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Re: can't stop the music

Posted by Fred Davis on January 22, 2000, at 0:32:20

In reply to can't stop the music, posted by Stuuvert on November 18, 1998, at 13:32:13

> The problem that has been disturbing my life since childhood is that there is always a song or music of some kind playing in my head. Sometimes I am tormented by the same tune or snip of song for days on end. Can you imagine listening to Connie Francis sing "Lipstick on your collar" for two weeks, 24 hrs. a day? Needless to say, I stay away from handguns.
> Every doctor I see tells me something different. The neurologist said it's OCD. Eight psychiatrists had never heard of it. Eleven psychologists had never heard of it. I've been told it doesn't exist, it's really not as bad as I think it is. There's nothing they can do for me, etc. I have tried every SSRI. They help alleviate depression, but have no effect on the music. I have never had a day of quiet peace in my life. Has anyone ever heard of this?
> Stuuvert

Oh my God, Stuuvert!!! I just read this, and it shocked the hell out of me. Not only have I heard of it, but "Lipstick on Your Collar" is *the song* I'd been hearing in the morning before a neurological consultation at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in October of 1996. I reported the symptom to the neurologist there because it was *very* disturbing and was occurring during every waking moment. He then asked me what was the last song I heard, and I told him it was "Lipstick...". This is so *unreal*; I can hardly believe my eyes!! My songs started following lithium and valium discontinuation -- after taking them for over 20 years continuously. In fact, it was a different neurologist (who is listed in _Best Doctors in America_) who first suggested that I had OCD. II Also, it's the primary sym perssted after high-dose Prozac, thenZoloft took care of the others. I hear anything that happens to come into my head from the moment I awaken in the morning -- from nursery rhymes to disco to "big band", to the last commercial jingle I may have heard on the radio. Sometimes I change the station just to hear something less bothersome. If I were you, I'd see a psychiatrist who specializes in OCD or a neurologist who could possibly determine the area of the brain that is causing the songs (e.g., a PET scan). I empathize with what you're going through and wish you the best of luck. Feel free to e~mail me if you want to exchange ideas about possible treatments. Take care.... Fred




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