Hi guys! I woke up on Sunday, October 10, 2015 with a fullness to my ears, and a low, hissing, ring. It has not left me since then for longer than a day. I have had some very good days- where it has been completely gone-to some very bad days, where it consumes my head. As I type this, it is buzzing/ringing away, mostly in my right ear. I have had a very stressful year (never had any health problems before this) and the anxiety I have felt is through the roof! I have four wonderful kids, 3 at home, and little, so they need my attention; as well as being a grad student and having a very good (albeit demanding job). I also have a loving and supportive husband. My GP and ENT both recommended I try Xanax, because of the severity of my panic attacks when this first started (I would sit on the floor in my office with my hands over my ears). I was so upset when it would be gone for 1 day, and then come roaring back in the middle of the night. I have been on a high dose of prednisone (really did not help much), which I just finished. I fought taking the Xanax, but I finally did in desperation for some sleep-and now I am taking .25 in the am, and .25 in the pm. My GP says there is little risk of dependence in that low dose, but I still hate taking it, however it is the only thing that helps. I guess I just need some positive stories/feedback. I bounce from being okay (like now) to being completely suicidal, and the fact that it fluctuates so much (or that it has stopped for a day) kills me. I think the prednisone with the Xanax helped-but can someone take prednisone long term (my doctor is going to get back to me). Also, my GP says the Xanax is safe-does anyone else take this long term? I guess I am just exhausted trying to talk to people that don't have the same problem (one co-worker keeps telling me it is all in my head, and I will get over it if I take Prozac-UGH). I need some reassurance and positive comments from people that know what I am going through. Thanks for listening!!