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I have been having head pressure on the forehead, behind both of my ears and back of my head (by the neck) for two months. I have also noticed that I get a pulsating pain by my right temple. These symptoms occur while I am driving or walking and occasionally while I am sitting down. Also I get nausea after I eat and I am having more frequent burping throughout the day. I taken an MRI one month after these symptoms surfaced which came back negative for tumors. I been to a neurologist and he said that I have tension headaches. Now I have developed another symptoms: constant ringing in the right ear. Is it possible that tension headaches can also cause ringing in the ear? Is it possible that I got my MRI too early and tumor was too small to be detected and now since it has grown I am developing more symptoms?

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replied December 5th, 2009
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It is highly unlikely that a tumor too small to be seen on a brain MRI is causing the symptoms that you describe.

Although I have not examined you, your description of your headaches is certainly consistent with tension headaches. Tinnitus, or a ringing sound on one or both ears, is very common, especially in people who have been exposed to loud noises, and is not likely to be directly related to your (presumed) tension headaches.

If your symptoms persist or worsen, then repeating a brain MRI in another 6 months might be considered. Meanwhile, you might also consider what stressors in your life can be modified or eliminated.

Sincerely/ Robert A. Wascher, MD, FACS

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