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I think I have tinnitus. What percentage of the people have it?

I think I have tinnitus.  What percentage of the people have it?

Common: The answer is here am j med. 2010 aug;123(8):711-8. Prevalence and characteristics of tinnitus among us adults. ...Read more

Dr. William Culviner
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Tinnitus (Definition)

A persistent noise in the ears. Can be of unknown origin, or can be caused by hearing damage, tumors, problems in the brain or hearing nerves, ...Read more


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What are the signs that you have leukaemia? I suffer from hypochondria and think I have it.

What are the signs that you have leukaemia? I suffer from hypochondria and think I have it.

Very ill: Signs of leukemia: (1) anemia: fatigue, shortness of breath (2) low platelet count: abnormal bruising or bleeding (3) insufficient number of normal white cross: severe infection. If your CBC in normal, you don't have leukemia. ...Read more

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What to do if I have really bad allergies and because of this i develop a dark line across my nose. Have anyone else experience this?

What to do if I have really bad allergies and because of this i develop a dark line across my nose. Have anyone else experience this?

Allergic crease: An allergic crease is a very common physical sign seen in people with nasal allergies and itching who perform an "allergic salute". This action crease the nose and after repetitive "saluting" causes a crease to form across the lower part of the nose because this area is soft and pliable. Similar to bending a playing card and causing a crease. There's no danger but cosmetically could be noticed ...Read more

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I believe I might have cfs. I have half of the symptoms and am not sure what to do?

I believe I might have cfs. I have half of the symptoms and am not sure what to do?

Complex Disorder: Talk to your doctor if the fatigue lasts longer than 7-10 days, causes you to limit your daily activities, and does not improve with rest. Do not delay. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a fear of retarded people but I know its not right?

What to do if I have a fear of retarded people but I know its not right?

If this is a : deep & irrational fear - consider cognitive behavioral therapy. If it is a prejudice - Make a firm decision to change your attitude ...Read more

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I haven't been to the doctor, but I think I might have psoriasis. What are the major presenting symptoms?

I haven't been to the doctor, but I think I might have psoriasis. What are the major presenting symptoms?

Skin plaques: Patients with psoriasis will typically have thickened plaques with silvery scale, often on erythematous bases. Common locations are elbows, knees and certainly the trunk. Often patients will only have scalp psoriasis. A dermatologist will be able to help you with the diagnosis. ...Read more

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I believe i might have leukemia. I googled the symptoms and i'm experiencing most of them. Help?

I believe i might have leukemia. I googled the symptoms and i'm experiencing most of them. Help?

Consult your Doctor: We can not help you.You need to to consult your doctor with your symptoms whatever these are and need to get a detailed physical exam and tests if needed you can not diagnose leukemia by googling, as all information there is can be confusing if you do not how to interpret and use it make an appointment with your primary care doctor and get examined, and don't make self diagnosis from google. ...Read more

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My parents don't believe that i'm bipolar. But i think its obvious. And I have a lot of symptoms. How can I get it official. I have friends that agree.

My parents don't believe that i'm bipolar. But i think its obvious. And I have a lot of symptoms. How can I get it official. I have friends that agree.

See psychiatrist: Seeing a psychiatrist for comprehensive assessment is your best way to get a clear diagnosis. Share with the psychiatrist your areas of concern -- and be completely up-front with the symptoms you're referring to. The additional clinical information you've provided indicates that you're taking methylphenidate, so it's possible you're already working with a psychiatrist. If not, please do. ...Read more

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I was wondering if I am at risk for cyclothymia. I experience a quite of the symptoms and I worry I might have it. I don't know what to do. ?

I was wondering if I am at risk for cyclothymia.  I experience a quite of the symptoms and I worry I might have it.  I don't know what to do. ?

Cyclothymia: Cyclothymia can be thought of as a low grade version of bipolar disorder. That is to say, cyclothymics do experience similar mood swings, but not to the intensity of those experienced by those suffering from bipolar disorder. A psychiatric evaluation is in order with appropriate mood stabilizing meds as needed and a referral to a reputable psychotherapist who specializes in mood disorders. ...Read more

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I believe I may have OCD is there anyway to know? I have developed weird tendencies and I think thats what it may be.

Evaluation: A good psychological evaluation will be able to provide an answer - I'm so glad you didn't say "know for sure". The more accurate and complete your descriptions of these things are, the better. Some OCD symptoms are harder to deal w/ than others and may really push you around. It's good to get this managed as well as possible and it can take patience and effort. But it's worth it! Best wishes! ...Read more

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I have many of the symptoms of pheochromocytoma. Does this mean that I have it? 

I have many of the symptoms of pheochromocytoma. Does this mean that I have it? 

