Stop! Please stop! Stop the ringing in my ears!
Is this the cry of countless thousands? I suspect so. And… I can really relate to them, all those thousands of people around the world who suffer from Tinnitis – that continual ringing in the ears. I guess I’ve been aware of it for most of my life, but not remotely like I am now.
When I was a kid, and into my teenage years, I always got ringing in my ears when I was unwell… like, when I had the flu. I have no idea if everyone else gets it too, at that time. Do you? Please leave a message down below if you know what I’m talking about.
Anyway, I have always thought that it was just a part of the flu… one of the symptoms you could say. Outside of that time, I do not remember having it at all.
My Mum complained…
I can always remember my Mum complaining about noises in her ears, but for some strange reason I didn’t really question her on it. I knew what she was talking about, for sure, but I guess I didn’t comprehend that it was always there, rather than just there sometimes. Now it’s too late to find out, as she’s passed on, but geez I’d love to talk to her about it and find out her exact experiences.
On the other hand, my sister sometimes gets the ringing. She tells me that sometimes when she eats something it causes the noises to come, so she simply stops eating that, whatever it was, and it goes away. Maybe she has been onto something.
I cannot say when the ringing increased or when it came to stay. I only know that it’s been with me for a long time, and that currently it’s worse… louder, more persistent.
I have 3 distinct noises:
- One is like an engine running, a deep low pulsating sound. When I take my pulse, it’s the exact rhythm of my heart. This one seems to come from the lower back of my head.
- Cicadas! That’s the best description I can think of.
- In my right ear there is a high pitched, uneven sound. It bounces around a bit. Seems to be more annoying than the other two, and is the last to join the group!
So what is it?
I’ve searched online for an answer, and from all accounts there are many different, potential reasons. As usual, my research dug up that not everyone agrees on the causes. Wouldn’t it be nice, or indeed very helpful, if for once everyone said the same thing!
Now I’m not against presenting myself to my local doctor… not at all, but I don’t want to do drugs. I see them as chiefly a cover up of the real problem. Anyway, I’d just like to see if I can work out the cause by myself first, with a little help (or lot) from the sources I trust online.
Recently I was reading a book by Dr Keith Scott-Mumby, the world’s leading authority into allergy research, and lo and behold, one of the symptoms he mentioned was ringing in the ears! That for me was one of the “ah-ha” moments!
So this doctor, was suggesting my problem could potentially come from an unknown food allergy? Interesting! He also described a person’s changing conditions, from child through to adult, which actually felt like he was talking about me! I was blown away!
I have never considered myself as having any food allergies. Nope, not me! Don’t know why others suffer with such things, but fortunately I don’t seem to have any.
Maybe I was wrong! Even conceited!
My interest in his book grew deeper as he made suggestions on how to discover unknown food allergies at home, exactly the same way he prescribes in his clinic. He explained how different foods cause inflammation in the body and need to be avoided. The problem is we don’t necessarily know we have inflammatory symptoms on the inside where we can’t see them. And… as he said, all of us is different so that a food that inflames me could be perfectly ok for you!
You know, we can eat certain foods which are known to cool down inflammation, but it only makes sense that we don’t consume them in the first place… don’t you think?
He lists out exactly what you have to do; for how long; and then gives a short list of potential outcomes. It’s like he’s right there beside you as you go through the testing. Great stuff!
OK… I knew, without a shadow of a doubt I’d be following his plan.
First I had to make 4 short lists regarding the foods I ate, and after that it was just a matter of preparing to go on an elimination diet for up to 14 days.
Could I do this? I looked at the plan and realised I was pretty close to the mark anyway, but I just needed to be a little stricter.
I sat down and worked out a menu for 7 days, including only the allowed foods which is exactly the same as he allows his patients. Nothing different. I made sure I had 3 meals plus 2 snacks per day as I didn’t want to be floating around wondering what I should or shouldn’t eat.
Brilliant… a great 7 day menu was prepared. Now all I had to do was prepare a shopping list. I took one week to get my head around what I had to do, and to prepare for the start.
Start day was set for Sunday 21st June, 2015. Today I’m on Day 4 of the program. As I’m documenting my progress each day, click here to see how I’m going: Stop Inflammation Naturally
So what am I looking for?
Well, it would be more than lovely if I eventually have a lessening of this racket in my ears. More than good. But even if I feel better generally better, it will still be a plus.
As you may know from reading my blog, I rarely eat wheat, not at all if I can get away with it, and I rarely eat white sugar. Once again, it’s not always totally possible (if you’re invited out for a meal for example) but I choose more natural sweeteners such as Stevia or honey. But on this elimination diet I can’t have any of those things… at all, so let’s see if I feel a difference.
Maybe you’re not totally aware of it but my blog is about my journey… not necessarily the journey’s end. I’m explaining with you exactly how it is for me, and maybe together we can find answers as we share together. If you are with me and crying out “Please help! Show me how to stop this ringing in my ears” let’s discover a cure together.
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