Pumping pulsating sound behund the right ear

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   Posted 5/20/2009 12:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Does anyone know what a pulsating,zinging sound behind the right ear could indicate. It has been a couple of months that I have been experiencing this, it is usually late at night while I am studying. It is like a beating, pumping, humming sound which goes away if I turn my head to the left. Once I turn my head to the center, It starts again. Then it will go away and then come back. And when I sleep, I cannot even sleep on my right ear because the noise keeps me up. Any comments would be greatly appreciated

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   Posted 5/20/2009 10:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Mati, I don't know if the Lupus section will be able to help much but if you look at the top of this page to the right where it says forum quick jump if you click on that you will find headaches migraines, stress anxiety, heart, cardial vascular. Possibly someone in those sections have dealt with the same problem you have.
I hope you get some help with this. It sounds like somthing you may want to see your dr. about. Hopfully it's only muscle problems that can be fixed easily.
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   Posted 5/20/2009 10:50 AM (GMT -6)   
From time to time I get some Lupus-related inflammation in my ears, and it can easily lead to symptoms like you are talking about. Since this has been happening to you for a long while (anything over 5-7 days!), I highly recommend seeing a doctor.

You didn't say if you have lupus or what kind of meds you are taking, but I'd probably start with whatever doctor is doing the majority of my treatment.

Some ears issues can cause permanent hearing loss, so don't wait too long!

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   Posted 5/20/2009 2:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Mati, I never experienced this. I would definately talk with a doc about it though. Blessings Tammy

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   Posted 5/24/2009 9:08 PM (GMT -6)   
I get something really similar to that too!  My ears feel like they are swollen (sometimes they itch inside sometimes not) and I can feel/hear like a pressure that beats in time with my heartbeat.  I am still waiting to see my rheumy (first time I'm a little scared and anxious).  My GP Dr. Great Guy thinks I should see a derm in the meantime.  So I am waiting for that appt to be made.  These poor docs- I am going to hit them hard with a boatload of questions!  I have been suffering quietly for years thinking I just had a bunch of little things wrong with me never making the connection.  Now its on like Donkey Kong!  So the ear thing- one more on the list!  smilewinkgrin

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   Posted 5/25/2009 10:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey! I get something very simuliar. I have had it off and on since I was around 14. I never thought much of it until I started getting dizzy a few months ago. I thought it might my vertigo but i have pretty much ruled that out. I realize when I get too tired or stressed the dizzyness comes. I don't really have any advice on this, but I do know how annoying it is! For me, it happens in both ears and usually the only time it doesnt bother me is when I am facing forward. If I look to my left or right it will usually gradually start and then if I don't move, that noise will slowly take over and is all I can hear. SOrry I couldnt help but thought it might be reasuring that there are other people that have something similuar!!



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   Posted 5/28/2009 10:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Just wanted to give everyone a heads up about the ear thing. Since AI conditions can be overlapping, just wanted to share something that happened to a friend of mine. She has RA and acually developed inflammation in the small bones of her ear. She ended up having to have surgery and even suffered partial hearing loss on that side. Please don't ignore any symptom, something that seems mild could be a warning of something much more serious. Ask your doc about everything and keep a list. I keep mine on the computer and add to it as I need to, that way when I have an appointment, all I have to do is print it out. I also keep all my meds and doctors and pharmacy numbers on the same page. Take care everyone and God Bless.


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   Posted 5/28/2009 11:03 AM (GMT -6)   
I have myoclonus (muscle spasms) in my middle ear at times.  It sounds like a moth flapping its wings in my ear.  Very annoying.  This could be a sign of a neurological problem so a neurologist is a good doctor to dx this (and research further if necessary).
There is also something called pulsatile tinnitus that is basically a rhythmatic beating in your ear.  I don't know much about it but I remember coming across it at some time.  Another possibility is inflammation of the blood vessels in the ear which will allow you to hear your pulse.
I would definitely suggest seeing an ENT or a neurologist.  Hope everything turns out ok.

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