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    Old 10-16-2002, 09:55 AM   #1
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    I have a whooshing/roaring/ blood flow sound in my right ear that is in sync with my heartbeat. After some research, I found this to be Pulsatile Tinnitus.

    I went to an ENT earlier who simply diagnosed me with allergies. I have another appointment on Friday of this week with a different ENT.

    I have been reading everything I can read on Pulsatile Tinnitus on the Internet and it has terrified me. I have to make myself stop doing that. But the information I have read says that my Pulsating ear could be quite dangerous. The two main things that I am worried about is the AVM or Tumor as the cause of this throbbing ear of mine. I will not feel better until I get a normal MRI or it stops pulsating. One or the other. I just DREAD getting an MRI. I am afraid of what it will say.

    Anyway, I have a few specific questions, if anyone with some research or medical experience can answer:

    (1) Is it reasonable to assume that if I can stop the pulsating by simply bending over that that might suggest an AVM or Tumor more? Or would it suggest it may NOT be an AVM or tumor? Specifically, does it seem more likely one way or another?

    (2) My noise is a whooshing noise in step with my heartbeat like one hears when an Ultrasound is done on a pregnant woman. This is reasonable to assume it is blood flow that I hear. For goodness sakes, why can I also hear that same exact noise when I move my head quickly?

    (3) Worse case scenario, if it is a tumor or AVM, are these able to be corrected by surgery? I can sleep better knowing that in the end all will be OK no matter what the problem if it can be corrected.

    (4) Last but not least, how long does it take for the results of an MRI to come back?

    Obviously, a doctor is my best bet for answers. Like I said I am going again Friday. But if there are any Doctors that read this board that could give me their opinion or someone who has knowledge about Pulsatile Tinnitus, I would welcome any opinions.

    Thank you for your efforts to support my uneasiness during this rough time of mine. I appreciate any help.

     
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    Old 10-17-2002, 07:24 PM   #2
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    (4) Last but not least, how long does it take for the results of an MRI to come back?

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    Hi there,

    It only takes awhile (mebbie 1 hr or less) for the MRI results to come back, that was the case for me. If you hate the waiting, get something to read, if only to pass the time.

    As for the other questions, I dunno anything about it. Hope that other people can help u out.

    Good luck!

     
    Old 10-30-2002, 05:51 PM   #3
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    Elrod, firstly, if you are concerned, you mustn't try and diagnose yourself and panic yourself into worst case scenarios allright? These people are specialists in their field with a lot more knowledge than you have about this.

    But as you are obviously anxious about this, the first step for you to take is to get a second opinion from another ENT as you are clearly not satisfied with the first ENT's diagnosis.

    I get the heartbeat whooshing sound in my head too and I didn't even know there was a name for it. But I did mention it to my ENT and he didn't say anything about it being bad.

     
    Old 11-01-2002, 01:17 PM   #4
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    Thank you for the replies. I appreciate the support. I really have to stop my obsession with this information hunt on the internet. Thanks again.

     
    Old 11-10-2002, 08:59 PM   #5
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    Elrod, I know how you feel, I am on these boards all the time and I often think "do I have this, do I have that, yes I have those symptoms". My husband is always telling me to stop it, LOL! It is pretty addictive when you have so much information with the simple click of a mouse!

    But I still think you should get a second opinion though, to put your mind at ease. - And if it IS serious let me know because I have it too!!!

    Good luck

     
    Old 11-11-2002, 12:39 PM   #6
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    I have Pulsatile Tinnitus for the last 3 years. In my case the sound is just a thumping sound of low volume. Since I have Pulsatile Tinnitus the rate is always the speed of your heartbeat, if it is not you only have regular Tinnitus. There can be a few major causes that are bad, but in most cases nothing really is found as the cause of the Tinnitus. Every few months I have a new idea that is causing it, but that does not pan out after time.

    As for tests I have has several hearing tests, CAT scans, examined by an ENT. They have found nothing yet to be a real cause of my Pulsatile Tinnitus. I would definally let the ENT's do their work with the tests, but I would not worry about the results. I know that is hard to do since I was in the same position as your are now several years ago.

    For a lot more information there is another board at [url="http://www.tinnitusinfo.org"]http://www.tinnitusinfo.org[/url]


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