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anyone have tinnitis? post-head trauma? bad head injury?ishmael
Dec 18, 2002 3:47 PM
I've got tinnitis and it's getting worse. I had an MRI done 2 years ago which showed some "nodes" of scar tissue and it was said to be "post-head trauma." But I hadn't had a bang on the head since about a year before then and while for about 20 minutes I did go spacey and at it's worst couldn't recognize people I never went out cold. And now my ears are ringing more so than ever. I suspect stress. I also get twangs in the side of the head sometimes and I'll still get a bit spacey and irritable and more of a dull ache if I dont take care of myself as far as sleep and eating. At the worst I'll get dizzy. I know I should go see a doctor and I did 2 years ago and I dont have insurance now.
I think czardonic was dropped on his headDougSloan
Dec 18, 2002 8:49 PM

Sorry, I couldn't resist. Not poking fun at your condition.

Actually, I did have a couple of concussions in bike wrecks. The second time I was out for a few minutes. I don't'tt thenkk iti hrrurted my branee, thoo.

I think czardonic was dropped on his headishmael
Dec 18, 2002 9:14 PM
do you feel spaced out after you ride? a bit mumble mouthed? I didn't even pass out! But then again, I've have had numerous bangs and I've lost my memory twice. ....I have two grammer questions"-" or ":" "an MRI" or "a MRI" the first definately sounds right but I dont know the rule.
found some internet referencesDougSloan
Dec 19, 2002 7:21 AM
Check these sites out:

I think they answer your questions better than I could.

The difference between "an" and "a" is completely aestheticKristin
Dec 19, 2002 8:07 AM
Its all about the way it sounds. Here's the rule:

"We use a before singular count-nouns that begin with consonants (a cow, a barn, a sheep); we use an before singular count-nouns that begin with vowels or vowel-like sounds (an apple, an urban blight, an open door). Words that begin with an h sound often require an a (as in a horse, a history book, a hotel), but if an h-word begins with an actual vowel sound, use an an (as in an hour, an honor). We would say a useful device and a union matter because the u of those words actually sounds like yoo (as opposed, say, to the u of an ugly incident). The same is true of a European and a Euro (because of that consonantal "Yoo" sound). We would say a once-in-a-lifetime experience or a one-time hero because the words once and one begin with a w sound (as if they were spelled wuntz and won)."

Basically, go with the one that sounds best when you say the sentence outloud.
re: anyone have tinnitis? post-head trauma? bad head injury?gtx
Dec 18, 2002 9:45 PM
I've got it. Too much punk rock in the early-mid 80s. Stress makes it worse. Luckily the noise of my computer drowns it out, and I usually go to bed tired enought that it doesn't keep me up. It's a bummer, though. I had some problems with dizzyness about a year or two ago but it was totally unrelated to the ear thing--finally figured out I wasn't drinking enought H2O. Anyway, seems like they've been doing a lot more research on tinnitus in the last ten years. Maybe they'll come up with something one of these days.
dittoJS Haiku Shop
Dec 19, 2002 6:39 AM
too much punk rock on the stereo, and also from the stage. :) yep, i was a punk rock diety, at least in my own mind.

