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I am doing searches trying to help my mom. She has been told by her physician that she has pulsating tinnitus but there is nothing that can be done to fix or improve the condition.

My mom has suffered with a throbbing head, heart beat sound in her ear, dizziness and electrical sensations on one side of her head for 4 years with no relief. She has had a MRI, and MRA which both proved to be normal. Her hearing is normal in both ears.

I brought her to the "dizzy doctor " in Chicago who proved to be of little help. He just evaluated her but never offered any solutions or help. She has seen several neurologist and two family doctors.

All of these problems started shortly after she had a face lift. I sometimes wonder if perhaps that caused some of these problems.

My mom is a successful business owner of cosmetology schools. She goes to work every day despite her nausea and dizziness. She has many task require of her at work and does not plan on retiring for sometime. Fortunately we work together so when she feels sick at work I can pick up the slack. My mom rarely complains but is not her usually peppy bubbly self since this problem. I think her constant nausea, and dizziness has ruined her quality of life.


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replied January 26th, 2008
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about 3% of all people diagnosed with tinnitus experience pulsating tinnitus. Arterial turbulence is the most common cause of pulsating tinnitus, which is a noisy blood flow caused by plaques or kinks in the arteries in the head or neck. The condition can be made worse if hypertension is also present. Many forms of pulsatile , or pulsating, tinnitus are treatable.

Before treating the condition, your mother will have to pursue a thorough medical evaluation to locate the cause. It is strongly recommended that she find an excellent physician with interest in the circulatory system and complete a thorough examination. I think she might need a second opinion.
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replied December 17th, 2008
throbbing pulsing in head and ears
I have been over the past year increasingly been experiencing really horrible pulsing and throbbing in my head and ears. As i have has a cerebral aneursym clipped ten years ago and two minor ones on the other side currently untreated it's beginning to freak me out even tho' i have a strong feeling it is not particularly neoro/coneected as such. I also have chronis history or miraine, neck pain, gum infection, some sinus trouble and can generally no longer tolerate much trouble with my head.

The past coupla days its been constant. Seeing my doctor in 5 days.

in the meantime any advise anyone especially getting a bit of reief.

it's staring to really affect me and mt balance and on and off my hearing and staring to really upset me and freak me out and even frighten me a bit.

Like a fool I didn't get it together/remember to ask at my last neuro. check up in London. It was far more sporadic then so just went out of my head.
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replied December 17th, 2008
throbbing & pulsing in ears and head
Sorry everyone about all the typos in my previous -above- message.

Was asking if anyone had any ideas/advice for a bit of relief from the symptoms i descibe above. Will see my doctor in 5 days but feel like I can't handle much more of this!