Get tested: If you have many symptoms of pheochromocytoma, you should see your doctor to get it tested. The workup is complicated but it usually starts with 24 urine test and/or blood test. These tests are very good and if they come back normal (despite you still having symptoms), then it's unlikely that you have pheochromocytoma and it's time to look at other possible causes. ...Read more

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What can I do if my doctor says that 90% of people who have had sex have some form of herpes. Is that true?

What can I do if my doctor says that 90% of people who have had sex have some form of herpes. Is that true?

Confusing statistic: Cold sore on the lip is a form of herpes; which is contact transmitted, not generally but possibly sexually transmitted. If you add up the folks with cold sores as well as those with genital herpes, the number worldwide may be between 65-90%. There are at least 50 million people in the us with genital herpes. 58% in the us estimated to have hsv1 ('cold sore'). ...Read more

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I have a bit of an anxiety about going to the doctors which is why I haven't had anything checked in while, how do I over come this?

I have a bit of an anxiety about going to the doctors which is why I haven't had anything checked in while, how do I over come this?

Bring someone: Bring someone you know, a trusted friend or family member. The doctor, if he or she is competent will have no problem with your bringing someone, if that is what it takes to maintain your health effectively. ...Read more

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Im scared to death that I have sporadic fatal insomnia because many of the symptoms matches what I have so thats why i asked about it ?

Dr. Andrew Ho Dr. Ho
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Im scared to death that I have sporadic fatal insomnia because many of the symptoms matches what I have so thats why i asked about it ?

Scared enough: To go see a doctor? That will be the only way to find out. If you are too scared to go see a doctor, because you don't really want to know, then that's ok too. There is no treatment for it anyways. The only benefit of seeing a doctor is to find out you are wrong and you don't really have it. In that case, you will still have to figure out what you really have. Will that be worth it to you? ...Read more

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Can years of bipolr lead to schizophrenia? I think I have it. How would i know? What are the onset symptoms? I do things that i can't remember doing.

Can years of bipolr lead to schizophrenia? I think I have it. How would i know? What are the onset symptoms? I do things that i can't remember doing.

Diagnoses: Psychiatric diagnoses are imprecise since they are mostly based on descriptions of behavior. Sz rarely appears later than the 20's and is more about odd perceptions (hallucinations) and thinking (delusions). Bipolar is moods (depression ; mania) and energy. Severe episodes of either can appear to have cross-over elements. Whatever, be careful as possible and use therapy to the best ends you can. ...Read more

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Recently a lot of people have said that I have changed, I have mood swings don't treat people how i usually do, . Could this be depression?

Recently a lot of people have said that I have changed, I have mood swings don't treat  people how i usually do, . Could this  be depression?

Maybe: "mood swings" come in many types, and for many reasons. It could be depression, it could be a medical issue, it could even be a side effect of a medicine (or recreational drug) you're already taking. If you or loved ones are concerned, it's best to have an in-person evaluation by a mental health professional (psychiatrist, psychologist, clinical social worker, etc). Good luck. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a mastoid. Have any of you heard of it?

What to do if I have a mastoid. Have any of you heard of it?

The mastoid is: A normal part of the human anatomy. If you are asking what to do if you have mastoiditis, you will need to see an otolaryngologist or otologist. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have temporal arteritis at 24? I have a lot of the symptoms , I think.

Is it possible to have temporal arteritis at 24? I have a lot of the symptoms , I think.

CRAZYRARE if you did: Youngest case of path proven CLASSIC form of Giant Cell TA is age 17. Classic TA in anybody less than 50-55 would be publishable if proven & they'd be part of a group of maybe a dozen youngsters described over the past 80 years. Now, be aware there are 2 forms in young folks such as yourself. One is a BENIGN type (needs no treatment- Juvenile TA). Other is Classic Giant Cell TA (should treat). ...Read more

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I think I have tinnitus. What percentage of the people have it?

Common: The answer is here am j med. 2010 aug;123(8):711-8. Prevalence and characteristics of tinnitus among us adults. ...Read more

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What percentage of people never get free from tinnitus? Is it more than 40? If the underlying condition is diagnosed, will my tinnitus go away?

What percentage of people never get free from tinnitus? Is it more than 40? If the underlying condition is diagnosed, will my tinnitus go away?

Tinnitus: The most important thing is to r/o Carotid Artery disease, tumor in ear canal and CP angel, trauma to ear and infection, Tinnitus is usually benign and it could go away by itself but sometimes it's just due to age related hearing loss and gets worse with aging. Treating underline disease could make it better, also there are devices which could help and also medications are available. See and ENT ...Read more

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I think I have tinnitus right now. What should I do?

I think I have tinnitus right now. What should I do?

Obtain audiogram: To assess for the causes of tinnitus, you need to see an otolaryngologist and have an audiogram performed. ...Read more

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Loss of balance on left side bad. Stagger wgeb i walk sometimes. I do humira (adalimumab) shots could that be it? Or i think I have tinnitus?