i've lived with it for 15 years. used to go to sleep with the tv on between channels to drown it out. since i started riding >5 years ago, it seems to have improved. i think the medications/treatments in recent years have been geared toward managing blood pressure to relieve symptoms. you might check
You almost certainly suffered and still suffer from traumaticbill
Dec 19, 2002 6:47 AM
brain injury. To have an injury that left visible scarring is quite serious.
Any trauma that creates a neurological disturbance such as any amount of amnesia or, as you say, not recognizing people, is by definition brain injury. Doctors used to dismiss anything not involving a loss of consciousness, such as complete unresponsiveness, but medical thinking has progressed to where some loss of function is recognized as evidence of injury.
Most brain trauma clears up within weeks, months, or at most two years. Some, however, doesn't, and there is growing evidence that brain trauma can have cumulative effects -- that is, you seem to recover pretty well from one knock on the head, but the second or third one, seemingly less severe, has more serious consequences. The theory that I heard to explain this is that micro-scarring of tissues leaves the tissues less flexible and more vulnerable to tearing in a subsequent traumatic incident.
Surprisingly little is really known about how the brain works, but stress is known to exacerbate the effects of brain injury. The analogy I heard is that it's like a computer with not enough memory -- yeah, the data is there, and the capacity is there to perform the functions, but if the system gets overloaded its very glitchy.
The bad thing is that not much can be done about brain injury. Seizures can be controlled, and adaptive behavior adopted, but that's about it.
Course, other things cause tinnitus, too.
You almost certainly suffered and still suffer from traumaticishmael
Dec 19, 2002 6:58 AM
when I say I couldn't recognize people what I mean is only within the 20 minutes after the bang. Right after the bang I was spaced out and it got progressively worse till peoples faces were blured. Then after about 20 minutes I was getting better.
any amnesia, no matter how temporary, is diagnostic ofbill
Dec 19, 2002 8:38 AM
a traumatic brain injury. You're not talking about forgetting where you put your keys -- you're talking about not recognizing faces, one of the most native things the brain does. The magnitude and duration of the amnesia or confusion will show the severity of the injury. I am not a doctor but a lawyer who has dealt with these issues enough to think I know a little bit about it. What you described is absolutely consistent with fluid massing in your brain cavity from a trauma, whether blood or from an inflammation response. Fortunately, you got (mostly) better.
Why did you have the MRI two years ago?
any amnesia, no matter how temporary, is diagnostic ofishmael
Dec 19, 2002 9:20 AM
But I dont know if it would be concidered "not recognizing" faces, as apposed to just not seeing them. They were all fuzzy, everything was fuzzy.
I got the MRI about a year after the incident when I was getting the tinnitis, headaches on one side, dizziness, and a bit spaced out. they said it was likely due to post head trauma but I'd like to get the pics from them and send them off to someone else to get a second oppinion. Why a year after the bang, and why is the tinnitis getting worse as apposed to better? I dont expect an answer from you, I'm just wondering.
Not much you can do about itRoyGBiv
Dec 19, 2002 10:14 AM
The causes of tinnitus are many and mysterious - from tumour to old age to loud noise. Some doctors describe it as a form of chronic pain; others compare it with phantom limb syndrome, a kind of feedback from the missing hair cells in your inner ear.
I've lived with tinnitus since 1990, along with a touch of hyper-accusis (sp?). I'm not sure if I got it from years of aural abuse (thanks to David Gilmour for creating all those crop circles on my hair cells!) or if it was a delayed result of a mild concussion I suffered a couple years previous to that.
Lately, I've found relief in vitamin B, or vitamins that are packaged as "stress" vitamins. They seem to hush the crickets in my head, although some days are better than others. You could also consider a kind of hearing aid that masks the sound.
Whatever you do, don't follow Vincent van Gough, who is thought to have had tinnitus and who cut off his ears to try to stop the noise.
Sorry, pal, this ain't fun and it's next to impossible to describe.
But you can learn to live with it, and better this than vertigo.
Brian C.
Dec 20, 2002 8:28 AM
I have tinnitis but not from any known accident, I blame it on firing a 106 recoilless rifle in the Army. So, the right ear rings all the time, left one less so. No other symptoms as you mention. As long as I don't go deaf, I can handle it.
All my lifeMcAndrus
Dec 22, 2002 6:35 AM
One of my oldest memories is the ringing in my ears. As a child I thought it was normal and was surprised to learn that it wasn't.

It has been all my life, really. I've never had a day without it. At first it was just when the surrounding noises were quiet like at night falling asleep.

In the late 70s I punctured my left ear drum and that made it worse in that ear. In fact, it's ringing now and always does.

If your condition is not treatable then I can offer only this hope - you actually do get used to it. It's always there for me but I rarely notice it. In fact, my first notice of it today was when I read your posting.