I'll post any info etc that I can find and any useful stuff my doctor comes up with
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replied January 22nd, 2009
Pulsating high frequency sound in my head
I have also been to a Neurologist for Migraines and today to a Ear Nose & Throat Specialist for the annoying pulsating sounds in my head that add to the pressure and headaches that I have been experiencing. The ENT has suggested that I see a doctor that will check my heart and arteries. If everything is okay there then he says that it will probably just go away in time. I feel like I have electricity running through my skull 24/7!
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replied January 24th, 2009
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I have had the same symptoms as you. Also have spasms in face, head, arms and legs.
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replied January 24th, 2009
My first episode started about 3 months ago with the right side of my face and arm/hand going numb, a feeling of pressure and a strange sensation in the right back part of my head, my vision was distorted and then I got a painful headache. I felt somewhat scared as I had never felt this way before. I called my doctor and she suggested that I go get an MRI to rule out Stroke. My MRI showed nothing wrong so my doctor felt that I was having a migraine. Ever since then I have been having Migraines regularly and now have this pulsating high pitched sound in my head. I am also seeing spots and have blurred vision far away which I have never had. I recently went to see my Optometrist and he said that my vision was fine. So I am now going to see an Opthamologist for that. I am on Topamax to prevent the migraines, Maxalt to help with the pain of the migraine and a steroid at the present time (I have non stop headaches for week) to break it up. I have never been on so many drugs!
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replied February 10th, 2009
I have dealt with a constant pressure/throbbing in my head for years now. It also makes me feel very nauseous and my head feels "off". I sometimes have tinnitus and it seems like my hearing goes temporarily "quiet". There is a rapid-fire sound I sometimes hear in my ears also. It has made it difficult to function. My head also feels like it is vibrating sometimes and like there isn't enough oxygen going to my brain. Wouldn't a kinked blood vessel show up on an MRI? I recently had an MRI of my neck because of being involved in a whiplash car accident about 13 1/2 years ago while I was pregnant. I started to question if any of my symptoms could be related. The MRI showed some issues, but I still don't have any definitive answers. Has anyone found any answers? I tried Maxalt, SSRIs, blood pressure medication (although mine is already low), and other things that haven't helped me. I have an appointment with a neurologist next month, but any ideas would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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replied May 14th, 2011
Pulsating in head and abdomen
I have had a pulsating head problem and tinnitus in my right ear for over 3 years. The pulsating started in my left ear. Woke up one night and felt like a motor was running in my head. I've had ct scan of temporal lobe, brain, 4 MRIs, MRA, MRI of neck and spine all normal. I have had several blood tests, all normal. I either have a headache every day or the pulsating in my head. Very difficult to sleep. Now I have the pulsating in my abdomen and head. I'm 55' years old, very physically active, not over weight and exercise and eat healthy. Been to 4 neurologists, even the mayo clinic. No answers. My neurologist just tries different medications. Xanax works the best, but I fell like I'm getting addicted to it. When it wears off, I get the same pulsating again in the head, chest and abdomen. Very frustrating!

