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UnfoldingSky
On 2017-07-18 at 4:24 AM, DaisyBell said:

I have light sensitivity and use amber glasses and software that removes blue light on my devices. I also have a really dark room.  I am three years med free.  I still have light /a little noise /motion sensitivities. I can't even go to mediation classes anymore because they moved to a fluorescent lite room at night time.  How long does this typically last? I can't find anyone who has recovered on here.

 

Hi Daisy,

 

I had severe light and noise sensitivities for a long time but they eventually went away.  I also had issues riding in a car, motion issues.  Brain fog would get worse then, I'd also have hard to define sensations, and I had a major issue with perceptual issues.  Basically when I was in a car I could not tell how wide the lane was we were riding in, it would seem more narrow or wide than it really was.  Consequently because of that problem and a few others  I stopped driving.  

 

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UnfoldingSky
2 hours ago, Why said:

Guys in the eye floaters thread i said i would go make an ERG (electroretinography). 

Well i went to the hospital.

just when i started the test looking at the lights on the screen i felt nausea and suddenly fell unconscious at the floor . i woke up seconds later (i think).

 

basically i had a kind of seizure for the first time in my life.

no doubt it was cused by WD because i already had an ERG years ago and it happened nothing.

 

 

 

On another forum we had a ban against people putting up any moving images with a strobe-like effect as the worry was they might cause seizures.  Definitely if you have severe withdrawal they are hard to handle.  What's involved in the ERG?  Sounds pretty scary what happened...I hope you are okay. 

 

 

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Kiaza

I'm having a weird symptom. usually in the evening my hearing stops working (well I can hear my own breathing), every sound from Outside stops existing, I can't hear them. With losing my hearing I also kind of drift off from my surroundings (this is not DR, I've had that before). It's like the state you drift to just before you fall to sleep. I find this state quite pleasant since it gives me a break from my over sensitive senses. It can last for up to two hours. I have no control over this state so I think I'm not dissociating. It feels more like my over stimulated body and brain needs time off. I can still read and do other calming activities. It's like when you are a child and you are Playing and everything Else stops existing, except this is more intense. I know it sounds like dissociating but it isn't that. It's weird but I like it. I guess something is trying to repair itself.

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manymoretodays

I have some cheap amber sunglasses I decided to try these last couple of days.  Makes a difference.  Kind of calming really and liking the visual change.   Meanwhile waiting on the rest........I am going to do the regular glasses, with the co-pays, etc. with the hope that it will just be a biannual cost as/if my vision changes as I continue to heal.  And........a very good likelihood I can get coverage from the good old state I live in for the computer glasses with the same prescription.  Sooooo........kind of excited.........of course I want it all to happen right now.........never the way it works.

 

I did get get f lux downloaded anyway........as yet not installed...........I will persist........get some help to do so..........!

 

Still a bit in it.......the overstimulation, sensitivity..........however, the universe is cooperating and I can go with it.........be a kind of shady character with amber sunglasses.

 

Best.......just gotta make the best of it,

 

mmt

 

Thanks Kiaza........I liked your post and manner of dealing with it.........helped me.  

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DaisyBell

has anyone ever tried a supplement that helped with their sensitivities? Like Inositol etc?

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ChessieCat

This is SA's topic:  inositol

 

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UnfoldingSky

Bumping as I wanted to add, for lighting at night when needed I put up small strands of white christmas lights, so I didn't have to deal with brighter lights when light sensitive. 

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Junglechicken

I have been sensitive to light for at least 3 years now.

 

Feel like a Gremlin......hate bright light.

 

Don't even have the light on in the bathroom as its too much, so have the light on outside.

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UnfoldingSky
1 hour ago, Junglechicken said:

I have been sensitive to light for at least 3 years now.

 

Feel like a Gremlin......hate bright light.

 

Don't even have the light on in the bathroom as its too much, so have the light on outside.

 

I felt like a vampire...I was so sensitive that I could see perfectly fine outside at night in areas that had no lighting.  I used to freak out my family I'd be off going for walks in the woods at midnight, I could see so well in the dark back then I was not even afraid being there. 

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alyheartsux3

Hey guys. I was on a combination of cocktail for 7 years plus have been on medications for 14. I am 22 now. I understand now all the crazy symptoms I am having are withdrawal, and it should get better with time. One of my most debilitating symptoms is noise sensitivity, which I have had for over 8 months now. It started out very mild right when I was starting to get tingling as well and is unbearable now. EVERYTHING sounds loud to me, and some sounds make me angry. I have always had misophonia (just water dripping bothering me). I went to an audiologist to see if I have hyperacusis, and she insists that my hearing is normal and I don't. She says that it is my limbic symptom that is messed up and I have normal functioning ears. She diagnosed me with misophonia. I also have Tinnitus in both of my ears that has gotten really bad recently. 


However, what I don't understand is why it is like the volume is cranked up. EVERYTHING sounds loud. It is hard to get dressed in the morning because dropping clothes on the ground sounds super loud, moving anything sounds loud. 

