one ear for a second and then there's a hum and I regain my hearing.

Melissa W, Sunday, 4 November 2012 22:50 (five years ago) Permalink

Me too, and I think some others have said similar in one of the other tinnitus threads so that must be fairly common, I wonder why it happens.

Anyway my greatest sympathy to all my fellow head-ringers :(

Una Stubbs' Tears (Trayce), Sunday, 4 November 2012 22:54 (five years ago) Permalink

does weed make this shit better or worse (sorry for this post)

depends on the weed & your state of mind

if it's early on in the situation I would not recommend it

I wouldn't say weed made it worse per se but as a chronic pothead tinnitus made being high nigh unbearable. like it just made me fixate on the tinnitus, it was awful. so yeah I wouldn't recommend it. it's been a couple weeks since I had some. dunno when I will try it again.

Force Boxman (Shakey Mo Collier), Monday, 5 November 2012 00:47 (five years ago) Permalink

comin up on 2 years Oct 1

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

thx for asking btw

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


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