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    Old 10-28-2006, 01:45 AM   #1
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    Allergies in the ears perhaps?

    For the last few months I have been hearing a distinctive heartbeat in my head.I am not sure its radiating from behind my ear or in my neck or from in my head.I am schelduled to go to an ent the first of the month but im really worried...I have read many accounts of people having this all over the internet and most of it seems to be from something really bad.My GP has told me she thought it was related to an ear blockage thus sending me to an ent..but there is only one ent here so its hard to go right away.Most of the time I have let my mind think its ear infection but if so why do I not hear it when I plug my ears with my fingers.It feels like it might be coming from the back of my neck.Somedays I hardley hear it and other days I can hear it like I have a steoscope on.I also hear a murmur and hear the heart and murmur perfectly.I have gotten a little more out of breath lately doing things..Not enough to say im breathless but enough to make me worried its all connected.I just wondered if its something really serious...after two months would it not have made itself known in a more distinctive way?I don't really get dizzy ,I dont get nausiated ,I rarely have a headache..But my ears bother me some hurting inside..The real thing that bothers me is that when I hear it very clear,I can move my head forward and not hear it but when I stand straight up I can hear it again booming in my head...When I lay down at night sometimes and put a pillow behind my neck ..I cant hear it but if I turn on either side i can hear it again.I was worried that it might be an basal artery perhaps that has a blockage or maybe a anyurism..But it just seems wierd that if its in the ear wouldn't I hear it when I plugged my ear?and why would I not hear it if I bow my head..Anyone that knows anything about this please post me..I know that I have an appointment soon,but its got me really worried.The GP didn't seem like it had to do with any arteries or blockages and I even ask her.She said that she thought it was to do with ear problems...Thanks in advance for any information

     
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    Old 11-02-2006, 06:30 PM   #2
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    Re: Allergies in the ears perhaps?

    Update for going to the hospital for pulse in ears,
    I gathered as much courage as I could almost
    coming unglued as the time for my appointment
    neared.I went to sleep late as usual and allowed
    for very little time to gather strength again in
    the morning.I got in my vehicle and drove
    30 miles to the hospital and parked way out
    in the parking area and walked in to find that
    the doctors I was looking for were on the 2nd
    floor.I was rigid as a steel pipe but was still
    doing ok.I was tested for hearing..Perfect,
    tested for tumors…no tumors..no infections
    no fluid in ears , a little wax but very little,
    no cancers, no lesions,no blockages, no
    bruits no nothing. Diagnoses was loss of 35lbs
    over the time it took for me to start hearing
    my pulse rate..causing loss of padding also
    causing shift of tubes nearer to artery also
    TMJ causing shift in muscles and nerves
    and vascular sections close to the inner
    ear.Complete three hour test ,checkup
    and blood pressure spiking but went
    back down to normal by end of
    visit .Cause of pulse in ears surmised
    was loss of weight,altitude change
    and stress.Doctor said there was no blockage
    of arteries ,no tumors,and if I could live
    with the noise,which I have lived with
    tinnitus for almost 20 years I think that
    eventually my brain will come to not
    hear this anymore or it could go away.
    Doctor also said that he could order
    scans but they would be negative and there
    was nothing that pointed to a reason for
    any scans..In short…It is all in my head,
    He said I would probably live another day
    to make another post lol…Thank you for your
    reply to me and help.I made it through the
    doctor and for me that was the hardest part.

     
    Old 11-06-2006, 01:50 PM   #3
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    Re: Allergies in the ears perhaps?

    Losing weight caused all of that? That's a new one, but glad you found an answer as so many don't with doctors anymore. He said that stress can cause the thumping sound in your ear and neck?

     
    Old 11-06-2006, 07:25 PM   #4
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    Re: Allergies in the ears perhaps?

    Its a condition that many doctors and specialist aren't familar with.Its called Patulous Eustacian Tube .It causes a loss of padding in around the tubes and pushes the inner ear parts together or something like that.Also yes stress can cause that too.I think its more from the losing weight because it corresponded much for to that although TMJ if you read will also shift muscles, tissue and arteries closer to the ear drum and these inner workings will be heard in the ear drum.The PET is all over the internet now if you want to look it up.It was little known and still is little known to many people.The reason I also believe that the thumping is caused by this is that I have had several people tell me that theirs disappeared after the time of their stress and never returned.I have read and this is my understanding that 40 percent of the world has tinnitus,and 17 percent has Pulsative Tinnitus and 7 percent of that is idioipathic..or meaning unknown causes .Believe me that when I tell you I have researched and researched the causes and the people that have this condition ,many of that find they have blockages of arteries and such.They have operations to remove the problem and it ends up not being the problem at all.Yes I do believe that I have excellent doctors and if I didn't I would be sitting in a hospital letting them run test after test after test,to find out what it was.There are a handful of people that there is a cause where blood vessels get wrapped up in other vessels.They can correct the issue with invasive surgery but run the risk of stroke and other things happening that just isn't worth it..I believe them and am trusting them with my life.Look up pet and you find it happens a lot in pregnant women and people that loose weight very quickly..

     
    Old 11-06-2006, 08:39 PM   #5
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    If you don't do anything about it, will it pose any type of health threat to you?

