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Date : 13-Jan-2012
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User :   I have had a constant ringing in my left ear for over a month now and occasional stiffness in my neck and shoulders. what might this be?
Doctor :   Hi
User :   Hello
Doctor :  
Let me ask you few questions before I help you with my reasons
User :   ok
Doctor :  
What is your age?
User :   28
Doctor :  
Gender and Occupation
User :   Male and Student for X-ray
Doctor :  
Did the onset of ringing sudden or gradual over period of time?
User :   sudden, i woke up one day with a stiff neck and ear was ringing and has not stopped since
Doctor :   Is it progressing since then,
User :   it's the kind of ringing we all get now and then for a few seconds that usually goes away only this never went away. It has not got louder
Doctor :   So you mean both the stiff neck and ringing of ear started on the same day?
User :   i had a stiff neck when i woke up the day before th ringing started, now I get stiff necks maybe once or twice a week upon waking up
User :   my shoulders and upper back usually feel stiff as well
User :   like a pulled muscle or something
Doctor :   So the ringing is continous since its start?
User :   yes
User :   strangely it gets a little lower in pitch when i open my mouth wide
Doctor :  
Ok
User :   it gets louder in pitch when i massage the bone behind my ear
User :   also, i have been to an ENT and they cannot figure it out and I have no wax buildup either
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :  
Did you hear a loud noise prior to this start?
User :   no
Doctor :  
Do you hear intense loud music?
User :   no
Doctor :  
Do you take any medicines for this or any other problem or supplements?
User :   no
User :   doctor prescribed prednisone ffor a few days, but that did not work
Doctor :  
Ok
Doctor :  
any tests done yet?
User :   just a hearing test and it came back that my hearing was in the normal range
Doctor :  
fine
Doctor :  
Do you have cold cough or some allergies
User :   no, i cough up a bit of clear mucus every now and then, but not a productive cough, just like clearing your throat
Doctor :  
Do you do it intentionally? or with strong action
Doctor :  
that sounds really loud
User :   not really loud, just clearing my throat
User :   i just feel some mucus in my throat but this could be due to smoking
Doctor :  
Smoking can increase the persistence of tinnitus
User :   yes I have read that
User :   I am just scared that this could be some sort of embolism, or cancer or something, i read all this horrible stuff online
User :   would the signs be worse if it were something like that?
Doctor :   Yes
User :   ok
Doctor :  
Do not worry about that
User :   ok
Doctor :  
Sometimes ringing has no cause
Doctor :  
One of the most common causes of tinnitus is damage to the microscopic endings of the hearing nerve in the inner ear.
User :   how can they be damaged?
Doctor :  
Usually if the audiometry is normal on testing, then one should not worry at all
Doctor :  
In yoiur case your hearing is very much fine
Doctor :  
so you should just wait for it to reduce on its own
User :   yea i dont feel as if i am losing hearing the sound is just additive
Doctor :  
Yes
User :   i've also read that it never goes away a lot of the time
Doctor :  
You can help yourself following some things to reduce the intensity of the tinnitus
User :   ok
Doctor :   That is not correct, many cases it goes away on its own
User :   i sure hope so
User :   wy the stiff necks and muscl pain all the time though? is this related?
Doctor :   Now how to reduce the intensity
Doctor :  
1) Avoid exposure to loud sounds and noises.
Doctor :   2 Decrease salt intake.
Doctor :   Avoid nerve stimulants such as smoking, coffee and colas
Doctor :  
4) Reduce anxiety.
Doctor :  
5) Try to stop worrying about the tinnitus. Often, the more you worry and concentrate on the noise, the louder it will become.
User :   got it
Doctor :   6) Get adequate rest and avoid fatigue.
User :   why the stifff necks and muscle pains though? That I do not understand at all...
Doctor :   7) Exercise.
Doctor :   It guess you had a poor posture during your sleep a night before co incidentally

User :   ok
Doctor :  
Once the muscle goes into spams it tends to relax and then again spasm
Doctor :  
so it repeats some time and finally relaxes
Doctor :  
completely
Doctor :  
so you should be relieved from it soon.
User :   i hope so
Doctor :  
Whenever you have this spasm just apply liniments like TIGER BALM / FLEXALL
Doctor :  
and put hot fomentation on it
User :   ok
Doctor :  
It relaxes fast and provides you relief
User :   i think i grind my teeth at night as well while i sleep, will a night guard help with my ear?
Doctor :  
Yes
User :   ok
Doctor :  
If some one notice you grinding, oh then it can lead to stiffness and tinnitus too
User :   ok
User :   when i bote down hard my ear rings louader as well
Doctor :  
What is bote down
User :   bite down, sorry
Doctor :  
yes, the Temporomandibular joint is very near to the ear
Doctor :  
so the intensity can pass on to the ear and cause more sounds
User :   ok
User :   do most people in your opinion even my age get strange aches and pains everyday?
User :   i always feel as if I am alone in that, one minute somethign will hurt and later on it will be something else
Doctor :  
Yes
User :   ok, i thought it was just always me
Doctor :  
Now a days younger people are more anxious
Doctor :  
and by going through the internet about the problem
User :   i see
Doctor :  
their problems tthey form opinions about the great diseases
User :   very true
Doctor :  
and forget to confirm their problem with a Doctor
User :   right
Doctor :   Information on the net should just help you know about the problem but should not panic and
Doctor :  
start worrying about it

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