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  1. Yes, white noise works. I usually have Youtube audio playing while I try to fall asleep. I also play a little bit of solitaire on my phone or something simple and relaxing to help me fall asleep as well. I still suggest you find a psychiatrist to talk to. Simply talking to someone who knows how to deal with these situations will help you deal with the waiting period.
  2. Blood came from your nose. Nothing to be concerned about - address what's causing it. Is your area dry? Are you allergies bad? Have you been picking your nose a lot (yes, this actually happens).
  3. You should work on trying to get an earlier appointment if possible. And since I've lived with it all my life I can't tell what kind of coping techniques are necessary. I generally "forget" about it when I do stuff like engage in extracurricular activity (some biking). I guess it's really hard when it's something new to you vs something you've lived with all your life. Like I usually play music or games or I hang out outside and I can't hear it during the daytime, but it can get annoying at night. Is there a therapist you can talk to? I'm generally bad at giving psychiatric advice. I'm not an expert but the main thing is if the ringing comes and goes *but your hearing is still fine*, which it sounds like it is for you then I wouldn't be too worried. Do remember, lots of people live with it, you've had other people in this thread tell you how they have to live with it. *This does not mean it is a longtime thing for you*. It could be something simple like allergies, or maybe some wax stuck in your ear, or it could be your sinuses causing issues (do you have sinus problems? I do).
  4. Good to hear. HA is such a beast. But at least you know what you need to work on now!
  5. If, and I emphasize IF it does stay around, and once again I will have to repeat myself - IF - your brain will be able to cope with it. I think medical reassurance should calm you down, even if your ENT says he or she can't find anything wrong with your ear and you get your litany of tests to check, if they can't find anything wrong, then you're in the same position I was in. It sucks, but as long as your actual hearing isn't affected, you should be ok. This is IF. Hopefully they find your cause and will help treat it. I had ear plugging/increased tinnitus troubles after a cold and it didn't clear up even though the cold went away for a week or two. It's a common condition. But don't assume the worst. And I will repeat myself, do NOT Google it. You WILL find stuff that will fuel your anxiety. Here's another anecdote. A coworker of mine several years ago was using one of those Asian wooden spoon pick swab things to clean out his earwax - he ended up screwing up and shoved the earwax too far back into his ear, but he had no idea because he couldn't see it. His hearing got worse, and for a good two or three days he developed really bad tinnitus in that ear. Me and some other coworkers had to practically yell at him to go to the doctor, and they could easily tell there was impacted earwax (fancy way of saying earwax was stuck). The moment his ear got irrigated? He said it was like he was released from some sort of prison. This isn't the same as your condition, but since you said it started after your cold, you have a clear link - it's not like it popped up out of nowhere. So a link should help your ENT figure out what's going on.
  6. From someone who is err... unfortunately experienced with this because of some bowel issues. If it's BRIGHT red - that's usually due to some tearing in your anus. This usually happens if you're constipated or you have hard stools from not eating enough fiber. This causes you to strain when you use the restroom and it - er - brushes roughly against your anus/rectum - the slight bright red tints that you see may be microtears from that. Put it this way, if you see *bright* red spots, that's actually less scary. It means it's something external and can be easily addressed. I too freaked out when I had those... moments but it was usually associated with periods where I'd be constipated or have hard stools.
  7. I have a long list of them. I hate to do "trigger warnings" but I warn you all to NOT look these up. This is just to answer the OP. The two three letter neurological diseases that is a bane to every Health Anxiety sufferer. Starts with a letter, ends with "S". Every one of you who had Health Anxiety knows exactly what I'm talking about. I was worried of the big "C" of the following: pancreas, throat, anus, testes, brain, throat, nose, stomach Also thought I had diabetes, heart attacks, heart palpatations, COVID, all kinds of diseases like myasthenia gravis, peripheral neuropathy, DVT, all kinds of eye conditions, Lupus, psoriatic arthritis, etc. And guess what? A lot of these were found on Google, a LOT. You look something up and it ALL shows up on Google as a suggested term that is related when you look up a common symptom. And what do I actually have? Seborrheic dermatitis, seborrheic keratosis, psoriasis, rhinitis from some kind of allergy I don't know about yet, a deviated septum, the usual litany of mental health issues associated with health anxiety, essential tremor, tinnitus, pre-diabetes (which is entirely self-inflicted), achy joints that are also self-inflicted and sleep issues, which is also self-inflicted, fatty liver (self-inflicted), and some urge incontinence (most likely self-inflicted due to weight). So compared to the big problems I've worried about, all the problems I have are either 1) self-inflicted, which I'm now trying to address or 2) "annoying" problems but not big issues that can be addressed through medication or lifestyle changes. That's what health anxiety does to you - it makes you unable to see the forest for the trees. I should be worrying about the things that I can control - all of which is right in front of me, instead of worrying about all these things that are most likely uncontrollable. If I control the issues I have that's right in front of me I reduce the chances of all these other things happening to me. My energy is being focused on the *wrong* thing. Let this be a lesson to you all.
  8. Yes. I've had a spike for the past month myself, and on occasion I get brief spikes that last maybe 5 minutes. I will repeat myself, go to an ENT, they will help you figure things out and communicate to them that you have health anxiety and would like to have your concerns addressed so you can get proper medical reassurance.
