White Noise Helps Pain?

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flower123
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   Posted 4/11/2011 5:23 AM (GMT -6)   
I've been using white noise to fall asleep for years (actually since close to my accident), and I just read an article about white noise helping pain. Well, it said this on "wise geek." "Besides dampening the taste of food, loud noise can also decrease the perception of pain. This is why some doctors recommend that patients who have chronic pain listen to a white noise generator for several hours a day."

Anyway, I never knew that there were studies about this.

Thoughts? Do you use white noise too?

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Flower

JCG32
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   Posted 4/11/2011 6:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Well I use a fan that does not blow on me but just makes noise at night. Also the tv usually. For me I don't feel it has helped my pain but non controlled noise from outside forces makes me super anxious. I am super noise sensitive. I used to wear ear plugs but kept getting ear infections. I think being anxious increases my pain so that may be a connection. Noise=anxious=pain?

Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 4/11/2011 8:09 AM (GMT -6)   
        
 
    Flower123, I use a white-noise machine every night and have for year's. I have a terrible high pitched ringing in my ears, and the white-noise helps reduce it, so that I can fall asleep.
 
         It does have a relaxing effect on me as I'm used to it, but I would not go so far as to say that it reduces my back pain. I would expect the reduction they are talking about is probably a very small one at best.
 
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flower123
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   Posted 4/11/2011 9:51 AM (GMT -6)   
SE...I agree, I think the distraction helps a tiny bit, kind of like relaxing music. Good to have lots of tools in the box.

Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 4/11/2011 10:14 AM (GMT -6)   
 
 
   Flower123, you really bring up a very good point "Good to have lot's of tools in the box" I never really thought of it that way! There are several things that can contribute to increased pain, or at least make us more aware of it. Stress is one of them! Lack of sleep is another. Constant drama and turmoil within the family is another.
 
      It would be nice to see what other members have in their tool boxes to help get through or maybe help reduce the effect of pain. Types of beds? Music? other distractions?
 
    If I'm way out on the limb here, just tell me to shud Up! smilewinkgrin
 
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Mrs. Dani
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   Posted 4/11/2011 10:25 AM (GMT -6)   
 
 Dear Flower,
 
   Hey there! *hugg* Do you have a link to the article? I would love to check it out. I do not know about white noise reducing pain. I have 3to4 different " High pitched ring tones"(tinnitus) in my ears at all times on "normal" days. So, I sit next to the dryer when I want to read. I turn on the dish washer if I need to nap. I also have a "coil" fan in my room for when I go to bed at night or want to read in bed. I am unsure if these make-shift, noise alternatives, help with pain at all. I would be very interested in reading the article  :-)
 
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Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 4/11/2011 10:49 AM (GMT -6)   
 
      Yes Dani, that is the same thing I have. My Dr said it can be caused by several things, but most likley it was caused by my pain med's, as that is when it first started with me.
 
      I will send you the model of white noise machine I use, and can be bought on ebay or other online stores. I bet Amazon carries it as well. We even take ours with us when we vacation.
 
      If you are suffering from the tinnitus, I highly recommend one of them.
 
 NOTE: .....Just emailed you the link to a couple of sites that have them. They are called "Sleep Mates"
 
     Again, we love ours and I cannot do without it.
 
          Hope this helps, and yes, it is a very annoying ringing, constant in volume and 24/7  shakehead   Pulsating high pitched! shocked  
 
 SE wink
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Post Edited (Screaming Eagle) : 4/11/2011 9:59:09 AM (GMT-6)

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