     
    Old 11-06-2006, 09:21 PM   #6
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    From everything that I know..from the ent's and the other doctor..It could clear up as fast as it came,and probably will.I lost so much weight so fast that it caused it to shift really quickly and also I have had tmj for years and knew it but didn't realized it also is a culprit in this noise and pain thing.I had ask two different ents before I even knew for sure that what it was and they said no its not going to hurt you..Its annoying but then what can you do.? If I were you ..and you haven't been to a doctor,I would just go to have it checked out.The Eustacian tube can stay closed or opened and cause this.. also ear wax and fluid build up can cause it and minor things.I wouldn't worry about it too much .I have had it off and on for over a year and then it started 24/7.I Just wouldn't give it too much thought if you aren't suffering headaches,dizziness,or bad pain with it.Although I want to make myself clear,if you are worried about it and there are other things involved I would go have it checked out,at least by a gp.I had my gp check it out first then she referred me to two specilist to give me a complete work up but my gp told me orginally that it was nothing and that it would more than likely subside when I learned to handle the stress and also the fact that I had tmj contributed to it the most.I have had regular tinnitus for about 20 years..Thats where you hear constant squealling and weird noises in your ears.At first it scared me and I thought it was my blood pressure but found out quickly that I had it with normal blood pressure.I thought at first I was going to lose my mind and finally my brain learned to ignore it.Like your eyes learn to ignore your nose.But actually If I stop and listen to it i can hear it too.I have had some bad allergies,sinus and worst ear aches in the world all my life from growing up in a place full of pollens and pollutants...So thats why I was the first to say it must be allergies ,or sinus or ears ..thus going to the ent..but He said everything was fine and no worries.He said that the combination of things mentioned were enough to cause it..Also he said its like a drippy faucet late at night.If you were to concentrate on the sound you would go nuts,but if you ignore it..it usually disappears from your hearing.The reason he knew so much about the sound of the pulse in my ears is that he has had it for over 10 years..Same as mine..Sudden loss of weight.. and tmj,but he had treatment for the tmj but the damage was already done, but said that after awhile you just don't hear it anymore unless you are in a really quiet place or that you listen for it..The brain tunes it out..Also he is one of the few people that did extensive studies on PT because of the fact that he had it..But to tell you the truth I really don't think that its anything dangerous and remember that 17 percent of the world has it..Just because people don't tell you ,doesn't mean they don't hear it.. If you don't believe me..check PT sites..even they will say that 7 percent never find out what it is..and most of the time its like tinnitus.. harmless but annoying..Im the most paranoid person in the world and if I can handle it...you can too.I also read ..even though there are cases of serious issues that its a symptom of its usually very very slim and these are elderly people in their 80's ..Im in my fifties so you can imagine how I felt ..I was still worried...But anyway .Hope that something I have said here helps...Think about it too...If you are anxious about anything or stressed to the max ..it really can cause it too.I know that to be true..The mind works really weird..If you are in fact stressed..Find a site online that tells you how to meditate and do breathing exercises..I am really high strung since I am a Katrina survivor..so you can imagine..But these things help me..they don't have to be buddist or anything like that just meditation breathing exercises..There are a thousand online that are free that tell you how to do it..Hope something I said here helps you .....

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    Old 11-07-2006, 07:51 AM   #7
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    I wouldn't say that I am high strung, but I do worry. My throbbing usually comes when I lay down on a hard bean neck pillow and I don't know why. SOmetimes out of no where, I get the "pressure" throbbing feeling. You mentioned something about a clogged artery which raised an eyebrow. That's why I was asking if you left it alone would that pose any type of health threat since everything in that area is so close to the head. It certainly sounds like you did your homework! Pretty impressive and unfortunately, with doctors a patient has to be persistent! Also, alot of doctors out there have such big ego's that they hate patients to challenge them...change doctors right there I say! Who knows your body best? You do. You are there to help the doctor determine an accurate treatment and diagnosis not to let the doctors ego take off and now all of a sudden you're a guinna pig! Thanks for helping many on this board!

     
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    I wouldn't say that I am high strung, but I do worry. My throbbing usually comes when I lay down on a hard bean neck pillow and I don't know why. SOmetimes out of no where, I get the "pressure" throbbing feeling. You mentioned something about a clogged artery which raised an eyebrow. That's why I was asking if you left it alone would that pose any type of health threat since everything in that area is so close to the head. It certainly sounds like you did your homework! Pretty impressive and unfortunately, with doctors a patient has to be persistent! Also, alot of doctors out there have such big ego's that they hate patients to challenge them...change doctors right there I say! Who knows your body best? You do. You are there to help the doctor determine an accurate treatment and diagnosis not to let the doctors ego take off and now all of a sudden you're a guinna pig! Thanks for helping many on this board!

    Well , it was driving me crazy when I first got it and have tried to contact as many informed doctors and sites as I could and read everything I was offered to read plus talked to other doctors before I even went to mine.They reassured me and talk to me and offered information to me so that I wouldn't freak out.lol..But I hope that I helped someone else.. after all thats what its all about right? Take care and im sure you will be ok..

     
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