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I've had mirena in for 4 yrs and now experiencing tinnitus, anxiety, panic attacks, ear click or neck, headaches. Can the mirena cause these symptoms? I'm not a stressed person I have a good home life and job but why all of a sudden is this happening? I

I've had mirena in for 4 yrs and now experiencing tinnitus, anxiety, panic attacks, ear click or neck, headaches. Can the mirena cause these symptoms? I'm not a stressed person I have a good home life and job but why all of a sudden is this happening? I

Not Mirena (levonorgestrel): None of these symptoms are related to a Mirena (levonorgestrel) IUD. Sounds like you have have an inner ear problem. I would start with a primary care doctor. Go through your symptoms and let them organize a thorough evaluation ...Read more

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Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more


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Can anxiety/stress cause phantom smells. Or ringing in the ears?

Can anxiety/stress cause phantom smells. Or ringing in the ears?

Unusual symptoms: By and large, phantom smells are not a frequent sign or diagnostic featue for an anxiety disorder. One would need to have a better history and tohrough diagnostic intervie to assess this symptom. On the other hand, whle ringing in the ears belongs to what we call tinnitus, which can also be linked to harmless, albeit bothersome occurence but could also be linked to anxiety. ...Read more

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Can Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) or Concerta cause ringing in the ears? Just found out Minocycline caused my Tinnitus and now am wondering about ADHD meds.

Can Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) or Concerta cause ringing in the ears? Just found out Minocycline caused my Tinnitus and now am wondering about ADHD meds.

Side effects: Never heard this complaint in my practice regarding treatment with Vyvance or Concerta. However, tinnitus is a relatively common symptom and it can be recurrent. At times, exposing to loud noises, diving or some medications can be the triggers. Check with your doctor about other possible causes that he might have identified in your medical history. ...Read more

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Do any medications cause tinnitus or ringing in the ears?

Yes: Medications are a notorious cause of tinnitus. The list is exhaustive, with Aspirin and quinine being the most recognized. ...Read more

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I am so sick of tinnitus, how could TMJ cause ringing in the ear, is their nerve between TMJ & ear?

I am so sick of tinnitus, how could TMJ cause ringing in the ear, is their nerve between TMJ & ear?

3 theories: 3 theories behind why TMJ problems may cause/worsen tinnitus. 1)the chewing muscles are near some muscles that insert into the middle ear so may have effect on hearing, and so may promote tinnitus. 2)can be a direct connection between ligaments that attach to jaw and one of middle ear hearing bones.3)nerve supply from TMJ has connections with parts of brain involved with both hearing & sound inter ...Read more

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Can anxiety cause tinnitus? Or worsen ringing in ears? It seems like I always had faint ringing, it seems worse now. But I'm struggling with anxiety.

Yes, anxiety can: Make your tinnitus worse. I can make any physical symptom worse. Ask your behavior therapist about the possibility of learning self-hypnosis or meditation to help you. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Today my ears are VERY sensitive to noise. They are ringing too. I also happen to have a cold. Can a cold cause tinnitus or is this something else?

Today my ears are VERY sensitive to noise. They are ringing too. I also happen to have a cold. Can a cold cause tinnitus or is this something else?

Tinnitus: Probably caused by the cold virus. Swelling of the eustachian tubes creates pressure deficit in the inner ear area. It goes away when cold goes away. You can fasten to go away by trying some otc cold medications including sudafed if you are not alllergic and if no cotraindications with your healt conditions. Pharmacist can guide you. Contact me if you want more detailed information. ...Read more

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Constant ringing (tinnitus) in ears. Realized I use q tips, I heard it can cause this. Is it because of loss of hair inside ear? How soon will it heal

Constant ringing (tinnitus) in ears. Realized I use q tips, I heard it can cause this. Is it because of loss of hair inside ear? How soon will it heal

Tinnitus: Tinnitus is noise or ringing in the ears. A common problem, tinnitus affects about 1 in 5 people. Tinnitus isn't a condition itself — it's a symptom of an underlying condition, such as age-related hearing loss, ear injury or a circulatory system disorder. Although bothersome, tinnitus usually isn't a sign of something serious. ...Read more

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Ears ringing & muffled sometimes. Doctor said I didn't have infection but a buildup of earwax. I heard brain tumors can cause tinnitus. Should I worry?