If anyone has had a diagnosis and treatment for this problem, please contact me!
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replied June 12th, 2012
Hej i have exactly the same symptoms, everything just started 2 months ago. how are you now? did you found some solutions? if yes, pls let me know... thank you!
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replied July 26th, 2009
I have also been suffering similar symptoms, I have a pulsating sound in my left ear, and constant pressure in my head and ears this has been happening for 5months. I've also been suffering from migraine type symptoms a couple of times over the last 2 months, blurry visions really bad head aches etc. I've been to my local GP who referred my to a neurologist for a MRI and ENT clinic, and they all looked ok. Im at my wits end trying to find the root of the problem. I had pain in the back of my head as well. I wish someone will find an answer to our problem.
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replied July 27th, 2009
Pulsating Tinnitus with Throbbing Head and Dizziness
In my previous post, I forgot to mention that I also have had chronic palpitations, shortness of breath, fatigue, and neck pain that worsen with movement. Besides the things I mentioned prior, I have also seen a number of specialists including an allergist, endocrinologist, cardiologist, and cardiac electrophysiologist. The cardiac electrophysiologist diagnosed me by saying he felt I was dealing with an autonomic disorder. Although some of my symptoms matched, they all didn't seem to fit. Anyway, I went to the neurologist in March, and after looking at the MRIs of my cervical spine said all of my symptoms could be directly related to my neck issues. Basically, I have herniations, bone spur complexes, and spinal cord compression. He said the MRI clearly showed that the cerebrospinal fluid is blocked on both sides of my spinal cord because of these issues. The csf bathes the brain as it circulates around the spine and brain. There are other problems of the spine and brain that can cause this not to flow freely as well. For example, a chiari malformation. I was sent to a neurosurgeon who recommended artificial disc replacement at two levels, and he'd also remove the bone spurs. Bottom line, I would strongly suggest anyone with even some of the same symptoms (with or without the palpitations/sob) not only get an MRI of their brain but also their neck. As far as the diagnosis of an autonomic disorder, apparently issues of the cervical spine have been found to cause some autonomic disorders. Here is a link to one article: http://www.nfra.net/fibromyalgia_rosner_6. htm As stated in the article, "the relationship of the upper spinal cord and brainstem to cardiovascular symptoms is clear cut." Hope this helps someone!
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replied October 9th, 2010
I also have had a pulsating noise in my head for 3 1/2 years. I was found to have a cerebral aneurysm pressing on my optic nerve and elected to have it surgically clipped 3 yrs ago this coming Jan 2011. I still have the pulsating noise but not always with a headache. But when the headaches come they are disableing. I just found out that a cardiac med I recently started(digoxin) can cause severe headaches I have been taking it for about 2 months and that this drug is also contrindicated with two other drugs I take. I will get weaned off the drug but probaly will still have headaches as I had them previously to taking it. I am disabled from working at this time due to the fact that I have post aneurysm double vision due to palsy of the nerve in my left eye due to a minor blood loss during surgery. I a grateful that my aneurysm was found the alternative would be death as my aneurysm was large and transparent. My advise to anyone diagnosed with a brain aneurysm is to get to the best doctor and get a second opinion because coiling of a brain aneurysm as appealing as it may sound is not always the way to go. The first doctor I saw was pushing me for a coil. Had I done that I probably would have died on the table due to the transparency of the aneurysm. Secondly coils are not always permanent and by the time you have to have it done again you could have other health issues preventing you from surgery. My recovery was about three months long but worth it not to have it done again. I have been to numerous physicins since to diagnos my pulsating headaches and all they want to do is put a band aid on the problem. I hope all of you find answers and report back because I think we are left to figure this out for ourselves. Now I don't mind being my own health care advocate but I sure wish doctors would at least in my case stop prescribing medications with side effects equal to or the same as the problems I am already having and then they want to give you another pill to take care of the sie effect and so on. Any thoughts?
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replied January 13th, 2011
pulsating pressure in my head
Since a week ago , I have been feeling the pulsating and throbbing in my head. My vision is blurry . My neck and my whole face are feeling hot and tight as well. I had several head and shoulder massage and felt relieved a while. But then the pulsating and throbbing came again and now the pressure in my head , face and neck is constant. I went to my Chiropractor today and did a little adjustment. I feel a little relieved. Another visit with my Chiropractor after getting the X-Ray results on my spines. Will update you about the results of my next Chiropractor visit.
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replied January 18th, 2011
I had a full Spine X-ray at the Diagnostic Center. The x-ray was went to my Chiropractor. He explained to me about my x-ray images to address an array of neuromusculoskeletal and general health issues that I am suffering: Dizzy head, buzzing in my ear, crawling feeling crawling in my face and back, tight neck, cold numb fingers and toes, blurry vision. He said my spine from the neck to the cervical spine is not normal and misaligned.If not treated,my sufferings will continue. So, He adjusted my spines. Almost immediately, I feel much better. After 2 days, I am up and about doing my daily activities. I still need to go for more adjustments until my Spine is normal again and later will just go to the Chiropractor for maintenance. I am sharing this with those you have suffered like me. I have been to Medical Doctors, Neuro Surgeons, Massage Therapist and whole lot of other treatments but have not got positive results. I have experienced thsi problem 3 years ago and had gone to see a Chiropractor and got well. But I did not see any Chiropractor since 2 years and now the problem came back.I am so glad I decided to see a Chiropractor who has done a great job in treating me. Not all Chiropractor is good though. If you need to see a Chiropractor, just make sure he has excellent track record with customers and if possible you have a referral. My favorite is Dr. David Moore of Clifton, New Jersey. He graduated from New York Chiropractic College. Those of you near him, I strongly suggest to visit him.
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replied April 18th, 2011
I also suffer from Tinnitus and my head is throbbing. But fortunately, I do not have headaches all the time, only the sound of blood pumping through my head.

