Do I take it you got a PLF scuba diving? An ex of mine was a scuba teacher (meant for great hols in the Maldives lol) and it affected his ears although not a full PLF.
Dobermans are fab dogs and they are the best company on bad days cos they don’t judge. Right, you, me and James are (were but soon to be again) high achievers, I bet there wasn’t any hurdle in life you didn’t think could be overcome by sheer determination and hard work? That even the crappiest stuff hadn’t kept you down for long? One of the hardest things emotionally when dealing with a PLF, is the moment of realisation that sheer brute force and strength of will not overcome it, that it seems to have a life of its own you have no power to control. The thing to remember is that doesn’t make us a failure. Once we can accept that our natural nature to achieve and overcome is actually working against us with a PLF, we can start to realise there is always more than one way forward, we have to keep trying new things until we find it. We are a success simply for having got this far!!
Now, I know exactly how frightening being raised from sleep with a vertigo attack is, but there are a couple of things you can do to help yourself. Raise the head end of your bed so it is higher than your feet. James slept in a recliner chair for a while and that helped him. I’m having to sleep upright at the moment post op and I use a travel pillow to keep my head still - this could help relieve night vertigo for you too. Nothing to lose by trying and if those things don’t work for you, you keep researching and trying things until you find one that does.
If you have a PLF in both ears, then when you lie on your side with your head at equal height or lower than your feet, that is maximum pressure on the leak, when you lie either side. So by keeping your head above your feet and in a central position you have less pressure on the fistula in either ear.
Next tinnitus, have you got to the ‘want to take a screw driver and shove it in your ear’ stage yet? I certainly did. What helped me was a good friend of mine is a fab nutritionist and he researched for me and said a supplement had been shown to help. The supplement itself is really expensive so I broke it down and bought the combo individually and took them for 3 months and combined with grommet my tinnitus dropped by at least 50 percent. Back now though cos of op but hey, will try supplements again when i’m past 6 weeks and hopefully they will do the trick again.
@turnitaround can you remember the names of the supplements for tinnitus I sent you earlier this year? My brain is still a bit fuddled from anaesthetic.
And we are a work in progress on our way to being a success story, PLFs force us to cultivate the patience gene, very difficult if like me you were born without that particular gene and thought life was meant to be non stop 1,000 mph 24/7! PLFs are not a straight line to recovery but we keep learning and we keep trying different things until we find what works for us.
You still have your amazing girlfriend and you will have figured out your true friends by now on this PLF road, those are priceless. I know you must be missing all your sport and travel like crazy, for people like us it’s the worst kind of prison cell but you make plans Adam. You draw up all the bucket list travel itineraries you are going to do WHEN you get the PLF healed and you send out those powerful messages to the universe. You research all the ways you can exercise when you get your PLF healed and you believe it because it’s only a matter of time.
You did yoga, so start meditating again and use the universal energy. Find a great reiki master and get some reiki, it’s been invaluable for me. Do all the yoga poses you can that don’t involve bending down.
We are all going to be that success story hun, we will find the way and every little thing we find to reduce symptoms along the way is a bonus. Let me know how you get on trying out all the things we’ve found useful so far. Some will work for you, some won’t and some you may need to tweak to make them work for you, but you take all that old exercise regime determination you remember and use it in a new way, a test and evaluate way where there is no failure only feedback.
I know you can do it cos we’re so alike us three, and we we keep each other going on the days we’re doing it tough.