Ears ringing & muffled sometimes. Doctor said I didn't have infection but a buildup of earwax. I heard brain tumors can cause tinnitus. Should I worry?

No: It would be useful to see an ENT specialist for your peace of mind and to have your ears cleaned out. Brain tumors as cause of hearing problems are uncommon. ...Read more

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Does everyone have some level of ringing in their ears, just others are more aware of it with anxiety and stress?

Does everyone have some level of ringing in their ears, just others are more aware of it with anxiety and stress?

Tinnitus: Get yourself evaluated for tinnitus, which is chronic ringing in the ears. Long term effects of tinnitus can have a seriously negative impact on mental health. ...Read more

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Mild lightheadness all the day (already 1 month). Sometimes ringing in the ear. Anxiety? But I don't thing I'm stress/worrying.

Mild lightheadness all the day (already 1 month). Sometimes ringing in the ear. Anxiety? But I don't thing I'm stress/worrying.

Tinnitus: Depending on your age it could be few different issues. Your lightheaded ness need to be assessed whether vertigo or not. This could be part of menier's disease and ENT consultation might be helpful. Also types of medications you take might be culprit. Your medical history would guide your physician here. Anxiety is usually the last diagnosis after we exclude all clinically pertinent conditions. ...Read more

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Lately, I've been feeling very tired/nauseous and have ringing in ears. Have quite a lot of stress. Could this be causing it?

Lately, I've been feeling very tired/nauseous and have ringing in ears. Have quite a lot of stress. Could this be causing it?

Tired nausea tinitu: Given the scant inflammation of variety of causes can be responsible, the common 1 is a disturbance in the middle year balance mechanism often accompanied by vertigo. Symptoms can need to anxiety, if persistent C a competent practitioner to exclude more serious pathology ...Read more

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17 year old son with headache (both sides), sleeps alot, light sensitivity, dull ringing in ears. Alot of stress with school, also has a section of upper back that he says is numb.

17 year old son with headache (both sides), sleeps alot, light sensitivity, dull ringing in ears. Alot of stress with school, also has a section of upper back that he says is numb.

These: These symptoms can be attributed to a multitude of diseases. Without a full medical history, physical exam, and laboratory testing it is difficult to pinpoint the source of the problem. Recommend an evaluation by his physician as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Muscle spasms (severe), twitching, aching esp. In upper body, aching thighs, heavy feet, ringing ears worsened by poor sleep or physical stress. Help!

Muscle spasms (severe), twitching, aching esp. In upper body, aching thighs, heavy feet, ringing ears worsened by poor sleep or physical stress. Help!

Muscle pain: See your doctor to discuss these issues further. It is possible you may have Fibromyalgia Syndrome, which is a sleep disorder. Your doctor should have an information sheet on this disorder. Read it and highlight the S& S that you have. If you find yourself highlighting most of it, then you have it. It is treatable with exercise and better sleep. ...Read more

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What can cause one ear to get red and flush? Allergies? Anxiety? It happens more often when I'm stressed or lying down.

What can cause one ear to get red and flush? Allergies? Anxiety? It happens more often when I'm stressed or lying down.

Red ear: You may have injured that area - sunburn or trauma in the past so it is now sensitive to sun, spicy food, allergy. If it bothers you, you can keep it out of sun, take antihistamine. Keep a diary to figure out what causes the symptoms to flare up; probably not due to stress. ...Read more

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Can the hives be caused by stress or anxiety. Have it on my neck, chest, back and ears. Never had this before. No new things that would be allergic to?

Can the hives be caused by stress or anxiety. Have it on my neck, chest, back and ears. Never had this before. No new things that would be allergic to?

