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Ok guys.....

For about a week or so I have been sooooo super sensitive to noise...in fact today at wallyworld (walmart) this woman was riding this tall riding vehicle to reach things that were up on high shelves - it was making the loudest most horrific noise I have ever (no, I mean EVER) heard (and I work with 3 and 4 year olds 5 days a week) that I wanted to climb up it and tear her throat out with my teeth.  I asked my DH if that sound was annoying and he said, "well, yeah" but just kept walking.  I had to plug my ears (now looking like a 3 year old) and walk to the front of the store to get away from it.  It finally stopped - but I swear it bothered me all the way home.  Commercials bother me now (since they are a bit louder than tv shows - this is new) as well as people eating and drinking.

I just want to slap people to get them to be quiet...so far I haven't...lol.

Just something strange that has just started happening.

Anyone else?

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That sounds right...usually I can name what sets my anxiety off....getting lost, driving, deadlines etc.  Things have been like this for at least a week - stress that I can't identify?  Does that even make sense?

I'll have to move up my pdoc appointment

thanks for your help...always appreciated

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Did you cut it yourself - or per orders....you know...I never rearrange my meds without authorization -  ;) ...

do you mind if I ask which AP you take?  And why?  Forgive me if I'm being too nosey (and you certainly don't have to answer) but I'm thinking my cocktail needs to be shaken (not stirred)and I'm not sure if just upping the lexapro will be any good (but what do I know?)  I'm just a fricken music teacher....

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I haven't dealth with anything like that for a while. Unfortunately, I have, and it sucks, and the last time it was during my anthropology exam. Scratches, erasers, my professor swallowing his water...total sensory overload and I wasn't able to get ANYthing done on the exam until nearly everyone was gone.

Other times I'll be in a large area, store, baseball game and I just have to get up and go somewhere quiet, squeeze my head between my hands, and wait for myself to just...chill. No real way to describe it.  I always figured it was just me, as it tends to start just after ears start ringing. I never imagined anyone else felt like that.

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It's nice to find a kindred..(even if it's something as annoying as that!!!) what do you take for anxiety?

BTW - thanks for letting me know it happens to you too...

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Not at all a dumb question.  Lots of things can cause hypersensitivity to sound in addition to heightened stress/anxiety already mentioned.  Consider:

  • Migraine or seizure aura
  • Impending mania (any chance you're bipolar?)
  • Medication side effect (Have you made any med changes lately?  Or taken any antibiotics or higher-than-usual doses of any over-the-counter meds?)
  • Magnesium deficiency

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You know, I never really considered it anxiety, just another one of my quirks, lol.  My ex was just used to it and learned to not say a word as it made things worse.  The hardest thing for me was when I was experiencing it and my daughter was running around gabbing away and all I wanted to do was scream...

I suppose I'll have to pay more attention next time, see if something, anything could have caused it anxiety wise.

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HHHMMMMM some really good ideas there Gretl ----

does the fact that I stayed up last night frantically cleaning the house?  It lasted 'til about 11 pm...no change in meds..no migraine (even though I do get them).  I take a multi-vitamin - pdoc put me on lamictal last year siting only that he "thinks I may have a mood disorder" but that's about it.  I've had "panic attacts" but they have always had a "reason" - this is the first time I've just been so "aware" of everything - like waking up from sleep walking.  But - even though it's still with me today - it's not as bad as that episode in walmart (**SHUDDER EVEN THINKING OF IT**)

I usually carry xanax with me - (the only benzo I take) but ran out of it in my purse and never replaced it (ah duh)

I took some at home - didn't feel strong enough to help - then I was wondering that I wasn't going to be able nor did I want to be popping these like candy.

I'm going to get an appt. with the pdoc - have one for Sept.  but will try to get it sooner.

I appreciate everyone's answers - that walmart thing freaked me out.

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I usually carry xanax with me - (the only benzo I take) but ran out of it in my purse and never replaced it (ah duh)

I took some at home - didn't feel strong enough to help - then I was wondering that I wasn't going to be able nor did I want to be popping these like candy.

Just my experience for what it's worth-

If the benzos don't work you may be in a manic state.

I took 8 mgs. Ativan a day to calm what I thought was anxiety. I didn't realize at the time I was manic, I was having a 'crazy' brain fry. The benzos didn't slow me down at all. As a matter of fact I felt like I use to when I drank alot and took speed. Kind of a woosey, cranked-up feeling.

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thanks guys........you don't know how much better your experience and comments/replies have helped.  I will look into this asap -

thanks for being there

your experiences are worth the world

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It's interesting that you are both in the music field. I'm a professional singer, and I thought I was just "sensitive to sound." I think music people are much more affected by sounds, good or bad. There's a neighbor to the back of me and she has the most god-awful voice. Shreiking, cackling, high-pitched, and loud. I have to go back inside if I hear her. I guess the anxiety has something to do with it. Even if I'm relaxed and mellow (self-medicating, usually with wine), I'm still really sensitive to noise. Also wear earplugs every night, and have for decades.

I would LOVE to slap some people I have to work with! It probably wouldn't shut them up, though...

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thanks guys........you don't know how much better your experience and comments/replies have helped.  I will look into this asap -

thanks for being there

your experiences are worth the world

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Likewise.  I know many of us are still very different from the other, but CrazyBoards is the closest I've come to feeling as if I'm understood.

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I have been like this all my life. I mainly avoid high squeaking or pitchy sounds, deep tones i have never had a problem with, I am an alto, that range is very good for my mental health. I try to avoid the sounds (whether they come from people or animals or objects), or remove myself as soon as possible, its like it might send me into a rage, if I stay to long. I do have anxiety problems.

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It's nice to find a kindred..(even if it's something as annoying as that!!!) what do you take for anxiety?

BTW - thanks for letting me know it happens to you too...

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Yes, right here.  I get near to raging when the neighbors insist on talking in the middle of the carport below my bedroom window.  Why on earth doesn't it occur to some people that you can actually GET CLOSER to the person with whom you wish to converse, rather than SCREAMING to get your point across?  Add to this the disgusting habit that entire family has of belching and hocking loogies (is that how you spell that?  Never tried before).  Oh yes-- and for some reason their friends can't be bothered to come to the door.  They prefer to honk.  Now THAT one I've actually filed a complaint about.

Aside from that, yes, I get extremely wiggy over noises, particularly of the human variety (eating, slurping, chewing, sucking, swallowing, sniffing, tapping etc.).

I'm also a singer and very affected by music.  Interesting stuffs.

Julie

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I was so stoked when my computer DIDN'T come with speakers!  I also can not stand noise, the lawn guys, my husband's slow descent into deafness, small children, the windchimes in our shop that must be heard ALL AT ONCE.

I could go on, but I think you guys get what I mean.

I am a musician too.

Breeze

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