 

I've read all over SA that withdrawal eventually goes away. I'm wondering if this is permanent damage. I've had windows and waves where things are better, but overall in the past 4 months the noise sensitivity has gotten way worse to the point that EVERYTHING sounds loud, so it can't just be misophonia. 

 

Should I expect this to get better with time? The audiologist insists I have normal hearing. This feels like more than just misophonia and tinnitus with all sounds being so so loud. I'm afraid I'll never be able to work or go back to school. 

 

*It is hard to list all of the medication changes I have made since I came off and on so many. Coming off Gabapentin that I was on for less than 2 months seems to have damaged me the most and I am currently tapering Latuda and have noticed the noise sensitivity getting MUCH worse.  

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Daisy

I remember when in 2012, I was tapering Effexor  XL and Xanax, noise actually hurt my ears. One time I was at Staples and the fire alarm malfunctioned and was going off. It was not good and I could not wait to get out of there. I never successfully stayed off an antidepressant, but I was off the Xanax for 4 years. The noise sensitivity did go away and I believe that yours will to. 

 

This time around, due to circumstances, I rapidly went from 50 mgs of Prozac to 5 mgs. There was a side trip on Lexapro if you read my signature. I am still on Xanax. I have tinnitus, but no sound sensitivity.

My best to you,

Daisy🌺

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alyheartsux3

Hi,


I have come off and on many medications in the past year. Wanted to hear about any other experiences with noise sensitivity/how long it persisted. After continuing to taper Latuda after developing a noise sensitivity coming off of Trileptal, Gabapentin, and Horizant, my noise sensitivity is very extreme. I have always had mild misophonia. Now I have extreme misophonia as well as everything sounding loud. 

I've read online about the brain slowly healing and it eventually getting better. I'm currently holding at 40mg of Latuda (antipsychotic) that I wish to come off of, but the noise sensitivity has continued to worsen as I tapered, so I am stumped.

 

Stories about noise sensitivity during withdrawal/ improvement over time? What drugs were you on? How did you taper?

 

Thanks! 

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alyheartsux3

Hi, 

 

i am in the hospital and am very concerned about the increased noise sensitivity. 

 

One week ago I experienced nausea, vertigo, ear pressure/fullness, and then sound has been amplified making it hard to do anything. Eat, shower, get dressed.  When you look this up on google, you see that it is a scary permanent condition. 

 

Does this sound like possible withdrawal or more likely a permanent condition? 

 

Earplugs and noise canceling headphones do not block out the sound. I have super hearing. 

 

In the hospital for my mood disorder after not being able to take withdrawal anymore so they aren’t concerned about my hearing or how it impact my ability to function. 

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Steve61

Hi

 

Im suffering with sensitivity to noise . Trying to relax watching the tv at night is the worst. I hear next doors tv or rather sense it, I sense it as soon as they turn it on. It is driving me mad. I lalways felt that the 2or 3 hrs on my sofa watching tv was my relaxation and now it’s turning into a nightmare. I feel like killing my neighbours but logic is saying that it’s me. I haven’t noticed the sounds for the last 25 years and my partner can’t hear anything, so I presume it is me. This is hard. Windows and waves. More waves than windows.

 

Steve

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Junglechicken

I absolutely hate slamming doors...…...high pitched screaming is bad too.

 

For the past 3 years I have had the light off when I'm in the bathroom, only keeping the landing light on.  I cannot have the light on in the bathroom.

 

Wear shades all the time when I'm outside, even in the overcast UK.

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Steve61

Chicken, are you off all medication now ?

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powerback
On 8/1/2018 at 9:20 AM, Steve61 said:

Hi

 

Im suffering with sensitivity to noise . Trying to relax watching the tv at night is the worst. I hear next doors tv or rather sense it, I sense it as soon as they turn it on. It is driving me mad. I lalways felt that the 2or 3 hrs on my sofa watching tv was my relaxation and now it’s turning into a nightmare. I feel like killing my neighbours but logic is saying that it’s me. I haven’t noticed the sounds for the last 25 years and my partner can’t hear anything, so I presume it is me. This is hard. Windows and waves. More waves than windows.

 

Steve

Try noise canceling  ear muffs ,I.wear them constantly in the house ,you could put earphones on under them to watch the tv ,they cancel out most background noise .I got mine for €8 in the builders merchants .I even sleep with mine on .

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Steve61

Thanks for the advice, Powerback. Are you drug free now ?

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Junglechicken
On 2 August 2018 at 9:45 AM, Steve61 said:

Chicken, are you off all medication now ?

 

Yes, have been for 4 months.

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Steve61
1 hour ago, Junglechicken said:

 

Yes, have been for 4 months.

Chicken, has it been worth all the trauma to get to where you are now ?

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powerback
On 8/2/2018 at 10:31 AM, Steve61 said:

Thanks for the advice, Powerback. Are you drug free now ?

Not drug free ,I've had a nightmare with reducing steve .there's many variables to environment for coming off drugs and some are much more sensitive than others.keep on your own path and do your best not to freak out from reading difficult stories.

