I am new to this board. After reading some of the posts, I feel like I have some things in common with you-all. I've had problems getting in & out of a chair and my car because of stiffness and pain. I have difficulty taking the first few steps after sitting or standing for more than 30 minutes or so. I have a low to moderate level of constant pain in my legs and hips. It took about five years before a DX of FMS. I also had a high pitched continuous tone sound in both ears (Tinnitus) that I have coped with fairly well until the other day when it suddenly got very loud and the type of sound changed in my left ear. It now sounds like the whirr of an large electric motor and the high pitched sound is now much louder, too. Sounds are very distorted by my left ear. A dial tone sounds like a raspy buzzing noise and is so low I sometimes have to listen with my right ear to be sure its there at all. I am learning to put the phone up to my right ear, but old habits are hard to break. I went to an ENT Dr. and he said it was most likely caused by a viral attack on my middle ear. He said I have hearing loss of the type indicating nerve damage. I am bummed out because it is so loud I can't tune it out. It is driving me nuts. Really. The Dr. put me on Papaverine which he says will increase blood flow to my inner ear and maybe help. Been on it three days, but no relief. Any thoughts or suggestions? Thanks for Reading, J.W.