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stresseemoijms

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I was doing really well, and thus overdoing it on the music front. I just got the most electrifying shooting pain in my ear like I haven't had in months. I've been told that taking pain killers will make it worse in the long term. Is that true? what do you do to deal with the pain?
I would just like so badly to not feel pain of some form for a little while. Between this and everything else lately, I swear to God, I can't take much more.
Hyperacusis has been a curse on so many more levels than I could ever have imagined in my wildest dreams when I first got it.
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I think that phrase about taking “pain killers” (whatever that’s supposed to mean) is far too vague to have any meaning. I have read somewhere about the “pain killer headache”, but that sounds like it’s a very specific and somewhat rare condition.

I think it’s best to treat pain. Otherwise it can become self-perpetuating.

You just overdid it with the noise. Remember that you were doing really well, treat your pain, rest your ears, and get back to where you were. I have read that advice on this board, and I think it’s true. It may not be easy, but I think it’s good advice.
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Stress,

Agree with Margy. I feel like I can really see myself in your post and your emotions. You are definitely not alone. The ear pain really sucks, for sure. When I overdo it with sound, or even randomly, it flares up and is annoying at best and excruciating at worst. Thing is, it always seems to eventually calm down. Your ears are just telling you they need a little rest. I think, over time, they will grow in tolerance to sounds and harden.. it’s a process with ups and downs along the way. Hang in there and be good to yourself. Treat your pain if you need to; if it helps you rest and recuperate.
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Margy, It was intended to be an open ended question but all right. A "pain killer"refers to any analgesic drug designed to relieve pain, however many of these can lead to ototoxicity. In my case specifically I would most likely be referring to NSAIDs such as paracetamol, aspirin, naproxen, ibuprofen because I personally avoid prescription drugs to the best of ability, that said, aspirin and other such "pain killers" have been linked to auditory damage such as hyperacusis and tinnitus. I am looking to know what other people do to relieve the pain without leading to further ototoxicity.
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I have used painkilling ear drops in the past when the pain was very bad.  They actually do knumb the pain a bit:

https://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-15119/analgesic-ear-drops-otic-ear/details

The only solution I have found for me personally, long term, is sound therapy.  I listen to pink noise 30 min daily (if possible) slowly increasing the volume over time (no faster than 1 decible a week usually).  When I can tolerate 30 min at 70 decibles of pink noise usually I don't have much pain at that point.  At 73 decibles, my ears rarely hurt.  

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The best and least risky pain killer I've found is acetaminaphin, or Tylenol . Anything with salicylic acid is a no no, like aspirin or ibupropen.
My GP says Tylenol is the safest and can be used up to eight times a day, of course one would try to limit its use just because....... and do use something, rather than suffer needlessly.     Merry Xmas..... Donna

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Margy

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I agree with gardennut. Tylenol (acetaminophen or paracetamol) is the only thing for my headaches or other aches. It’s not an NSAID and doesn’t cause stomach distress. It doesn’t seem to help my hyperacusis pain much, however. A muscle relaxant at bedtime seems to help. Wine is also nice.
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http://hearinglosshelp.com/blog/non-ototoxic-over-the-counter-pain-relief/
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