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What can I take for a headache that won't cause pulsatile tittinitus to get worse?

What can I take for a headache that won't cause pulsatile tittinitus to get worse?

Tylenol is good: If it is a tension headache, acetaminophen (also called Tylenol) often works very well. This is unlikely to worsen pulsatile tinnitus. If you believe that your headache is actually caused by the pulsatile tinnitus, though, that is something that should be evaluated by a doctor in person. ...Read more

Aorta (Definition)

The aorta is the largest artery in the body, leaving directly from the left ventricle of the heart to supply blood to the entire body. It is made of elastic tissue layers called "intima" and is subject to damage by high blood pressure, smoking, cholesterol, ...Read more


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How concerning is pulsatile tinnitus?

How concerning is pulsatile tinnitus?

Need a diagnosis: Pulsatile tinnitus is usually an awareness of the carotid artery pulsation next to the cochlea (inner ear). Even at age 46, it is wise to have a vascular surgeon make sure you do not have any disease of the carotid artery ...Read more

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How can I stop pulsatile tinnitus?

Depends: Really depends on the cause of the pulsatile tinnitus. Need it discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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How dangerous is pulsatile tinnitus?

How dangerous is pulsatile tinnitus?

Vascular work-up: Pulsatile tinnitus is usually the result of awareness of the carotid artery pulsation adjacent to the inner ear. It probably is not serious, but I would advise a vascular surgeon evaluate the problem for the rare but possible abnormality of the carotid artery in that area. ...Read more

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Can you die from having pulsatile tinnitus?

Pulsatile tinnitus: Pulsatile tinnitus is the most dangerous kind of tinnitus and may have a vascular source. The best course of action is to visit a doctor in person and get a physical examination. The physician will determine what tests and labs you need. ...Read more

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I have a unilateral pulsatile tinnitus. Is it serious?

I have a unilateral pulsatile tinnitus. Is it serious?

Possibly serious: Most likely a serous otitis (fluid in the middle ear) placing pressure on the inner ear. However, more serious but rare cause could be a carotid or other artery aneurysm, therefore this symptom should be evaluated by a your physician or an ENT md. ...Read more

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I am experiencing pulsatile mass in my abd.I noticed it a year ago, it has gotten larger and the pulse is stronger. The pulse is very visible.

I am experiencing  pulsatile mass in my abd.I noticed it a year ago, it has gotten larger and the pulse is stronger. The pulse is very visible.

Very concerning: Is you doctor aware of this? If you are very thin it may be normal but a far more concerning issue is that of an abdominal aortic aneurysm. This is a bulging of your aorta, the main vessel in your body, and can is fatal if it ruptures. You need to get this examined and need an ultrasound or CT scan ordered by your doctor. Do this as soon as possible. ...Read more

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I got pulsatile tinnitus 3 mos. ago and again 3 weeks ago. I still have it. I am 36, in great shape, and have no health history. Should I worry?

Pulsatile tinnitis: It's probably 'nothing' but it does warrant an exam by your doctor, an ENT, or a neurologist to rule out a range of relatively rare neuro vascular causes of this symptom. Often a clinician will get some imaging study of brain and cranial anatomy after a careful exam of blood pressure, carotid bruit, and the ears. ...Read more

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How can I prevent pulsatile tinnitus?

Diagnosis: I do not think you can prevent it, but you need to obtain a diagnosis to determine if there is an abnormality of the carotid artery that lies adjacent to the cochlea (inner ear). ...Read more

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Could back pain be from a pulsatile mass?

Could back pain be from a pulsatile mass?

Possibly: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it. ...Read more

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Some other opinions, do you think a cholesteatoma can will cause pulsatile tinnitus?

Some other opinions, do you think a cholesteatoma can will cause pulsatile tinnitus?

Cholesteatoma: Cholesteotoma may not itself cause tinnitus but the damage to the ossicles and ear drum by chronic otitis media can cause it. ...Read more

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What could be the cause of my two year relentless PULSATILE tinnitus. Stops when pressing on neck. ?

See ENT: Not usually related to pathology. Rarely pulsatile tinnitus can be caused by more serious problems like aneurysms. See ENT doc for exam/recommendations. ...Read more

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Do i need an MRI for pulsatile tinnitus?

Do i need an MRI for pulsatile tinnitus?

Could be helpful: Pulsatile tinnitus may be caused by a variety of things such as a dural arteriovenous fistula, an aberrant blood vessel, or possibly a vascular tumor in the ear (glomus tympanicum). Mri or ct could be helpful to determine the cause but a specialist like and ENT needs to evaluate your symptoms to best decide on the course of action. ...Read more

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What to do if I have pulsatile tinnitus and nausea?

Pulsatile tinnitus: Pulsatile tinnitus requires immediate physician evaluation. Good luck. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3719451/ ...Read more

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Do I need to get a MRI to figure out the cause of my pulsatile tinnitus?

Do I need to get a MRI to figure out the cause of my pulsatile tinnitus?

MRI often used: Causes of pulsatile tinnitus include arteriovenous fistula (avf), carotid stenosis, glomus tumor, arteriovenous malformation (avm), aberrant carotid artery or cardiac murmur. A venous hum contributing to pulsatile tinnitus can also be caused by venous anomalies. All of these can potentially be detected by MRI (carotid stenosis would traditionally be picked-up by carotid ultrasound). ...Read more

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I have had pulsatile tinnitus for 2 years caused by my IIH. In recent days the rhythm and pitch has changed. should I be worried?

I have had pulsatile tinnitus for 2 years caused by my IIH. In recent days the rhythm and pitch has changed. should I be worried?

I can tell: From the medications that you are not under the care of a neurologist ! That would be my starting point ! Check iron, Vit A level and give a carbonic anhydride inhibitor a good try. You should not be having pulsatile tinnitus with uncomplicated pseudo tumor. ...Read more

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My pulsatile tinnitus used to go away when I pressed on my neck. 2 years later this no longer works, it's also changed rhythm and pitch. Why?

Change in rythmn: is due to change in heart rate /rhythm most likely. Amitriptyline is highly anticholinergic and will raise BP and Heart rate. Do not press on your neck to stop blood flow, have the situation re-assessed. Make sure you do not have a cavernous sinus or endolymph fistula. ...Read more