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Old 07-01-2011, 12:32 PM   #1
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Arrow Ear Fluttering/Spasm

I'm 31 year old female and my right ear has been getting this fluttering sensation for months now. It feels like my eardrum is fluttering/spasming ~ the best way I can describe it is it you stick a piece of paper out the window while driving. It flutters/spasms so fast. It will last maybe 20 seconds or so, then go away, then a few hours later come back and so on. I always feel slight drainage in that ear too. It happens at random times. Someone mentioned pulsatile tinnitus (where you hear your heartbeating in your ear) but it's not that although I do have that sometimes it doesn't really bother me like this fast fluttering/spasming. Any ideas?

 
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Re: Ear Fluttering/Spasm

Hi, try looking up middle ear myoclonus. I have had that from time to time since last fall. Mine is sound-responsive...sound (radio, certain voices) makes a muscle in my middle ear twitch and thump. It is much like an eyelid twitch, my ENT said...very annoying but not life-threatening. I have a muscle relaxant prescription that seems to help calm it down during flare-ups. It's gotten MUCH less frequent than it was when it started...maybe once or twice a month, I'll have a temporary flare-up.

I have read that this condition usually is temporary or burns itself out, but there is a surgery that can be done if it's persistent.

 
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