Yes: Idiopathic urticaria (hives for no readily-identifiable reason) can be brought on by stress, anxiety and a variety of other things. First-line treatment is antihistamines. You might try a combination of either Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or Claritin (h1 blockers) with either tagamet or Zantac (h2 blockers). You should also see a doc for a thorough evaluation and other treatment options. ...Read more

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Tmj or tmd how or why does this develops what's causes u to have this stress? I no when I open my mouth all the way I hear a pop & has & ear pain

Tmj or tmd how or why does this develops what's causes u to have this stress? I no when I open my mouth all the way I hear a pop & has & ear pain

Too Complicated: Tmj/tmd can be a symptom of stressful clenching or grinding of one's dentition. In stressful situations, many people develop these types of habits, causing undue pressure on the joint itself. Seeing a professional with experience in treating tmd/mfd is the best way to get relief. ...Read more

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Can stress cause things such as reflux, post nasal drip, ultimately leading to constant fluid in the ear. Have allergies but this never has happened.

Can stress cause things such as reflux, post nasal drip, ultimately leading to constant fluid in the ear. Have allergies but this never has happened.

Yes: Stress can exacerbate symptoms of gastritis/reflux, both due to physiologic response and daily changes in diet/routine. Reflux can exacerbate nasal inflammation especially if already present from allergy. If the gastritis is not controlled by your Nexium, (esomeprazole) let your doctor know because (even in the context of stress) an endoscopy may be warranted. Work with an Allergist for better allergy control. ...Read more

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What causes the side of my face and ear to get red. Happens when stress or lay down. Don't have ear inf. Have allergies, deviated septum and anxiety?

What causes the side of my face and ear to get red. Happens when stress or lay down. Don't have ear inf. Have allergies, deviated septum and anxiety?

Many things: There are quite a few conditions that may cause redness of the face under the circumstances you mention. Rosacea is one of them. Sensitive to emotions blood vessels that dilate after being embarrassed or after alcohol intake maybe the clue to diagnosis. Seeing a dermatologist will help with definitive diagnosis.
Good luck from NYC. ...Read more

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Can very tight neck muscles, such as due to stress/anxiety, cause a feeling of fullness in the ears? If so, what's the best way to alleviate that?

Can very tight neck muscles, such as due to stress/anxiety, cause a feeling of fullness in the ears? If so, what's the best way to alleviate that?

Muscles: More likely you are clinching your teeth with feeling of ear pressure. Soft diet, decrease stress, range of motion exercises of neck as needed. Take computer breaks, keep screen at eye level, get dental splint for use at sleep, no gum chewing, no hard candies, etc. ...Read more

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Can stress cause my temporal artery get thick /tough & cause pain around my ear! My blood presure is fine I don't have high blood presure! Please answ?

Can stress cause my temporal artery get thick /tough & cause pain around my ear! My blood presure is fine I don't have high blood presure! Please answ?

No.: Temporal arteritis is what would cause thickening and results inflammation of the blood vessels in the body. If untreated it can lead to blockages or aneurysms of the arteries. Temporal arteritis can lead to blindness in severe cases. Typical symptoms include headache and tenderness over the temporal artery, which is found along the hairline near the temple of your head. Treatment is with steroid. ...Read more

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Stressful day. On left side neck, ear, scalp have intense itching. Arms & calves itch. Nothing visible. Could anxiety/stress cause this?

Stressful day. On left side neck, ear, scalp have intense itching. Arms & calves itch. Nothing visible. Could anxiety/stress cause this?

Itch with no rash: Yes, you can have severe itching from stress.However, you also need to rule out other medical problems. You should see a dermatologist to help calm down the itchng, look for other causes and rule out other diseases. Certain diseases such as kidney and liver problems can cause itching with no rash. Also, lymphoma can make you itch and not have a rah. These are a few things that need to be ruled out. ...Read more

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Will an inner ear infection cause dizziness sleeplessness some confusion plus overloaded at work stress and feeling anxiety. What should I do?

Will an inner ear infection cause dizziness sleeplessness some confusion plus overloaded at work stress and feeling anxiety. What should I do?

