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365SunnyDays
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One of my symptoms is that a "radio" plays in my head all of the time, but particularly when it's quiet at night and I wake frequently. The songs may be ones I've heard recently, but often it's songs from the 60s, 70s and 80s. I "hear" entire songs, and generally not the same song repeated. Recently, I "heard" the "Star Spangled Banner"! Wondering if anyone else has experienced this type of symptom and what treatments were most successful in clearing it out.

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This is a very common phenomenon for even "normal" people at times, but more so for those with toxic infections that cause exhaustion of the endocrine system &/or stress on the nerve tissue.

My guess is that the songs kick up more so in the presence of a motor noise such as the refrigerator in the background, a fan or even a car engine within a block of your home.

Avoid cell phone use and avoid in-the-ear pods and even headphones. The reasons are discussed in the thread below.

Certainly banish ALL electronics from your bedroom (or at least uplug from the wall at night), other than a CD player / alarm that would be all the way across your room. Absolutely, no cell phones in your bedroom at night, no charger, etc. Your corded land line phone should not be near the bed, but as far across the room as possible.

You can counteract it with the music of Mozart, Haydn or other classical composers who never went into overdrive or meltdowns, so to speak - or with ambient music that has no repeating melody loops (see artists of the Windham Hill Record label. Brian Eno's Music for Airports is a good track to guide your brain away from the annoying tunes). Avoid music with lyrics.

It's likely caused by tinnitus but also over active NMDA excitatory neruotransmitters, which are often on overdrive when over tired. The reason you "hear" recognizable songs is that your brain has been trained over and over - through the years - to store that in the part of your brain that is over activated.

Some Rx can cause this, actually. Be sure to check the ototoxic lists in the thread below and, if possible, eliminate all that are no absolutely necessary to treat lyme + co and counteract with liver support, etc. for those that are necessary. This is discussed in the thread below.

MAGNESIUM, CALCIUM and FISH OIL should help. B-vitamins by day and just B-6 before bed, too.

Adrenal support is vital, too. All this in the thread below.

NMDA excitatory neurotransmitters are also overly excited in the presence of toxins. Be sure your liver support is in place. Thread below: 3/4 of the way down page one, see LIVER SUPPORT posts. Kidneys stress, too, can trigger this. Be sure you are drinking the right amount of water, etc.

Restorative Yoga before going to be bed may be helpful to reduce muscle tightness in neck and ear region that can put more pressure on the ear nerves.

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ALL EARS. Specifically for LYME patients - lots of details about ears and what can help:

http://flash.lymenet.org/scripts/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=1;t=065801

Topic: TINNITUS: Ringing Between The Ears; Vestibular, Balance, Hearing with compiled links - including HYPERACUSIS
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Hi 365.

Your not alone in this. One of the symptoms we are dealing with too.

http://thehumansideoflyme.net/viewarticle.php?aid=7

"Lyme disease also was a top suspect due to the fact that neurological infections such as Lyme infection of the nervous system (neuroborreliosis) often lead to musical hallucinations. Dr. Nicolai Nielson, another board certified psychiatrist, stated in a personal communication, "I have seen many patients with this musical viscosity or musical intrusiveness as it is referred to. It is amazing how the patients think everyone else experiences this." He adds, "It is seen in central nervous system Lyme disease as frequently as it is seen in head injury or in similar syndromes such as temporal lobe epilepsy."

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Jeffinca -

Thanks for finding that link and excerpt. I've been looking for that but forgot where is was.

I came back to say that wireless internet can contribute to this. Try to avoid WiFi areas. If you have it in your house, turn it on ONLY when you are on the web. It's best to avoid WiFi altogether, though that is becoming increasing hard these days.

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You may want to look into this...

http://www.scribd.com/doc/24530276/Microwave-Harassment-Mind-Control-Experimentation

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I have something similar but still different. I will have just a line or two of a song going through my head for a couple days, then it will switch to something else. It is triggered from hearing the song.

It did reduce during treatment. I got off treatment, before completion, and it came back, so I have seen it come and go with treatment. I imagine whatever treatment is truly effective will get rid of this as well.

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i often ask my husband if he hears music playing, sometimes at night.

i swear it's like a radio being turned on.

of course, he doesn't hear anything.

drives me crazy.

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When I FIRST started treating Lyme (high doses abx's)

The herxes were so severe I had music hallucinations.
Could not get the songs out of my head.

This also happened when i treated parasites (big time OCD symptoms)


It goes away

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In the years I've been reading this forum, I have seen MANY people post about having this symptom.

My husband has this symptom (he has manageable Lyme, not currently in treatment, though if we could afford it he would likely be doing so). He hears the music as if it is in the room, not inside his head, like most people would.

He also has lesions on his brain, detected via MRI. Not sure if there are any in the part of his brain stem called the "dorsal pons", as mentioned in the link posted above ( http://thehumansideoflyme.net/viewarticle.php?aid=7 )

He just listens to talk radio or podcasts all the time (even when going to sleep) so that it drowns out the music. If it's possible, you could also try meditating and training your brain to ignore the music or push it to the background. I know how difficult or impossible that can be.

I have had chronic tinnitus for close to 10 years, and I managed to finally learn to ignore it for the most part, but that only works if the sound quality stays the same. Once it flares up and gets louder or changes tones, etc., it becomes much more noticeable again. Music must be much harder to ignore because of the constant changes.

The only thing that I think will really fix it is treating the infection causing the damage and inflammation. In the meantime you could help heal the damage and distress it causes with supplements, herbs, avoidance of stimulants and possible food or chemical irritants, and practicing meditation.


I should mention I also sometimes hear very loud electronic digital beeps or loud bangs that sound as though they are external to me. They usually happen when I have had too little sleep or had a stressful day or night, due to a flare or herx, or accidentally ingesting something like nightshade-family plants. If I have had anything close to seizure activity recently, I am more prone to these auditory hallucinations.

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Me, too. With me though, it's usually a song I heard recently, only on 'repeat'...

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Yep I wrote about this years ago. Mine has improved a lot, but at the beginning of this mess it was horrible.

I remember this little jingle drove me crazy

"The old gray mare,
She ain't what she used to be
Ain't what she used to be,
Ain't what she used to be"

It gets better.

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Yes,I had this as well .Drove me nuts. I would hear a song somewhere in the house ,it would end but i could still hear it in my head as if it was actually still playing. Plus repeating songs ,kinda OCD all day long could not make it go away. But now ALL gone...wooohooo!
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