Does anything help the sound sensitivity?

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   Posted 10/25/2009 11:44 AM (GMT -7)   
I have trouble with loud noises, and now that I  have
been diagnosed with FM, I know why. I have been feeling guilty the past few weeks for constantly snapping at my three year old and not knowing why. Now I am sure it is because she is a very loud three year old.  Does anyone know any ways of coping with the pain from sounds??
fibromyalgia, microscopic colitis, restless legs, polycystic ovarian syndrome.

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   Posted 10/25/2009 12:20 PM (GMT -7)   

I also have been very sensitive to sounds and for many, many years. It not only is down right annoying but you begin to feel like your head is going to explode!

For me the best way of dealing with this around family and friends is to just be open and honest. Also, I avoid places where there is a lot of diverse noise coming from all malls, busy days at the grocery stores, large events like sporting events, street fairs, anywhere there are a lot of people making a lot of noise is not for me. If I must go then I just have a talk with myself and realize that it won't last forever and I will be home where it's quiet again.

In your case it's much harder with little ones around. They don't quite get it. But maybe you could talk to them, even at age 3, that mommy's ears hear things really LOUD so they need to use their quiet voice...even when Have a meeting with your family that lives in your home that you need them to help you find quieter ways to do things. You'd be amazed what a 3 year old can do to help. But more than that, enlist the help of you spouse (significant others) in reducing noise around your home. Find kids games that are fun yet not too noisy. Have the spouse take the kids outside for 'loud time' and reinforce the idea of quiet voices in the house.

I can tell from your comments that you do not want to be snapping at your children because they are just being kids, but they are happy to help and very capable.

Hope this helps...
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   Posted 10/25/2009 5:52 PM (GMT -7)   
HI there,
I have a very loud boyfriend. I mean VERY loud. He can have the TV on and the radio on and play a video game all at the same time, while talking on the phone in his loud voice. It's enough to drive me crazy. It's like being in a stadium watching hockey. I just sat down one day with the long list of symptoms from this forum and pointed out to him all the ones I had, including light and sound sensitivity, and that when noise was all around me it was too overwhelming, giving me panic attacks. He understood that, when I put it terms of me. I know it is probably different with small children. But when my BF forgets I just ask him kindly to use his inside voice - if I snap or whine it doesn't get a very good reaction. I have to fight hard to control my tendency to snap and whine sometimes, too. Good luck - keep us updated on what works.
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   Posted 10/26/2009 5:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the replies. Just nice to know that somewhere out there are people that understand and (hopefully) don't think I'm a horrible mom. Ihave tried telling my three year old that mommy's ears hurt. She then proceeded to kiss them better and kept yelling. I said please, my ears really hurt. Turning to me she said No they don't I kissed them better! She is a cutie. I am hoping that after a few days she will get the hint. Hubby helps by taking her outside for noisy time, but lately it has been so wet and crummy that he hasn't. Oh well. As my diagnosis is still so new, I am still trying to get him to take it all seriously, he doesn't seem to be concerned about it at all, although I am hoping that once he has had a week or two to get used to it, he will be better.
fibromyalgia, microscopic colitis, restless legs, polycystic ovarian syndrome.

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   Posted 10/26/2009 6:10 PM (GMT -7)   
I've been meaning to post on this topic for awhile now. I live with my parents who are VERY loud. They have two dogs that bark all the time. It's too much for me. I feel as if the sound bounces around in my head. I snapped at my mom quite a few times which just makes us both mad. Once I showed her the symptoms of fybro that seemed to help. I still have to leave the room when things get to loud but hey less fighting!

Oh, and try a heating pad at the top of your neck on the back of your head. For some reason that always works best for me.

Post Edited (LVangel) : 10/27/2009 1:30:52 PM (GMT-6)

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