2 problems: It sounds like you could have at least 2 separate problems, one of which magnifies the other. Inner ear infections can cause dizziness, & anxiety can produce dizziness too. Work stress and feeling overloaded may increase anxiety as well. Your family doctor can surely treat your ear infection, but a psychiatrist and/or psychologist can provide more focused evaluation & treatment of anxiety. ...Read more

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Misdiagnosed for anxiety/psycosis vs stress and lack of sleep inner ear infect and given lorazapam and then anti depressants could you cause l/t issue?

Misdiagnosed for anxiety/psycosis vs stress and lack of sleep inner ear infect and given lorazapam and then anti depressants could you cause l/t issue?

Lorazepam: Hoping your ears are feeling better now. No, being given Lorazepam in the er would not have caused a long term issue. It would also not be unusual for someone to have both depression/anxiety and an ear infection. . . With both needing treatment. Antidepressants combined with psychotherapy are helpful for the first, and generally an antibiotic for the second. If off Lorazepam now, no problem. ...Read more

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What do you reccomend to do for tinnitus (ringing in the ears)?

What do you reccomend to do for tinnitus (ringing in the ears)?

Tough problem: Sometimes it is as simple as too much wax in the ears, so an easy first step is to see your pcp to get your ears examined. Assuming you are wax free, it is worth a visit to an ear nose and throat doctor and/or audiologist to see if you have any hearing loss. Hearing loss is the most common cause of tinnitus- basically- the background noise is now audible rather than drowned out by normal hearing. ...Read more

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Hi I just read the ringing in ears is due to tinnitus. Any medicine, drop that can make it better. What can I do now!!!

Investigate.: There's really no medication, sight unseen, that can help tinnitus universally. If your tinnitus is due to inflammation, then there may be a medication that can help. If your tinnitus is due to damage, then this may be permanent. We won't know for sure without an investigation by an ENT physician. ...Read more

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What is it like to have success with a tinnitus (ringing in the ears) cure?

What is it like to have success with a tinnitus (ringing in the ears) cure?

Happiness: If you have had relief of your tinnitus, then I would assume that you would be happy. But maybe, the question is more about HOW to get a cure for the perception of sound in your ear (tinnitus)? There is no medicine or surgery at the present time to resolve tinnitus except masking and learning live with it. Most important is to make sure you do not have any serious peripheral or central problem. ...Read more

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What is the probability that my tinnitus (ringing in the ear) will go away?

Depends: It depends on whether you are expecting it to be truly gone or if you are okay with being apathetic to it. It will never go away. Background noise to drown it out will make you apathetic to it. 75% chance that this will happen. ...Read more

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My Son had big expose to Noise today and having ringing ear on the left side, may this be tinnitus? How can I know is not something severe? (Age: 12)

My Son had big expose to Noise today and having ringing ear on the left side, may this be tinnitus? How can I know is not something severe? (Age: 12)

Do not be alarmed: The ringing in the ear is tinnitus and very likely from your son's exposure to the loud noise but if exposure is not chronic as suggested by your history, it is not likely to cause permanent damage. Please consult with any of the ENT in the network if ringing persists after 24 to 48hrs for further advise. Take care and stay healthy. ...Read more

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What do I do to get rid of ears ringing with tinnitus remedies?

What do I do to get rid of ears ringing with tinnitus remedies?

Many causes: Maintaining tinnitus is often the best that some treatments provide. Determining the cause of tinnitus is difficult. Start with a very thorough history and exam with your doctor. Keeping a home diary of the ringing events, or what may increase it or decrease would be valuable- write down your what you are eating, pain if any, what ear/ears, lying down or upright. The supplement ginkgo may help. ...Read more

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I have mild pulsatile tinnitus. Taking a med with low risk of "ringing in ears". No difference so far on the pulsatile. Is the med safe to be taken?

I have mild pulsatile tinnitus. Taking a med with low risk of "ringing in ears". No difference so far on the pulsatile. Is the med safe to be taken?

Tinnitus: Pulsatile tinnitus is usually caused a blood traveling through an artery around or near the ear. Is the medicine you are taking suppose to stop the tinnitus? IF you are asking if it will cause more pulsatile tinnitus, it is hard to answer that without knowing what the medicine is you are taking. Different medications more apt to cause tinnitus than others. ...Read more