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   Posted 9/7/2010 8:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone,
Iam just wondering if anybody else has ear problems? From the very beginning of all this it started out with full ears, that turned to tinnitus CONSTANTLY...I now I have noise sensitivity (like extreme sensitivity) and dizziness (vertigo) does anyone else have this?

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   Posted 9/8/2010 3:44 AM (GMT -7)   
These are known Lyme symptoms. I get the fullness and noise sensitivity, with occasional dizziness, but have not yet had tinnitis.
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   Posted 9/8/2010 6:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes, the tinnitus never went away and gets worse with some meds and when I am around too much noise - like a noisy restaurant. The extreme sensitivity (hyperacusis) got really bad when I started treating with abx. It is better now, but not gone. I keep ear plugs with me when I go anywhere in case I need to muffle sound. I also have Bose noise canceling headphones that I wear when hubby is cutting the grass and on long car trips to muffle noise. I find I must prepare and know before I go anywhere what I might encounter because noise makes me very anxious.

I had vertigo, too, but that has settled down.

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   Posted 9/8/2010 6:49 AM (GMT -7)   
I have been on abx for over 1 mo. I had ear pain prior to it. Abx did not make the ear pain go away. My AC noise seems so loud at times, I have to shot it off, it seems like it is a fire track alarm or something! I have had this for over a mo, every day. The noise sensitivity comes and goes, but the pain is there every day, for maybe a quarter of the day, on and off and it switches from ear to ear.  Dizziness is there also, some days much worse than others+a lot of other symptoms.

My PCP checked my ears and said they are clear.  She said it is probably a virus.  I tested + for the parv virus.

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   Posted 9/8/2010 7:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Tinnitis started for me about 6 months into abx. The most recent hearing test showed a hearing loss; tomorrow I will have a follow-up test to see if the loss is greater. I'm wondering if this is from the Lyme or from the abx. I've read recently that azithromycin and other such drugs can cause it. I have mild noise sensitivity, and occasional ear pain.

I have Lyme; it doesn't have me.

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   Posted 9/8/2010 10:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Tinnitis is fairly common with 'Lymies'. Once you get checked out & it gets attributed to LD, here's what helped me;

~~~I hope this doesn't result in TMI for anyone~~~

I just couldn't take the ringing & pain any longer, so I started researching - always gets me into trouble!!! (grin!!!) What I discovered about myself was that I have 'dry' ears. They produce very little ear wax. I decided to try a few things & they have helped me a lot more than I expected it to!!!

I used to 'clean' my ears after every shower. I recently discovered that what I was really after was to dry my ears - funny enough. Now, I never put anything into my ear, except a "Q-tip" coated with Olive oil, and I have only done that twice in about the last 10 or so months. I only did that because I had this HORRENDOUS itching!!! Come to find out I had actually managed to build up a little tiny bit of ear wax!! That was a first for me!

Just by not doing this one little thing, my tinnitis is not as severe as it has been for the last umpteen years!!!
Blessed are we who can laugh at ourselves, for we will never cease to be amused!!!! :)
May we all find peace along the journey to find healing.
"Absence of proof is not proof of absence" - Dr. Edwin Masters, great LLMD & researcher -RIP

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   Posted 9/8/2010 7:43 PM (GMT -7)   

I've had ear problems since I was a kid, so I'm not sure if they're related to Lyme at all, but I have noticed in the recent years I've been ill that it actually hurts and causes pain to use Q-tips (I still do, but it's uncomfortable).

My eustacian tubes don't open on their own, so I've had a series of ear tubes placed throughout the years. The tubes changed my life. For years, growing up and as a young adult, my ears always felt plugged and I'd spend all day trying to pop them, to no avail...which in turn would give me a migraine and jaw pain. I can't imagine what life would be like had I not gotten tubes (I've had so many sets that it's left holes in my ear drums, which now act like tubes...but I do think the numberous procedures caused some minor hearing loss...a very small price to pay for the relief I've gotten!).

I deal with vertigo constantly and there are plenty of days when I am sensitive to sound...I, too, have heard this is common for people with Lyme disease (after all I've read in the last three years, I honestly wouldn't rule out ANY symptom as being related to Lyme!). There are medications for vertigo, both over-the-counter and prescription, so I'd talk to your doctor.
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