|hello, my name is ronni.
I have a condition known as pulsatile tinnitus. Any number of things can cause it, and it is not common. (as I have found that no cases are reported even in this forum!) it is my hope that someone will come looking , and may be able to give advice---i have yet to find out what causes my pt, but I have lived with it for a year now. I invite anyone interested to respond to this message, and I will give details of my experience.
I will have to keep this brief because my sp tends to cut me off--
to describe: pulsatile tinnitus is a sensation/audible pulse heard in one or both ears; sound of heart-beat in ear, especially at night or when under stress or exertion; causes are numerous, but most commonly seem to be related to sinus/middle ear problems (pressure in my case);also with high blood pressure, a "narrowing" of the carotid artery, or vein running too close to ear-drum. Less common, but still worrisome is a "glomous" or benign tumor growing on the auditory nerve.
In my case, I saw an ent many months ago, with very little information about pt. I am uninsured, and as he said, without an mri, none of the above causes can be ruled out. So he gave me a steroid shot and flonase and pronounced me cured. Guess what? It's back, and worse than ever!
If anyone is experiencing similar symptoms, or has any suggestions about alternative methods of treating this confounding condition (such as acupuncture and/or herbal treatments) I would be most appreciative. Just to commisserate with someone or "brainstorm" about possible causes would do me fine. Thanks for listening. (i'm glad I still can!)
peace, out- ronni