  9. Make that followup with the ENT. They know more than your PCP/GP. I've had tinnitus since I got ear infections in both ears back when I was 10. You learn to live with it. My tinnitus got a bit worse over the past few months but they've coincided with my allergies getting much worse as well. Your bad cold probably did something to your eustachian tubes, so go see your ENT - they can help you get treatments to clear them up. If the last thing that caused your tinnitus was a cold, it was most likely something related to the cold so I wouldn't be too worried. On top of that, may I remind you to NOT LOOK UP GOOGLE when you do this. Go to your ENT first.
  10. I know a couple people who go tthe Moderna shot and they felt like they were run over for a good 2 or 3 days. Had to call in sick for work. The J&J shot is available in my area so I'm going to get that tomorrow since I have a variety of choices to choose from. My arm was sore from my previous flu shot - so sore I couldn't lift it. Hopefully that isn't the case with the J&J shot. I was told if you want to minimize soreness from these shots to continually rotate/exercise that arm for a good 15 minutes after the shot. It helps the vaccine to "move" to other areas of your arm so that it's not concentrated in just one place.
  11. I thought I was losing my mind when I started seeing similar worded posts. Like, the way it typed looked like an advertisement more than any kind of genuine advice. Some of it may be useful but none of it feels organic, it just looks like nonstop advertising to draw views to their site. I thought I was just seeing things when I saw a glut of posts by no-name accounts with no profiles and short post histories all pointing to the *same* site. Incredibly disingenuous of them to do that, even if they can provide possibly good advice.
  12. I have a lot of your issues - I don't have that disc issue but I do have a lot of those other problems - tight legs, occasional pain - nerve pain going up and down my legs, etc. A lot of these issues have been addressed because I've been seeing a PT for the past 3 months. You shouldn't limit your visits to the doctor just because of COVID - what's the point of avoiding COVID if you're going to get sick from another condition that is left neglected? From what I can tell, this sounds like an issue with either your hips or your glutes. What you need to see for sure is a *physical therapist* - those types of people can help you get those muscles back into shape and also take a look at your lower back to see if there is anything going on. You will need to see your GP/PCP for a referral but I think that's really your best bet in fixing this up. Self-diagnosing can help but you're not the expert, the doctors are, and as you can tell just leaving it alone hasn't made things much better for you, right? I think a lot of your problems are being caused by existing problems that exacerbate and cause *new* problems with your legs, butt, back. The problems you're having are interconnected, but I think if you can start getting it worked on you can get yourself back on track. Please take care of yourself and stay safe.
  13. I suggest finding another neurologist unless this neurologist is supposed to be one of the best out there. You said "GP" so I'm hoping your socialized healthcare lets you move to another neurologist. I switched to another Neurologist at a clinic that had several different Neurologists because I wasn't a fan of the first one's bedside manner and he was way more reassuring. Very personable, quiet, straight and to the point but doesn't fear monger. He knows I have health anxiety so he doesn't try to jump to conclusions. From what you've told us, your neuro's probably just trying to check if anything is going on with your neck that's causing all your issues. The MRI is a "just to be safe" thing, I think. My neuro sent me for an MRI for the same reason as well when I was worried about it. Hope this all works out for you, OP.
  14. An ear (tympanic) temperature is 0.5°F (0.3°C) to 1°F (0.6°C) higher than an oral temperature. An armpit (axillary) temperature is usually 0.5°F (0.3°C) to 1°F (0.6°C) lower than an oral temperature. I had temperature anxiety as well regarding COVID. Take note, you *will* go slightly above 98.6 typically in the late afternoon to early evening. I sometimes have temperatures of 98.6 - 99.0 during this time and sometimes if I'm not careful about my health anxiety i can make myself think I'm running a mild fever. So depending on the time of day, consider the fact that taking it in the ear (+1 F) plus taking it late in the day (+0.5) and it makes sense your wife reads 100F. If your wife isn't experiencing any other flu/fever symptoms she should be ok, especially if you do the ear temperature.
  15. You've still taken way better care of your body than I have. I think I gained like.. 10-15 lbs since the beginning of the pandemic due to all this stress. Logically a lot of the problems I've been having is due to things that I can easily point a finger at. But you know how it goes, the HA brain doesn't think rationally. My dad had his knee replacement surgery today and my anxiety about how I'm going to help him when my joints are hurting/clicking is just adding to the stress. I saw my psychologist on Saturday, and she actually recommended that I take the lowest, smallest dose of some sort of anti-anxiety medication (I have some leftover clonezapam) as soon as you see the "early signs" of a panic/HA flare episode and that she will work on me with improving other aspects of my life so I don't have to be dependent on using things like CBT when my anxiety hits its peak. It's an interesting philosophy because I pressed pretty hard into her opinion on CBT and she said that she is of the professional opinion that CBT can be an effective treatment but she believes in minimizing the chances of needing CBT in the *first* place. This psychologist has helped manage a lot of my worries in life the past year so I am going to take some trust in her opinion. I am still worried about my rheumatologist visit tomorrow but I'm not a mess like I was on Friday I forced myself to lay off Google, I also forced myself to lay off consuming news - I think all this political mayhem has been a force multiplier for my anxiety as well.