Take care

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Iatrogenesis
On 8/2/2018 at 11:08 AM, powerback said:

Try noise canceling  ear muffs ,I.wear them constantly in the house ,you could put earphones on under them to watch the tv ,they cancel out most background noise .I got mine for €8 in the builders merchants .I even sleep with mine on .

 

Or try earplugs, at least for sleeping. I use cotton/wax ones, I prefer them to foam earplugs, they're superior at blocking out noise for me.

 

1 hour ago, powerback said:

Not drug free ,I've had a nightmare with reducing steve .there's many variables to environment for coming off drugs and some are much more sensitive than others.keep on your own path and do your best not to freak out from reading difficult stories.

Take care

 

Oh my God, that's some good advice! Ha ha, the stories are really difficult to read, aren't they.

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Junglechicken
8 hours ago, Steve61 said:

Chicken, has it been worth all the trauma to get to where you are now ?

 

I suppose when I have good days it is.

 

 

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hennie86

I don't know why, but this week I have started to get more (hyper)sensitivity to sound and all kind of stimulation. I feel like all stimulation, like listening to music or sudden sound, can make my CNS react sending nasty "shivers" or tingling, down my spine and legs, not in a good away. Like I would suddenly be scared of something but it is nothing special, like should be scared, just a small sound that I should not be suddenly scared of and get so nasty reaction in my body. Touch have felt uncomfortable also, like I am more sensitive to everything. I am worried because this is new symptom. Or I had this when i was at my worst during polypharmacy when doctor thought that increasing more meds would solve my problems but it just increased my symptoms because I was sensitive to meds.

 

It was nasty because during that time I could not watch TV or listen to music. I haven't had as much  problems after I stabilized. I t would be awful to not to be able to listen to music :(

 

I don't know what triggered this. I haven't tapered a lot recently. I can only think of stress, anxiety or supplement reaction or something. I also have paresthesia feelings all over my legs that seem to be worse.  I had a pretty bad wave before this happened, lot of insomnia and stress.

 

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powerback
On ‎9‎/‎11‎/‎2018 at 9:29 AM, hennie86 said:

had a pretty bad wave before this happened

Here's your answer Hennie86 and your system will settle again ,just nurture it for now .

I get you about the music ,ive went months without being able to listen but tonight im having good fun listening to it so be patient it will come and get your playlist ready 👍.

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Steve61
On 9/11/2018 at 9:29 AM, hennie86 said:

I don't know why, but this week I have started to get more (hyper)sensitivity to sound and all kind of stimulation. I feel like all stimulation, like listening to music or sudden sound, can make my CNS react sending nasty "shivers" or tingling, down my spine and legs, not in a good away. Like I would suddenly be scared of something but it is nothing special, like should be scared, just a small sound that I should not be suddenly scared of and get so nasty reaction in my body. Touch have felt uncomfortable also, like I am more sensitive to everything. I am worried because this is new symptom. Or I had this when i was at my worst during polypharmacy when doctor thought that increasing more meds would solve my problems but it just increased my symptoms because I was sensitive to meds.

 

It was nasty because during that time I could not watch TV or listen to music. I haven't had as much  problems after I stabilized. I t would be awful to not to be able to listen to music :(

 

I don't know what triggered this. I haven't tapered a lot recently. I can only think of stress, anxiety or supplement reaction or something. I also have paresthesia feelings all over my legs that seem to be worse.  I had a pretty bad wave before this happened, lot of insomnia and stress.

 

Well, I’ve had weeks of watching the tv with ear plugs in because I could hear next doors tv through the wall. It was driving me mad. The last 3 nights I haven’t worn the ear plugs and I have been fine. I haven’t noticed next door at all. I don’t know if it is temporary relief  but it gives me a lot of hope because I was beginning to think it wa a permanent problem.

 

Good luck 

Steve

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IanM

I just wanted to add my experience to the thread.

 

I have a disturbing inability to watch anything on TV, or read almost anything on the internet or in books. When I attempt to do these things, I get the most irrational fear washing over my brain, and my brain goes into almost full meltdown. I can't accurately describe what happens, but it's terrifying (and that's not hyperbole).

 

I have a select few shows I can watch in reasonable safety, namely British comedy panel shows, and only a single web site I can read (other than this one) that is about virtual reality (a subject/hobby I love, but can no longer participate in, other than reading about it).

 

Also, I absolutely cannot listen to music...it also sends my brain into a tail-spin.

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ChessieCat

I've discovered noise cancelling headphones and they are great.  At work I sit near an old, noisy air conditioner and they block it out really well.  I must look really crazy, sitting at the computer with my large (brown framed not black thankfully) blue light over glasses (they are much larger than my Cancer Council over glasses sunglasses) and my headphones.  The external walls of the building are full glass and there is a lot of glare and of course the fluoro lights.  The only issue I have is trying to get the arms of my prescription glasses and blue light glasses in the correct position so they don't interfere with the ear cups.

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