This is to clear up any possible confusion about prednisone and AMLs that my previous posts may have created. Prednisone is NOT a potential solution to this affliction.
My previous posts were about my concerns with taking prednisone (because it is so closely related to cortisol) and that it might reawaken the music I’d worked so hard to get rid of. And although I did have music stuck in my head after the first day’s dose, it went away and didn’t come back for the remaining 5 days I took the steroids. So my fears about prednisone seem to have been premature.
Meanwhile, there may be a safe new option to try coming soon. I am just waiting for the article to become available online and I will write about it here, probably within the next few weeks.
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Just a quick note to say that after experiencing a recurrence of music in my head after taking prednisone on day for my vertigo, the music went away and never returned.
At least it did not recur while I was taking the prednisone. I continued taking the prednisone as a taper for a total of 6 days (3 pills a day for days 1 through 4, then 2 pills the 5th day and 1 pill the 6th day).
However, about a week later I woke up in the middle of the night with the worse spinning sensation I’ve had. I must have rolled over too fast or in the wrong way in my sleep. But the spinning scared me, made me wonder if this would ever go away, would I ever be normal and functional again. And I presume my panic pumped surges of cortisol into my system and…sure enough…I started hearing the music again.
So the hypothesis still holds for cortisol’s role in the AMLs/broken record/stuck music phenomenon. But, for my one experience at least, it looks like prednisone, the synthetic cousin to cortisol, does not have the same effect.
In fact, for the remaining 5 days I was taking the prednisone and for 2 days afterwards, I felt fabulous. Still had the dizziness, but otherwise felt great
I wouldn’t want any of you to avoid taking prednisone, if you needed it, for fear it would increase the music in your head. But if you do take it and if it affects your AMLs (positively or negatively), please let us know.
Wishing you peace and quiet.
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