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   Posted 11/17/2008 8:33 PM (GMT -6)   
This is not pain related, but something I have noticed in myself and wondered if anyone else around here experienced it? For some reason I am getting "startled" really easily by noises that aren't even particularly loud. It almost feels like when I hear it my brain reacts with a little shock. For example, sitting in the office if I hear someone sneeze, clear their throat, etc, my brain feels "startled." I wouldn't think normal every day noises like this should bother me...I don't know if I explained it very well, but does anyone know what I am talking about?

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   Posted 11/17/2008 8:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Your nerves/anxiety is on the edge right now. . . I was just doing this not more than a few weeks ago, and I'm doing great now. . . I would advise you to get some relaxation music/yoga stuff to "learn" and I do mean learn to relax. . . Start eating good foods, walk everyday to work off the stress hormones. . . Start keeping a journal. . . Don't focus on it and freak yourself out. . . You will be okay, and also. . . Drink lots and lots of water :) Go over to the Anxiety and Panic forum for tons more great advice and please do yourself a favor and schedule an appt. with your doc :) Just relax, breath, exercise, and try to stay happy :)
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   Posted 11/17/2008 8:40 PM (GMT -6)   

I do know what you're talking about - you explained it very well.  I tend to think that my "startle response" is heightened just before, or during a flare.  It's a signal for me to check my stress/activity level/other signs, etc. so I can hopefully calm things down and avoid any progression to flare or worsening of one already started. 

Don't know if that helps - I hope you're not heading into a flare!


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   Posted 11/17/2008 8:42 PM (GMT -6)   
This happens to me, too! My DH might be watching football, and suddenly cheer, and it causes me to jump out of my skin. I can't help but wonder if it isn't a side effect to one of my meds, namely Effexor. I'm in the process of weaning off it, and then I'll be trying Neurontin. I mean, I agree that it's a result of a hyper-active nervous system, which is one of the ways that helps me explain Fibro to other folks.
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   Posted 11/18/2008 3:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Me too.
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   Posted 11/18/2008 5:33 AM (GMT -6)   
I definately experience this!
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   Posted 11/18/2008 7:39 AM (GMT -6)   
I startle very easily too.  I'm hearing impaired and thought that was the reason but maybe fibro is feeding into it, too!
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   Posted 11/18/2008 9:16 AM (GMT -6)   
I also startle easy,
And it doesn't take much. Just anything out of the ordinary at that moment. My husband listens to the tv really loud and I can't think for the life of me.

I do try to relax, but there is always something unexpected coming up and making me jump.

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   Posted 11/18/2008 9:48 AM (GMT -6)   
I also startle very easily! If I come out of a room and someone else is coming up the hallway I almost jump out of my skin! I can't stand for the television or radio to be turned up very loud or for someone to talk loudly. It irritates me terribly... You would think that I would need the tv to be turned up louder because I seemed to have lost some hearing in the lower tones (something that I understand can be attributed to fibro).

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   Posted 11/18/2008 9:52 AM (GMT -6)   
I have startled very easily for years before I ever got fibro. I thought it was a part of the anxiety. I feel as if my whole nervous system is messed up. My body over reacts to everything. Xanax helps a lot with that.
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