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    Old 04-24-2006, 04:57 PM   #16
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    Re: pounding head/pulse in head


    I too have a pulse in the head, but only when I move my eyes horizontally. That's so bizarre.

    It's clearly distinct from the heartbeat. I can hear the heartbeat in my head, esp. if I put my hands on my ears. However, I cannot really hear that pulse, but I can feel it. It's not a strong pounding, and it doesn't hurt at all. It's just annoying. Very annoying.

    I only feel it when I move my eyes from left to right, or right to left, but never up/down/up. It does not happen either if I move my head horizontally without moving my eyes.

    It' usually something between 1 and 5 pulses. The last ones in a sequence of 5 for example, are usually slower than the first one.

    e.g. it goes: poom poom poom ... poom ... pooom

    Everytime I move my eyes!

    Any thoughts anybody? This is just so weird. Note that I have been taking Citalopram at a low dose for the past 9 months. That's an antidepressant. Also, I have been reguraly sick for the past 5 months, colds, chills, fever. Oh, and I have been sick with a cold with chills and a fever for the past 4 days now, and stopped Citalopram 3 days ago. Could this all be related? Cold + withdrawal symptoms?

    In anycase, I am still very curious to understand what is causing this pounding.

    Thanks for your help! Great thread BTW.

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    Old 04-25-2006, 01:31 AM   #17
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    Re: pounding head/pulse in head

    Hi there I am new to this so forgive me if I do something wrong.

    I also have had the pounding in my head for at least the past 2 years. I have been dismissed by GPs and neurologists and eventualy ended up at an ear, nose and throat specialist.

    I have had several CT scans, MRI's and an ultrasound they have all come back showing nothing. My arteries are also fine.

    Please, please, please let me know if anyone finds any answers.
    NB. I would be interested to know how many of us suffer from alergies and how many are smokers.

    Old 04-25-2006, 11:07 AM   #18
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    Re: pounding head/pulse in head


    I don't know what to make of the pulsation accompanying horizontal movement of the eyes. How long has this been going on? Does it correspond with ending the citalopram treatment? Did you stop the citalopram under the advice of a MD?

    Your persistent health problems are worrying. If you haven't already, I think you should see a physician as soon as possible.

    Good luck.

    I understand your frustrations all to well!! You had asked about smoking or allergies -- neither apply to me.

    I will see an alternative medicine doctor later today. I'll report back if anything worthwhile comes from the appointment.

    Last edited by ajo7846; 04-25-2006 at 11:09 AM. Reason: Addition to original post.

    Old 05-09-2006, 06:52 PM   #19
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    I've had pulsatile tinnitus since feb 2005. Wondered how it affects the sleep of other sufferers. I can be relaxed enough to fall asleep, seems to lessen before bedtime now, but it never fails to wake me throughout the night. Sometimes hanging my head off the side of the bed helps. Don't know if it's a muscular problem. I've read they tense up and you should try to sleep on your back, hard for me to do. I'm able to fall asleep quicker on my right side, the pulsing is on my left side. Having a hysterectomy 2 months prior to the start of this horrible condition may have contributed, don't know..hormonal changes, etc. Also caring for an autistic son plus a granddaughter with it, has caused me to perhaps grieve too much, dr has said it's compulsive thoughts that can contribute. I feel it's more vascular, has to be related to heart, since the pulses are in tune with it. Had an MRI recently, don't have results yet. If it's ok, he wants to do another cholestrol test. I've decided to do the red grapefruit a day thing, supposed to work quicker than oatmeal. Haven't noticed a whole lot of difference after 2 wks. I like them so it can't hurt.

    I do find that doing things that make you exert shoulders /upper body I feel better. I seem to have a tendency to have tight breathing. Enuf for now. Thanks

    Old 06-11-2006, 11:35 AM   #20
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    I am not sure if i suffer from this but i do know when i excersice or when by heart rate increases I feel every pulse in my head, uncomfortable when your hearts beating 130 bpm!

    But, the one thing i do to get rid of it is to put my fingers in both ears. This eliminates the problem. This is why im wondering if the pulse is actually in my ears and not my head.

    Give it a try and see how it goes. Ive had this since i was young.

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