Loss of balance on left side bad. Stagger wgeb i walk sometimes. I do humira (adalimumab) shots could that be it? Or i think I have tinnitus?

Need a neuro eval: Being off balance can have many causes and you mentioned two of them- ear problems and medications. Humira (adalimumab) is unique in that it has been reported to cause demyelination in the brain which can look like and act like multiple sclerosis. A MRI of the brain will resolve that issue. If the balance disturbance is coming from the ear then there may be concomitant hearing loss and/or tinnitus. Be well. ...Read more

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What causes tinnitus?

Problems inner ear: Tinnitus is located usually within the inner ear auditory apparatus, but referred sounds could be due to extra cranial vasculature stenosis, or even transmitted cardiac sounds. Rarely, arteriovascular malformations cause tinnitus-like issues, and hyperthyroidism may cause venous hums. ...Read more

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What causes tinnitus?

Aspirin: Aspirin is a frequent cause of ringing in the ears. Are you taking any?
If not ,inner ear problems can be the cause as well.
Consult your doctor or an Ear Nose and Throat doctor as they specialize in this area if the tinnitus continues. ...Read more

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What leads to tinnitus?

What leads to tinnitus?

Multiple things: Hearing loss, noise trauma, age, certain medications, jaw problems to name a few. The goal of all tinnitus treatment is to make the sound neutral. In other words to accept the sound and not get upset about it. ...Read more

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What is d cause of tinnitus?

Several: Tinnitus can be temporary, like from an ear infection, or permanent as from noise exposure, or Meniere's disease, tumors, and many other things. There is even a study which shows that environmental air pollution (including that in the home from fragrances, heating and cooking oil, deodorizers, etc.) can cause tinnitus. See this page: http://www.entnet.org/content/tinnitus ...Read more

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What can you do for tinnitus?

What can you do for tinnitus?

Find the cause: Tinnitus may be due to some other problems such as otosclerosis ( abnormal bone growth in middle ear), acoustic neuroma, natural hearing impairment due to aging, ear infection, foreign body in the ear etc... ...Read more

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Can tinnitus drive you crazy?

Can tinnitus drive you crazy?

Rarely: The goal of all tinnitus treatment is to have it become a neutral sound. The brain does not pay attention to stimuli that are felt to be unimportant. Most tinnitus patients spend the majority of their lives "not hearing it." for these patients tinnitus is only occasionally annoying. A few patients are so consumed by the sound that they spend huge energy obsessing about it - they do very poorly. ...Read more

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What can ne done for tinnitus?

Tinnitus: There is no cure for tinnitus--a sense of ringing or pulsing in the ear, which is often most bothersome at night. The standard approach to management has been to use a sound "masking" device, which basically just makes a low level kind of "white noise" that distracts you from the sound in your ear. ...Read more

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What can I do to stop tinnitus?

Dr. David Lee Dr. Lee
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What can I do to stop tinnitus?

Various: An evaluation needs to be done to ascertain the cause of the tinnitus. In most cases, the tinnitus is related to hearing loss. If the hearing loss can't be cured, then treatment revolves around using some other source of sound to cover over the tinnitus. Hearing aids can help in those who need them for hearing loss too. There are other treatments offered that may or may not help. ...Read more

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Dr. Nauroz Ali Dr. Ali
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How to know if I have tinnitus?

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Ringing: tinnitus usually manifests as ringing in the ears ...Read more

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Is occasional tinnitus concerning?

Is occasional tinnitus concerning?

Tinnitus: As long as it does not bother you too much, I am not worried. If it becomes constant and/or one-sided, see your doctor. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have tinnitus?

What does it mean to have tinnitus?

Noises in the head: Tinnitus is any abnormal sound that you hear that is not coming from your surroundings. The exact cause is not known but is thought to be related to abnormal discharge from the cells of the inner ear. It is usually, but not always, associated with hearing loss. By itself, it is rarely an indication of anything serious. It should always be evaluated with a hearing test. ...Read more

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Is there anything to help tinnitus?

Is there anything to help tinnitus?

Variety of things: Depending on the severity of the tinnitus, there are things that can be done to make it better. Sometimes just knowing that there is nothing dangerous causing it is helpful. The goal of all tinnitus treatment is to make the sound neutral. In advanced cases devices can be worn that act to desensitize the brain. In simple cases white noise, like a fan can help. Medicines like valium can also help. ...Read more

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How did I get tinnitus as a pianist?

Unknown: The auditory input such as music is processed by 2 perceptual mechanisms a) the one for individual sound and b) the perception of the pattern formed by the sound. Continuous bombardment may disrupt this hierarchical processing which in turn generates spontanous formation of sounds such as tinnitus. Or there may be an end-organ reverberation with echoes and noises of different frequencies. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
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Ringing In Ears (Definition)

Ringing in ears = tinnitus = ...Read more