Hi, Wondering if my experience with earworms (song stuck in the brain on enfless replay) is yet another new CFS symptom. Anyone else out there with it? There is a discussion of the kind of heavy duty earworms or auditory image loops that I'm talking about at Broken Record Syndrome part 1. I think I've always had these earworms and either enjoyed being able to imagine whole songs or at least tolerated their visitations. But it's only been in the past three or four weeks that I've noticed it being the same song enduring all throughout the day and on into the next and even the week beyond, popping up again the moment I regained consciousness in the morning. Added to that, I've had several sessions, each of several hours duration, which I can only describe as "torture by earworm", where the apparent noise level, intrusiveness and mental pressure (for want of a better word) has reached the subjective level of a bad migraine. A bit like what Deanna Troi had in that Star Trek episode. For one session, after trying to meditate through it unsuccessfully, I finally broke the worst of the sensation by taking my migraine medication and sleeping it off (to awake to a milder version of the earworm) and for the next one, on a hunch, I tried magnesium (a pinch of epsom salts in water) and it took the nasty quality of the earworm away, but again it left the song playing ad infinitum. I'm in the middle of yet another herpes reactivation this week, which doesn't help, but it's never had this effect before. Now I'm really wondering whether it's worth it listening to any contemporary music at all. I've had to severely restrict music anyway for about a decade due to it being so energy sapping for me (much more so than either reading or tv shows/movies). But the problem is, music is everywhere on the computer too, I would have to give up all pc usage to expunge it completely. It was only a short piece of music in an episode of Lie to Me that started off the first major earworm problem, after all. Anyway, I've spent most of today looking for ways to better deal with this. I found a cheap windchime program that rather prettily covers up the earworm when it's at the ordinary background level so I don't notice it's there, just to give myself a break from having to expend energy in ignoring and/or accepting its presence in my head all the time. And I'm considering allowing back a little bit more music into my day--but only some really grand stuff like, for example, the Bach 'cello suites or some Mozart quartets--stuff that (hopefully) is unlikely to turn on me and turn into an earwrom. (That's on the theory that maybe as well as having a dodgy brain I might also be chronically music deprived.) Apart from surfing around for information on earworms, that's about as far as I've got in taking back control of my earworm situation. Any comments?