I've had hyperacusis since late 2012. Over time I've developed ear pain, regular headaches, and vertigo. I also feel a tugging sensation on my right temple and cheek nearly 24/7, and for the past year I've had a chronic twitch/spasm on my right eyelid. In addition to these things, I've been taking benzodiazepines habitually (ativan 1.5mg each day) and feel severe withdrawal when I attempt to even lower it by 0.25mg. I hate my life. Doctors are not helpful, I've been to too many and I don't have the energy to bother anymore. I'm 27 years old and I have no idea how I'm supposed to live the rest of my life like this. I live at home with my parents, I don't work, I collect disability welfare that is barely enough to survive on, I am in agony much of the time. How do people with severe health problems not kill themselves? I don't get it. How do people live like this for their entire lives? What am I supposed to do?