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Old 11-25-2007, 06:27 PM   #1
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Does anyone know what this is?

I have a question. A couple of years ago I had a corotid angiogram to find out why I hear my heart beat in my left ear 24/7. What the doc told me was that you have one vessel that carries blood to the brain and 2 that carry it out and only one of mine works, and the one that works is on the side where I hear the constant hear beat which means I am just hearing that vessel or artery work harder to carry blood out. Shortly after I lost health insurance and have not yet been able to see a specialist to explain this further. I cannot find anything on the internet as to why mine isn't working. He said it is not blocked (which would be corotid artert disease) as the dye went through it. It just doesnt work. He said it was probably a birth defect, although the pounding in my ear did not start until five years ago. No one was every able to explain what can cause this, what, if anything I need to do about it etc. The doc kind of compared it to only having 1 kidney, as long as the other worked. He made it sound like no big deal. But my hearing goes out sometimes hours at a time in that ear, I have a 20% loss all of the time and I get really bad pressure in my head and headaches.

DOes anyone know anything about this condition?

 
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Old 12-14-2007, 07:25 PM   #2
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Re: Does anyone know what this is?

First of all,whoever this doc was,he obviously does not understand basic anatomy of the vascular system as to you DO have two of both veins and arteries that go to and from your brain and thru the neck.two carotid arteries and two jugular veins on either sides of your neck.did they do a doppler on you to really see whats up?have you ever had an actual MRI with contrast done on your brain and c spine or even an MRA that would highlight the arterial structures within your brain?just to make certain there were not vascular malformations present that could be two close to the ear,thus making it possible to actually hear your pulsations?who actually told you this Dx,your primary?this really is rather an odd thing he told you,really.you most definitely DO have two carotids.you can normally feel them no matter what side of your neck you place your fingers,ya know?there on either side.you should be able to feel them no matter which side you place your fingers.they lie actually alongside your esophagus.not way up under the jaw(this is where alot of people 'assume" these are at),but where it meets your neck then down a few inches.this would completely expel his little 'myth' just by feeling them ya know?when you do obtain ins you really do need a second opinion on everything this other doc told you.it just doesn;t make any real sense to me.something is most definitely not 'right' here with his actual Dx of your situation.a little bit more in depth testing may show whats really going on.some people,myself included just have arteries that are a bit closer to the tympanic membrane,thus hear there own heartbeats a bit more strongly sometimes.this could also be a possible blood pressure thing too.i really think a more "clued in" doc would help alot too.please let me know how things are going,K?Marcia
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