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no thanks November 2, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — panthergirl @ 9:21 am
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I have decided not to delve any further into the tinnitus situation for now. Even though it really can make some days bloody awful.

Main reason being that I'm fed up, and not in the mood, to get on that expensive, time wasting road of tests and specialists that seems to lead nowhere.

It all started a couple of years ago when I found a small lump in my breast one day. I went to the doctor, which lead to a mammogram, that lead to an ultrasound, that lead to them telling me it was just a cyst.

Then, my doctor decided that since I was over 40, I should have a full set of blood tests done. The one that they use to test for ovarian cancer came back at a high level. This led to a trip to the ultrasound place for an internal unltrasound, which is possible one of the most embarrassing yet humourous things I have ever had to go through. This led to a trip to the hospital for a laproscopy. This all led to nothing. Turns out there was no problem, some women just have elevated levels of whatever it is.

And then there was the Weird Undiagnosed Throat Thing. That remains undiagnosed. It started with a trip to the doctor, that led to an ultrasound, then on to the ENT guy who stuck a camera up my nose and down my throat, and finished with a barium swallow. All of this led to nowhere. Apparently I'm just making it up in my mind.

So. The tinnitus. I have been for a hearing test and I have some slight hearing loss so far. I was given a referral to another ENT doctor, but at the moment I just can't be bothered driving for an hour and a half, to sit in his waiting room for another hour and a half, then pay him a small fortune for him to tell me there's no cure anyway. I said to my doctor, well what will he tell me anyway that you haven't. And he said – he'll advise you.

Thats one problem with small town life. You have to drive to the big smoke to see any sort of specialist.

Maybe I'll look into it next year.

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21 Responses to “no thanks”

  1. From years of experience there is nothing they can do about tinnitus yet. They know it's there but they are not sure what to do about it or exactly where it comes from anyway. I would just let that part go until they figure it out fully.
    Tinnitus is one of the first signs of hearing loss so maybe keep up on that part though there isn't much to do there either except wearing hearing aids. Some people say having hearing aids in helps mask their tinnitus. Maybe later down the road. I know it's terrible but at some point it becomes so much a part of life you'll forget it's there for the most part. It's always something.

  2. MyCuppaTea Says:

    Are you on any medications that may be contributing to the tinnitus, such as aspirin? Are you exposed to high noise levels at your job or other places?
    I agree with Nonya, it's an early sign of potential future hearing loss. Might be worth an investment in time up front, as much as a hassle as it may seem now, to get things ruled out to prevent worsening of the condition in the future.
    But that's to be expected from me. I'm an oncology nurse, so I'm all into the preventative sort of thing, and getting more serious things ruled out, even though it seems you've been put the wringer before on previous health care worries.
    Have a great day, Cat, I enjoy reading your blog.

  3. Erm… it may be a good thing to get it settled earlier than later… but I understand what it's like cos I did also undergo 2 ultrasounds, a scope and a whole other battery of tests and running around to doctors and acupuncture as well… so yep… I understand it can be tiring. But you still gotta do what you gotta do.. sighz…

  4. Yeesh. I hear ya about the internal ultrasound, which I also had to go through when my doctor suspected I had ovarian cancer. (They found a benign fibroid tumor instead, and as always with American OBGs, the doc suggested a hysterectomy. Which I nixed.) It's good that you're receiving this sort of medical care in Australia, however. In the US health insurance companies do everything they can to discourage you from seeing a doctor, including charging you if they think treatment is unnecessary.

  5. LeendaDLL Says:

    i had the vajayjay ultrasound… with an observer even! by that point, I thought, "hey, want me to walk through the lobby naked? cause i really have NO sense of embarrassment left in me!

  6. cat Says:

    lol, the guy who did mine had a really strong german accent which somehow made it funnier

  7. cat Says:

    They doctor also told me that some injections – like injections of antibiotics can make it worse as well.
    Long waiting lists here though – even if I ring and make the appointment with the specialiat I still won't get to see him until about February.

  8. cat Says:

    nah – not this time – I don't even like the guy and I'm definitley not in the mood to pay him $300 for him to talk to me like I'm an idiot for ten minutes

  9. cat Says:

    No, I don't take any medications at all, and not exposed to any loud noises – never have been either. Most days I can block the crazy noises so I'm just going to do that until next year sometime. It won't go anywhere, still be waiting.

  10. cat Says:

    Thats what I figure – it'll still be there waiting for me next year sometime. I can block it out most of the time, but last week it was really bad for some reason. Have to try and work out what does that – if it is actually worse or if I'm just not blocking it as well.

  11. LeendaDLL Says:

    GUY? You win.. at least I had 2 women (and no accents)

  12. cat Says:

    lol – luckily I'd had three children so was used to having all sorts of people poking around the zone – but this took it to a whole new level of intrusion

  13. Shutterbug Says:

    I came very close to having one of those internal-dealies last year. Thankfully I only had to go the traditional route and everything was ok with the normal kind. I was dreading the thought, though! It sucks that you had to go through that, but it sounds like you were able to find some humor in the situation. I hope things look up for you soon! :o)

  14. cat Says:

    Well you have to find the funny side of those sort of things don't you – otherwise you'd be mortified

  15. LeendaDLL Says:

    they didn't tell me, ahead of time, what i was in for. i thought it was going to be a regular, "above ground", ultrasound. Walked in the room, saw the device, and thought, "oohhh nooooo!"adding insult to injury, they didn't find anything because, as they told me a week later, "there was a gas bubble in the way". Well, hell!

  16. cat Says:

    lol, I know! I lay on the bench and looked over and saw this huge dildo standing there

  17. caffiene, alcohol, red meat… then what is life???

  18. cat Says:

    god yes, I hate it how alcohol is always top of the list to give up for every medical condition!

  19. Yeah and here that is one of the first questions they ask. "Do you drink?" Uh, sorta. Uh-hum. "One or two glasses of wine a night." It helps me forget. šŸ™‚

  20. homebody Says:

    I had one of those internal ultrasounds a few weeks ago. It definitely ranked among my most embarrassing experiences ever, as well as being humorous when thinking the device looked like something that Babeland would sell.
    Best wishes with the tinnitus, and the throat, Cat.

  21. cat Says:

    lol, yes, sitting up there wrapped in a condom – it was a sight

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