Hello This is my first post and appreciate all the previously information posted. My story was I began having fullness in my left ear early this summer. This condition came as I began taking care of my ill mother. With my my-step father passing weeks before, then my mother passing, I did not take what was happening to my body seriously. Finally, I went to a neurologist about pressure in my neck. After the scan, I found there were three cysts that caused numbness in my shoulders. The prescribed relief was to quit lifting weights. I could manage the pain in the neck, the doctor stated. I also indicated to the doctor there was fullness in my ear and he said it did not have any connection with the ear. The fullness came and went along with the use of nasal sprays and sinus pills. Other pressures came with the death of my parents and then my 6 year dog passed away (what a sad story). Within a week of my dog passing, the tinnitus began with a fury-stress? I was diagnosed with MD by a ENT specialist. I have three parts, sans the vertigo. I have lost the base level of hearing in my left ear, the ringing and the fullness. My wife found this site and it was a godsend. I began with the doctor's treatment of a blood pressure/diuretic. I am 65 and work out five days a week, so the low salt diet was not too difficult. I also began the regiment of the B5/B6 pills (thank you JOH). During this time, stress was a major part of this situation. After 8 days of this protocol, the ringing has lowered to a 2. The fullness comes and goes with the use of steroid nasal spray. It is also about a 2. At first, I used Ambien to sleep, which sleep rarely lasted 3-4 hours. I would only take a half a pill at a time. Now, I take cannabis dummies one hour before bedtime. This is my stress relief as I have had two major break downs dealing this new situation-stress being the starter. 30 minutes before bedtime, I take 5 mg of melatonin. Over the last two days, I do not need the "white noise" to fall asleep. The ringing is about a 1 and the fullness the same at bedtime. I have slept the entire night except for the bathroom visits. The ringing has increased when I attend sporting events, loud noise. I have now purchased ear plugs. Lastly, I have eliminated nicotine, alcohol and one cup of coffee in the morning. Being retired, my heaven time was having a cigar and a cup of coffee in the afternoon. So, how has nicotine affected people when having this condition? and limited amount of alcohol?