Stressing Tinnitus in Histamine Intolerance
The cause of tinnitus: that constant electricity-like hissing that has driven the best of us to complete despair and madness, is no longer a mystery to researchers. Unfortunately, treating it isn’t as simple as swallowing a pill (or nutraceutical).
Histamine and tinnitusThere are four histamine receptors, and they’re found all over the body, including in the brain, and ears . Because of the location of these receptors, histamine has long been suspected as a cause of dizziness and Menieres disease over the years. These same histamine receptors have also been targeted to try and alleviate tinnitus, without much success. It turns out that stress, anxiety and depression are (at least partially) to blame for that blasted sound that’s driven me (and many of this blog’s readers) absolutely nuts for decades.
An alarm?One study in particular suggests tinnitus is an “alarm bell”, warning the patient that something potentially dangerous for “homeostasis” is going on. In the case of histamine intolerance, could this alarm bell be warning us that inflammation is on the rise? That certainly seems to have been the case for me. I’ve always said that the first sign something is amiss is the shrill in my ears (or head as it were). One of the biggest mistakes I’ve ever made was taking a 10 hour flight with noise cancelling ear pieces that did not connect to a iPod. I spent the entire flight with the plane noice filtered out, which only served to enhance the insanely loud tinnitus (flying triggers histamine release).
- Living in a stressful house
- Having a small child/children
- Noise from upstairs neighbours
- Losing a job
- Being bed bound
- Or, eating high histamine foods over and over that trigger inflammation and cause the body alarm