Is there someone that also has the same symptoms and if you have a answer for me, please let me know.
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replied June 12th, 2012
i have the same symptoms, exaclty them, still investigating.. you?
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replied May 27th, 2011
I have the same symptoms after I had a face lift and I'm in misery. The Dr.s treat me like a lunatic . They say it's a migraine . I know, this is not the case . I don't have a headache and i'm not sensitive to light . The pulsating is constant since my procedure.
Let me know if you have learned anything. Sometimes it's so intense I feel like my head will burst. Adrenline makes it stronger. Medications for Migraines make the pulsating worse. Please respond if anyone has a answer. Thank you.
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replied August 9th, 2012
Frequent headaches, neck pain and humming noises in head
I have also had very similar symptoms to many of you. I can't remember what it was like to feel 'normal' anymore. I wake up with a throbbing headache and have neck pain and bad head pains especially when sitting down. The constant drone or hum in my ears goes on for days and I am suddenly overwhelmed with fatigue. I have seen several Doctors, CT scan, x-rays, osteopath etc but no answers yet! I will keep checking back here for answers or clues.
I wonder if my symptoms could be hormone related (peri-menopause) I am 47 years old and this has been going on for about 8 months now.
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replied April 5th, 2013
Pulsatting Ear
I have the same symptoms. Has anyone gotten any results. I, too, have had MRIs, MRA, CAT scans, sinus scans, throat scan and all normal. Anybody out there had any results to put an end to this throbbing painful headaches and pulsating noise and pressure in my right ear.
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replied June 11th, 2013
Facelift and pulsatile tinnitus
Hi there,

I wanted to post something for the people that mentioned having a FACELIFT.
I too have pulsatile tinnitus. Its been 2 years of me trying to figure it out with different doctors, and unfortunately this problem is usually only diagnosed with angiography tests. Sucks!

Anyway, just wanted to relay what my ENT told me. Hes only solved one case of pulsatile tinnitus and it was due to a facelift. He said the person had a kink in a neck vein by the scar behind the ear. The kink was due to the facelift. He performed surgery on this guys neck vein to straighten it and the whooshing stopped.

Hope that helps some of you! As for me, still searching for my cure. Sad

Whooshers.com is a good site. Just wish they had forums for us.

Good luck to all my fellow swooshers!
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replied October 3rd, 2013
I have been told that I have this. My symptoms are throbbing in the ears similar to having a finger throb and having water in your ears. Sometimes I will get this strange sensation at the top of my head followed by the feeling of being pushed by my head to the ground. I may also have Vertigo. You may want to research Vertigo too because of it being so similar to pulsating tinnitus.
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replied April 5th, 2014
I have to say to you all that you need to insist on having a MRI scan of your spine. My symptoms with the pulse feeling started in my left ear, into my left eye, and years later continued into not only pulse feeling and throbbing but into migraines that would make me incapable of functioning. 5 years this went on and with that being said, medications changed monthly and my condition had gotten so bad I lost weight and was dangerously unhealthy. I was referred to a surgical neurologist, he ordered a MRI to look at my brain, the techs made a mistake that would help change my life for the best. They mistakenly looked at my spine and found a 4 centimeter cyst growing inside my spine between my 4th and 5th vertebrae. Each year it grew my symptoms got worse. I was given new medication for pain management and was scheduled for surgery 2 months later. I had lots of help from a nutritionist to prepare my body for surgery. I was diagnosed having Synovial Cyst. I had Facet injection which is a small needle they use to drain the cyst by aspirating it through the joint. Then they inject it with a steroid to decrease inflammation. I refused to have the other surgery option Decompression with Spine Fusion which is the removal of the cyst and fusion of the L4 and L5 joint because the risk of being paralyzed. Not that it would happen to me but it was a risk I didn't want to choose. It's been 13 years, cyst has not grown, symptoms have left my body, and I have to say when someone makes a mistake I always remember that good things can come from that! I wish you all the best and I hope you find my reply on here just in case some of your doctors are making mistakes as well...take care
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