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Hello,

I've been struggling with unusual symptom in my head for over 2 years. I can feel my pulse constantly in my head, I do not hear it, I feel it.

I have undergone many medical tests over these couple of years all of which have been clear including a CT and MRI scan, bloodwork, and neurological tests.

I've recently been back to my GP and he's done another blood test, which was clear.

I am concerned about carotid artery stenosis at the moment, my blood pressure can sometimes be elevated and I'm sure I can hear a bruit in my neck. When I asked the doctor to listen to my neck with a stethoscope he said "what do you want me to listen for". I thought it was quite obvious. When I asked him about any blockages, he laughed and mocked me and explained that headaches would have a very simple cause at my age.

I don't really have any other symptoms, I am a happy and settled 18 year old and otherwise fit and healthy. I try to forget about this but it is very hard. Thanks for your time


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replied March 5th, 2009
Headache and Migraines Answer A5970



Sometimes the artery in the inner ear is twisted in such way that “the pulse might be heard”. You might be mistaking the bruit in the neck with this condition. This is not a serious condition. Since the problem is anatomical, there is not much that can be done. You might want to try some relaxation techniques in order to learn to live with it without giving too much attention.
If a Carotid artery stenosis exists, then a Doppler ultrasound might easily reveal or rule it out.


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