Dear Diary,  Wellness

Ow, my vibrating ear!

I’ve been dealing with this tinnitus + vertigo problem since the beginning of this month. I find that certain things exacerbate my problem:

  • Loud noises
  • Stress
  • Tiredness

Loud noises also stimulate my ears (in a bad way) and can even cause dizziness to follow. We were having lunch in a noisy restaurant today and my ears started roaring so loudly that I could barely  hear the person taking my order. By the time we left, I felt a dizzy spell coming on.

At church tonight, I sat outside the sanctuary during worship time, as the music tends to be a little louder than my ears can handle lately. It’s all about knowing my limits, it seems.

When I get stressed, I can literally feel my ears starting to vibrate at a fever pitch — which is probably related to my  blood pressure rising.

Recently, I had a deadline to meet, so I stayed up way later than I should have. The next day, I woke up with a spinny head. Then, I realized: rest first, work later — at least for now.

I have also learned what helps my current condition:

  • Adequate sleep. Lately, I have been getting 8-10 hours a night!
  • Avoiding, if possible, being in situations with a decibel level outside of my comfort zone.
  • Ginger!

When I feel a dizzy spell coming on or if my head doesn’t feel quite right, I pop a ginger candy in my mouth and it tends to help it pass. I don’t know if it’s psychosomatic, but it helps and you can’t knock that. I haven’t had an encounter with vertigo in the past couple of days — which is a wonderful thing indeed.

I am scheduled for an MRI in a couple of days and I am praying for favorable results.

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