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Old 05-03-2012, 08:43 PM   #1
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question about noise in head

You all know that I'm on this board awaiting the "surgery or no surgery" due to the spinal cord compression at C5-6 from a bone spur. Here is what led me to this point and asking about the noise in my head. I'll keep it short...

Last year I went to the dr complaining of headaches and what sounded like a pulsating whooshing noise that I could hear in my left ear when I stood up. Dr sent me for a brain scan, doppler on my neck, and a cervical mri.

Results:
doppler = normal.
cervical mri = your neck is a mess. aging and arthritis.
brain scan = 20 lesions on brain, sending you to a neuro.

Neurologist:
the lesions could be ms or vascular. lets do a ct scan with contrast to look for aneurysms or blockages. CT scan results = normal. Come back in 8 months for another brain scan to see if you have more lesions.

8 months later (April 2012) different neuro (1st one sent me to this one)
brain scan & cervical mri done.

Neuro:
I don't think you have ms. you have no more lesions and no enhanced lesions, but your neck is a mess. Refers me to spine surgeon.

I still have the pulsing whooshing sound in my left ear when I stand up. It only last about 15 second before is slowly goes away. I do not have high blood pressure. Can the noise be related to my compressed spinal canal or what? I have no pain with it.

Does anyone else have this, and if so, what the heck is it?

 
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Re: question about noise in head

Yes, tinnitus can be associated with cervical issues. It can also be from an ear problem. So many different things can be associated with the cervical spine.

When I was at the NS's office on Tuesday, I was telling him how I can't walk at a fast pace, my legs feel like someone tied cement blocks on them. I thought it was coming from my herniated lumbar discs, but he said, No, the pain in your hip area and the heavy feeling in the legs is from the cervical spine. I would have never thought cervical issues cause hip problems and that heavy feeling in the legs. I'm also very detailed, I want to know everything, and I've done a lot of research online for any medical issue I may have. The only thing is sometimes it backfires, too much information, can cause you to go nuts, because every symptom they name, you have...LOL

That list of after surgery things you will need is awesome. Very very good information in that thread.

Good for you, Raichyrea, you need to pamper yourself when facing surgeries such as these.

 
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Re: question about noise in head

Kenzie,
I too have an airy background noisy that I hear continuously in both ears. I absolutely hate this sound and really want it to go away. It is quite annoying. I am concerned that it is pulsatile tinnitus as strokes run in my family. I have been to 3 specialists this week and asked each of them what this could be. My retinologist ordered a sed rate test and it came back very elevated. I showed the lab work results to my rheumatologist and she said this was an indicator for inflamation and to be expected with my medical issues. She has ordered a new mri as I am experiencing new and more severe symptoms. She also is referring me to to a neurosurgeon. She said there is a special type of scan that can apparetly identify if pulsatile tinnitus and when I see the neurosurgeonI will discuss with him. At times I feel I can hear my blood pulsing with this noise and I know that can't be all that good.

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NJldy: I always thought tinnitus was ringing in the ear and that's all it was, and I wrong? I feel your pain when you talked about your legs. I've been having trouble with mine, especially the right one for years. The neuro said he didn't see anything on my lumbar mri that would warrant what I was feeling. So I am going to ask the spine surgeon about it when I see him. I am another person who never thought the cervical spine could cause leg problems. I am seeing my dr about my hip next week. So I guess at this point I have no idea if it's my hip or my leg...lol. Too many things to think about.

Have a great night ladies!!!!

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marcee: that's the sound I hear! It sounds like a pulsing whooshing sound in my ear, then it stops after a few seconds of standing. I'll be interested in what they tell you. Do keep me posted. I had a ct scan of my head and doppler on my neck looking for aneurysms and blockages, they both came back normal...thank god!

 
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